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October 06, 2015

Prepping for the Warehouse Sale Season

Filed Under: Zannee's Tips, Sales

These days around BargainsLA, we’re gearing up for our busiest season of the year, The Holiday Warehouse Sale Shopping Season.

We get super busy with the end of the year Sample & Warehouse Sales starting at the end of October and reaching a fever pitch by late November.

September 29, 2015

We Pounce, We Score!

We always try to visit outlets and discounters that are out of our immediate neighborhood when we happen to be in their area. A trip to the inland empire this last weekend to visit a family friend had us stopping at a couple of places. 

Sometimes we pop into stores we’ve already researched to shop and see how they’re doing… so we popped into Price Coast Outlet in Montclair to do both.

September 16, 2015

Know Your Limitations

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We all have our limits when we shop. Limits on how hard we’ll work to get a deal. What we’ll do or what we expect when we’re shopping. Things that don’t bother me, cause other people to get annoyed. Ya gotta know your limits!

September 09, 2015

Feels Like Camping

We use to be avid campers when our daughter was little. But for a regular vacation it got to be a bit too much work to go every year. We wanted a bit more R & R when we got away. So now we only camp every few years.

Lately I’ve been feeling like I’m camping out at my own home. Between water conservation and electricity conservation, it feels a bit like camping.

September 01, 2015

Estate Sale Finds

I have a “thing” about earthquakes. Outside of being as prepared as we can, I have a couple issues stemming from previous earthquakes including,  using museum wax to secure statues, art glass and paintings in my house.  I also hate to stop on the freeway under an overpass for fear of it collapsing and I won’t hang anything over my bed that could fall on and kill me during an earthquake.

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… 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.

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