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March 07, 2017

Fake Retail

Knowing what real retail is, is problematic. The truth is most items are initially priced higher than what they will actually sell for.

Suggested Retail Pricing, especially in apparel is not Market Retail, but a “suggested price”.  Most apparel doesn’t actually sell at the retail price but somewhat less. Items do sell at retail to be sure, but how many actually do at the original asking price?

February 01, 2017

Valentines Day is Coming!

The word here is thoughtful. Retailers want you to buy that piece of fine jewelry, those long stem Red Roses in a box, that delectable meal at an expensive restaurant.

Don’t get me wrong, those are all good things to do and you should do, if you have the financial ability.

However, some of us don’t.

December 13, 2016

Retail Pricing

Retail pricing! OY! What a headache that is for shoppers to figure out.  As we have all seen, Retailers will hide, manipulate and deceive you.  With Macys, Khols, JC Penny and Sears finally getting sued for misleading comparison pricing. Here’s what we all need to know.

September 07, 2016

A Few Days Away

Summer speed by so quickly that we were almost left without any breathing room. A hasty getaway was arranged at the last minute and we went off on basically a road trip up to the Central Coast.

We didn’t have a real itinerary, but wanted to land in Paso Robles for at least for two days of wine tasting.

August 16, 2016

Annoying Calls

Our business, BargainsLA works out of our home office. We have only one land line for both the house and the business. Though we used to get lots of phone calls and at one time had two separate phone lines, we are down to one and are now considering cutting that line as well.

August 02, 2016

An Argument for Vintage Furniture

I love antique furniture whether it’s Mid Century or Victorian. The quality, design and craftsmanship are often superior to anything made today.

However, beautifully crafted, older vintage or antique furniture isn’t for everyone… but it should be.

July 20, 2016

Being Retail Savvy

Filed Under: Zannee's Tips, Consumer

It has always been “Buyer Beware”. As consumers, we have to be on guard all the time.  Business is in business to make money. Not be your best pal. Capitalism is both a blessing and a curse. You, as a shopper have to help keep them in line. In business, your vote is your dollar

June 08, 2016

Getting the Pricing Wrong

As avid Thrift store and Estate Sale junkies we’ve seen everything from high-end home furnishings to serious junk heaps.

Before we headed out to a couple of Estate Sales on Saturday, we decided to stop into Habitat for Humanity Restore in Atwater/ Glendale area. We are on the look out for a faucet for our utility sink in our garage.

This trip proved that even a great philanthropic charity like Habitat Restores can get it wrong.

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 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.

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