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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!

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.

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.

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.

May 02, 2017

1980’s Technology Throwback

When I was little, my mom had an expensive heating pad that was in a word… AWESOME! She used it daily. It was worn, stained and faded, but keep working great. After she passed, I kept it and used it till last summer when it’s early 1980’s technology finally broke down. It lasted over 30 years. Seriously!

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.

May 10, 2016

The Eyes Have It

I have driving sunglasses that I use because I am a bit nearsighted with astigmatism. Lately my distance eyesight seems to have gotten better, so I haven’t felt like I had to go in for an eye check up.

I have never really needed reading glasses. I read the newspaper daily as well as a bunch of business related articles on he computer. But at the end of the day, after 6 hours on the computer, my eyes were tired and achy. So after much nudging from hubby, I found a new Optometrist and went in…. 

February 16, 2016

A Disposable World

In our disposable world, we tend throw stuff out before we repair or re-use it. 

Our grand parents and great grand parents didn’t do that. They repaired, saved and re-used items. But they didn’t have the technology growth we have had.  Everything can be recycled somehow.

August 24, 2015

Small Mom and Pop Outlets

One of the aggravating aspects of bargain hunting is trying to shop… or in my case, research small mom and pop outlets. Unlike corporate outlets, or even manufacturer outlets, the little indie discounters are often doing it all by themselves. These industrious entrepreneurs do it all…..buy product, merchandise, advertise, do deliveries and pickup, handle city/ state legal & paperwork issues and as well as do retail sales with little to no help.

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