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February 2018

How to Save Money at Garage Sales

Garage Sales are a great place to find bargains. From expensive china to scuba gear, you can find everything, and anything you want, at a garage sale. Here are some strategies to maximize your shopping experience and help you get the most for your time and money.

First, know in advance what you are shopping for. When you shop for clothing, have a list of exactly which clothing items each family member needs along with their measurements. Carry a soft tape measure with you. Since items can’t be returned from a garage sale, you don’t want to make any mistakes. When shopping for an item for your home, bring an small sample of the color you are looking for. Out in the bright sun, colors may appear differently so having a color swatch helps.

Equally important to knowing what you’re looking for, is knowing how much you want to spend. Before you go garage sale shopping, know the retail price of each item you are looking for. This information makes it easier to spot a deal. Since it’s so easy to get caught up in the buying spirit, have a dollar amount in mind for what you are willing to pay for each item used. There’s nothing worse than getting home and realizing that you paid more than you wanted to.

At each garage sale, if you don’t see what you are looking for, don’t be afraid to ask. Last month I went in search of a girls 24 inch bike. I inquired at each sale, and at the fourth sale, the lady wheeled out a beautiful Huffy bike from her garage that she wanted to sell, but forgot to set out. It was in great shape and at a great price, but I know if it had been out when the sale started, it would have been gone by the time I arrived.

Go early, or late to sales. This strategy is an easy one. The first ones to a sale get first crack at the good stuff. By attending later, sellers may be more willing to negotiate on price. You will encounter sellers who practically give stuff away just to get rid of it. Make sure you are prepared to shop. By that I mean, know where the garage sales are in advance, so you can plan the best route to take. Bring drinks and snacks, especially if you are taking the kids with you. Have singles and loose change easily accessible so you can buy quickly and move to the next sale. Be sure and wear comfortable clothing, especially shoes.

Here in Florida, entire communities hold their garage sales on the same day. Look for areas in your town that may do the same. Many sales close together helps you maximize your time, and gives you a better chance of finding what you are looking for. I have found everything I could ever hope to find at garage sales. Some of my best treasures include an English riding helmet for my daughter, the first handheld Nintendo video game (now a collectors item), and a set of china for 8 that retails for over $500 (of course I paid significantly less). Now that you know these tips and tricks, you can reel in some great deals too. Happy Hunting!

Skincare Sale? – Or Are You Better Off Buying On The Internet?

Shopping for a skincare sale might not be a good idea. While all of us like to save money, some things are a waste, no matter how little they cost. If a product is ineffective, there is no point in buying it.

A product that causes an adverse or an allergic reaction will cost a lot more than the price tag indicates. You might have to make a trip to the dermatologist’s office.

Cosmetic companies will not cover medical bills related to an adverse reaction, because it has traditionally been left up to the consumer to protect his or her own health. Even trying to get your money back on an unusable product can be difficult.

Most companies will not accept returns on any product that has been opened. It is particularly hard to get your money back on a discounted item. Only the best companies guarantee your satisfaction.

Another issue to be concerned about with cosmetics is shelf-life. Discounted items may have been sitting on some retailer’s shelf for years. Regardless of the kind of preservative included in the product, there will be a buildup of bacteria after a certain length of time.

Instead of looking for a skincare sale, you might look for a manufacturer that sells directly to customers. One of the things that add to the consumers’ final cost is retail markup. Retail market can be as high as 100%.

More small manufacturers are selling directly to consumers by way of the internet. The internet has made it possible for the companies to reach their customers without using a middleman. Instead of paying hundreds of dollars for an excellent anti-aging cream, for example, you can get the same quality for an affordable price by buying direct.

There are other ways to save money without looking for a skincare sale. Avoiding companies that do a lot of television advertising is a good idea. Those ads cost a lot of money and we end up paying for them.

Avoiding designer names is another good idea. Just because a product has a designer name does not mean the quality is better. Fashion designers know nothing about creating safe or effective skin care products. Their specialties lie elsewhere. Fancy bottles and packaging are another waste of money.

You can find safe, effective, affordable and even all natural products without waiting for a skincare sale. Shop around the internet for a while and you’ll see what I mean.

What is a Private Sale?

A private sale is a process through which a buyer gets limited stock or sample fashion merchandise from a brand or designer directly and offers it to the buyer at a very competitive price. This process has been going in Los Angeles and New York where a lot of people reach these private sale shops in order to get their hands on low priced samples and stock. Sometimes these samples of clothing and shoes are available only in a certain size which makes it a little limiting but there are a number of other accessories like hand bags and jewelry in which there is no consideration of size. Other stock might also be released from these designers at random and these items are priced much lower than the usual price tags.

A lot of people have now opened up such private sale websites online where the consumers can get even more discounts. This is because while a local requires such additional charges like location rental and utility bills, in an internet shop there are no such considerations and the customers can get their favorite products at a rate that is even lower than the local shops. This is one reason why so many people are now opting to become member of such private sale clubs. All the items offered at such shops are completely original and they are very limited editions so it is important to act promptly to buy the product as soon as you see it otherwise you will miss the opportunity.