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June 20, 2018

Water Rationing

Starting in January 2019, with the passing of Assembly Bill 1668,  we will each be allocated 55 gallons per person, per day of water.  That amount drops to 50 gallons by 2030.

I’ve been pondering my water use numbers in this 3-person household. At 55 gallons per person, can this be done?

June 11, 2018

Quality Dismay

Maybe it’s corporate America taking us for a ride. Frankly, I’m a little dismayed at seeing a real drop in quality on appliances and home furnishings.

When you spend a lot on large appliances and you can barely get 5 years out of them before they break, it should anger all of us.

June 05, 2018

A Risky Purchase

After running around town doing errands last weekend, we happened upon an Estate Sale late Saturday afternoon. I was exhausted, irritable and hungry from running around all day.  But the home was a 1920’s, 2-story Spanish, my favorite and I really wanted to see the interior.

May 28, 2018

A New Grill

Back in 2008, I uncovered a liquidator who had a ton of Australian made patio furniture, BBQ s and complete outdoor islands at 40-80% off original retail. The pricing was unbelievable. We walked away with a Signature S3000E Beef Eater (4 burner) grill. The MSRP was $1899. Here it was only $397. Already assembled we threw in the back of the SUV and gleefully headed home.

For 10 years Hubby grilled every weekend, even during the winter.

May 23, 2018

My Pathetic Wardrobe

When I first started covering Sample & Warehouse Sales my wardrobe doubled in size. Tons of new designer shoes, handbags, coats and dresses.  I gleefully shopped at these stellar sales. I would consistently come home with bags of goodies.

But after we bought our home, we started investing more in the house.

May 17, 2018

Do the Math

I was an idiot with Math. All thru school I was always in the basic, rudimentary Math & Algebra classes. Truth is, math scared me. It was pure terror to me.

But I went thru a school district that wouldn’t let my fear get in the way and eventually mastered enough of it to get into college.

I then didn’t really use it again for years until I started working with my Mom and had to figure out percentages in my head while researching discount outlets.

May 09, 2018

Mothers Day Idea

Filed Under: Zannee's Tips

Mothers Day was always one of my favorite days. The family gathers, fun and food abound and gifts were usually given.

But my daughter is technically an adult now, going to college, working on her career while holding down a waitressing gig. Spending time with her has become incredible valuable to me because it has become so increasingly rare.

May 03, 2018

The Best Laid Plans

My plans were all set for last weekend. Hit several of my favorite DTLA Sample Sales Friday afternoon. Then on Saturday, take a couple of friends to the Off Price DLM Warehouse Sale and enjoy a girls lunch out. Fun and shopping deals were on the agenda!

April 25, 2018

Sample Sale Guerrilla Shopping Tips

Like the Fall, Spring is a Sample / Warehouse Sale shopping paradise. But unlike store sale, these types of sales have both first quality and damaged product. All sales are final, There are often no try ons and there are no returns. You have to have a plan to succeed!
Try these Guerrilla Shopping tips:

Rule #1

Know the Marketplace…

April 17, 2018

The Case Buying Quality

I believe in quality over quantity. It saves you more money in the long run, last longer so you shop less and has some value when you donate or resell the item.

But we are obsessed with Fast Cheap Fashion and disposable cheap furniture. Neither retain their value and after their short life span they end up in the landfill.

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