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What’s best to buy in May

9:35 am

by Jennifer Freeman

seasonal Sales

What’s best to buy in May?

Have you ever wondered what are the best months to buy certain items?  What is on clearance by month?   Use my “when is it best to buy” certain items list.  This list is compiled from years of making the most of my money by purchasing strategically.  And one of my big strategies is buy when the best price presents itself.  My What’s Best To Buy This Month series will give you the guideline.

During the year, when I make note of things we need to consider replacing in the house I will wait for the seasonal sale. While I am waiting, it gives me an opportunity to stash a little money away to plan for that purchase.

Many stores honor veteran’s on Memorial Day weekend with special discounts, free meals and more. Home Depot and Lowe’s both offer 10% discounts during Memorial Day weekend!

Don’t forget the fun day of May the Fourth Be With You..heehee, get it?

So, What is best to buy in May?  

Toward the end of the month, traditionally Memorial Day sales begin on Friday and last throughout the first official weekend of the summer.

Mother’s Day at the beginning of May: Perfumes, decorative frames, small gifts, flowers, small memento gifts.

Memorial Day is coming the last weekend of the month.  look for packaged meats (buy, re-portion to smaller size and freeze), BBQ sauce, ketchup, condiments, charcoal, salad dressing, potato chips, dips & Paper Products (plates, utensils, insect repellent, sunscreen, etc.) and all other picnic supplies, along with outdoor furniture. Start Watching for great Charcoal coupons~print and keep for sales. Buy up enough to get you through the summer BBQ Season.

AND If you’ve been putting off major purchases on electronics, laptops, flat screen TVs, (or if you want to get a head start on smart Father’s Day gift shopping or last minute graduation gifts) Memorial Day weekend is the time to pounce at Dell, Best Buy, and other top electronics retailers.

Don’t forget the fun day of May the Fourth Be With You..heehee get it?

Cinco De Mayo is May 5: All things Mexican!  salsa, spices, tortillas, and more!  Get coupons for these items also!  Watch for coupons to match to clearance items:  And search the Free Coupon Database by category, product or brand!

May is mattress month as stores make room for newer models. Watch for cushy sales of up to 50% off (together with offers of free shipping) to lure in shoppers.

Clearance: Mother’s Day gift, perfumes, jewelry boxes, (think about upcoming female birthdays, bridal showers, graduation, dance recitals), and athletic apparel. Look for blank greeting cards, note cards. Other items including decorations, t-shirts and aprons, eating utensils, & paper plates.

Seasonal Produce: apricots, artichokes, asparagus, avocado,green beans, cherries, beets, blackberries, carrots, onions, sweet vidalia, peas, edible pods, English/Shelling peas, new potatoes, raspberries, rhubarb, & strawberries.

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How to have a successful garage sale

9:25 am

by Jennifer Freeman

How to have a successful garage sale

 

Summer is here and with summer comes yard sale season.  Selling your items and making $300, $400 or more is worth the little bit of effort.  And after the sale, take all the remaining items to a donation location and write off the value of the donation on your taxes.   To have a successful garage sale,  you need people buying what you are selling!  Pretty simple, right?  I am sharing ways for you to learn how to have a successful garage sale and get the most out of your items and time!   Readers: If you have any other tips, please share will us in the comment section below!  Let’s learn from each other.

Here are a some garage sale tips I have learned over the years:

1) Try to make it a multi-family sale. Get more helpers & more incentive for buyers to stop by.

2) Baby & children’s clothes sell well (adult not so much).  Hang clothing. It will sell quicker.  And if it’s dirty, wash it.

3) Have the sale on Friday & Saturday.

4) Advertise the yard sale 1 hour later than you really plan. When the early birds come knocking,you will be prepared.   However, I would start early, around 7AM.

5) Use free services to advertise. Why spend extra money? See links below.

6) Begin advertising on free sites days before the sale. List a few of the great or unusual things you have for sale. Don’t list too much, just peak their curiosity.  Stand out from the other sales.

7) Direct people to the sale using bright colored signs and colored arrows. Use one color; one color will direct a person easier. It’s easy to print a large arrow on 8½ x11 paper. Keep signs simple; remember people cannot read a sign well when driving!

8.) Put signs out the evening before the sale. It’s way too much to do the morning of the sale.

