Bargain Shopping

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  1. Gloria Mitchell

    Gloria Mitchell Very Well-Known Member
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    I rarely go shopping, but when I do usually find me in the clearance section of any store.
    My daughter informed me again yesterday that the $2.99 brand new purse at Goodwill from two years ago...needed to go.
    Since Walmart was only store open at 9..went this morning. Bought me a $19 purse for $5.
    Later went to Kohls - found a bath room rug was$26.99...bot for $8.09.
    Found package of earrings of 5 ..was$18..bot $3.50
    Yesterday got free earrings and a bra at Lane Bryants...coupon and gift card.I think I am on a roll here.
    So do you hunt for bargins...shop a thrift store or have a place you like to bargin hunt at?
     
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  2. Von Jones

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    My only go to for bargains would be Walmart. I stopped shopping at malls years ago since all the superstores like Meijers and Walmart opened. Thrifts stores, flea markets, estates sales and auctions are my next best venture for bargains. Every once in a while I'll get flyers in the mail from stores I've previously made a purchase. Way out of my budget even with the markdowns.
     
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  3. Gloria Mitchell

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    I never shopped malls:)- still don't.
     
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    Sounds good Gloria, we all love a bargin and you've done well ! :cool:
     
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    I haven't replied yet because I don't want it to seem I'm bragging.

    I only shop with my daughter for one thing because I hate going alone.

    I would say almost 90% of my clothes are from Nordstroms but usually bought on sale and not full price ...

    Also, 95% of the time my daughter insists on paying.

    So, basically I hardly spend money on clothes or shoes or purses so I guess it's a bargain ...for me. :)
     
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  6. Holly Saunders

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    I don't actively seek out bargains, but when I'm out shopping and I see a bargain and I need it...then yes I will snatch it up...I've got quite a lot of very expensive designer clothing at a fraction of their price just for being in the right place at the right time...
     
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    Not bragging @Chrissy Cross. I like Macy's but they are not in my town. We used to have Gottschalks. They were like a little mini Macy's and had great clearance racks.

    I'm not big for shopping either and don't like to walk around the mall. Did that in the 80's though when the mall was the big thing it seemed.

    I like thrift stores. All my dishes are thrifted. I don't like to pay full price unless it's something I really need. I don't buy a lot of clothes but usually get things from discount stores or maybe Penny's on occasion.
     
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    Fresno used to have Gottschucks but closed a few years ago....
     
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  9. Gloria Mitchell

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    @Chrissy Cross ...Lolol your just extra blessed- nothing wrong with that. I could buy pricer things- I just don't and never have. But also like to see what I can find.Basically I am a Second Hand Rose...I like to think as frugal. :p
     
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    I like to buy cheap clothes that don't look cheap :p
    I can have more of them :p
    Always get compliments on me clothes and I love to tell them how much (little) I paid :cool:
     
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  11. Gloria Mitchell

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    Help...have a 2009 Ford Focus...needs work on the AC to the tune of $1800.
    The car according to blue book is barely worth that.Still owe $2700 on the car.
    So do we go ahead and pay to have AC repaired....or try and trade infor another car ? Do not have the money really to do either. Open for advise ;)
     
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    I think I'd do without the AC.
     
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    Our stationwagon has never had AC, and we just roll the windows down in the summer. I usually only make short trips anyway, so by the time the AC got the car cooled down, we would be wherever we were going. If we had to drive very far, then it would be nice to have AC and be able to close the windows if we wanted to do that.
    I think that this is a decision that only you can make, @Gloria Mitchell ; because only you and your husband know which choice would work best for you.
    You might check around and see if you can get a cheaper estimate to fix the AC, also. We used to have a minivan that I really liked; but it had some brake problems. When we took it to the brake place, they said it would be over $600 to fix the brakes, which was as much as the minivan was worth.
    We ended up selling the van to a man that Bobby worked with who could do his own mechanic work, and he said that part of what they said was wrong, didn’t need fixing, and the parts that he did fix were under $200 for the whole thing, a lot cheaper than what we were told.
    If we had paid this man to fix our minivan instead of selling it to him, we still would have only paid about half of what the brake shop quoted to us for a price.
     
