“Flea markets proliferate a volume of goods needing to be sold and people who are hungry — emotionally and aesthetically — to sort out the meaning of life … For most people who go on these ritualized scavenger hunts looking for something that they may not know exists, it is a kind of pilgrims’ process through the detritus of the past.”
“If you’re buying trendy stuff, you’re going to spend more on it.”
A writer throws a fancy holiday party exclusively using food and drink from warehouse stores. The results? A reasonably inexpensive dinner, and more leftovers than she knows what to do with.
Just about everywhere you spend, there are simple ways to save. Here’s a roundup of stories with tips for spending wisely—and not getting taken for a sucker—at flea markets, the bank, the grocery store, and in your own home.