How to Find Great Prices


Ella Oliva

As the final weeks of school approach it’s time to start preparing for the future. As most of us seniors are heading off to college or into the workforce, we are bound to start growing up. This means having to buy our own things and learn how to budget our money. Even as juniors this is so important to start. Throughout this past year I’ve learned some great tips on how to save money. These are great for people about to move out or if you need supplies for your dorm.

First, you need to sell everything that you no longer use. This is going to give you money to buy the things you actually need. Throw a garage sale on the weekend, post it on Facebook or any other social media. You could also make an Instagram page or Snapchat story for selling your items. Also sell them for cheap, despite the fact that you paid 60 dollars for those jeans, no one is going to pay even close to that amount. Try to keep in mind that your goal is to have everything gone.

Next, after you have sold through everything, you need to prioritize what you have yet to purchase. Put the most important things at the top of the list and how much you are willing to spend on each item. This will help create a budget and put your needs first rather than your wants.

Finally, it’s time to buy! Most people head straight to target and swipe their cards. Obviously there is no wrong way to go about this, however, if you want to be cost efficient that is not the way. I’d start by going to garage sales, these will become your best friend. Every weekend get up around 8 and find one posted in the paper or if you’re just driving around and see a sign, take the time to check it out. I have found so many brand new items in garage sales for just a few bucks. I’d also recommend following as many selling accounts as possible. These people are more than likely going to underprice items just to get rid of them. Lastly, before running to target, check out items at Goodwill or Facebook Marketplace. You can find just about anything at both of these places.

You may not find all the items you need at these places, however, I bet you’ll find way more than you think. Making the extra effort will be worth it in the long run. Happy shopping!