My parents didn’t understand the whole “name brand” thing so our clothes were always budget friendly and whatever was saved on clothes and shoes was used to finance our trips or “extra” things that were not part of the regular monthly bills.
Another technique that I got specifically from my dad is to go in to the store knowing how much you want to spend and stick with that number.
Another big thing that my dad taught me was the importance of having good credit. Good credit is the key to getting a new car, house, appliances, and any other big items.
For as long as I can remember my dad has always been finding ways to make extra cash. He claims he has many talents and I believe him. He’s a great mechanic, landscaper, plumber, and even a great tailor.