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September 19, 2018

Repairing & Refurbishing

The other day while pondering my chairs re-upholstery options, I wondered does anyone repair, recover or refurbish stuff anymore?

As I was cleaning out my closet this Summer, I wondered the same thing. 1/3 of my shoes are not repairable. Either they are so poorly made or they are plastic.  Most will end up in the landfill.

What a waste.

September 10, 2018

Tunnel Vision

When I know I want to buy something, I become a singularly focused shopper. I leave no stone unturned, doing thorough research on pricing, quality, manufacturers and availability. I literally hunt everywhere. I have saved money and made better choices this way.

August 29, 2018

September Shopping Musings

Back in the day, September shopping was all about Back to School. Now with the School year starting so early, it’s time to look into other shopping bargain jaunts.

September & October are brilliant months for…

August 21, 2018

A Bargain Doesn’t Mean Cheap

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, a Bargain isn’t always cheap.

Definition: A Bargain is an item that is priced BELOW is actual Value.

Where as a cheaply priced item is just priced cheap.

July 18, 2018

The Gray Market

Every company that makes a product has to figure out how to clear out past season samples and overproduction Some hang on to product for over a year or two before they liquidate it.  More than a few liquidate to the big Off Price stores like TJ Maxx & Ross. Most though, try to liquidate it quickly & discreetly out of the main stream, so the general public doesn’t see their product at drastically reduced pricing. They don’t want to see their branded product sold cheaply at Ross Dress for Less. It’s the horror of horrors!

June 20, 2018

Water Rationing

Starting in January 2019, with the passing of Assembly Bill 1668,  we will each be allocated 55 gallons per person, per day of water.  That amount drops to 50 gallons by 2030.

I’ve been pondering my water use numbers in this 3-person household. At 55 gallons per person, can this be done?

May 17, 2018

Do the Math

I was an idiot with Math. All thru school I was always in the basic, rudimentary Math & Algebra classes. Truth is, math scared me. It was pure terror to me.

But I went thru a school district that wouldn’t let my fear get in the way and eventually mastered enough of it to get into college.

I then didn’t really use it again for years until I started working with my Mom and had to figure out percentages in my head while researching discount outlets.

April 25, 2018

Sample Sale Guerrilla Shopping Tips

Like the Fall, Spring is a Sample / Warehouse Sale shopping paradise. But unlike store sale, these types of sales have both first quality and damaged product. All sales are final, There are often no try ons and there are no returns. You have to have a plan to succeed!
Try these Guerrilla Shopping tips:

Rule #1

Know the Marketplace…

April 17, 2018

The Case Buying Quality

I believe in quality over quantity. It saves you more money in the long run, last longer so you shop less and has some value when you donate or resell the item.

But we are obsessed with Fast Cheap Fashion and disposable cheap furniture. Neither retain their value and after their short life span they end up in the landfill.

April 04, 2018

Price and Quality

The old adage, “You get what you pay for” still rings true. Yet, knowing that, most of us are blinded by lower prices.

A lower price doesn’t usually equate quality. Yet, it can, if you know what you’re doing.

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