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It Pays to Ask for Discounts

9:38 pm

by Jennifer Freeman

How to Ask for Discounts

Most of us have heard that there’s no such thing as a stupid question. This same statement applies to saving money, too. Shoppers can acquire unannounced or unadvertised discounts simply by asking.

The following types of retailers offer discounts at checkout: restaurants, clothing stores, craft stores, automotive stores, department stores, entertainment stores, and home improvement stores. And sometimes even a smile and a question about discounts or deals could net you 10 percent off your purchase.

Yes, you read that correctly. Store cashiers are often authorized to give up to a 10 percent reduction simply when requested by a customer.

Some retailers have also set aside special discount days, some of which are unadvertised or unscheduled. Here are some examples of the discounts that can easily be found and qualified for: AARP, AAA, military, first responders, teachers, students, contractors and seniors. Because some people might get offended (for instance, with a senior discount), not every cashier will mention the discounts. So don’t be afraid to ask about a discount.

When asking for your discount, keep these questions in mind:

• Does your store have any discounts or coupon codes?

• Do you have any coupons available that I might not know about?

• Is there a way I can qualify for a 10 percent discount?

If you ask for extra savings, you might be surprised by how many you receive.

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

 

 

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What’s best to buy in December?

1:05 am

by Jennifer Freeman

seasonal Sales

What’s best to buy in December?

Have you ever wondered what are the best months to buy certain items to get the very best deals or what’s on clearance each 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.

 

What’s Best To Buy In December:

Holiday Dinner sales, look for: eggnog, deli platters, instant potatoes, gravy mixes, Rhodes rolls, frozen pies, cranberry sauce, Jello, and marshmallows.

Baking sales, look for: flour, sugar, butter, cream, cake mix, brownie mix, muffin mix, breads, pie crust, marshmallow, whipped cream, canned foods – soup, broth, condensed milk, vegetables, fruits, and spaghetti sauce.

Clearance: Buy all your Thanksgiving Decorations, extra table settings and turkey carving products now once they’re at least 50% off. After-Christmas sales are the time to stock up on Christmas decorations, wrap, and gift tags, toys, electronics, and new model cars.

Seasonal Produce: broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, grapefruit, kale, leeks, mushrooms, oranges, papayas, parsnips, pears, pomegranates, rutabagas, sweet potatoes, tangelos, tangerines, turnips

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Make gift bows from magazines! How to Video shows you an easy way to recycle magazines or comics.  I get free magazine subscription and like to come up with ways to utilize the magazines for multiple purposes.

Here are 3 Tips for Recycling Magazines:

  • First share with your friends.  Then them give back to you.
  • Take to the Dr. Office and leave in the magazine in the waiting room.
  • Drop off at the hospital and they will distribute them to various patient rooms.
  •  and of course Make Bows!!

How to make bows from magazines ~

1. Gather stapler, glue (or double stick tape), scissors and a magazine page.
2. Cut a magazine page lengthwise into 9 strips, 3/4″ wide.
3. Leave 3 strips page length.
4. Cut 1″ off 3 strips.
5. Cut 2″ off 2 strips.
6. Cut final strip down to 3.5″
6. Use the cut piece to form the center of the bow, form it into a circle.
7. Twist each strip, looped into a figure 8, staple or glue to hold.
8. Stack layers of figure 8 strips to form the bow, gluing/taping or stapling each layer.
9.  Finish bow center with the round circle.

And there you have it!  How to make gift bows from magazines video!   Other things to use to make bows with are maps, ads from the junk mail or comics.

 

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Christmas mess

Donate and Get Organized ~ After Christmas Clean-up

 

Try these year-end tips to cut clutter and start the New Year off organized.

Tip 1 – Santa’s Rule: Get One, Toss Two~ For each new gift received, give two old ones to charity.  Donate it’s the perfect way to cut clutter.   Not only will this help cut clutter, but it’ll also be giving to those less fortunate.

Tip 2 -Take the Holiday Mailbox Challenge ~ After the holidays, there seems to be a plethora of empty cardboard boxes that came in the mail containing gifts.  Instead of just tossing them, challenge yourself to fill them all up with unwanted items from around the house, clothes, kitchenware, tools, etc. and donate to charity before the end of the year.

