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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FACEBOOK-BURGLARY

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) -- For sale: Wedding dress. But a Wyoming woman says it was her stolen wedding dress she spotted for sale on Facebook. The dress was among the items swiped from a home north of Rock Springs in February. The woman reported the dress posting to Sweetwater County deputies. An undercover investigator bought the dress at a garage sale. Authorities report busting Leon Lynch on suspicion of theft and other charges.

DANCE FLOOR MEMORIES

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) -- It's a senior prom -- with senior citizens. Nebraska high school students hosted residents of assisted living centers in the Hastings area. It was the sixth annual Senior Prom at Adams Central High, sponsored by the Future Business Leaders of America club. The students and their guests did the waltz, polka and two-step. The kids also taught the seniors some contemporary dance moves. Eliza Donley, an Adams Central sophomore, was impressed. She tells the Hastings Tribune the older folks "are really good dancers."

SMITHSONIAN-TYRANNOSAURUS REX

WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's a 2,000-mile, 66-million-year journey. A nearly complete T. rex skeleton was unveiled yesterday at the National Museum of Natural History. The dinosaur bones were discovered in Montana and is one of only about a-half dozen nearly complete T. rex skeletons. The Tyrannosaurus rex has teeth as big as bananas. The T. rex made the trip to Washington in a special temperature-controlled FedEx truck. It will be the centerpiece of the Smithsonian's renovated dinosaur hall, due to open in about five years.

NYC MAYOR-INTERNS

NEW YORK (AP) -- They aren't paid, but they will be getting protection. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed legislation that makes sure the city's law against discrimination applies to interns. City Council members proposed the law after a female intern found she couldn't sue a TV station because she wasn't considered an employee. The working conditions for unpaid interns have been drawing attention lately. Several lawsuits have been filed against music companies and other industries over wage issues.

 
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