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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.

May 23, 2018

My Pathetic Wardrobe

When I first started covering Sample & Warehouse Sales my wardrobe doubled in size. Tons of new designer shoes, handbags, coats and dresses.  I gleefully shopped at these stellar sales. I would consistently come home with bags of goodies.

But after we bought our home, we started investing more in the house.

January 08, 2018

New Home Project

The New Year always has me busy with both business and household projects. After getting my home and office re-organized for the new year, I’m once again reminded of the projects I need to start.

First home project, recovering the dining room chairs. Those poor upholstered seats took a beating during the Holidays. Wine spills, Gravy spills, the Cranberries, OY!

November 09, 2017

Holiday Decorating

I love Holiday decorating and entertaining. But, do to the heavy workload Fall brings, rarely get it all done or get to enjoy it. Feeling a bit deprived last year,  I made a plan to get ahead of the Holidays and keep the expense down.

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.

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