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Tips for Sale Shopping

I remember when I was growing up, venturing up to Oxford Street most years on 27th December and waiting for the stores to open, it was part of Christmas week traditions for our family. A chance for us to get out of the house after a few days all being sat round together, to look for bargains. The initial 2 hours of sale shopping was usually followed by a cake and hot chocolate around 11am (as if we hadn’t already eaten enough… !). I am sure some of you can identify with that habit and excitement whilst others recoil in horror at the thought. It really is a ‘Marmite’ situation!

Nowadays of course, the sales begin long before Christmas. When I ventured to the shops at the weekend to get the last few gifts, there were many temptations for myself! Whether we like the ritual of conscious sale shopping or not, most of us like a bargain and most of us have bought things we later regret, whether it be that discounted coffee maker (my parents!) or the heavily discounted designer jacket.

Certainly when it comes to clothing, it’s easy to be coerced into buying something because it is ‘cheap’. However, it is very expensive if you then never wear it! You are not alone if you have items in your wardrobe with the labels still on, many of my clients do. So here are my top tips for making sure you make wise purchases in the sales if you are going rather than ending up with items that in reality you will never ever wear.

They might not be rocket science points but most people won’t have considered them before coming back laden with bags!

    • Look in your wardrobe before you head out, we all forget what we have lurking in there. It’s disappointing to come back with something that is a carbon copy of something you have already. Yes black trousers are versatile but do you really need 5 pairs?
    • Identify items in your current wardrobe that you don’t wear and would like to. If it’s because they don’t go with anything, think carefully about what they would go with so you can look for those clothing items, accessories and shoes.
    • Make a list of 3 things you want to look for and decide in your mind how many more you’re prepared to buy so you have something to aim for.
    • Set a budget, how much are you prepared to spend?
    • Visit shops that are a higher price bracket than you would usually go to. Often the discounts are heavier and you’ll get a higher quality item. Remember the cost per wear equation. If it’s a staple such as a nice jacket that you’ll wear to work several times a week, it’s worth spending a bit more on it so it remains looking good.
    • Don’t be swayed by sales assistants or even others in the changing room. They can’t always be trusted. If you know you suit charcoal grey much better than black then stick to that.
    • Unless you are really sure, buy from shops where you can return items, especially if you want to check out how they combine with existing items in your wardrobe.
    • If it’s an item in an accent colour i.e. a colour other than black, brown, grey, navy or white then think about what else it will go with in your wardrobe. Avoid buying a load of tops or shirts that only go with black trousers or jeans. If you are doing that and are female, make sure you have some accessories/shoes to match it so your outfit looks well thought through.
    • Ask yourself if you really like each item you are considering buying. Would you consider it if it was full price?

If you are female, wear clothing that is easy to remove to try things on, tights are usually a good option as you can put trousers over them and skirts over them to check dresses and skirts work.

 

How to Find Yard Sales on Craigslist

Are you a deal seeker? Some of the best deals are found at yard sales. If you are new to yard sale shopping, you may be unsure how to find information on local sales. Although many garage sale hosts advertise in local newspaper classifieds, this costs money. On the other hand, it is free to post a yard sale listing on Craigslist.org. That is why more people are doing it.

How can you use Craigslist to learn about local sales? There are two steps you can take. One involves searching and the other involves browsing.

Whether you search or browse yard sale postings, you must visit the Craigslist.org website. Then, select your state and city. If you wish to search, make your way to the search box on the left-hand side of the page. Search with the phrases “yard sales” or “garage sales.” If you wish to browse, look at the headings on your city page. Under the for sale category, you will see a section for garage sales.

By implementing the above mentioned steps, you will receive a list of area yard sales. Since Craigslist is city based, but only uses a limited number of cities, you will get lots of information on area yard sales. However, some may not be so local. Weed out these. Luckily this is easy. Most yard garage sale hosts will state their city or town name in their headline. You can see right away which yard sales are within a reasonable driving distance. Grab a pen and paper to take notes. Write down the date, time, and location of each yard sale you are interested in visiting. You can later use this as a guide to map out your route.

In addition to using Craigslist to find local yard sales, you can also use the website to shop. Sellers have a wide range of items listed for sale, including clothes, toys, movies, books, home decor, exercise equipment, cars, and more. Using the same steps above, you can browse or search these listings. Many bargain shoppers find the service to be a nice alternative to yard sales. To buy on Craigslist with ease, download the free Craigslist Reader to perform multi-city searches. Find the best deals in all nearby areas in minutes!

