Suzanne's Blog

August 29, 2018

September Shopping Musings

Back in the day, September shopping was all about Back to School. Now with the School year starting so early, it’s time to look into other shopping bargain jaunts.

September & October are brilliant months for…

August 21, 2018

A Bargain Doesn’t Mean Cheap

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, a Bargain isn’t always cheap.

Definition: A Bargain is an item that is priced BELOW is actual Value.

Where as a cheaply priced item is just priced cheap.

August 15, 2018

Rescued Kitten

A few weeks ago, late on a Saturday night, my daughter called me to help her rescue a little black & white kitten. This little girl darted right in front of her car on her way home. Just 7 weeks old, he was hiding off an alley next to a machine shop. Dirty, rather skinny, she badly needed rescuing.

August 6, 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.

July 30, 2018

A Sugarless, Carb-less Diet

Since 2005 I’ve had an ongoing cough brought on by a Post Nasal drip that stayed on after a bad Flu season. I’ve literally, seen everyone, tried EVERYTHING… except diet change.

The Diet started 2 weeks ago. No sugar, no dairy, no grains, no fruit, no alcohol. All my favorite things, eliminated.

June 20, 2018

Water Rationing

Starting in January 2019, with the passing of Assembly Bill 1668, we will each be allocated 55 gallons per person, per day of water. That amount drops to 50 gallons by 2030.

I’ve been pondering my water use numbers in this 3-person household. At 55 gallons per person, can this be done?

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 5, 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 17, 2018

Do the Math

I was an idiot with Math. All thru school I was always in the basic, rudimentary Math & Algebra classes. Truth is, math scared me. It was pure terror.

But I went thru a school district that wouldn’t let my fear get in the way and eventually mastered enough of it to get into college.

I then didn’t really use it again for years until I had to figure out percentages in my head while researching discount outlets.

May 9, 2018

Mothers Day Idea

Mothers Day was always one of my favorite days. The family gathers, fun and food abound and gifts were usually given.

But my daughter is technically an adult now, going to college, working on her career while holding down a waitressing gig. Spending time with her has become incredible valuable to me because it has become so increasingly rare.

April 25, 2018

Sample Sale Guerrilla Shopping Tips

Like the Fall, Spring is a Sample / Warehouse Sale shopping paradise. But unlike store sale, these types of sales have both first quality and damaged product. All sales are final, There are often no try ons and there are no returns. You have to have a plan to succeed!
Try these Guerrilla Shopping tips:

Rule #1

Know the Marketplace…

April 17, 2018

The Case For Buying Quality

I believe in quality over quantity. It saves you more money in the long run, last longer so you shop less and has some value when you donate or resell the item.

But we are obsessed with Fast Cheap Fashion and disposable cheap furniture. Neither retain their value and after their short life span they end up in the landfill.

April 4, 2018

Price and Quality

The old adage, “You get what you pay for” still rings true. Yet, knowing that, most of us are blinded by lower prices.

A lower price doesn’t usually equate quality. Yet, it can, if you know what you’re doing.

March 22, 2018

The Purge Begins

Spring Cleaning is usually cleaning out and re-organizing drawers and closets, deep cleaning your living space, but especially kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. It will be for us as well this year. But in addition to that aspect of Spring Cleaning, we’ve started purging some of our really good furniture, collectibles and art that we inherited or acquired.

We’re overloaded with trinkets, paintings and furniture that adds nothing to do our lives.

March 7, 2018

I Call BS

We have a smaller home with Central Air and Heat. With about 1800 total living space we are careful about our energy consumption. After all, Energy is expensive and our energy footprint matters.

So I take serious exception to the quarterly notifications I get from my local Gas, Water & Power companies telling me I consume more energy, water and gas than 70% of my neighbors.

February 28, 2018

It’s the Little Expenses

Years ago, after hubby & I went through financial counseling, we learned that it is the little expenses that will destroy your finances. That morning coffee at Starbucks, those lunches out with the girls, buying bottled water, gym memberships, dinners out, movie night out etc. All those unnecessary expenditures that we love to make and should rethink.

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.

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 8, 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!

January 2, 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.

December 4, 2017

Shopping the New Off Price DLM

I am so lucky to have wonderful neighbors. I count them as friends. They all know what I do for a living and delight in hearing about manufacturer outlets and sales ! So I was super happy when my neighbor and her girlfriend wanted to go with me to the Off Price DLM Warehouse Sale last week.

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!

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