Shop at thrift and consignment stores
Retail stores have been receiving a lot of competition from thrift and consignment stores. Because of the increased competition they have sales, events and coupons that are available that could cut your bill in half, if you know where to shop and how to obtain the discounts.
Thrift stores have been a reliable source because of its inexpensive yet well taken care of items. Sure the Items may be secondhand but the price makes up for the difference. Always be sure to check out your local thrift shops regularly for way better deals on items than normal retail stores. The discount you get may come at a value cost though.
Consignments stores are becoming a increasingly popular way to get items and make money in the process. Consignments stores sell items you donate and pay you part of the portion once the donated item sells.