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].

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.

Man cleaning
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.

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.

Woman shopping for secondhand furniture at a thrift store
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.

Man sleeping peacefully
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.

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.

Vintage Texas Ware bowl
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on June 19, 2021

Texas Ware bowls are the epitome of midcentury optimism, and they fetch a nice price for resellers.

Estate sale sign
11 Estate Sale Shopping Tips From an Expert

on June 3, 2021

Curious about estate sales? A pro shares his favorite secrets for better buying.

Cutco cooking utensils
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on May 15, 2021

This brand of cooking utensil is American-made and built to last. Even better, they can resell for big bucks.

Vintage mugs designed by Massimo Vignelli and manufactured by Heller Inc.
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on April 17, 2021

This iconic dinnerware is prized for everyday use as well as reselling for profit.

Kirby vacuum
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

on March 20, 2021

Vacuums from this brand can last a half-century, if not longer — and they’re hot on the resale market.

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.

Woman with a basket of groceries giving thumbs down
7 Ways Coupons Waste Your Money and Time

on February 9, 2021

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

Man weaving Harris Tweed fabric
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?

woman with cleaner bottle and gloves
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.

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.

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.

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