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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.

July 24, 2017

Things That Irritate

Driving around LA has become quite the headache.

On any day of the week, you will encounter incredibly rude drivers, badly maintained streets that damage your car, heavy traffic at all times of day as well as difficult and expensive parking everywhere. It’s daily life here in L.A. and it will get worse, much worse with the social engineering the city is implementing.

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.

July 03, 2017

A Home Depot Problem

Lately my hubby seems to be regularly running up to Home Depot to get hardware, parts, and home improvement items. Especially since we’ve been finishing up our bathroom project. He has bought all sorts of little things we didn’t need or use and had to return them.

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?

May 23, 2017

A Vintage Kind of Mind

I have always shopped vintage stores. Whether they’re clothing boutiques, used furniture or appliance stores or collectibles and doo dads emporiums. For me, it’s about affordability as well as quality and design. But I got to admit, it’s more fun to shop vintage than regular stores. Always a lot of, “look a that” or “do you remember these?”

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

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 21, 2017

The Thrifty Opportunist

Any good bargain shopper will pop into Thrift stores, Yard & Estate Sales and Flea Markets and the occasional dumpster dive. Not because “used” is always a bargain, it isn’t. But because sometimes you’ll find opportunistic steals.

Some of my best deals ever came from Thrifts.

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