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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?

June 08, 2017

Tossing vs. Hoarding

When I was a little girl, I remember my grandmother saving everything. Having lived through the great depression, she valued thriftiness and resourcefulness.

I, on the other hand have a penchant for tossing everything.  If it isn’t being used, get rid of it.

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?”

May 08, 2017

The Gift of Time

Filed Under: Zannee's Tips, Local fun

As a Mom of a now technically adult child, my needs as a Mom have changed.

For Mothers Day, please don’t buy me a “Best Mom” tee shirt or mug. Really. I’d only wear it around the house and the mug would gather dust.  I love chocolates, fragrance, flowers as well as a great meal, but those things are not at the top of my list

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!

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

April 05, 2017

A Needed Break

Everyone needs a break. We really needed one, more than usual and so we took a few days last week, drove up and hit the hiking trails in Yosemite.

Having been to Yosemite well over a dozen times, we thought we’d seen everything. But this year, because of the massive snowfall this last Winter, there were more waterfalls than I had ever seen. We didn’t know half their names and I stopped counting at 22.

March 27, 2017

Surprise, Surprise

Filed Under: Zannee's Tips, Travel, OM Gosh!

When I book online reservations for a hotel through a travel booking website, I tend to expect….. nothing.

No top notch service, no follow ups. All I expected is a room at the place I booked, on the day I booked it, at the price I booked it at. That’s all.

March 20, 2017

The End to Winter Blues

This last Winter it seems it was our families turn to be unhealthy. Normally we are all pretty healthy with no complaints. But this Winter everyone one of us either had an affliction, an injury, medical emergency or some virus constantly visiting our home leaving us tired, immobile, coughing, achy and irritable. 

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?

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