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April 25, 2018

Sample Sale Guerrilla Shopping Tips

Like the Fall, Spring is a Sample / Warehouse Sale shopping paradise. But unlike store sale, these types of sales have both first quality and damaged product. All sales are final, There are often no try ons and there are no returns. You have to have a plan to succeed!
Try these Guerrilla Shopping tips:

Rule #1

Know the Marketplace…

April 17, 2018

The Case Buying Quality

I believe in quality over quantity. It saves you more money in the long run, last longer so you shop less and has some value when you donate or resell the item.

But we are obsessed with Fast Cheap Fashion and disposable cheap furniture. Neither retain their value and after their short life span they end up in the landfill.

April 04, 2018

Price and Quality

The old adage, “You get what you pay for” still rings true. Yet, knowing that, most of us are blinded by lower prices.

A lower price doesn’t usually equate quality. Yet, it can, if you know what you’re doing.

March 22, 2018

The Purge Begins

Spring Cleaning is usually cleaning out and re-organizing drawers and closets, deep cleaning your living space, but especially kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. It will be for us as well this year. But in addition to that aspect of Spring Cleaning, we’ve started purging some of our really good furniture, collectibles and art that we inherited or acquired.

We’re overloaded with trinkets, paintings and furniture that adds nothing to do our lives.

March 07, 2018

I Call BS

We have a smaller home with Central Air and Heat. With about 1800 total living space we are careful about our energy consumption. After all, Energy is expensive and our energy footprint matters.

So I take serious exception to the quarterly notifications I get from my local Gas, Water & Power companies telling me I consume more energy, water and gas than 70% of my neighbors.

February 28, 2018

It’s the Little Expenses

Years ago, after hubby & I went through financial counseling, we learned that it is the little expenses that will destroy your finances. That morning coffee at Starbucks, those lunches out with the girls, buying bottled water, gym memberships, dinners out, movie night out etc. All those unnecessary expenditures that we love to make and should rethink.

February 19, 2018

Excessive Hype

If you haven’t read it or heard about it yet, 2017 was a brutal year for retail.  Many once strong stores are now struggling with some closing or downsizing. Online competition is fierce. Brick and mortar competition is fierce.  Retail is a really a fierce, do or die business that is not for the weak kneed.

So retailers and brands are always looking for ways to standout in a very competitive environment.

February 13, 2018

Saving Money on a Home Pilates Reformer

Hubby and I hike the local mountains. But last Summer I ran into some physical issues that despite my activity were getting worse. Several old dance injuries had come back to haunt me. Muscles that had been injured decades ago were now, suddenly weak causing imbalance and stride problems.

February 06, 2018

A Thoughtful Valentines Day

The word for Valentines Day is thoughtfulness. You don’t have to spend a gazillion bucks make your special someone feel special.

So here are some frugal ideas!

For All Romantics:
- Instead of giving flowers, give a “live” plant they can plant in their garden.
- Deliver one long stemmed, red rose everyday to their office for a week. Labor intensive… but a great way to get your point across!

January 18, 2018

Sticking to Your Resolutions

About this time in January, most of us have had missteps in our News Years Resolutions. This year I stuck to mine, mostly cause I made them 4 months ago.

Last Summer I promised myself to eat better with less Sugar and Carbs. I also promised myself to get my body strong again.  This wasn’t about weight loss, cause I’m slim. It was about health.

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