Breaking Free From Shopping New

If you are used to being able to go out and get something anytime you want regardless of the price, you may be a slave to shopping new. If I need a vase for my party Friday night and I head right down to the local department store searching for a size and color that will fit the arrangement, I am not saving myself any money. Your creative juices are flowing because you are creating a thing of beauty, but you expand your creativity to include doing it for less. Break free by strolling into the thrift store, resale shop, or garage sale. You may be surprised to find items not found in any store currently that could be fashioned inexpensively into a one of a kind dollar special. It can become an actual treasure hunt for potential.

We are not avid garage salers out at the crack of dawn waking up potential patrons so that we can get a look-see at what might be of value, but it is fun to be out on a Saturday morning stopping by potential gold mines. Garage sale shopping, like anything else, is in need of moderation. To simply accumulate things for the sake of “someday” is a money drain, but if you are looking for filling needs for pennies, you are on the right track.

One morning, we zipped around at one sale that had three different patrons displaying their goods. I didn’t have any one thing in mind as I browsed. I came across a vase that stuck in my mind for several minutes. It was the perfect shape for an arrangement I had purchased for an upcoming anniversary party. I did not want it galvanized as it was, but I looked beyond the color and examined the texture and shape. It was perfectly suited for my arrangement.

I took it home and rinsed the galvanized metal with vinegar so that it could be spray painted. A can of basic spray paint is no more than a dollar. After a few coats, it looked as if I had spent $15 when in reality it cost a mere $2, paint included. This is one of hundreds of stories that exist when we focus on an item’s potential use. Re-purposing makes us landfill responsible while putting money into our pockets.

Break the one-tracked mindset of looking at items for their surface value and start to looking at their potential. Extend this to clearance isles and other places you travel. You will be keeping more of that hard earned cash then you ever thought possible and break free of pouring money into the local department store.

Hot Tips For Online Sales Shopping

Hot Tips For Online Sales ShoppingIf you want to get the best deals on your shopping, without stepping outside the door, there are some great savings you can make by doing it all online. Some hot tips to remember before you begin your shopping are:

Be aware of the timing of sales

It’s a good idea to think about the times of the year when you will get the best deals. At this time of the year, the prices tend to be hiked up as people are starting to do their Christmas shopping. However, if you wait until just after Christmas, between the 26th December and right the way through to January, you will see lots of sales starting. At this time, retailers will be aware of how well they’ve done over the festive period, and many will be frantically dropping their prices in order to raise their profits.

Make a List

Prior to beginning your sales shopping, you should always make a list of everything you are looking for. It can be too tempting to rush in head first and buy items which you don’t really need, and more often than not, you will end up forgetting about what you are actually shopping for. Work out your budget beforehand too, so you don’t end up over spending.

Look on comparison websites

Once you have decided on the items you need, it is sensible to compare the prices of different retailers. There are various price comparison websites, which will do all the work for you. All you have to do is enter the details of your shopping list, and it will let you know the best prices. There is nothing more frustration than buying something, and then realising that another retail outlet is charging half the price for it. Savvy sales shoppers will always ensure they get the best deal out there. Always keep in mind that most retailers are crying out for customers at the moment, so there is a lot of competition going on.

Use familiar retailers

One of the problems with shopping online is you have to wait (and hope) for your goods arriving on time, or at all. Nothing is guaranteed with online shopping, and usually it is quite safe, but it’s advisable to only use stores which you are familiar with. If you use stores you have shopped with before and trust, you’ll have more peace of mind that your shopping will arrive at the given time.

Look our for shopping vouchers

These days, there are loads of vouchers and coupons offering great deals and money off for selected stores. You can sign up to money saving sites, or simply do a Google search on ‘money off vouchers’ for your selected store(s.) When you get to the checkout, you will be asked for a code, and the discount will be applied to your total cost. Some retailers may not offer this on sales shopping, but it’s always worth a try.

Keep receipts

As you don’t have the opportunity to try on the goods when you online shop, it is essential that you hold on to your receipt, in case you need to return anything. Again, some stores may not allow you to return items you bought in the sale, but some will, so always hold onto these. This may be in the form of an email, or a confirmation order number you receive when you have completed your shop.

