Shopping For Spring - 09/19/13

    It seems counterintuitive, but this is the absolute BEST time to start stocking your closet for next spring. Yes, the first day of fall is Sunday and most of us are ready to pull out the boots, sweaters and hoodies.  That's all well and good, just don't shop for those things now.

   My mom taught me a long time ago to shop 'off season.'  Buy spring and summer stuff at the first hint of fall.  Buy fall and winter stuff just as the mercury starts inching back up.  After many years or adopting this shopping strategy, I've discovered I can save anywhere from 50-70% on my wardrobe year round.

    I don't know about you, but I get this natural high when I score a good deal and it keeps me coming back for more.  Like the pink dress I paid $9.95 for today that I'm wearing on the 9pm News tonight.  It was originally $70.  That's an 86% discount.  Oh My!  I wish there was a spot for a picture on here because I actually took a picture of the price tag and all the red crossed out markdowns.  First, $70, then $39.99, then $29.94, then $19.95 and now $9.95.  I posted it on my Facebook page just because bargain hunting is downright exciting for me.

   The last week or so, I've been combing the stores stocking up on bargains like this not just for me, but for my whole family.  When you multiply that 50 - 70% overall savings by a family of four ... now you're talking serious savings.  One year, I kept my receipts and added them up at the end of the year.  We saved around $4,500 shopping this way.  It doesn't take a lot of effort, just a new way of thinking.  Flip flop your shopping habits and watch the savings roll in, and if you're up tonight... watch Fox 17 at 9 and let me know if this looks like a $9 dress.  (You can be honest. :) )

 

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WATER THEFT CHARGE

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The owner of a northern New Jersey business found himself in hot water after admitting his role in a plan to steal at least $100,000 worth of water from a local utilities authority. Federal prosecutors say 43-year-old Nicholas Vene, of Holmdel, New Jersey pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Officials say from January 2007 to March 2012, Vene and others diverted water flowing from a Jersey City pipe to a Reliable Wood location and away from the water meter on that pipe. That resulted in an under-reporting of water usage.Vene faces up to five years in prison when he's sentenced Jan. 26.

FREE SALMON

POULSBO, Wash. (AP) -- The early bird catches the fish, or at least a few lucky people did when they lined up with coolers Monday to wait for free salmon at a hatchery on Washington's Kitsap Peninsula. Workers at Grovers Creek Hatchery, northwest of Seattle, netted several dozen fish from the pond and harvested eggs from female chum salmon. The hatchery gave away one salmon per person because of limited supplies so early in the season. But they told those who didn't get a fish Monday to come back later. The hatchery, run by the Suquamish Tribe, is one of a few in Washington with a salmon give-away program.

STINK BUG-MICHIGAN

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) -- An annoying insect is bugging homeowners in southwestern Michigan, and some say it just plain stinks. A Michigan State University program says the brown marmorated stink bug has been detected in low numbers in traps set around fruit and vegetable crops. But there are "a few hotspots." Cathie Buckley, of Stevensville, Michigan, lives with her husband on 6 1/2 acres including a former blueberry patch. The couple are finding the bugs "all over the place," and she says she's encountered hundreds of them. "I have lots of them -- and my husband can't stand the smell of them," Buckley said. "They are horrible." The stink bug does not bite or pose any danger to humans, but it has a gross smell.

SPEEDWAY WEDDING

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) -- Two NASCAR fans raced to the altar to finally arrive at marital bliss. Kevin Lane and Ashlea Leggett got married on the Talladega Superspeedway infield before the GEICO 500 in Alabama on Sunday. The Athens, Georgia couple attended the race last year, as their first big trip together. So this year, they asked their friends and family to join them on the track for a ceremony before the race. The gathering was complete with a 10x10 foot white tent, flowers and music playing from a smartphone connected to a small speaker. After the 15-minute ceremony, the entire crowd shared wedding cake and watched the racers rev up.