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September 09, 2014

Love Your Bank?

Filed Under: Zannee's Tips, Consumer

I love my bank…. Really. We banked with Union Bank for the past 20 years. They have seen us through financial ups and downs and through different businesses, always ready to help, guide us and give advice when they could.

When I have a problem and I call them, I get a American Citizen here in the USA, not a Pilipino or Indian representative. I don’t like talking money, credit or tech issues with someone overseas. Lot of fraud goes on overseas.

August 18, 2014

Shopping With My Daughter

My daughter doesn’t really like shopping with me anymore. I have tried over the last few years to turn my daughter on to higher quality clothing. I’ve taken her to thrifts, resale and vintage boutiques as well as a few warehouse / sample sales.  But, she naturally gravitates towards younger, Junior labels and designs even if she likes some of the vintage classics.

So when I got word late Friday morning of a warehouse sale that afternoon on Junior line, Living Doll, I asked her if she wanted to go. Sure she said.

August 13, 2014

Managing My Beauty Regime

As I age…..I’m spending more and more money on beauty products. Ugh!! I shouldn’t even admit that! But it is sadly, inevitable. My morning and evening routines have become longer. But most importantly, my budget is being affected.

To try to find some financial balance, I periodically try new products through freebies and giveaways.… most don’t cut the mustard and are tossed. But some, I keep

August 04, 2014

Back To School….Again

It’s a muggy August and the reality is, your kid will be going back to school soon. The promos for Back to School have begun.  Both a joy and a headache, getting organized for back to school is necessary and will save you money.

July 28, 2014

Dog Days of Summer

This last week, with the muggy heat, I felt like I got hit over the head with a brick.

We are trying to lower our electrical bill. With our two offices and all our computers running everyday, we regularly have what I consider to be a good-sized electric bill.  So we didn’t crank our central air at 77-78 like we have in the past. We set it at 81.  It still felt much cooler inside than outside. But if you moved around at all, you’d sweat.

July 14, 2014

Understanding the Gray Market

In Retail, the Gray Market refers to items that are sold outside the normal channels.

The Gray Market is where many bargains are found.  Places like independent outlets, liquidation companies, off price sellers, re-sellers, swap meets, jobbers etc. Items at theses sources generally don’t come with manufacturer warranties, but are priced much lower

July 07, 2014

Goofing Off at the Surplus Store

We went out to research a store this past weekend, and when we got there they had closed early because it was a Holiday Weekend. Really….

With time on our hands, we stop into a local Burbank Navy/ Army Surplus, The Supply Sergeant. Army Surplus stores are great. Prices are always pretty low on fun basic items from tees to jeans and earthquake supplies to fatigues.

July 01, 2014

Estate Sale Shopping

Some of the best bargains I have ever seen have been at Estate Sales. You can find one of a kind heirlooms, antiques, collectible signed artwork, vintage home furnishings, vintage clothing and accessories and as well as newer household appliances, gadgets, tools, necessities, clothing and jewelry at a pittance of original retail or what they would run at an antique dealer or collectible shop

June 24, 2014

Teaching Budgeting

Filed Under: Zannee's Tips, Consumer

I hate budgeting. I do it, but it brings me no joy, just lots of life’s realities served up monthly. Teaching our daughter budgeting has been tricky. Like many parents, if she needs something and it wasn’t planned for,  we had, up to recently, coughed up the monies to take care of it for her without asking for reimbursement.

June 16, 2014

Pebble Trouble

As I was driving down to Orange County to do some research, a small pebble came out of nowhere hitting the front windshield. A crack appeared and by the time we got into Santa Ana, we had watched it grow to 6 inches long. After parking the car for 2 hours, the crack had grown to 10 inches and on the route home we watched it grow to 13 inches. Damn, another unforeseen expense. I hate those!

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