Snow Boots for Kids on Sale

Are you searching for snow boots for kids on sale? Shopping is more appreciated when you get to choose from a variety of options. These options include color, size, design, style, brand, and most importantly price. A wider range of choices enables you to make a more educated and informed purchase. Spending just a few minutes of time could give you an even better discount on snow boots for kids on sale. Before you make the purchase, there are just a few things you should know that could save you a lot of money.

Internet Shopping Bonanza

Good thing you can easily choose from a massive selection of snow boots available on the Internet. The Internet is the single, largest available resource for almost everything in the world. The worldwide web offers a convenient solution for the busy parent. Given you can afford the time for delivery, with just a few clicks, you can have your selected pair of snow boots purchased and scheduled for delivery to your home.

Why Not Get the Best Deal Possible – A Discount on a Sale Item? Yes!

Buying snow boots is also more enjoyable when you are able to stumble upon special discounts or promos to get the product at an even more reduced price. Who doesn’t like to save money? Luckily, Columbia has made it all possible for you. Columbia wear is a proven standard when it comes to quality and durability at an already affordable price. With a few simple keystrokes, you can quickly sort through different styles, colors, and sizes of snow boots for kids on sale through the Internet. All you have to do is spend a little time, researching and reviewing the available options from the shopping page.

But Beware!

Easily generated search engine results are a great chance to get hold of something valuable for a reduced cost. Be weary of additional fees, taxes and shipping costs for ‘expedited’ delivery. Unless you are pressed for time, it is advisable to shop in advance and use the cheapest available shipping option. Oftentimes you will find that your product will show up at your door much faster than anticipated without the additional shipping cost. What may seem like the best price for snow boots on sale, at check out, may be more costly. These masked costs are typically added at the end stages of your purchase and may ultimately make your purchase more expensive at checkout.

Spend Wisely

Snow boots are a necessity for kids to obtain maximum protection against the winter cold – as well as providing the parent peace of mind knowing their child is protected. So, sparing some money for a quality pair of snow boots on sale to ensure comfort would not hurt your budget that much. So many of us have opted for the low-quality department store boot that falls apart mid-season and fails to offer the needed protection from the cold. We end up making a second purchase of boots, and end up spending more on two pairs of low-quality boots than we would have with just one well-researched, educated purchase. It’s a waste of money. Well, there are no worries with the Columbia snow boots. Columbia offers long-standing quality, reliability and provides multiple layers of protection:

  • Durably water-resistant protects from exterior wetness.
  • Man-made sole with stylish synthetic exterior thermal rubber and suede construction.
  • Unique polypropylene lining shuns perspiration and wetness promoting maximum dryness.
  • Proprietary Omni-heat technology retains generated body heat within the boot.

Don’t Forget To Ask for the Discount!

The best thing there is that you can access the product online at a discount. Before completing your purchase, search available, unexpired free coupon codes on the Internet. Don’t pay for coupon codes! This is an excellent way to save an immediate dollar or percentage discount and maybe even get free shipping too! If you’re having difficulty finding a current coupon code, consider contacting the manufacturer directly and request a discount coupon code before your purchase.

Garage Sale Shopping Business

You can make good part time or full time money from scouting out garage sale finds to get items for various purposes. First you might find a valuable treasure that only you could admire, and that is a find in itself. To find something you did not even plan on looking for, those are usually the best finds. It’s good to have several places where you can get rid of some of the stuff that you have now found.

Books are great for the Internet, sites like Half.com and Amazon.com sell really nicely, videos and DVDs sell very well there also. There are many thrift store type furniture stores that buy old desks and dressers to fix them up and resell them. There are always those nice finds when you get something for a few dollars you know will sell on eBay for ten times what you paid for it, sometimes. Keep an eye out for CD’s and rare albums, you can get a lot of money sometimes for the right collectors album, from record stores that like to buy stuff.

By far, the person that usually gets the best deal at a garage sale is the person who ends up buying the whole garage sale! These people can make a lot of money by taking everything there is, usually for a pretty cheap negotiated price, and the cheaper the better! The best way to liquidate everything fast is to take it to your local swap meet or flea market, and start selling early in the morning for the best prices you can get on your items. Then, towards the end of the day, have a $2 sell. You sell everything for $2. You can yell out as people walk by, over and over again, since there are usually new customers always walking by. People begin to buy more stuff because they the cheap prices. Then later, you yell out, everything for $1 each, then the more people will be buying and getting the items, after you sell a lot more items, you can have a.25 cent sale, this will get most of your items gone quickly, and you will have a lot of customers.

