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What Are The Best Things To Buy In December?

7 Dec

ImageAttention shoppers, it’s time once again for the best deals of the month. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, simply visit Real Penny Wise and click LIKE to receive the best tips daily. Be sure to SHARE with your friends too. Just a quick review before I list this months best buys…

Most bargains follow a predictable pattern:

  • End of the model year (varies depending on product)
  • End of the retail season (ends sooner than calendar season)
  • Holiday sale (usually new, but sometimes older models)
  • Directly after a holiday
  • Off season
  • In season (fresh produce)

The downside includes:

  • Lack of inventory/choices
  • Open box/damage/refurbished
  • Older model/style
  • Unable to use/test until season changes, long past refund date

Remember that a retailer’s season ends much sooner than a calendar season; that’s why you’ll find great deals on winter apparel in January & February, but you will hard pressed to find a winter coat in March when there’s still a foot of snow on the ground. Don’t forget to check out my post 15 Super Tips For Shopping Success to learn how to save even more on online purchases.
So here’s where you can save the most in December:

  • Air conditioner
  • Carpeting & flooring
  • Cell phone
  • Champagne
  • Gift card
  • House
  • New car
  • NFL tickets
  • Outdoor grill
  • Pool & hot tub
  • Trees, shrubs & flower bulbs
  • TV
  • Wedding dress

When it comes to food, the best deals are to buy in season since there is a greater supply. Obviously holiday themed food bargains are best directly following the holiday, but do not overlook the perishables; starting January 2nd stores practically give away huge pork roasts that never made it to the New Year’s Day dinner table. One disclaimer on the produce; because there is some controversy regarding what is truly “in season” as the USA has very diverse growing patterns and hothouses are often used, I have placed and asterisk next to the items that are generally agreed upon.
Here are the best food deals in December:

  • Apples
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cauliflower*
  • Celery
  • Collard Greens
  • Cranberries
  • Fennel
  • Grapefruit*
  • Leeks
  • Mushrooms
  • Mustard Greens
  • Oranges*
  • Papayas*
  • Passion Fruit
  • Pears*
  • Persimmons
  • Pomegranates*
  • Radicchio
  • Radish
  • Rutabaga
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Potatoes*
  • Swiss chard
  • Tangelos
  • Tangerines*
  • Turnips
  • Winter squash

Often times you can get first rate products for a bargain prices, it just takes a little planning & patience; but don’t wait too long or you may miss out altogether. Want more posts like this? Let me know!

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What Are The Best Things To Buy In November?

5 Nov

november saleAttention shoppers, it’s time once again for the best deals of the month. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, simply visit Real Penny Wise and click LIKE to receive the best tips daily. Be sure to SHARE with your friends too. Just a quick review before I list this months best buys…

Most bargains follow a predictable pattern:

  • End of the model year (varies depending on product)
  • End of the retail season (ends sooner than calendar season)
  • Holiday sale (usually new, but sometimes older models)
  • Directly after a holiday
  • Off season
  • In season (fresh produce)

The downside includes:

  • Lack of inventory/choices
  • Open box/damage/refurbished
  • Older model/style
  • Unable to use/test until season changes, long past refund date

Remember that a retailer’s season ends much sooner than a calendar season; that’s why you’ll find great deals on winter apparel in January & February, but you will hard pressed to find a winter coat in March when there’s still a foot of snow on the ground. Don’t forget to check out my post 15 Super Tips For Shopping Success to learn how to save even more on online purchases.

So here’s where you can save the most in November:

  • Athletic shoes
  • Camping gear
  • Cookware
  • Frozen food (National Frozen Food month; lots of manufacture’s coupons)
  • Gift card (watch for holiday promotions)
  • Horse (they are expensive to shelter & feed in the winter)
  • New car (end of year models)
  • Shrubs, trees & bulbs
  • Toys
  • Wedding dress

When it comes to food, the best deals are to buy in season since there is a greater supply. Obviously holiday themed food bargains are best directly following the holiday, but do not overlook the perishables; starting January 2nd stores practically give away huge pork roasts that never made it to the New Year’s Day dinner table. One disclaimer on the produce; because there is some controversy regarding what is truly “in season” as the USA has very diverse growing patterns and hothouses are often used, I have placed and asterisk next to the items that are generally agreed upon.

Here are the best food deals in November:

  • Apples
  • Artichokes
  • Arugula
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celeriac
  • Celery
  • Clementines
  • Cranberries*
  • Figs
  • Leeks
  • Mushrooms
  • Oranges
  • Pears*
  • Persimmons
  • Pomegranates
  • Pumpkins*
  • Spinach
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Swiss chard
  • Tangerines
  • Watercress
  • Winter squash*

Often times you can get first rate products for a bargain prices, it just takes a little planning & patience; but don’t wait too long or you may miss out altogether. Want more posts like this? Let me know!

10 BEST Re-Uses For Plastic Shopping Bags You Probably Never Heard Of

6 Jul

ImageWe all know they are great as wastepaper basket liners, pet poop/litter disposal, shopping, wet swimsuits, blah, blah, blah. So here’s some ideas you may not be so familiar with:

  1. Public transportation seat covers. To avoid an unwelcome surprise, simple lay it down on the seat before you rest your seat.
  2. Fishing items out of the toilet. If you have kids you understand that they like to give everything from toys to keys a burial at sea. Simply put it over your hand like you would for picking up dog poop.
  3. Rainy day bike seat protector; just slip over the seat and tie. Keeps seat dry while bike is parked.
  4. Disabled car warning flag. Why people leave their hood up for people to steal the battery or whatever is a mystery to me. White bags flapping around on the traffic side of the car tied to the antennae, door, hanging out of a rolled up window or attached to the rear wiper is going to attract much more attention without welcoming vandalism.
  5. Soiled baby clothes. No matter which end it came out of, keep these in your diaper bag to minimize the mess and smell until you can get home and wash.
  6. Cast and dressing bathing cover; just make sure you use medical tape, not duct tape, when securing the bag over the affected limb.
  7. Action figure parachute; just make sure you little darlings don’t get any ideas when it comes to the pets.
  8. Boot liners for kids and adults. Helps keep stocking-feet dry, and shoes slide in easier in shoe-boots.
  9. Keep paint/varnish applicators from drying out or getting tacky between coats. If you are refinishing floors, you know how expensive those applicator pads are and how they can ruin a smooth finish if they start to gunk up.
  10. Cover plants during a frost. Make sure you secure the bag by staking, tying, or tucking it.

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