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April 10, 2019

Automation Irritation

I avoid self check out.

Though I have given in on occasion, I find that the checkouts don’t work all that well, making it take longer than it should.  It also irritates me that I am paying retail and getting no service. Plus though low paying, those are jobs lost while the corporation makes more money for less service.

March 29, 2019

Those Small Purchases Add Up

As independent business owners, whenever we go thru financial dry periods, we are reminded of our small expenses. We master our expenses for awhile and then when business picks up, we forget our hard won victories. Those small $2-$5 expenses can wreck a budget.

March 14, 2019

Grey Market Know How

Describing what I do is complicated to non retail/ non manufacturer industry people.  Usually I say something like, “I research, post and promote Discount Outlets, Sample and Warehouse Sales.”

But when I am talking to someone in the industry, “I say I cover the direct to the public Grey Market sales and outlets.

November 29, 2018

Friends Who Pay Full Retail

I am often perplexed by people who ONLY pay retail, ONLY buy at Boutiques and Department Stores.

Believe it or not, I have had several friends who only pay retail. They live in the best neighborhoods and eat at the trendiest restaurants. These guys only buy brand new, latest and trendiest at top dollar.

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?

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