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Summer Shopping Can Offer Discounted Prices

7:49 am

by Jennifer Freeman

Find a Bargain in July

Would you like to save as much as 75 to 90 percent on items during July? Between Christmas in July and Back-to-School sales, it can be a great month to save on shopping.

The Christmas in July theme began in the 1940s, marking the time of year to send Christmas cards and packages to servicemen and women overseas to give ample time for them to arrive by Christmas. Nowadays, though, it represents the time of year for major sales as retailers, including online and mail-order, reduce current inventory and clear the shelves to make room for new incoming merchandise and the latest models that will be arriving soon.

Keeping with tradition, July can be a great time to do your Christmas shopping. Buy now and stash the gifts. What can you find on sale? Look for deals on toys, household items, movies, camping gear, summer items, and items for men or women. Also, mail order retailers begin selling new Christmas items at reduced prices during July.

Hot Back-to-School deals start now, too. Look for kid’s clothing and school supplies, including pencils, rulers, glue sticks, erasers, folders, paper, markers and more for pennies on the dollar. And don’t just buy for now; purchase extra for restocking through the school year or for your home office.

Remember to use your coupons and savings apps with these purchases to get even greater savings.

 

By Jen Freeman
Published in New Mexico Marketplace July 2017 edition
Albuquerque’s Best Shopping Source to Find What you Need

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What’s best to buy in July? Monthly Sales

9:00 am

by Jennifer Freeman

seasonal Sales

What’s best to buy in July?

 

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.  I purchase strategically and have compiled this list over the years while saving a ton of money.   One of my big strategies is to buy when the very best price presents itself.  My What’s Best To Buy This Month series will give you the guideline, so you will be an amazing saver too!

During the year, I make a note of things I need to purchase or replace and wait patiently for the seasonal sales before buying.  While I am waiting, I stash a little money away to plan for that purchase.

 

What’s Best To Buy In July?

July is National Ice Cream Month.  Find Ice Cream Coupons and watch for great prices, buy extra now and plan for upcoming celebrations over the next few months.

More 4th of July BBQ Sales: hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ sauce, ketchup, condiments, charcoal, aluminum foil, salad dressing, potato chips, dips. Plan on the end of the month for savings on barbecue grills, patio furniture, etc.

Along with big 4th of July sales on summer party goods, swimsuits, sandals, beach towels, etc.

Buy Gym memberships – they are usually on sale right now.

Save 50% on furniture!  Couches, sofas, living room or dining room furniture and more.  The stores clear their inventory to make room for the Falls upcoming new items.

Christmas in July sales! Stores are clearing out current years toys, getting ready to stock for upcoming holidays. Target participates in this sale.  Learn how to make a gift closet – it’s a secret to saving BIG TIME!

End of July, Back to School Sales begin: crayons, pencils, folders, binders, etc.

July Clearance Sales:  Toys (especially watch Target~up to 90% 0ff toward the end of July!) Buy up for upcoming birthdays, holidays. After July 4th, look for all kinds of slashed prices on things like themed decorations, paper plates and napkins, utensils, banners, patriotic pins, and flags.

July Produce Deals: Asian pears, Bartlett pears, green beans, blueberries, cherries, corn, cucumber, curly lettuce, eggplant, figs, garlic, grapes, nectarines, red onions, Valencia oranges, peaches, peppers (sweet, bell), plums, potatoes, summer squash, tomatoes, & watermelon.

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What’s best to buy in June?

7:05 am

by Jennifer Freeman

seasonal Sales

What’s best to buy in June?

Have you ever wondered what are the best months to buy certain items? Wonder whats 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.

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 June?

National Dairy Month: eggs, milk, ice cream, cheese, butter, yogurt, Cool Whip, & look for in-store dairy coupons or booklets. Watch for coupons to match deals. Search the Free Coupon Database by category, product or brand!

Father’s Day is in June.  Watch for deals at hardware stores and mega-centers like Home Depot offer big sales on hand tools ranging from ratchet sets to cordless power tools, drills and sanders.

June is also prime wedding season, so check out the housewares section at your favorite department store and find great savings on dish sets, cooking utensils and other things for at home, as well as sales on lingerie.

Vacuums (especially Dyson are on sale)

End of June is Fourth of July Sales: look for hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ sauce, ketchup, condiments, charcoal, salad dressing, potato chips, dip, swimsuits, and summer wear.

June Clearance Sales: After Father’s Day, expect clearance items like themed ties, t-shirts, boxed deodorant/aftershave sets, greeting cards, tool sets, gift wrap, and gardening items.

June Seasonal Produce: apricots, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, broad beans, cherries, corn, cucumber, eggplant, grapes, honeydew, nectarines, peaches, peas, potatoes, raspberries, red onions, summer squash, strawberries, sweet Vidalia onions, tomatoes, & watermelon.

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

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DIY Cali Blend Freezer Packs

9:41 am

by Jennifer Freeman

cali blend freezer packs

DIY Cali Blend Freezer Packs

Make your own freezer packs of California Blend Vegetables.  It is super easy (or I wouldn’t be sharing it or doing it  myself!)  March is a perfect time of year to be getting deals on broccoli, cauliflower and carrots.  If you are lucky enough to have Bountiful Baskets Co-op to order fantastic produce from, watch for the Cali-blend fresh packs for a great savings.

You do not have to use a Vacuum Pack Sealer (see deals), but it will make your packs last longer.

Cali-Blend Freezer Packs

 Ingredients

  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
Gather Tools:
  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting board
  • 3 bowls for your prepared veggies
  • Pot of boiling water
  • Bowl of cold water and ice
  • Colander and slotted spoon or scoop
  • Cookie sheet or large plate
  • Food Saver System or Freezer style Ziploc bags and a straw

Instructions

  1. Fill your pot with water, about 1/2 full.  Prep your veggies while bringing pot of water to a boil.
  2. Peel your carrots and slice about a 1/4 inch or so.  Crinkle cut if you prefer.   Set carrots in a bowl.
  3. Cut your cauliflower and broccoli into pieces. I use up the stems too. Just peel the hard skin/layer off and slice the soft white middles like you would the carrots.
  4. Once your water is boiling add a combination of carrots, cauliflower and broccoli.  What ever the amount you want in  your individual freezer packs.
  5. Blanch your veggies by boiling for 4 minutes. This will preserve them for freezing. Broccoli will turn a bright pretty green and carrots will become vibrant and sink.
  6. DO NOT OVER COOK YOUR VEGETABLES! They will become too soft and mushy. Keep boiling process to just 4 minutes.
  7. Scoop out your veggies and plunge them in the bowl of ice water for 4 minutes.   This  stops the cooking process and keeps the veggies fresh & crisp.
  8. Remove from the water and pat your veggies with a towel.  Remove as much water as you can before putting your veggies up for the freezer so they don’t ice up while freezing.
  9. Lay dried veggies a cookie sheet and place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  10. After frozen, it’s time to pack them for the freezer.  Use the Food Saver System or fill your Ziploc freezer bags and zip it up with the straw sticking out and suck out as much of the air as you can then finish zipping it shut. The less air in the bags means less of a chance for freezer burn and water crystals to build up on your veggies.
  11. Label the bags with Cali-blend and the date.  Use them throughout the year!

 

 

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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.

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

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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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