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July 28, 2015

Off to College

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Sending your kid off to college is both expensive and emotionally exhausting.
I can’t help ya with the emotionally exhausting part, except to say I totally get it and here is a big virtual hug.

But I can help ya with a few tips to spend less getting them ready.

July 22, 2015

GoDaddy Issues

Geeze, I hate getting taken. It riles me up to the point where what comes out of my mouth is dangerous.

I own a bunch of web domains thru GoDaddy. Most of these are undeveloped. I keep them for upcoming possibilities as well as limiting conflict from similar domain names.

Usually GoDaddy is responsive to any issues. But yesterday they were not.

July 13, 2015

Being In the Know

Filed Under: Inside Scoop, Sales

I’m pretty good about getting sales information published in a timely manner. Most companies contact me a week or two ahead. But some don’t.  Even with that, I know how to dig up sales information. But still, sometimes I don’t get notified and don’t see the information anywhere.

July 07, 2015

More Good Stuff

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Over the years we’ve inherited a lot of antique furniture. Recent arrivals included a small rectangular 1940’s side table that we painted a flat gray, put a glass top on and put in our bathroom. It’s very practical and pretty. At the same time we inherited an antique tea cart w/ tray and a pair of intricate, hand carved mahogany Victorian balloon chairs. Now what?

June 17, 2015

Using Self Control

Checking on Sample and Warehouse sales can be costly for me. I try to go to at least one a week, if not 3-4 to make sure they are still really good. I also like to research new, not as well known sales as well. The last 6-weeks though, I have been making regular purchases at these sales. Not huge purchases, but enough to squeeze our budget.

My latest shopping foray was to the Chic Little Devil Sale.

June 09, 2015

Home Maintenance

Kevin and I are hunkering down for some “Summer Fix It” projects around the house. Some are easy…  like window & bathroom painting that we will do ourselves.  But some require a Handy Man or Contractor who have much more expertise that we do.

June 02, 2015

Lessons Learned

I love shopping mom and pop run businesses and outlets. These small businesses are part of local color, tend to have great prices and are just friendlier. But even with the personal service advantage and great savings you can often find at Mom and Pop stores, there are some disadvantages.

May 18, 2015

Shopping Promises

Last Saturday I needed to run an errand in the fabric district in downtown LA. I figured I’d also stop at the Goldhawk Sale and L’Agence Sale to check ‘em out since they were just a bit south of downtown.

I promised myself I wasn’t going to buy anything. I only had $35 in cash on me and was just going only to do some research to make sure these sales were as great as I thought they were.


May 11, 2015

Keeping Secrets

Filed Under: Zannee's Tips, Inside Scoop

You can’t assume anything when you’re bargain shopping. If a product is discounted, there is always a reason. So you have to find out why.

When I research, I have to ask tough direct questions to the owners or manager of a store. How did the product get here? What year is it from? Who liquidated it? How can they sell it so cheaply? What’s wrong with it?

April 27, 2015

Buying Cheap Stuff….Cheap

My first choice in shopping for anything is to always buy the best quality I can afford. Most of the time this is a much better deal than a cheap item that is made poorly. So much so that I often do without until I can afford a better quality item.

But there are times when you should buy cheap items, cheap. These times are when I go to $1 Store or a Thrift store first.

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