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Blogger Tips for Granite Staters to Enjoy Life on a Budget

A blogging mom says Granite Staters can enjoy life and find designer clothes at deep discounts at secondhand shops. (
A blogging mom says Granite Staters can enjoy life and find designer clothes at deep discounts at secondhand shops. (
March 30, 2016

NASHUA, N.H. - Social media and the Internet make a person's image seem important, but with money tight, some Granite Staters can't live the lifestyles they want and still pay the bills. Blogger LaTashia Perry of "Mama Gone Thrifting" wants to help.

Perry has four kids and one on the way, and said it is possible to enjoy some of the finer things without spending a lot of cash. Life can't be all work and no play, she said, and recommended setting a budget to determine what's left after the bills are paid. Instead of figuring out what to spend, she suggested considering how to save.

"That's what we get caught up in, is thinking we have to spend, spend, spend, but it's more about planning," she said. "Plan ahead and you can save yourself a ton of money and still enjoy life."

Some of her biggest savings come from thrift stores, where Perry said she buys items at 80 percent to 90 percent of the price they would sell for at full-price retailers. Meal planning is another major cost-cutter, through not eating out and thinking ahead to avoid waste. Perry said the money saved then can be put toward other special purchases or experiences.

At Goodwill and other secondhand stores, Perry said, shoppers can find quality items with the price tags still attached.

"You have people that buy clothes and then they get 'em home and they decide they don't like 'em," she said. "You get some people who will wear something once or twice and then maybe they lose weight or gain weight. I get tons of things barely used or brand new."

With a big family, Perry faces a monthly grocery store bill that's as much as a car payment. However, she said, using simple recipes and buying in bulk really helps stretch meals and food dollars.

"Chicken and noodles - that feeds six of us for about three days," she said. "You get your big pack of noodles, and then you get your chicken breast, and I then add cream of mushroom (soup) - and that's everything for about maybe $25."

A Gallup poll released last year found that most Americans believe a minimum of $58,000 a year is needed for a family of four to get by in their community - more than double the federal poverty level.

Perry's blog is online at Gallup poll results are at

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NH