You need to talk loudly or yell just like a hawker on the sidewalk trying to sell their wares. After the rush is over, and you want to end the day, you have a free sale. Everything is for free, that will eliminate the entire load and what you paid for the original garage sale should of netted you a profit and you won’t have to take anything back with you and you will be done with that load.

Reasons To Shop Online For Plus Size Clothing And Accessories

One of the things that I have come to realize is that today there are more options available for men and women to shop online than ever. There are many sites that didn’t exist back in 2004 when I started my blogs. There are many big names in plus size fashion that are making changes to keep up with the demand. Here are a few thoughts that I have on why shopping online for plus size items is a good thing.

1. Demand – The demand for stylish trendy plus size fashions has always been there. Brick and mortar stores as a whole where not meeting this need so people that where tired of being frustrated going into stores decided to go online to sell plus size clothing, lingerie and accessories.

2. Variety – Considering that a lot of the plus size websites are individually owned and operated there is a lot of variety when it comes to styles and trends.

3. Profits and Savings – In 2005 there was almost 5 billion dollars spent online by men and women looking for sizes 18 and above. With that much money at stake it’s a win-win situation for the merchant and the consumer.

4. Privacy – Unlike when dealing with dressing rooms and insensitive clients, shopping online for a plus size individual allows shopping from the privacy of your home.

5. Understanding – since the majority of sites for plus size individuals are run by plus size individuals there is a level of understanding of there audience that other sites trying to cash in on plus sizes won’t be able to match.

6. Bargains – In a lot of cases shopping online for plus size items can cost you less in the long run. Most merchants are looking for customers that will return so there will be “Online Only” deals, especially from merchants that have both an online and offline presence.

7. Convenience – if you don’t like to fight with traffic and lines at the store then shopping online is as simple as opening up your browser.

8. Sales – Unlike going to the store to try and catch a sale shopping online will give you access to sales more often which in the long run can save you a lot of money.

9. Word of mouth – With sites like EBay and Amazon it allows customers to read reviews written by other shoppers so you know if a particular product is right for you.

10. Global shopping – Shopping online allows you to shop any place that delivers to your door and with plus size shopping being global you can take advantage of some of the fashions available in other countries.

There are of course many other reasons to shop online that are specific to the shopper. It’s a good thing that in 2006 there are more options available to larger individuals when it comes to shopping and merchants are looking to fill that need.

A Guide to Make the Most From Online Sales

The internet offers many excellent shopping opportunities today. Whereas online shopping used to be offered by only a few stores, today almost all the major stores offer online shopping. There are also some stores that only offer their products online. The internet provides options to save a lot of money, especially when you locate the correct stores and the right sales.

Shopping online for the sales is fun, easy and offers the convenience of never having to leave the comfort of your home. Increasingly more people are turning towards online shopping as a way to find great gifts and find amazing bargains from the luxury of their home. Here are some valuable guidelines on shopping online for the sales.

* Find out about the security of the site where you intend to do your shopping. While the majority of online shopping sites are safe, there are others that are not and it’s beneficial to know the difference. You will always want to buy from a site that is able to maintain confidentiality of your private details. One main way of ensuring the site is secure is if the address has “https” rather than just “http”. The “s” is your guarantee that the site is secure. A locked padlock or icon of a unbroken key in the status bar or at the bottom of the screen are also clues that the site is secure

* Use your credit card for online shopping if possible. Credit cards remain the most secure method for online shopping and come in handy when there is a dispute or an unauthorized purchase.

* Try to do a background check on the seller. While many of the online shopping sites are legitimate stores and sites, many sites are new and unknown to you. It’s a good idea to find a bit more about the seller before you hand them your personal financial information.

* Shop around for the best buys. While ease and simplicity may be the main reason you’re shopping online for the sales, you should still shop around for the best buys. Use the search engines to find the best deals for any item. For example, if you’re planning to buy “Malibu Barbie”, type that into a search engine and you’ll be surprised at how many online stores you’ll find that sell this item. Some of the sites may even tell you if they’re offering sale prices on the item.

