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July 28, 2014

Dog Days of Summer

This last week, with the muggy heat, I felt like I got hit over the head with a brick.

We are trying to lower our electrical bill. With our two offices and all our computers running everyday, we regularly have what I consider to be a good-sized electric bill.  So we didn’t crank our central air at 77-78 like we have in the past. We set it at 81.  It still felt much cooler inside than outside. But if you moved around at all, you’d sweat.

July 14, 2014

Understanding the Gray Market

In Retail, the Gray Market refers to items that are sold outside the normal channels.

The Gray Market is where many bargains are found.  Places like independent outlets, liquidation companies, off price sellers, re-sellers, swap meets, jobbers etc. Items at theses sources generally don’t come with manufacturer warranties, but are priced much lower

July 07, 2014

Goofing Off at the Surplus Store

We went out to research a store this past weekend, and when we got there they had closed early because it was a Holiday Weekend. Really….

With time on our hands, we stop into a local Burbank Navy/ Army Surplus, The Supply Sergeant. Army Surplus stores are great. Prices are always pretty low on fun basic items from tees to jeans and earthquake supplies to fatigues.

July 01, 2014

Estate Sale Shopping

Some of the best bargains I have ever seen have been at Estate Sales. You can find one of a kind heirlooms, antiques, collectible signed artwork, vintage home furnishings, vintage clothing and accessories and as well as newer household appliances, gadgets, tools, necessities, clothing and jewelry at a pittance of original retail or what they would run at an antique dealer or collectible shop

June 24, 2014

Teaching Budgeting

Filed Under: Zannee's Tips, Consumer

I hate budgeting. I do it, but it brings me no joy, just lots of life’s realities served up monthly. Teaching our daughter budgeting has been tricky. Like many parents, if she needs something and it wasn’t planned for,  we had, up to recently, coughed up the monies to take care of it for her without asking for reimbursement.

June 16, 2014

Pebble Trouble

As I was driving down to Orange County to do some research, a small pebble came out of nowhere hitting the front windshield. A crack appeared and by the time we got into Santa Ana, we had watched it grow to 6 inches long. After parking the car for 2 hours, the crack had grown to 10 inches and on the route home we watched it grow to 13 inches. Damn, another unforeseen expense. I hate those!

June 11, 2014

Price Anchoring

A recent article by Consumer Reporter, Clark Howard talked about “Price Anchoring”.  The Price Anchor is the supposed original retail price on an item that’s on sale. Too often it’s just a made up number.

June 02, 2014

Quality Lasts

Kids are hard on furniture. So quality matters.

My husband and I bought a well-crafted, wooden children’s desk and hutch piece at a furniture resale shop 11 years ago when our daughter was just 7. It took an extreme beating!

May 26, 2014

Thrift Logic

We shop thrift, resale and vintage stores. Always have… always will.  We live by the concept that “new” isn’t always better and good design with quality craftsmanship is always in.

At thrifts you will find everything from unbelievable junk to outstanding treasures. You have to have a sharp eye and hunt, but it’s worth the work.

May 20, 2014

Shopping Weekend Musings

With so many sales this past weekend, I had to hit my share and bag some bargains.

On Friday our first stop was the Sienna Rose/ Junior Drake Sample Sale. To my delight, at this new location I found handbags nicely displayed instead of tossed on long tables. This made it easier to find a great bag… or two .. or even THREE. Yes, I got three leather handbags for just $180.

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