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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

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 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 19, 2017

The Deal Tease

As I’m sure you can imagine, I am signed up on nearly every discount / coupon /retail list there is.  It’s a barrage of never ending deals in my inbox everyday. I get 100’s of promotional emails with some deal being offered. Many are tempting, some much more than others. Many promotions are less than stellar and are just marketing gimmicks. Other promotions are jaw dropping.

June 27, 2017

Heck of a Deal

We needed a floor lamp for our living room. We actually have needed one for 7 years. But I’m picky. I wanted a wrought iron, Spanish styled floor lamp to go with our 1927 Mediterranean home.  I have found a few over the years but they were too ornate and I didn’t want to pay what they were asking.

While I was cruising the EBTH.com, I found one that looked perfect.

June 20, 2017

Always tell ‘em BargainsLA sent ya!

You can’t assume anything when you’re bargain shopping. If a product is discounted, there is a reason. I want to find out why.

When I research, I ask direct questions. How did the product get here? What year is it from? Who liquidated it? How can they sell it so cheaply?

April 20, 2017

Wasteful Purchases

Too much of our lives are full of wasteful, disposable items that end up in landfills. We buy these items usually because they are financially cheaper than their counterparts. But the price we pay is bigger than we know

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