9) Be prepared! The day before the sale, sort your items. Place like items together and clearly mark the price (or know the price). Keep in mind some people will not ask about pricing if it isn’t marked. Hagglers will always haggle.

10) Get plenty of change and in all denominations. No sense in lowering a price because you do not have correct change.

11) If you are willing to negotiate, ask buyers to make you an offer! How bad do you want to get rid of it? Sentimental value will not increase the actual price someone will pay.

12) Consider having some water, sodas, lemonade, baked goods or candy for sale. It gives the kids something to sell.

13) Have a plan for your items after the sale concluded. Pre-schedule a non-profit to come by on Monday morning to pick up your remaining items.

14) Have fun! Play some music, enjoy meeting new people and above all make some money getting rid of things you really do not want or need.

15) Remember to remove your signs after the sale.

 

FREE Places To Advertise Your Garage Sale:

At Garage Sale – search by zip code, city or state. 57,000 sales listed

Tag Sell It – Lists estate & yard sales, consignment stores & flea markets

Garage Sale map – similar to MapQuest but shows garage sale locations.

Remember Craigslist, for online free ad posting.

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12 Things to only buy USED!

7:35 am

by Jennifer Freeman

new or used sign
12 Things to only buy USED!

Sometimes finding a deal on a new item isn’t as good as finding a deal on a “formally owned” a.k.a. pre-loved, secondhand, recycled, used-not-abused, previously loved or whatever you want to call it!   Here is a list of some of the items that are well worth looking for on a resale basis.   Let someone else take the depreciation and you get the benefit!

12 Things to only buy used!

  • Cars or motorcycles
  • Baby and Maternity Clothes
  • Books and Textbooks
  • Video Games and DVDs
  • Furniture
  • Home Decorations
  • Sports and Fitness Equipment
  • Tools
  • Musical Instruments
  • Formalwear
  • Cellphones
  • Large Kids Toys (ie: playsets, bounce houses, wagons)

Check out resale apps like Letgo, Facebook groups.  These items can be found in clothing resale shops, consignment sales, Craigslist, freecycle.org or a good old fashioned garage sale! Resale cellphones can be found on Groupon and Apple.

Want more ideas and tips for saving your hard earned cash?
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What’s Best To Buy In April?

11:05 am

by Jennifer Freeman

seasonal Sales

What’s best to buy in April?

Have you ever wondered what are the best months to buy certain items?  Wonder what’s on clearance by month?   Be CAREFUL  on purchases in April!  Retailers know that it is Tax Refund time and they are pretty limited on what discounts and deals they will offer this month.

I have compiled a list of  “when is it best to buy” certain items.  This list is compiled from years of making the most of my money by purchasing strategically.  One of my big strategies is to buy when the best price presents itself and my What’s Best To Buy This Month series will give you the guideline.

During the year, when I make note of things we need to consider replacing in the house I will wait for the seasonal sale. While I am waiting, it gives me an opportunity to stash a little money away to plan for that purchase.

 

So, What is best to buy in April?  

The seasonal items for APRIL look like this:

Right now be snatching up the after Easter Clearance items.  Use the pastels for weddings, baby showers etc.  Think ahead to your special occasions coming up!  Re-Stock any items you will need for next Easter now! Grass, plastic eggs, bunny themed trinket toys, etc.

Look for Vinegar, food dyes, ham, eggs, & some baking supplies: sugar, spices, baking mixes, & chocolate chips.

Get coupons for these items also!  Watch for coupons to match to clearance items:  And search the Free Coupon Database by category, product or brand!

Earth Day is on April 22,  watch for organic foods & Energy Saver products.

Final days to file taxes or request an extension to file is coming — Tax Day is April 18!

Remember:::: Be CAREFUL in April!  Retailers know that it is Tax Refund time and they are pretty limited on offering discounts and deals this month.

Used cars are a big focus this month, so if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to the newer, higher priced models now is the time to enjoy even great savings as used car lots clear their inventory for the warmer weather buying season ahead. For the same reason, also look for huge sales on auto parts and accessories.

This is also the time when warm-weather clothes start to go on-sale.

Graduation season is coming up as well, so keep your sights set on sales of laptops, digital cameras, cookware sets and dorm room kitchen essentials.

