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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PARTY SCHOOLS

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Party on Fighting Illini! The University of Illinois claims the top spot on the list of party schools from the Princeton Review's college guide. An unnamed student tells the publication the "drinking culture is huge" there. It's not the sort of reputation the school likes. University spokeswoman Robin Kaler says their students are "serious" and "hard working." The University of Iowa, a former number-one, is second on the latest party list. Looking for food over fun? The Princeton Review says the small, exclusive Bowdoin College in Maine has the best campus grub.

Ghost Pepper Ice Cream

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) -- You might scream for this ice cream -- after tasting it. The Ice Cream Store near the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, offers Ghost Pepper Ice Cream. It's spiked with some of the world's hottest chilies along with fiery pepper extracts and sauces. Pittsburgh tourist Jeff Hobbs says if he tried eating a whole cone, they'd be writing his obituary. The Ice Cream Store owner Chip Hearn tells the News Journal his customers have to sign a waiver before they can try Ghost Pepper.

FABRICATED CARJACKING

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A northern New Jersey man is headed to prison in a carjacking case. But there's a twist. It was his own car. Authorities say Maurice Douglas, of East Orange, made up the story about his Mercedes being jacked. Yesterday, he was sentenced to three years in the slammer, after pleading guilty to insurance fraud. He admitted he had hoped to get more than 38-grand for his `07 Mercedes S-550. Investigators said security video didn't back up Douglas' story about being carjacked by two men. The damaged car was found the next day in an abandoned lot.

WATERMELON CONTEST

HERMISTON, Ore. (AP) -- It was a spittin' good time in Portland, Oregon. The watermelonseed-spitting contest has returned. Local lawmakers put their expectorating skills to the test, using donated melons from Hermiston. Hermiston Mayor David Drotzmann beat Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. The East Oregonian reports the seed-spitting contest was held annually for almost two decades before going on a hiatus that lasted several years.

 
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