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February 12, 2019

Valentines Hopes

Valentines Day expectations are usually over done.

In my twenties, I expected a lot from boyfriends. They had to secure dinner reservations, flowers and an expensive gift… all to validate our relationship.

During those years though, I found the thoughtful gifts to be the most romantic and memorable.

January 30, 2019

Frugal Valentines Day Ideas

Filed Under:

Yes to Flowers! Yes to jewelry! Yes to dinner!
But what if your bank account says NO? The most important element in any Valentines Day gift are thoughtfulness, effort and time. Your loved one wants to feel special.

So may I suggest the following:

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.

January 02, 2019

BargainsLA Anniversary Year

Filed Under: Inside Scoop, OM Gosh!,

As the New Year unfolds, I am reminded that BargainsLA.com was started in 1999.
This is our 20th Anniversary of helping you save money. How cool is that!!!

The beginnings of BargainsLA were uneventful.

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.

November 29, 2018

Friends Who Pay Full Retail

I am often perplexed by people who ONLY pay retail, ONLY buy at Boutiques and Department Stores.

Believe it or not, I have had several friends who only pay retail. They live in the best neighborhoods and eat at the trendiest restaurants. These guys only buy brand new, latest and trendiest at top dollar.

October 30, 2018

Prepping for Thanksgiving

This year we may have a crowd of peeps at our Thanksgiving table. The last 8 years we’ve only had 6-8 people over. This year we are already upwards of 12 and some peeps have kids. I don’t have enough of anything! Not enough plates, flatware, serve ware, linens or chairs. We may rent plates & serve ware if the crowd is large.

October 22, 2018

Couture Learning Curve

Filed Under: Shopping Adventures, Fashion,

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.

October 10, 2018

Sample Sale Season Shopping Tips

Filed Under: Zannee’s Tips, Fashion, Sales,

It’s here. The Fall Sample Sale season tends to start with Columbus Day, hitting full swing on 11/15-12/20. Everyone is trying to unload past season’s samples and overstock. It’s a mega season of Sample Sales, Warehouse Sales and bargains!

This season will have hundreds different manufacturer Warehouse & Sample Sales including designer & brand name brand clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry, furniture, linens, electronics, lighting and even toys all at 40-95% less!

October 04, 2018

Allergy Issues

I normally don’t share personal stuff, but if any of you are having Sinus issues, you may want to read this.

I have had a constant stuffy runny nose for over 10 years. Fogginess and fatigue plague me. I’ve consulted with many doctors and tried most medications both over the counter and by prescription. Improvement, if any was temporary and I don’t want to be having to take medication forever.

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