According to a recent article on the environmental blog Grist, we have Walmart to thank for our stuff falling apart.
The argument goes like this: thanks to Walmart's never-ending quest to
lower prices, we're seeing a steady drop in the quality and durability
of clothing, electronics, and other items. This means we have to replace
our stuff more, which in turn means we're spending more and doing
damage to the environment.
Doing your holiday shopping online can save you plenty of headaches and stress during the crazy shopping season. Knowing the very best days to shop for a particular item can also save you plenty of cash. If you're familiar with Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving when retailers slash prices, you may have also heard of Cyber Monday, the online version.
But online deals are available on other days as well, if you know what day of the week you should be looking.
One of the benefits of living in Santa Monica is its proximity to the ocean lends itself to more temperate weather during the hot summer months. Unlike Valley residents, beach dwellers can usually keep cool through the use of fans rather than more expensive and energy draining A/C.
While I'm a proponent of the basic box fan, there are more decorative alternatives for those who prefer form to function. I bring you Deco Breeze fans which combines both form AND function.
If you bought a single ice blended coffee drink every morning for a year at one of the big coffee chains, at more than $3 for even the small sizes, you're talking more than $1,000. That's more than most people are paying each year for cable or internet access!
Several companies are trying to cash in on the phenomenon while easing the cost of your habit with home frappe machines--but how do you know if any of them are good? Well, this is one of those times where writing for a savings site has its advantages because, courtesy of Mr. Coffee, for the last few weeks my husband and I got to test out a Café Frappe machine (list price $79.99, but we found it at several places for at least $10 less).
A few weeks ago I recounted my attempts to find and buy a new washing machine. If you remember, I was trying to find a good reliable front load machine and for around $500, but failed.
So, after taking a few weeks off, I redoubled my efforts and sharpened my saving tools. I had tried, and tried again to buy a deeply discounted unit from the Sears Outlet store, but was stymied by their not quite real time inventory. I certainly liked their prices and selection, but seeing as the inventory is so limited it looked like a "Brick & Mortar" visit was in order.