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May 02, 2016

Making Old New Again

When I was a kid, Spring was my mom’s favorite time of year. Beyond the beauty of nature and the good weather, she loved to come up with new ways to save.  There were always lots of good sales at the big department stores as well as some great warehouse and sample sales. But as a single, working mom, she had to be inventive, recycling some of our winter clothes to get us through the upcoming Summer months.

April 19, 2016

Un Boxed

There is so much deception in the marketplace. Few if any retailers are remotely truthful anymore. Promises are made, with the hope that you the consumer won’t check anything out.

I got rather annoyed with a new business that’s been saying it’s a good deal. You may have caught their ads all over cable and network TV. They guarantee the lowest pricing and have no membership fee. But all is not as it appears to be at Boxed.com.

April 11, 2016

The Truth About Sample Sales

Sample Sales have changed dramatically over the last 20 years. What used to be a term for a designer showroom sale of samples from the previous season, has turned into a term to describe everything from an overproduction sale to a used closing sale….And everything in between.

April 06, 2016

Frugal Motivation

Filed Under: Consumer

We knew it was coming and it wasn’t going to be pretty.

Like many of you, we once again this year, we are paying thousands of dollars in taxes. Of course, I am not pleased, considering we are not making a substantial income.  But there it is. No amount of additional write offs is going to change anything except flag us to the IRS.

March 28, 2016

The Discerning Saturday Sale Shopper

I popped into the Saturday Sale this week. Hadn’t been since last Summer.  It seemed smaller than normal, but it was their first sale of the year…. Perhaps 25 vendors. This can be a hit or miss sale, if you don’t know what you’re looking at.  But when you do, it’s a hit!

March 16, 2016

The Cost of High Rents

Filed Under: Zannee's Tips, Inside Scoop

If you’ve lived in Southern California for any amount of time you know two things….traffic sucks and rents are ridiculous.

It’s not just people and families that suffer with high rents eating up their paychecks, it’s businesses too. It drives up the costs, that you and I eventually pay for.  High rents also force businesses to relocate into lower rent areas to try to control costs.

March 07, 2016

Time to Give Uber a Try

Filed Under: Zannee's Tips, Consumer

As a native, L.A. raised gal I have seen our traffic go from ok …to horrendous. I don’t need to tell you how bad it is or how we got here. But, the truth is our traffic congestion plays a daily, stressful, negative role in all of our lives.

But we recently tried out Uber.

February 23, 2016

Unexpected Expenses

Filed Under: Zannee's Tips, OM Gosh!

It always amazes me how fast we can go from not needing anything, to needing a lot.

Literally a month ago, we didn’t need anything. I had a full closet, all of our furniture was in great shape, our refrigerator was running perfectly, my daughter had a retainer, I had plenty of skin care product, my cell phone worked and our car’s breaks didn’t squeak.

February 16, 2016

A Disposable World

In our disposable world, we tend throw stuff out before we repair or re-use it. 

Our grand parents and great grand parents didn’t do that. They repaired, saved and re-used items. But they didn’t have the technology growth we have had.  Everything can be recycled somehow.

February 08, 2016

Los Angeles Flower Markets

Flowers are a big deal and a big expense on Valentines Day. So why pay top dollar when you can go shop the Los Angeles Flower district and save 20%-50%?

The Flower District of Downtown Los Angeles is a 6 block floral marketplace, located within the LA Fashion District. Bordered between 9th St & 7th and Maple & San Pedro streets.

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