* Beware of high shipping costs. You can very easily eliminate any saving you may have found if you have to pay high shipping costs. Always compare the shipping costs along with the cost of the product to get the best bargain. While some sites charge substantially for shipping, others give a discount or even offer free shipping if you spend a certain amount of money there. However, do NOT purchase items you don’t need just to get the free shipping or you’re not saving at all.

* Try to avoid taxes when buying online. According to the laws, an online site or store can only charge you taxes if they’re located in the same state as you. Consider shopping at an online chain store that offers a store in other states. By saving on the taxes you can make substantial savings on the total amount you pay.

* Think about doing your shopping at the auction sites. There are several reputable online auction sites. eBay is the most well-known and widely used online auction site and offers almost anything you could possibly want. The site also provides you the ability to check on the history and feedback for sellers. You can find some great products on eBay and other auction sites as well. It’s a good idea to look at the shipping costs here as well. Some sellers are known to charge high shipping costs to make profit on their products.

Safeway Online Shopping Made Easy

Safeway Online Shopping Made EasyIf you lead a busy life and have very little time for the things that are tedious and require more time than you have available, you will enjoy online grocery shopping provided at Safeway. Not only can you shop on the go, but also you can have your groceries delivered to your front door. You will be able to take advantage of the weekly specials even if you do not have the time to visit the store in person. This saves you time and money. If you have no idea what to make for dinner, the recipe section will help you with new ideas.

Online Grocery Shopping

If you are a first time online shopper, you enjoy the first time visitor free delivery option. That means that you can place your grocery order and have it delivered to your home free of charge. This means you can try the online shopping experience to see how everything works free. Before you start shopping, you can look at the weekly specials and save money by buying things that are on sale. Shopping has been made easier with the Internet, but being able to grocery shop online and have your order delivered has made life so much easier for those with very little time.

Recipe Ideas

If you are tired of the same meals repeatedly, you will find Safeway the place to find some different meal plans. They have tips and techniques, fifteen-minute recipes and a searchable database for recipes. There are many recipes to choose from for something a little different. If you are looking for something different, you can find recipes for chicken, pork, beef and even pasta recipes. You can easily prepare a meal in fifteen-minutes with the easy to prepare recipes. After you find a few recipes, you simply place your grocery shopping order online.

Healthy Meal Ideas

If you have a family member with diabetes or you need to start eating healthier, Safeway has a healthy living section that gives you some great tips on foods to eat or foods that are good for keeping you healthy. The information that is available is up to date and can help you keep your family healthy. If you are at a lost for ideas or need a question answered, the nutrition experts can answer your questions. You will enjoy having everything at your fingertips to make planning a meal easier.

Safeway has always been a family store and today they have made it easier for families to eat healthier by offering different services. From weekly savings to planning meals for those that need special foods, Safeway helps you from start to finish. There is no reason to order out for dinner, when you can have the groceries delivered right to your door. There is no better way for a busy mom or dad to plan a scrumptious meal with Safeway’s easy to use online shopping. Do your shopping on the go and look forward to having your groceries delivered right to your front door.

Why Go Garage Sale Shopping?

Why Go Garage Sale ShoppingYou ask, “Why should I go to Garage Sales and buy someone’s items they don’t want?”

I will tell you why I go. I go because I can find almost anything I want.

I buy all my baby gifts at Garage Sales. I just bought a gift for a baby girl. I bought 2 cute outfits, they were brand new with the tags still on them, and I also bought a few baby toys, and again they were new.

I have bought a lot of Christmas gifts. Everyone in my family has received gifts from me that I bought at Garage Sales. They would never know I bought them at a garage sale. I always make sure the items are new or in great condition.

When I buy a gift I buy most of them under $5.00. Here are a few of the gifts and items I have bought for myself…diamond earrings, diamond necklace, double oven, washer and dryer, name brand clothes, entertainment center, 3 desk, leather chair, lamps, name brand candles that have not been burned, gas logs, fiesta ware. I even buy most of my office supplies at Yard Sales.

All of these items where bought at a very low cost. My double ovens which were 4 years old I bought for $5.00. I still have them and they work great.

The diamond earrings cost me $20.00. They are gold hoop with diamonds on the inside and the outside of the hoop. New they cost around $200.00 or more.

I could go on and on telling you all the good deals I have gotten.