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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BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) -- That million dollar car accident was no accident. Federal authorities say an East Texas man has admitted to deliberately driving his Bugatti Veyron into Gulf waters near Galveston. Prosecutors say Andy Lee House wanted to collect insurance on the car. He had insured his elegant ride for more than 2 million bucks. Now, he's pleaded guilty to wire fraud. A passing driver videoed the incident. Authorities say the video and House's claims of what had happened didn't match. He now faces up to 20 years.

SUBWAY BEDBUGS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Rats? Muggers? No, bedbugs! There's a new concern for New York City subway riders. NBC New York reports an N line train has been pulled out of service to be fumigated for bedbugs. A conductor reported being bitten by bedbugs in Brooklyn. The conductor was taken to a hospital for treatment. Bedbug sightings have been reported on at least five subway trains this month. A transit agency spokesman says they're responding aggressively to every report of bedbugs.

PURE MICHIGAN-TATTOOS

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan gets under your skin. Some Michiganders are so proud they're getting Pure Michigan tattoos. The Pure Michigan tourism campaign features a blue "M" logo. Michigan Economic Development spokeswoman Michelle Grinnell says a colleague spotted someone who had a tattoo with the blue M design. A Pure Michigan tattoo might be considered an unauthorized use of the Logo. But Grinnell tells MLive.com the state won't go after those showing a little Michigan pride on their bodies.

 
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