Second-hand Lloyd

By Jill McKenzie

May 3, 2016 6:00 AM

Reconsider throwing out things you no longer use or need.

Spring is here and many people are working in their yards and cleaning out the garage and basement getting ready for summer.
As you sort through your clutter, remember that old potato: “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
It takes minimal effort on your part to keep unused, outgrown or unwanted belongings out of the landfill.
If there’s no way that you can reuse or repurpose an item, perhaps someone else can.
Have a Yard Sale
If you have the time, why not advertise with a few neighbours and have a community sale?
Kijiji, Facebook and strategically placed signs and balloons are free advertising, and an ad in The Source is sure to get your sale noticed.
If you have a good location, selling hotdogs and drinks can be a money maker at the same time.
Sell Things Online
Look for groups online where you can buy, sell or trade.
Facebook is a good place to start, and kijiji is a free site with a vast selection of categories available.
If garage sales aren’t your thing, or you don’t have time, you can still make some money with an online ad.
Donate to a Great Cause
Lloydminster now has four charity shops whose profits support very worthy local causes.
The ReStore supports Habitat for Humanity and accepts donations of building materials and household items including furniture.
Check out their website to see if your donation meets their criteria, and find them at 3711 44 St..
The Interval Store, 5109 51st St., provides clothing, household items and furniture to women and children fleeing domestic violence.
The proceeds from the store support the programs and services provided by the Interval Home, the local women’s shelter.
The LABIS Store, 4920 50 St., is a gently used clothing and book store that supports raising awareness on brain injuries.
Last, but not least, The Olive Tree is located at 3427 50 Ave. and proceeds help support the soup kitchens that are held three evenings per week.
When you purge excess belongings, donate it if you don’t want to sell it. 
Donating keeps usable things out of the landfill and allows local people to find a great deal.
At the same time, the money generated is being spent locally on essential services.
What’s better than that?
You’ll feel great.
When donating, though, please remember it takes valuable volunteer time and effort to sort and dispose of damaged and broken objects.
Dispose of your own trash responsibly by seeing if it can be recycled before sending it to the landfill.
Buy Used
For many families, the days of buying what you want without a second thought are over.
As you become a more prudent shopper, watching for sales and distinguishing “wants” from “needs,” make an effort to find what you need second-hand.
There may be some things that you aren’t comfortable buying used, and fair enough.
But if you’re patient and keep watching, there are great deals to be had.
Sometimes waiting for the right deal helps you realize you didn’t actually need what you’d been looking for and prevents spending impulsively.
If you’re accustomed to buying everything top of the line, ask yourself if you spend more because you like the quality, feel that it is produced under more humanitarian conditions, or are you simply projecting an image of affluence.
If it is the latter, can you afford to sustain that image?
More and more research is showing that people overspend in response to what they see on social media.
If you see on Facebook that your friend has a new patio set, for instance, you are more likely to feel that your old set is inadequate and wish that you could afford a new one.
Learn to question these impulses.
Is credit card debt and stress worth keeping up to the neighbours?
If Pinterest or similar sites always leave you feeling like you need new things, try a week without that app and see how you feel.
Perhaps a digital diet will help you stick to your budget.
If there is something you really need or want and you have set out a fair price in your mind, wait for the right deal to come along by watching the flyers, kijiji, online groups and the local charity shops.
Compare prices at local businesses and ask when things will go on special—that patio set will likely go on sale in the fall if you can wait that long.
Budgeting your money, living sustainably, and supporting the second-hand economy are great ways to reduce stress and debt.
Don’t wish for what others have; assess what you need before shopping for wants.
Spending locally, whether on new or used, will help support local people and businesses through the lean times and the booms.

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