I admit it. I have become a cheapskate in recent years. Nearly 3 years of un/underemployment will do it to you.
But even as we're crawling out of our debt mess and restructuring our family life, I've noticed something new about the way I shop. Sometimes, convenience rules out.
I can spend $4-5 on a shirt or a pair of shorts at the children's resale shop, or I can stock up for $3.50 this week at Target. Both will equally get me through the season. One may have a less harsh impact on the environment. That 50 cent difference? Could be eaten up by gas and wear on my car from multiple trips in an attempt to find a particular item. Does buying resale in this case make sense?
It's a question I took notice of the other day on a station's site on Facebook, asking readers how they're cutting costs with $4/gallon gas. The discussion quickly turned to the rise of Goodwill stores and their corresponding rise in prices for what many felt were often substandard product. Why buy used when new is the same price? Has the Wal-mart mentality hit resale too?
What do you think? Do we pay more now, or pay more later?