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    Oh Lordy...no question...do without the AC for a while... I have a Ford Fusion , (thankfully paid for)...but I have it serviced every year and ask them to regas it, and the AC still never works ( it might be a Ford fault).....it's irritating, but I just open the window when it gets hot...

    if you can't afford to do either, then leave well alone, no point in getting into more debt for a little thing like AC... (that said if I lived in a hotter country then I'd have to have the AC or die ) lol
     
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    I'd keep it too. You also might want to check and see if there is a recall for that particular problem.
     
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    Most of the time, I shop at the thrift store, and especially on Tuesday, when everything is 30% off for seniors. I also go to the local Humane Society thrift shop, which is fairly close to the area we live in.
    Today, I could not believe it when I found a used Vitamix blender for sale there, and the asking price was only $6.50 !
    Naturally, there was NO way that I was not going to buy a Vitamix for that kind of a price; so I bought it, even though I have an almost new one that Robin got me as a gift a while back.
    This one works fine, and it sells for about $450 on the Vitamix website (brand new, naturally); so I cleaned it up and have advertised it for sale on our local sales groups here.
    I priced it at $225, so I have a lot of room to negotiate and still make a good sale or trade with this blender.
     
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    I would take it to the dealership and see what they have you just might be surprised. If your still making payments any way why not see if you can't get a newer car with air for about the same payment price. never hurts to check.
     
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    Yes I did do that...but nope ....was none
     
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    You can't get much hotter in the dead of summer...in Texas heat :)
     
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    I have a change of heart after thinking about this experience.

    It's no fun having AC and not knowing how to turn it on. This happened to me when I first started driving and rented a car to drive my son to Cincinnati for the summer as part of program during his freshman year in college. The drive there was okay because it was early in the morning. After noon when I left to return home it was humid and so hot sweat was getting into my eyes. Being a new driver and unfamiliar with the features of that car I suffered all the way home. So no doubt in the Texas heat you definitely want to have AC
     
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    I remember once when my AC failed when I lived in Southern Spain. It was August, the temps were 120 deg plus...and I thought I'd be ok for a while just driving with the windows open..both sides..

    Nope... because there was no cool air coming through the open windows just hot..and I was soaked, and the sweat was running into my eyes and making them sting so I couldn't see,

    Also I couldn't buy any groceries because by the time I would have returned from the supermarket they would have been spoiled..

    I got the AC fixed within 2 days.. :eek:
     
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    How's that air conditioner problem coming along @Gloria Mitchell?

    Did you get more than one estimate on the cost of fixing it? And have you asked if the repair place would be willing to take monthly payments for the repair?

    There are some Churches that will also help those in need with car repairs and if there is a Vocational School where you live that teaches Auto Mechanics you might call them and see if they do repairs at a lower cost...like the Beauty Schools, etc. do in many places.

    I'm praying for a solution for y'all because I know it's really hard to do without air conditioning in the kind of heat many of have where we live.

    http://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/texas_assistance_programs.html
     
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    Thank you...no he has not decided really. We have someone who would repair it- however he lives in another town, and not a good area where he is at, plus we would have to leave car there 2 or three days.. and find a way there and back. Who knows... will let you know something when I know something fro sure.
     
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    I used to, but lately most bargain hunting is online. I still look for food bargains locally. I'll find salmon fillet for $6.95 a pound, hamburger for $ 2.59 a pound, etc., but I've had too many forays to Goodwill, Walmart, and so on with no results. Either they don't have anything even close to what I want, or it's overpriced. Got a stunning Hawaiian pure silk shirt off Ebay a couple weeks ago for $15 ppd, that Goodwill would of sold at $30....they used to be cheap, but now the really good stuff is premium priced. I still buy Walmart, but now only online. Instead of two buses and a BART train to Walmart, I walk two blocks to the mail drop. Its fairly easy to make their minimum to get free delivery.
     
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