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February 19, 2018

Excessive Hype

If you haven’t read it or heard about it yet, 2017 was a brutal year for retail.  Many once strong stores are now struggling with some closing or downsizing. Online competition is fierce. Brick and mortar competition is fierce.  Retail is a really a fierce, do or die business that is not for the weak kneed.

So retailers and brands are always looking for ways to standout in a very competitive environment.

February 13, 2018

Saving Money on a Home Pilates Reformer

Hubby and I hike the local mountains. But last Summer I ran into some physical issues that despite my activity were getting worse. Several old dance injuries had come back to haunt me. Muscles that had been injured decades ago were now, suddenly weak causing imbalance and stride problems.

February 06, 2018

A Thoughtful Valentines Day

The word for Valentines Day is thoughtfulness. You don’t have to spend a gazillion bucks make your special someone feel special.

So here are some frugal ideas!

For All Romantics:
- Instead of giving flowers, give a “live” plant they can plant in their garden.
- Deliver one long stemmed, red rose everyday to their office for a week. Labor intensive… but a great way to get your point across!

January 18, 2018

Sticking to Your Resolutions

About this time in January, most of us have had missteps in our News Years Resolutions. This year I stuck to mine, mostly cause I made them 4 months ago.

Last Summer I promised myself to eat better with less Sugar and Carbs. I also promised myself to get my body strong again.  This wasn’t about weight loss, cause I’m slim. It was about health.

January 02, 2018

Starting Fresh in the New Year

Like many of you, our holidays tend to be busy with friends and family popping in, entertaining and general frivolity.

But Christmas is right on the heels of the busiest 3 months of the year, with extra long, stressful hours. We put off lots of daily office chores, errands, household and office needs or anything else that can be postponed. Our desks and offices are a mess with stacks of paper and we are exhausted.

November 28, 2017

When to Hit the Malls

Big stores are closing and gloom & doom predictions of retail are rampant. Most of the media and experts believe that retail store closures are caused by more people shopping on the web instead of in–store

November 15, 2017

The Best Vacuum Ever

So my family considers me a clean freak. Personally, I think they use the term to get out of doing their fair share of household cleaning. This term came into use when back in 2000 we lived in an apartment with deep, cream long pile shag carpeting.  What a nightmare!

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 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.

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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