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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CAVALIERS-LEBRON FAN

CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James is back and so is his super fan. James Blair was banned by the Cavaliers after he ran onto the floor during a Cleveland-Miami game in 2013. He was wearing a homemade T-shirt saying: "We Miss You" on the front and "2014 Come Back" on the back. James even patted the guy on the head as he was whisked away. The Cavs say team officials met with Blair and have determined he's not a security threat. He'll be allowed to return to watch the Cavs play. James re-signed with the Cavs as a free agent this summer.

SEATTLE MARIJUANA TICKETS

SEATTLE (AP) -- All the pot tickets in Seattle are going up in smoke. City Attorney Pete Holmes says he's tossing out the citations for public use of marijuana issued during the first seven months of the year. Holmes says most of those tickets were issued by a single police officer who disagrees with the state's legal pot law. While retail sales of marijuana were legalized, smoking pot in public remains a violation. The prosecutor's office is also moving to refund the $27 fines already paid by 22 people who were cited for public marijuana use. The officer has been temporarily reassigned.

VIRGINIA ALCOHOL SALES

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginians are thirsty. The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control says booze sales have set another record. This makes 16 straight years Virginians have bought booze at record levels. Officials report more than 52 million bottles of wine, spirits and nonalcoholic mixers were sold in state liquor stores during the last fiscal year. Jack Daniels remains the top-selling brand, followed by Smirnoff 80, Jim Beam and Grey Goose.

METH-TACO TRUCK

DENVER (AP) -- There was more than spicy food on the taco truck. Authorities in Colorado charge a drug ring was selling meth out of a food truck in Denver. The Colorado Attorney General's Office says 15 people were arrested yesterday and two others are wanted. Authorities also report seizing 55 pounds of meth in the investigation.

 
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