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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.

Oops…..

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.

April 08, 2015

Curtailing Water Use

Governor Jerry Brown has mandated a 25% statewide reduction in our water use and is backing it up with fines for non compliance. Personally I’m not happy with how we got here. Or how certain groups don’t have to follow the mandate. But the fact remains that we are here. Until the problem is solved we need to make more changes to our lifestyles to deal with the water shortage. Southern California is a semi dessert and our water use should reflect that.

March 31, 2015

Serious Shopping Spree

Last week, after I had finished cleaning out my closets and drawers, I was stunned to see how my wardrobe had diminished significantly… basically, I had nothing to wear from all the gaps in my wardrobe. Time to get some new clothes!

March 24, 2015

Annoying Contractor Calls

If you own a home, you probably get several calls a week for annoying contractors. They just keep calling and calling. Doesn’t matter if you hang up on them. Politely tell them you have nothing that needs to be done. Rudely tell them to go away…. They are relentless.

So when our DIY list started getting a little long, I thought it may be better to have someone else take care of a small project for us instead of doing it ourselves

March 16, 2015

It’s time for Spring Cleaning!

Our first tier of Spring Cleaning is cleaning out drawers and closets. I use some guidelines when cleaning out closets and drawers.  When picking through articles of clothing to discard or resell, I use a list of reasons to discard an item. They work for me, perhaps they’ll work for you

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