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June 13, 2019

A Bad First Impression

So much of the communication I do now is thru text, emails, Facebook messaging etc. It’s very uncommon to actually talk to anyone anymore. Words can be and often are misconstrued if you can’t hear the inflection behind them.

So, last year, I had several, what I read as very “mean” emails cross my desk from a representative of an off price retailer. Offended, I just stopped talking about them.

 

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.

January 08, 2019

A Bargain Bust

Often while checking out outlets with steep discounts of 40%-90% off retail, I have to stop myself from shopping.

Generally, I yawn at 20% savings. I take note at 30%, I pay attention at 40% and am likely to look at 50% off original retail. Though I try to be careful, I will buy, regardless of need, at 80% off.

December 13, 2018

I’m Headed to the Mall

It may sound odd, even out of step with who I am and what we do here at BargainsLA
But I’m headed to the Mall. The retail mall… not an Outlet Mall.

I’m actually excited about it.

October 22, 2018

Couture Learning Curve

Back in the day, I knew less than nothing about clothing quality, design and fit. In my early twenties I lived in jeans, plaid flannels, sweats and lace up army boots. I was the epitome of poor Melrose hip.

At the time, my mom was writing a bargain shopping column for the LA Times. Occasionally I would spend the day with her at some of her favorite stores. Spending time with her was always fun. Her wit and sense of play made everything an adventure.

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 06, 2018

Big Savings, Little Savings

Kevin & I went in early to last weeks Robin’s Jean Warehouse Sale to shoot some video and finally meet the designer, Robin.  After a great visit and quickie video shoot, we were allowed to shop the sale early.

After 40 minutes we walked away with 9 pairs of jeans, paying $280 instead of $2300. YAY!

But, every single pair has to be hemmed.

June 11, 2018

Quality Dismay

Maybe it’s corporate America taking us for a ride. Frankly, I’m a little dismayed at seeing a real drop in quality on appliances and home furnishings.

When you spend a lot on large appliances and you can barely get 5 years out of them before they break, it should anger all of us.

June 05, 2018

A Risky Purchase

After running around town doing errands last weekend, we happened upon an Estate Sale late Saturday afternoon. I was exhausted, irritable and hungry from running around all day.  But the home was a 1920’s, 2-story Spanish, my favorite and I really wanted to see the interior.

May 28, 2018

A New Grill

Back in 2008, I uncovered a liquidator who had a ton of Australian made patio furniture, BBQ s and complete outdoor islands at 40-80% off original retail. The pricing was unbelievable. We walked away with a Signature S3000E Beef Eater (4 burner) grill. The MSRP was $1899. Here it was only $397. Already assembled we threw in the back of the SUV and gleefully headed home.

For 10 years Hubby grilled every weekend, even during the winter.

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