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August 27, 2015

Beat the Heat While Shopping

Wow…. It’s a hot week for Summer Sample and Warehouse Sales and the temps are baking. Many sales may not have adequate air conditioning or might be outside with no break from the heat.

I have several tricks I use to stay cool .....

August 24, 2015

Small Mom and Pop Outlets

One of the aggravating aspects of bargain hunting is trying to shop… or in my case, research small mom and pop outlets. Unlike corporate outlets, or even manufacturer outlets, the little indie discounters are often doing it all by themselves. These industrious entrepreneurs do it all…..buy product, merchandise, advertise, do deliveries and pickup, handle city/ state legal & paperwork issues and as well as do retail sales with little to no help.

August 17, 2015

Coping with the Summer Heat and the Electric Bill

Growing up in Southern California, I’m pretty used to our Summer Heat waves and have developed several techniques for keeping cool and keeping electric costs to a minimum.

Our usual electric bill hovers around $90 a month. Last summer it got up to $350 a month. This Summer we’re aiming to keep it down to under $200. Here’s how we’re trying to accomplish it.

August 10, 2015

Garden Musings and Savings

We totally took the day off Saturday and went out to the Arboretum.

Even though we were surrounded by beautiful landscapes, unusual plants, gorgeous gardens, peacocks and wildlife, the bargain hunting “value” mind set doesn’t ever leave.

August 05, 2015

Back to School in August…. Yee Gads!

Filed Under: Fashion, Inside Scoop, Consumer

With kids going back to school earlier now, during what is arguably the hottest part of the Summer, I think the education system may have effectively killed the Back to School shopping season.

The exceptions might be shoes, school supplies, a backpack, and if your kid is in private school, a uniform ...but buying a lot of Back to School clothes, I don’t think so.

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.

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