April is also the time for great deals on vacuum cleaners as inventory clearances make way for brand new models coming out in June.

Clearance: after Easter sales are the time to stock up on decorating, baskets, etc for the next year. Also food coloring & sprinkles. Easter candy can be bought also to use for baking (Hershey’s kisses, etc). Final clearance on winter clothing and shoes — get the 90% off sales!

Seasonal Produce: artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, cabbages, cauliflower, grapefruit, avocados, mushrooms, onions, peas, & rhubarb.

See all the What To Buy Monthly Seasonal  Deals and Sales

 

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How to use a coupon database to increase your savings

My goal in talking to you about couponing and sharing my experiences is to help you save your family money.  I have learned through trials and errors the easy way to save the most money with the littlest effort & time.   I am positive you can get the deepest savings at any store after watching the video I made showing you how to effectively use a free coupon database.

Shop at your favorite store, if you have a matching grocery list or not!!

WATCH MY VIDEO and Learn how to easily & quickly match-up savings at any store (Whole Foods, local markets, Sprout’s, Kroger, Kmart, Dollar Store, Walmart, Target, anywhere!).  A match-up list is a great help but you can find yourself limited unless you learn how to do it on your own the same way I have for 2 decades!

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What’s best to buy in March?

9:20 am

by Jennifer Freeman

seasonal Sales

What’s best to buy in March?

Have you ever wondered what are the best months to buy certain items?  Wonder what’s on clearance by month?   I have compiled a list of  “when is it best to buy” certain items.  This list is compiled from years of making the most of my money by purchasing strategically.  And one of my big strategies is buy when the best price presents itself.  My What’s Best To Buy This Month series will give you the guideline.

Every month has seasonal hot items: End of season clearance, prime purchase timing and peak season produce/groceries at the best pricing. When you learn what items are at optimal pricing each month, you will begin to save your hard earned money by planning purchases around seasonal deals.

During the year, when I make note of things we need to consider replacing in the house I will wait for the seasonal sale. While I am waiting, it gives me an opportunity to stash a little money away to plan for that purchase.

So, What is best to buy in March?  

The seasonal items for MARCH look like this:

Saint Patrick’s Day:  Buy green items you may want for Christmas when they go on clearance.  Food Coloring, decorations, candy sprinkles. Corned Beef and ham on sale this time of year.  Buy extra and freeze.

Mardi Gras: Colored party plates & supplies. Silver, black and purple are great to use for other occasions.

Frozen Food Month:  Sales on frozen meals all month long.  Now is the time to stock up on items.

Seafood and Fish sales in preparation for Lent

Party foods for March Madness: Chips, dips, soda and party trays.

As spring arrives, find great buys on winter coats, skis, sweaters, hats, gloves, winter boots, and other cold weather gear.

Annual Easter sales: Ham in the stores (buy extra to freeze) Also look for department store savings on kids clothes, women’s fashions, men’s suits, shirts and ties (stores are pushing the first of a new batch of warm weather clothing).

Get coupons for these items also!  Watch for coupons to match to clearance items:  And search the Free Coupon Database by category, product or brand!

Dresses, hats and accessories will be in the stores and on sale.

Watch for seafood and fish sales in preparation for Lent.  And eggs, egg dying kits, food coloring and baskets for Easter.

Watch for vinegar coupons. Print and hold for great sales. I buy all my vinegar used through the year during March/April. (Think canning or cleaning with vinegar).

From now until May, look for travel bargains before the summer travel season kicks in.

Seasonal Produce in March: artichoke, asparagus, avocado, Haas, broccoli, blood oranges, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collards, fennel, kale, leek, lemon, lime, mushrooms, onions, orange, peas, radish, rhubarb, spinach, strawberries, & tangerines.

Clearance in March: All things winter — snow shovels, winter clothes & outerwear etc.  Find great sales items follow St. Patty’s Day & Mardi Gras.  Purchase Mardi Gras clearance decorations to use at New Years, the colors are perfect. (beads, celebration horns etc), colored plates & accessories. St. Patty’s day clearance: including themed beer glasses, t-shirts, signs, decorations, and candies. Guinness items often go on sale, too.

Print coupons now and watch for sales~Click Images Below!

NATURAL & ORGANICS ::: CLICK :: HERE

GET SAVING STAR ::: DIGITAL COUPONS::

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