February 18, 2011
The grocery store is an easy place to justify emotional spending. Advice like" never shop for food when you are hungry" is should not be taken lightly. I could easily fill my cart with everything from the bakery department on a bad day. Just the smell of fresh baked bread can put me in a tailspin. And don't get me started on the freezer section; me and Sarah Lee are BFF's.
I think it's hard to shop without a list, without checking out the store circular and without coupons, which many if not most people do. Really, how often do you see people using these items while you browse through the produce department ? My research shows about 20 percent of the people I see at the store are shopping the aisles for deals without any aids. And with all the money saving apps available I'm surprised, but not really. Perhaps lack of time or knowledge is stopping her from saving precious dollars. I think she should team up with her kids and put them in charge of working apps and internet options for money saving deals. My kids say a percentage of the savings would be incentive enough. I say if you're gonna eat the food you should really help with the preparation in some way. How about by starting at www.savings.com
She could be a...
- Striking writer
- Physician's assistant
- Theater usher
- Snack-bar attendant
- Dry cleaning operator
"I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear." -Rosa Parks
American's owe $2.5 trillion in credit card debt..(Source: Good Housekeeping Magazine)
February is Black History Month: for more information, be sure to log on to www.blackhistory.com.
- Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours.
- An aluminum can that is thrown away will still be a can 500 years from now.
- We use over 80 billion aluminum soda cans a year.
In one year, the US recycles enough steel to heat and light 18 million homes.
- Whether she's a fashionista or not, there's a good chance that she's seen some celebrity on her favorite show or on an awards-show runway wearing something she would like to own. Perhaps it was the bag Vanessa Williams used in last night's episode of Ugly Betty or a dress that Calista Flockhart wore in Brothers & Sisters. These items are now attainable, thanks to a company called Delivery Agent Inc. Their site enables fans to shop by character or by show and it features red carpet fashion and celebrity lines. Prices start at $25 but can get enormous, depending on the designer. Start shopping and impersonating at www.seenon.com.
- It's never fun to wait in line for a changing room. Social Retailing may change that. Imagine walking up to a mirror, programming in the size of a garment, the garment appears in the mirror where she can step into position to see how the garment looks. If that's not a special-enough feature, it allows her to send a picture of herself in the garment to a friend via text messaging. Look out Treckies; your show is coming to life.
- She's walking away from her yoga class feeling relaxed and free of germy feet by wearing Yoga Stick-e Socks. Yoga mats are notorious for carrying germs and if she's not bringing her own mat, she should be wearing these instead of going barefoot. For more information on socks, log on to www.libbysluxebuynow.com
She continues to remind herself...
"Someday my prince will come; it just won't be David Beckham"
Here is a true story of one woman's search to purchase a car. After researching models, she enters the first dealership, alone. After a 5-minute wait, a salesman approaches and asks if she's waiting for her husband. At the second dealership, she is greeted immediately and the salesman asks if she or her husband would like some coffee. At the third dealership, a saleswoman approaches her and asks, "How can I help you today?" The next day, she and her husband go car shop- ping together. The first dealership has a salesman who greets them warmly, and asks the husband what he's looking for. She politely answers the salesman and his next question is "what color?" At the second car dealership, the exact same scenario plays out, with the color question the first one asked of the woman. At the third dealership, the salesman immediately assumes that she can't drive a stick shift (she can) and, after hearing her request, asks her "what color" and the husband if he is going to be financing her car. She is now shopping for a car online.
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