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The best way to contact me is directly through:

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Katy Wok-Stanley
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”

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1 Dawn April 14, 2010 at 4:38 am

Katy-
What do you think of “Your money: The Missing Manual”. I was interested in it, but a little hesitant to spend money to read about money :) Just wonder if it is worth the investment.
Thanks

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2 Twyla March 4, 2011 at 3:20 pm

hmm, did that work? Seems to have taken me to a weird page.

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3 Jennifer September 13, 2011 at 5:00 pm

test…this didn’t work last time and I don’t want to lose the entire message! :0)

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4 Jennifer September 13, 2011 at 5:08 pm

OK! It’s a go!

Q for you Katy! Most of my furniture is second or third hand. I have two couches that are reaching then end of thier lives (with us anyway, some college student would more than welcome them). I am having a delimma about replacing them. With the return of the bed bug (they are kind of like Voldomort says my 6 year old daughter) I am quite apprehensive about getting used couches. I wasn’t that concerned until I went into a farm store here in Indiana and saw and entire pallet of bed bug pesticide setting out. Now that don’t put that much out unless there is a market for it……YUCKO! What is your take on this?

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5 Katy September 13, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Good question. I am going to present this question to the readership and see what they have to say.

Katy

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6 Isabelle February 16, 2012 at 8:06 am

Dear Katy,
I sent you a message through the above form but received no response, so I am taking the liberty to do it this way. I am about to publish a book on lifestyle changes for sustainable development. I would like to use your story as a good example in the book. How can I submit the text dedicated to you and get a high resolution picture of you?
Thanks,
Isabelle

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7 Michelle Sutton August 23, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Saw your Today Show segment. I too am a proud Thrift Store Queen; 99.9% of my clothes (husband and children too) and furniture are purchased from the Thrift Store. Rock on!

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8 Kathy August 23, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Your idea is not new. I went 7 YEARS wearing the same clothes – never purchased anything for myself during that time. Reason? I was a stay-at-home Mom & my husband’s income supported a family of 4. If I wanted new outfits, it would mean putting my kids in daycare & going back to work – both of which I refused. Women have choices & some are tough. But you have to weigh what’s important to you and what you want to accomplish. It would have been easy for me to return to work & have a comfortable lifestyle with 2 incomes. But I gave birth to my kids & I wanted to raise them – not put them in daycare. So if it meant we had to be poor for x number of years & it meant giving up a comfy lifestyle – so what? It won’t last forever & my kids learned a lot from it.

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9 Christine August 29, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Hey Katy — I read about you on MSN today… and felt like I was reading about our family! We started buying from resales, thrift, and consignment just over 2 years ago when my husband left his job. We were starting our own company and the $$ were very tight! Our mantra became “Is it a need or a want?”. Amazing what a few choice words can do to shift your mindset.

Our kids balked at ‘used’ clothes and furniture at first. However, when I showed them how to they were able to get the latest styles (including brands I previously would never agree to buy due to their cost!), they were won over. As for the furniture, a little paint here, some reupholstering there and voila — a custom designed room!

What began out of necessity has become our family’s standard. I am so happy we made the switch; and honestly, we don’t miss the mall or scrambling for sales. Who knew?

Thanks for your wonderful blog…
Christine

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10 Katy August 29, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Great story, thanks for sharing!

Katy

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11 GRACEE BROOKS August 29, 2012 at 5:19 pm

I have been doing this for 30 years!!!!! I have a home that is styled in early thrift store style; not one piece of furniture is newly purchase except for my stove! I have beautiful bedroom sets bought for $75.00/ and $60.00! from our local resale shop. I garden, can and forage for fruits and vegetables. I sew and re do clothing for myself and family;make dolls and stuffed animals also! I take my thriftyness seriously-I forage for my medicinal herbs too!!!!Keep up the good work-many can benefit from yopur blog!

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12 Tawn September 4, 2012 at 3:01 am

Love your blog! I thought of you the other day when I stopped at a consignment that was going out of business :(, and had everything for 25 cents! Anyway, I made quite a haul for my son and nieces for only $3, with names like Gap Kids, Limited Too, Tommy Hilfiger, Talbot Kids, Liz Claiborne, etc. Did a little happy dance on the way to the car. I was able to buy a size larger for my son for next year. I like to be prepared.

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13 Katy September 4, 2012 at 9:05 am

Score, awesome!

Katy

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14 Lorraine September 9, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Hello Katy,I am a long long way away from Portland ,in fact I am way down under in Queensland Australia.I saw you on our National TV channel 7 this morning,and you hit the spot with me..I have been living your way for many years,have raised 5 children on my own and I am now in my seventies..Recycling is great,,, what is junk or outmoded to most people is treasures to many, and my children have all come through as well adjusted people and are now passing their knowledge onto their own children. Congrats to you and to the many folks that have sent you their messages as well,and keep smiling.

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15 Lyn, WA September 10, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Hi Katy, I also saw you on TV in Australia (I’m on the other side as far as possible from Lorraine in the west), I saw you only quick enough to catch your blog name so I could follow up later. I’ve been trying to live on less for ages so I could quit the job I didn’t like (just did it nearly two weeks ago!). I am looking forward to following your blog now.
Kind regards,
Lyn

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16 Lorraine September 10, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Hi Lyn, Glad to see that we have the same tastes on either side of our Country…keep in touch.

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17 Kitty November 23, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Hi,
All my friends have ginormous TVs, so I gave my TV to my brother. When I want to see a movie, I call my friends, bring a movie and some food, wine etc, and we make watching the movie together a social event. So much more fun, and one less TV in the world.I see this movement as one of community abundance and a way we can connect more with others and be more creative. Glad to have heard you on Forum today.

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18 Jane ulness February 27, 2013 at 11:29 am

I too bought my kids clothes at the goodwill. My daughter got bullied over it so bad. Hernself image ismstill sufferimg over the bullying . If I had to do it again, I would buy her ome outfit that the other girls were wearimg from a hip store and vary the accessories. we could go without somethimg else. My daughter buysnher baby daughters clothes at the goodwill. Works fine, but when she gets in junior and high school, I hope people teach their children better than to bully kids.

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19 Katy February 27, 2013 at 11:40 am

The clothes from thrift shops are exactly the same as clothes from the mall.

Katy

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20 Tracy April 18, 2013 at 4:43 am

I want to thank you for your blog, Katy. ( I am also part time nurse in a NICU in upstate New York), and also have always tried to save and live on less. My kids are grown now, but I am still interested in a non consumerist way of life. Please keep your posts coming, I love them!

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21 Susan Priest March 12, 2014 at 5:39 pm

Hi Katy,

My Name is Susan and your husband Dale works with my husband Paul. I have recently started a DIY printable wedding stationery business and though it may be a good topic for your followers…

I currently sell my designs on Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/WillowandSass) but have a website that links to it.

I love what you do and you have been an inspiration to Paul and I. Since we have read your tips and seen your tv appearances, we have tried to spend less, buy what we need and shop at thrift stores when we can. Thanks for all your advice.

Susan Priest

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22 Katy March 13, 2014 at 7:58 am

Very cute! I wish you’d been around 21 years ago!

Katy

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