I was groomed going to garage sales from the early age of five. I became hooked by the adrenalin rush of finding the greatest thing at the greatest price. Even in college, I spent my weekends hunting the garage sales of the Santa Barbara hills that were brimming rich with treasures. Traveling back home to visit my parents, my trunk was a trove of fantastic finds. Eventually I met a man and had to move to Boston. What was I to do there but foster my already budding shopaholicism. Each day I’d set out on a new path, walking the city to a different shopping mecca. Downtown Crossing, Newbury Street, Copley Plaza, Quincy Market: what price tags would be marked down that day? Soon I would have a baby to take with me on these excursions. In preparation for her arrival, I compiled more baby clothes in new or nearly new condition than she could ever wear. I scoured the garage sales, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, the sale racks at Macy’s, leaving no price tag unturned. And when most of her clothes were left unworn, they were taken to a consignment store where, in return, I received most if not more of my money back. This trend has continued now that I have a son as well. I am back in California and have furnished my home with yard sale chic – though first-time visitors ask who my high-priced interior decorator must be. I buy my kids clothes on the clearance racks of Gap and Target and resell them on Ebay or on consignment for a profit. I receive countless retail e-mails for sales and filter through them to find those that are worthwhile. I have store credit cards that provide me with bucks back which I can use to buy more merchandise. And in these trying times, I have found the best way to shop for groceries and household necessities at the lowest cost. Whether on-line, in-store or elsewhere, I can help you find it for less . . . much, much less.