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October 28, 2014

Fall Garden Work

We recently have been approved for the rebate for pulling out our remaining lawn and are now in the throws of a big DYI landscaping job. Outside of lowering our water bill, our goal is to get beautiful, drought tolerant yards and come out ahead financially. Our attitude on this project is to be extremely thrifty

October 21, 2014

Black Friday Humbug

Filed Under: Zannee's Tips, Dining, OM Gosh!

Ok… OK! Enough of Black Friday already!

No, I do not hit the malls or retail stores on Black Friday. I like to spend my Holiday weekend with family. It’s a rare rest period during an extremely hectic season for us.

October 15, 2014

Bad Shoppers

With the shopping season about to hit full tilt, we all have to be at our best, behaving well when coping with crowds, traffic and the holiday rush.

You all are fabulous shoppers! Well educated, savvy, and behave well at outlets, warehouses and sample sales. I hear lots of great things about you guys. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

But I do hear from retailers occasionally about a shoppers who are difficult…

October 07, 2014

Car Woes

Filed Under: Zannee's Tips, Consumer

Ten days ago, our kid’s ride and our utility SUV, a 2001 Subaru Forester was hit while parked in front of our house. With over $6000 in damage, the car was totaled. Now with the insurance money, it’s time to shop for a safe used car for our kid. 

September 30, 2014

Shopping in Downtown LA

My girl friend, Kim asked me to take her shopping in Downtown LA.  Since she loves Splendid and Ella Moss and had missed their Warehouse Sale,  I took her to the Ella Moss Splendid Outlet.

September 22, 2014

Craig’s List Find

Like most everyone, I want the best stuff for next to nothing. As a realist, I am aware how rare that is. So I often check out thrifts and garage sales as well as Craig’s List for items I want on the cheap that need little to no refurbishment. But you have to be picky and thoroughly inspect every item, which can be a hassle

September 16, 2014

Coping With The Heat

Filed Under: Zannee's Tips

It’s hard to stay focused and alert when the temps are so hot. Our offices do have wall air conditioning. Enough to keep you in the cool,  but only if it’s 100 degrees or less. So when we hit 106 at 2pm on Monday, the office only cooled to 90 degrees. Too hot to work in.

September 09, 2014

Love Your Bank?

Filed Under: Zannee's Tips, Consumer

I love my bank…. Really. We banked with Union Bank for the past 20 years. They have seen us through financial ups and downs and through different businesses, always ready to help, guide us and give advice when they could.

When I have a problem and I call them, I get a American Citizen here in the USA, not a Pilipino or Indian representative. I don’t like talking money, credit or tech issues with someone overseas. Lot of fraud goes on overseas.

August 18, 2014

Shopping With My Daughter

My daughter doesn’t really like shopping with me anymore. I have tried over the last few years to turn my daughter on to higher quality clothing. I’ve taken her to thrifts, resale and vintage boutiques as well as a few warehouse / sample sales.  But, she naturally gravitates towards younger, Junior labels and designs even if she likes some of the vintage classics.

So when I got word late Friday morning of a warehouse sale that afternoon on Junior line, Living Doll, I asked her if she wanted to go. Sure she said.

August 13, 2014

Managing My Beauty Regime

As I age…..I’m spending more and more money on beauty products. Ugh!! I shouldn’t even admit that! But it is sadly, inevitable. My morning and evening routines have become longer. But most importantly, my budget is being affected.

To try to find some financial balance, I periodically try new products through freebies and giveaways.… most don’t cut the mustard and are tossed. But some, I keep

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