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]

Aldi store
My 10 Favorite Things to Buy at Aldi

on June 20, 2022

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

Vintage American Modern dinnerware by Russel Wright
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on June 18, 2022

Vintage dinnerware by this famous industrial designer can be worth hundreds of dollars.

Lego's Star Wars Millennium Falcon
10 Lego Sets That Can Resell for Thousands of Dollars

on May 31, 2022

Lego is as popular as ever, with some rare sets reselling for big bucks.

Woman holding a saw
8 Things You Should Buy at Thrift Stores

on May 27, 2022

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

Excited woman with bubble wrap and packing material
9 Types of Trash You Can Sell for Cash

on May 25, 2022

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

woman thrift shopping
12 Surprising Benefits of Thrift Shopping

on May 24, 2022

It’s not all about saving money. Thrift shopping offers other important advantages that department stores could never match.

If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on May 20, 2022

Wildly popular in the 1980s, clothing from this iconic brand can resell for hundreds of dollars.

elderly man and son grandson
11 Money Lessons I Learned From My Depression-Era Dad

on May 6, 2022

I didn’t always appreciate his Depression-era ways, but I’ve come to see the wisdom in the lessons my father taught.

Goodwill Outlet
How to Buy Bargains by the Pound at Thrift Stores

on May 3, 2022

Here’s how to locate and shop at a new breed of thrift store.

Old man in a cowboy hat with advice on being frugal
9 Forgotten Frugal Strategies — and How to Resurrect Them

on April 29, 2022

These time-tested methods can help us live smarter today.

People shopping at a garage or yard sale
Selling Your Stuff? Don’t Fall for These 5 Negotiating Tricks

on April 29, 2022

Don’t let buyers fleece you — whether you’re selling via a yard sale or Facebook Marketplace.

shocked man with money cash
10 Inherited Items Worth More Than You Think

on April 27, 2022

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

Baklite jewelry
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on April 16, 2022

A precursor to contemporary plastic, this material is prized by collectors and designers.

Housewares at a garage sale
12 Things I Always Buy at Estate Sales

on April 12, 2022

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

antique sale
8 Tips for Selling Inherited Family Furniture

on March 31, 2022

Inherited furniture is meant to be a gift. Here’s how to make sure it doesn’t turn into a burden.

Thrift store decorating
8 Tips for Decorating Your Home With Thrift Store Finds

on March 29, 2022

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

Disappointed Man
8 Commonly Inherited Items Worth Almost Nothing

on March 25, 2022

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

Don't do it say no look away
12 Things You Should Never Donate to Thrift Stores

on March 21, 2022

Not all of your unwanted items are welcome at donation centers.

Woman using a wood pepper mill
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on March 18, 2022

A single pepper mill from this brand can be worth hundreds of dollars.

happy couple in stylish kitchen
10 Affordable Ways to Upgrade Your Kitchen

on February 28, 2022

Does your kitchen deserve some remodeling love? These projects will make the heart of your home the center of attention.

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