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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9 Mistakes People Make When Cleaning With Vinegar

on January 21, 2022

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

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Organize Your Home With These 10 Thrift Store Finds

on January 3, 2022

Resolve to be clutter-free in 2022 with these secondhand purchases.

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8 Essential Home Features for Aging in Place

on December 30, 2021

A survey finds that buyers focused on accessibility want these features.

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17 Surprising Things You Can Sell for Extra Money

on December 28, 2021

You probably don’t realize these items are worth decent cash.

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

on December 24, 2021

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

Chemex pour-over coffee maker
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on December 18, 2021

It has no moving parts, but makes an amazing cup of coffee. And vintage pieces can be worth hundreds of dollars.

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8 Things You Should Be Buying at Thrift Stores

on December 6, 2021

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

Cast iron pans
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on November 20, 2021

This brand of cast iron epitomizes practicality and durability — and pieces have resold for as much as $2,700.

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12 Things I Always Buy at Estate Sales

on November 15, 2021

Here’s what an expert estate sale shopper considers to be a great find — and why.

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8 Commonly Inherited Items Worth Almost Nothing

on November 9, 2021

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

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10 Things You Should Never Do With Bleach

on October 27, 2021

Does the pandemic have you reaching for bleach more than ever before? Learn the ins and outs of using this powerful disinfectant.

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8 Surprising Household Items You Can Sell for Fast Cash

on October 25, 2021

Sometimes, the humblest household items are worth the most money.

Vintage Vera Neumann napkins
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on October 16, 2021

Vintage textiles from this designer resell for big bucks — and make unique home decor.

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If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on September 18, 2021

This vintage furniture line has been rediscovered — and buyers are willing to pay up for it.

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9 Ways to Turn Your Bedroom Into a Sanctuary for $100 or Less

on September 13, 2021

In these stressful times, who couldn’t use a better night’s sleep?

Vintage Levi's "Big E" denim jeans
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on August 21, 2021

One detail can make this type of vintage denim worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

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8 Secrets of an Expert Thrift Store Shopper

on July 21, 2021

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

Vintage mug and bowl
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on July 17, 2021

You can resell some coffee mugs from this humble line of dishware for hundreds of dollars — or keep them for yourself.

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11 Secrets to Finding Quality Clothing at Thrift Shops

on July 12, 2021

Here’s what to look for — and avoid — to buy secondhand clothing without sacrificing quality.

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11 Ways to Upgrade Your Yard for $100 or Less

on June 26, 2021

These inexpensive projects and purchases can turn any outdoor space into an oasis.

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