Kentin Waits

Raised by two extreme savers, I'm endlessly inspired by others who swim against the tide of easy credit and over-consumption. With my dog Scout by my side, I write articles on secondhand shopping, minimalism, and debt-free living. My work has been published on NYTimes.com, MotherJones.com, Kiplinger, and in US Airways Magazine. Reach me at [email protected].

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3 Hot Vintage Valuables That Might Be Hiding Your Home

on February 17, 2024

Forget dusty figurines and formal china sets, today’s collectors are paying up for the fabulous and the fun.

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8 Commonly Inherited Items Worth Almost Nothing

on February 16, 2024

Although they may carry a lot of emotional value, these items have little market value.

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10 Inherited Items Worth More Than You Think

on February 15, 2024

If you’re a recent heir, take a breath — and take stock. These items are worth more than you think.

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9 Types of Trash You Can Sell for Cash

on February 7, 2024

If you throw any of these common items in the garbage, you are throwing away money.

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17 Things This Expert Always Buys at Thrift Stores

on February 5, 2024

For one expert, these secondhand bargains stand out from the rest.

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10 of the Best Things To Buy at Aldi

on February 3, 2024

Today’s Aldi stores are bright and modern, and the inventory has evolved from bare-bones-basic to slightly chic.

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8 Secrets of an Expert Thrift Store Shopper

on January 27, 2024

Here’s how a veteran thrift shopper scores the best deals — and turns a profit from them.

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3 Hot Vintage Valuables That Might Be Hiding in Your Home

on January 27, 2024

Time to check those totes stacked in the garage. These vintage items are having a money-making moment.

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7 Ways To Save When Hiring a Home Improvement Contractor

on January 15, 2024

Home improvement pros don’t come cheap these days. Here’s how to attract skilled tradespeople and save some cash, too.

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Organize Your Home With These 10 Thrift Store Finds

on January 12, 2024

Save money and space, add unique style to your home and reduce waste — you really can’t go wrong.

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9 Reasons You Should Stop Buying New Clothes

on January 3, 2024

After 30 years of buying, selling and wearing secondhand fashion, I’ve compiled a long list of benefits.

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8 Things Quickly Disappearing from Thrift Stores

on January 1, 2024

If you shop secondhand, you’ve noticed it too — some things are getting harder and harder to find. Our thrift shopping expert shares several items quickly vanishing from the sales floor.

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8 Tips for Decorating Your Home With Thrift Store Finds

on December 26, 2023

From contemporary to midcentury to one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, today’s secondhand markets have the goods.

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These Vintage Christmas Tree Ornaments Are Worth Good Money Today

on December 25, 2023

Trim the tree — or line your wallet. People are paying up for these vintage holiday decorations.

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3 Hot Vintage Valuables That Might Be Hiding in Your Home

on December 16, 2023

Tastes change — and so does value. These once out-of-style items are hot again — often worth hundreds of dollars.

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15 Common Thrift Store Shopping Mistakes to Avoid

on December 9, 2023

Thrift shopping isn’t like shopping retail. Score bigger bargains and better deals by dodging these common pitfalls.

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Never Clean These 10 Things With a Magic Eraser

on November 20, 2023

With an abrasiveness similar to that of fine sandpaper, a melamine sponge can quickly damage some items.

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3 Hot Vintage Valuables That Might Be Hiding in Your Home

on November 18, 2023

From vintage school supplies to old lawn ornaments, this month’s hot list is totally random — and wonderful.

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25 Things You Should Never Buy — and What To Buy Instead

on November 17, 2023

If you really want to save money, become a more intentional shopper.

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Avoid These 9 Mistakes When Cleaning With Vinegar

on November 11, 2023

Cleaning with vinegar can save you a lot of money, but using it like this can cost you.

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