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October 30, 2017

The Problem with New Appliances

New is not usually better, in large appliances.

Back in 2009, after doing extensive research we purchase a refurbished 1980’s Maytag Washer and Dryer set. We purchased used do to the fact that old appliance models are more reliable and last longer.

October 26, 2017

Car Shopping

Our beloved Subaru Forester got totaled couple weeks ago. In the pre-dawn hours someone hit our parked car, pushing it 40 feet into our neighbors front yard, then fled the scene. Police were called along with a tow truck.  Our Foresters Transmission was shredded, frame bent and the 4-wheel drive train was shot. Thank God for insurance. Once again we have to take time out to hunt for car.

October 17, 2017

Like Pulling Teeth

So many brands, particularly higher end are very protective of their image…. Or branding. Very understandable, logical and necessary on their part. I have no problem at the retail level.

But then, like all manufacturers they have overstock, overruns or samples they need to unload and that’s when they seek me out.  I ask them questions they don’t want to answer.

September 27, 2017

Gear up for Sample / Warehouse Sale Season

It’s starting, the biggest Sale season of the year. From October thru December there are more Sample and Warehouse Sales than at any other time of year with dozens of sales happening every weekend

September 20, 2017

Fun With Hubby

Filed Under: Shopping Adventures

I normally shop and do store research alone.  It’s faster, more efficient and I can stay better focused. But, lately I’ve been taking my husband with me when I research. Web dude is a really funny guy.

August 23, 2017

Comparing Real Numbers

Here’s the rub….

Retail, aka MSRP is a Marketing ploy. It is just a suggested price. Doesn’t mean that anything ever sold at that price. Corporations / Manufacturers want you to use it as the baseline / comparison price.

August 14, 2017

My Babyliss Hairdryer

Back in 2007, I was able to get an incredible hair cut at the Sassoon Academy. Initially it was for a Beauty Bargain segment for a news station, but in the end I was the winner with a fabulous cut I’ve been wearing a version of ever since. Thinking outside the box and working with real professionals, pays off.

The Sassoon peeps were pretty happy with the segment and 2 weeks later, their PR firm sent me a gift basket as a “Thank you” with all sort of hair product including a Babyliss Carrera Pro Hair dryer.

August 08, 2017

Back to School Prep

Getting the kids heads focused on going back to school is always a challenge.

During the Summer, all of us would avoid talking about going back to school and would instead concentrate on Summer fun, the last lazy days of Summer with family Beach trips and BBQ’s.

Secretly, I was quietly on top of it by Mid July.

August 02, 2017

Relying Too Much on Technology

We love technology. It does make many things in our life faster and easier. We actively use a lot of it. Waze and Google Maps, Amazon Echo and dozens of different Smart phone apps as well as owning 5 computers ad an iPad.

We get it.

That said, we also do not let technology rule our lives.

July 24, 2017

Things That Irritate

Driving around LA has become quite the headache.

On any day of the week, you will encounter incredibly rude drivers, badly maintained streets that damage your car, heavy traffic at all times of day as well as difficult and expensive parking everywhere. It’s daily life here in L.A. and it will get worse, much worse with the social engineering the city is implementing.

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