Negotiate Your Way to Shopping Bargains

I have spent most of my adult life working in and around the retail world. Over the years I have seen many changes such as the consolidation of many of the department store names of the 1970’s through the 2000’s, and all of the technology that helps to control inventory, track sales, and speed services, among many other changes. But one thing hasn’t ever changed in all my years in this business, and that’s the desire that all shoppers have to get a great deal on whatever they buy!

Negotiate Your Way to Shopping Bargains

You can often scour the ads and find “sales”, special values, price breaks, etc.  But do you always feel like you got the best deal?Continue reading“Negotiate Your Way to Shopping Bargains”

4 Valuable Reasons to Delay Spending

Most of the time, when people want to save more and spend less, they try to reduce or eliminate their extra spending. And this is a really important part of living below your means, saving money, and reaching your financial goals. But sometimes, just delaying your spending is enough to make an important difference.

4 Valuable Reasons to Delay Spending

However, delaying your spending can also be a bad idea. In fact, sometimes it’s a really, really bad idea. If you have a medical issue, or if your car or home needs a repair, waiting can be a huge mistake. Your problem can escalate from a small, manageable issue into a large, expensive one. Plus those issues can multiply and affect your income (missing work due to an unreliable car or an illness) and now putting that spending off will cost you big time.

But if you’re thinking of spending on a purchase, whether it’s something big (like a home or a car), medium (like a laptop or smartphone) or even something small, there are several useful reasons to delay your spending.Continue reading“4 Valuable Reasons to Delay Spending”

Best Retail Buys for May and June

I know that shopping isn’t the act of saving money, but if you are in the market for a best buy this spring, then you should know what to look for now. Saving money on the purchases you need for the upcoming season is a good start to making your hard-earned dollars pay off. This is the time of the year when the days are getting longer and you’ll be spending more and more time outdoors as the sun shines and the weather warms up, so check out this list and see what you can find that will make “springing into summer” a good time to buy both in stores and online.

Best Sales for Spring

Memorial Day

While Memorial Day this year is Monday, May 25th, the sales begin as early as May 11. No doubt these sales are advertised widely in flyers, newspaper and TV ads and will be the biggest of the season on spring apparel, producing savings of 50-75% off original prices. Continue reading“Best Retail Buys for May and June”

Being Smart about Smartphone Plans

Who would have believed 25 years ago that the smartphone would be as commonly found in your pocket as wearing shoes each day on your feet? I know I never dreamed of being accessible 24/7 by phone and have the data resources available at my fingertips to settle a bar bet, compare prices while out shopping, or find my way home when driving and lost. But we live in a world where technology is king, and to support that king, we have to pay our dollars in tribute. It’s not really much of a choice whether or not to have a phone, but mostly a necessity these days. That’s why you have to do your due diligence to find the best affordable deal for you and your family.

Being Smart About Smartphone Plans

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The Best Days of the Week to Shop and Save

Is there really a science to looking for great deals on a specific day of the week? Well, according to some experts, there actually are better days to shop and save than others! Jot these down and next time you’re in the market for a bargain, try shopping on the best day for that category.

The Best Days of the Week to Shop and Save

Money-Saving Mondays

Buying a new car? Mondays are the best deals around. Why? Pretty simple, they have the least amount of shoppers on Mondays and after what may have been a poor weekend result (weather may have affected sales, or perhaps the staff just didn’t close many deals), the salesman are “highly motivated” to start the week successfully.Continue reading“The Best Days of the Week to Shop and Save”

Presidents’ Day Sales Should Get Your Attention

While Valentine’s Day (or Frugaltine’s Day if you will) usually grabs all the headlines in February, winter savings discounts have been trending up over recent years making Presidents’ Day now the best time to buy on many items and categories for the month, and even for the year! Last year revealed the biggest discounts ever on winter apparel, going as high as 85% off original prices, including stacking coupons, loyalty discounts, and BOGO’s. While you should never buy something just because it’s on sale, or worse, just because the retailer says it’s a good deal, if you’re looking for certain items, you’ll want to pay attention to the Presidents’ Day sales.

Presidents' Day Sales

Presidents’ Day not only held offered amazing savings at retail stores, but online shopping as well, which most everyone believes culminates with the best savings on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Continue reading“Presidents’ Day Sales Should Get Your Attention”

What is Bargain Hunting to You?

I write about savings on this blog because saving money is very important to my wife and me. I enjoy the challenges of bargain hunting and knowing and feeling that I got a very good deal, if not the best deal available. But I also know that not everyone views a bargain in terms of dollars and cents.

Remember this rule of thumb above all else:

“A bargain isn’t a bargain if you don’t need it and won’t use it!”

I’m sure if you check in your closets you will find some things you have purchased because it was such a deal, but has never, ever been used. These purchases will probably wind up as a bargain to someone else at your next yard sale.

What is Bargain Hunting to you?
Your satisfaction with a bargain may depend on what kind of shopper you are. Over my years in retail, I have found that people can be divided into a couple different types of shoppers. Continue reading“What is Bargain Hunting to You?”

Preparing to Celebrate Saint Frugaltine’s Day

You remember Saint Frugaltine, don’t you? Patron saint of those who wish to save money while remaining romantic? Well, Saint Frugaltine’s day is coming up soon and those of us who wish to celebrate have some planning to do.

Now if you’re one of those people who don’t celebrate, who think it’s all part of a grand conspiracy to get you to spend more money, let me ask you this: if how much you spend (if anything at all) is up to you, what’s so wrong with celebrating love on just one day a year? It doesn’t even have to be romantic love (singles, I’m looking at you!), it can be family love, friend love, pet love, hobby love or whatever kind of love you value in your life. If you do nothing else for Saint Frugaltine’s day, at least spend a moment of gratitude for the love that you have. You’ll instantly feel richer.

Preparing to Celebrate Saint Frugaltine's Day

If you want to celebrate, let’s look at some of the ways you can remain true to your budget while displaying your passion for your love.

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