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]

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

on February 20, 2021

They don’t make coffee makers like this anymore.

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7 Ways Coupons Waste Your Money and Time

on February 9, 2021

Here’s why I hung up my scissors and quit clipping coupons.

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10 Secrets to Finding Quality Secondhand Furniture

on January 26, 2021

Here’s how an expert identifies the best pieces of furniture at thrift stores.

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If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on January 16, 2021

Whether you resell it for a big profit or add it to your own wardrobe, this type of clothing is a hidden steal.

Upset women opening a bad gift
10 Gift-Giving Mistakes to Avoid in 2020

on December 15, 2020

Are you about to make any of these embarrassing gaffes?

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7 Obvious Money-Saving Tips People Often Forget

on August 5, 2020

There are many “no-brainer” ways to save, but that doesn’t stop us from overlooking them.

Grandparent and grandchild
8 Money Lessons You Must Teach Your Grandchildren

on May 23, 2020

Millions are now graduating: Pass on these life-changing lessons that lead to prosperity.

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8 Household Items You Forgot to Spring Clean

on May 15, 2020

Did you miss any of these essential tasks? No worries, we’ve got you covered.

Man with umbrella and piggy bank
9 Tips for Starting an Emergency Fund Today

on March 26, 2020

These steps will help you sleep a little better — despite the coronavirus crisis and impending recession.

Happy couple
6 Reasons Savers Are Sexier Than Spenders

on February 12, 2020

They may not be as flashy or stylish as their high-spending friends, but savers have an appeal that’s all their own.

secondhand shopping
5 Expert Tips for Better Thrift Store Shopping

on March 28, 2019

An avid thrift store shopper of decades shares his strategies for finding the best deals.

Happy worker
6 Secrets to Getting a Pay Raise in 2018

on January 26, 2018

Just 19 percent of Americans are satisfied with their pay. Here are some tips that might help you start the year with more compensation.

4 Big Reasons to Make a Roth IRA Part of Your Retirement Strategy
4 Big Reasons to Make a Roth IRA Part of Your Retirement Strategy

on September 28, 2017

Roth or regular? While both kinds of IRAs have their place in retirement planning, here’s why you should consider a Roth.

8 Home Improvement Projects That Pay Off Big
8 Home Improvement Projects That Pay Off Big

on September 8, 2015

As the housing market heats up, the right renovation can be the difference maker that leads to a sale. Here are some changes that tend to recoup a large percentage of your investment.

Stretch Your Budget And Boost Your Health With 14 Superfoods
Stretch Your Budget And Boost Your Health With 14 Superfoods

on March 23, 2015

If you’ve never heard of superfoods, it might be time to get acquainted with these power-packed staples of good health.

Kick the Habit: 7 Steps to Wean Yourself From Credit Cards
Kick the Habit: 7 Steps to Wean Yourself From Credit Cards

on January 9, 2015

Easy credit, the tendency to overspend, and the overwhelming acceptance of plastic as a means to pay for everything from home repairs to hamburgers have helped make consumer indebtedness a chronic condition. Here’s how to break free.

8 Ways to Feel Rich When You’re Not
8 Ways to Feel Rich When You’re Not

on January 8, 2015

In the material world in which we all live, it’s sometimes easy to feel like you’re suffering. Here are some simple tips to keep you focused, and more important, happy.

7 Ways to Get What You Want on Customer Service Calls
7 Ways to Get What You Want on Customer Service Calls

on April 1, 2014

I’ve sat on both sides of the customer service line — taking abuse from callers and getting angry at unmotivated CS reps too. Here are some lessons I’ve learned that can help you.

7 Smart Saving Strategies for New Grads
7 Smart Saving Strategies for New Grads

on March 5, 2014

Graduation is a time of exciting possibilities, high expectations … and new financial realities. Get off on the right foot and build a brighter future with these seven saving strategies.

7 Tips for Writing a Winning Cover Letter
7 Tips for Writing a Winning Cover Letter

on February 27, 2014

Few things we write have as much potential value as a well-crafted cover letter. If you’re in the job market now or plan to be, here are seven tips to take your cover letter from tired to hired.

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