Thrifty is Nifty

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Ever since my trip to Anthropologie yesterday afternoon, I’ve had a serious itch to buy some fun, new dishes. So, I went on a little shopping spree this afternoon. 😉


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The foodie in me loves new dishes! :mrgreen:


I also bought a little special something for my favorite pug.


Obviously, he needs somewhere to store his doggie treats! 😉


For all of these goodies, I paid just $3.50 thanks to The Goodwill Store of South Boston. What can I say, being thrifty is nifty! 😉


The The Goodwill Store had tons and tons of dishes– and they were all so cheap!


Ya can’t beat these prices!


I spent a good 45 minute perusing the selection of plates, bowls, mugs, platters, glasses, vases… they had everything!


I’m not an expert when it comes to thrift store finds, but here are a few things that I keep in mind when shopping for dishes and other home goods:

  • Have a plan: Before I even set foot into The Goodwill Store today, I had an idea of what I wanted to buy. Walking into a huge store with tons of stuff can be totally overwhelming, especially if you don’t know what you are looking for. I narrowed-down the “playing field” by looking for dishes and other housewares.
  • Be open-minded: Even though I had a game plan, I kept my eyes open for unique finds, unexpected gifts, and really good deals while shopping at The Goodwill. You never know what you might find!
  • Take your time: The Goodwill Store had so much stuff to sort through, but I took my time to take a good look at everything. Don’t be afraid to move things around– you might uncover some real treasures!
  • Carry cash: Not all thrift stores accept credit cards, so I made sure that I had cash on me. When I’m armed with cash, I’m much more selective about my purchases. Plus, the whole point of shopping at a thrift store is to save money, so I didn’t want to spend too much!
  • Second-guess yourself: Before I purchased my items, I took a minute to consider each one. I questioned each item’s purpose, how much I would use it, and whether it’s a good deal or not. I ended up putting back a small teal bowl because there really wasn’t anything “special” about it. Plus, I have a zillion bowls for oatmeal.
  • Wash before use: Especially with dishes, I make sure to run them through the dishwasher before I use them for the first time. I have no idea where they came from and how many different hands touched them!

What are your shopping strategies for thrift stores?

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Ok, onto the food! 🙂


This morning, we had a breakfast meeting at NuVal, so I grabbed a small cup of coffee and half of a plain bagel with maple cream cheese to snack on. The maple cream cheese was so a-mazing! I could have easily eaten it straight from the container with a spoon!



For lunch, I packed a salad of sorts with chopped romaine and a big scoop of “lentil surprise” on top. I also enjoyed a Jazz apple with lunch.



When I got home from NuVal, I whipped up my favorite new snack. It might look ugly, but it was de-lic-ious!

In the mix:

  • 1 packet of maple brown sugar instant oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup liquid egg whites
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder


Now, I am drinking some Oolong Shalimar tea, which “finds its home in a setting of red aronia berries, bright mango cubes, and dark red rose petals.” Mmm! It’s a perfect afternoon tea.

I’m not sure what’s on the agenda for dinner, but I’m thinking soup. I can’t seem to warm up today! 😕



  1. love finding unique dinnerware, especially when they’re nifty and thrifty! Always have to go with a plan and some time to sift. Home Goods is another place to find reasonable and cute dinnerware and tons of other decorating stuff 🙂

  2. I love shopping at thrift stores, consignment shops and bargain outlets. You get so much more bang for your buck! I rarely ever pay full price for something. Guaranteed it’s going to go on sale at some point and I can typically wait for that to happen!

  3. I <3 Goodwill. I stopped by one in DC a few weeks ago to donate some stuff and found an awesome gray tweed knee-length pea coat for $7.98!! My rule is only buy if you need or will DEFINITELY use. 🙂

  4. Good Will for dishes… what a great idea! I usually only shop clearance, but we’re still talking $3-$5 (or more!) for dishes and bowls. Definitely going to hit up a thrift store the next time I have a craving for some fanciness 🙂

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