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Monthly Archives: July 2017

Be Smarter Shopping

Beware the Advertisements

When you go into a store, look for a sale. The advertised prices at one store might not be the best price in town. By shopping around you will know what is the best price is. Sometimes the advertised items are not the cheapest, so it is in your best interest to look around before you commit.

Look for Unadvertised Specials

Sometimes the best price is not advertised. Stores frequently drop prices on items. Those unadvertised specials are a great way to save a little money and get something you may have been eyeing but did not want to pay full price.

Don’t Go On Payday or After Work

If you want to avoid a crowd, avoid the store right after work. Everyone is stopping to get last minute things. The same thing applies to payday and just before a major holiday. If you want to shop in peace and avoid the crowds, go during the day.

Check Your Emotions at the Door

Smart shopping is always done when you are emotionally sound. You should never hit a sale when you are in an “I deserve it” mood. By going into a store desperate for an item or in a mindset that you deserve the treat, you end up spending more than necessary. In order to shop smarter, always check your emotions before heading out.

Small Stores Are Great, but Large Stores Are Cheaper

Yes, it is wonderful to support local businesses. In some cases, they are unique enough to have items that you cannot find anywhere else. However, if you are looking for a common item and you want to get the best price, you must go to the big box stores. They have the best prices because they can afford to buy in bulk and can afford to lower profit margin on some items. They tend to make up the difference elsewhere.

Pick Summer Bedding

The color of the bedding

It is apparent that Light colors reflect the heat, unlike the dark colors. So choose a Light colored bedding for the summer. Dark colored sheets trap the heat and cause inconvenience to you during the nighttime. White or Beige Colors are the best choice, though they require a bit of maintenance.

Natural or Artificial Quilt Covers

Cotton fibers are second to none in terms of comfort it offers in the summer. Natural materials like Linen or Cotton has many advantages than the synthetic fibers like polyester. Natural fibers are light in weight and they are breathable materials. So, they bring you comfort as well as peaceful sleep. Artificial Fibers are affordable and light in weight but are not suitable for summer.

Thread Count

The density of the fabric influences the design, embroidery, durability, and the pattern. If the thread count is more, then it gives a scope for the designer to weave a plush pattern on the bedding material. If the bedding is too dense and the thread count is higher, it affects the breathing ability of the fabric. So, it is recommended to use the bedding with a mid-range thread count.

Cotton Vs Linen

When it comes to natural fibers, many people got stuck at the crossroads of Linen and Cotton.

Linen is made from the stalk of the Flax plant. It is stronger than cotton fiber. It has a high moisture absorbing capacity and eco-friendly. It has a high breathing capacity, which allows the air to circulate. Structurally, it is stronger and will not deform. It is also hypoallergenic which makes it the best choice for baby bedding. Linen is also referred as nature’s wicker.

Save Money When Buying Online Gift Cards

Be on the lookout for ongoing promos. You won’t have a hard time looking for online promos today. Various e-commerce sites are always running promos or offering discounts on the online gift cards they are selling. Both well-known and lesser-known e-commerce merchants constantly give discounts. But make sure you will be choosing a reputable seller to avoid problems or being fooled as well.

Don’t be averse to buying used online gift cards from trusted sellers. Lastly, if you want to buy this item for yourself, consider purchasing one that has already been used. There are online gift exchange services you can check and buy your choice of item from. These items are typically safe to buy since the people selling them simply have no use or don’t want to use them anymore. However, when buying a used card, make sure you will be getting this from a reputable site or seller and that it does have the amount it claims to have.

Mistakes To Avoid When Shopping

Not using credit cards

Data breaches happen every day. Even giant online stores have reported data breaches more than once. Online experts recommend that you should use a credit card to buy products, but many buyers still make the mistake of using debit cards.

Using a debit card puts your data at risk as the card isn’t protected against unauthorized activities like a credit card.

Not putting a thought on shipping

A product might come at a low cost, but when you include the shipping costs, you might end up spending more than you would have spent buying at your local store. Shipping costs can get expensive especially if you are buying from an overseas market.

When calculating the cost of the product, always include the shipping costs. Most online stores clearly mention that the products don’t include the shipping costs. If you can’t find the information on the site or aren’t sure, you should call the customer service desk and get a clarification.

You can also get a clarification from reading the store policies.