Tip 3 – Sort holiday decorations ~ before you stow them away in storage.   This will make them easier to pack up, and that much easier next year to take out and use.

Tip 4 -Send White Elephant Gifts on their way ~  Don’t let those “Oh you shouldn’t have… no really you shouldn’t have” gifts take up space and add to the clutter in your home.  Place them in a closet for re-gifting next year, donate them, or sell them, but there’s really no need for them to be creating clutter in your home.

The bottom line is:  Set aside items you are no longer in need of or want-of and donate to charity, now.  It helps you and others!   There is NO Excess In Charity!!

 

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What’s best to buy in November?

11:05 am

by Jennifer Freeman

seasonal Sales

What’s best to buy in November?

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.

 

What’s Best To Buy In November:

Watch toy sales, most best deals can be closer to Christmas but with the lackluster sales through 2012 many retailers may be ready to offer great deals earlier this year than last years.

November Clearance Sales: After Halloween Sales are the time to stock up for next year. Buy the Halloween candy-alternatives (Halloween crayons, erasers, watches, spinning tops, etc ~Mix this in with next year’s candy bowl).

Veteran’s Day is November 11:  Many restaurants and stores have free meals and discounts for Veterans. Check your favorite restaurants websites and stores for discounts.  Home Depot and Lowe’s have discounts.

Look for sales to get an early start on holiday shopping this month.

Thanksgiving Day is coming!  Only a little over 20 days to get great stock-up deals on broth, pumpkin, evaporated milk, cream soups & more.  See all the things below to stock-up on.

Baking Sales in full swing, look for: nuts, chocolate chips, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, coconut, cake mixes, Canned foods (soup, broth, condensed milk, vegetables, fruits, spaghetti sauce,etc.), turkey, canned pumpkin, stove top stuffing, Betty Crocker boxed potatoes, gravy mixes, Rhodes rolls, frozen pies, cranberry sauce, Jello, and marshmallows.

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving.  But many deals are starting as early as Thanksgiving Day now!  Look for early holiday bargains on: electronics (big screen TVs, laptops, stereos, gaming consoles, etc.), jewelry, clothing, toys, etc. Consider more than holiday gifts! Most people think of holiday gifts this time of year but this is also a great time to buy an item you’ve been wanting.

Wedding dresses tend to go on sale in November.

Also, Cyber Monday is the Monday after Thanksgiving weekend. Look for loads of deals online PLUS free shipping at many online stores. (Amazon.com always has GREAT deals!)

November Seasonal Produce: Anjou pears, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, red cabbage, carrots, celery, Comice pears, cranberries, kiwi, lemons, oranges, potatoes, squash, and yams.

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October Seasonal Sales

5:50 pm

by Jennifer Freeman

October Seasonal Sales Cycle

What’s best to buy in October?

Every month has seasonal items hot items: End of season clearance, prime purchase timing and peak season produce/groceries at the best pricing. When you learn what items are optimal pricing each months, 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.

The seasonal items for OCTOBER look like this:

Print Halloween candy coupons and pair them with the Halloween candy  pons and use them t is on Wednesday, October 31, 2012: Look for deals on candy! Printn you see them. Fall season begins, look for sales on winter clothing, fans and air conditioners, grills, auto supplies, appliances, and vacuums.

Christmas is coming up: Get bargains on toys this month as stores get ready for early holiday shopping.

Also take advantage of the Fall wine harvest season as wine shops and liquor stores try to clear their inventory with some of the lowest prices of the year on good quality wine vintages.

Beginning of Baking Sales: canned pumpkin, evaporated milk, baking chips

National Seafood Month: Stock up pricing

Adopt a Shelter-Dog Month: Sales on dog supplies! (Pedigree, Purina, etc.)

Seasonal Produce: almonds, apples, artichokes, arugula, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, chard, chestnuts, cranberries, lemons, parsnip, pears, pomegranate, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, spinach, winter squash, turnips, yams, and sweetcorn.

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