Should There Be A Garage Sale Return Policy? – The Saturday Weekend Review #254

GARAGE SALE BUYERS AND SELLERS CAN BOTH PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM  RETURNS AND EMOTIONS IN A FEW EASY STEPS   A garage sale return policy isn’t as bad a bad idea but if you do it right nothing will have to be returned. If you’ve ever had a garage sale deal gone wrong or felt ripped off because the item you purchased didn’t work I have some ideas so it never happens again. For the sellers, I’ve also got you covered with ideas that might offset any potential issues at your garage sale. Should you expect what you purchase at a garage sale to work? Of course it should especially if the seller assures you that it works. The problem with trusting what someone says is that they aren’t always sure themselves and there are shady people out there that don’t care if you aren’t smart enough to ask about testing the product. When you spend your money at Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Canadian Tire and so on if something doesn’t work you return the item with the receipt and they will refund you the money as per their return policy guidelines. When you go to garage sales there is no return […]

How Canadians Are Saving Money By Online Shopping : The Saturday Weekend Review #253

Over the past decade, online shopping has drastically re-shaped the retail landscape in Canada, introducing greater savings and more convenience in shopping and helping struggling families make their dollars go as far as possible. With cheap, fast delivery options available and less overhead than traditional retailers, online stores are able to offer much lower prices than their brick-and-mortar counterparts. And as online shopping re-shapes shopping behavior, brands that used to draw most of their profits from traditional outlets are now moving a growing part of their business online to stay competitive — which in turn is expanding the number of options available and keeping costs down. Most shoppers now understand that they can save significant amounts of money by shopping over the Internet, which is why e-commerce is now the fastest-growing segment of the $23-trillion global retail market. However, as more and more retail businesses develop sophisticated online sales strategies, navigating the sheer volume of e-commerce sites has become a challenge in and of itself. This has spurred the rise of a number of online shopping tools and marketplaces that allow Canadians to find the best prices for the products they need without having to spend hours scrolling through different […]

Waiting For A Living Wage To Start Budgeting Is A Bad Idea: The Saturday Weekend Review #252

MONEY IS YOUR BOX AND A BUDGET IS YOUR KEY TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM   Understanding the difference between a living wage and minimum wage is just as important as knowing your financial numbers from start to finish. Just the other day on Facebook I was reading through the comments after a sponsored post by a popular budgeting app popped up on my screen advertising their service. I suppose reading what others think about budgeting is important to me since this blog revolves around budgeting and frugal living topics. Two of the most important comments I wanted to talk about today which I read stuck in my head because I wanted to speak up and tell them, don’t wait for a living wage to budget, do it now. I’m not budgeting until I have a living wage Why should I pay to use a budget when I’m broke Your debt costs more than you think once you factor in all the interest calculated over the term of paying it back. In fact reading the bottom of your credit card statement might just shock you when you see how long it would take to pay off whatever you charged. Go have a […]

How Spring Cleaning Helped Us Uncover A Hidden Pot Of Gold : The Saturday Weekend Review #251

SELL DUST FOR CASH WITH SOME GOOD OLD-FASHIONED SPRING CLEANING   Don’t wait around for your pot of gold because the only way to fill your pot with cash is to get out there and make it yourself. Let the green of St. Patrick’s Day today inspire you to start spring cleaning your home for some green of your own. Many people go chasing the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow not realizing they have a pot right under their nose, at home. It’s time to clean up the cash you having lying around the house and put it back where it belongs, in the bank. A deep spring cleaning includes more than just wiping walls, cleaning cupboards, windows and the outside of your home. One of the most dreaded chores but most rewarding is a thorough spring clean-up that uncovers ‘stuff’ you haven’t used in months or even years but has worth to it. If you put it for sale online you’d likely find a buyer and recoup some of the money you spend buying the product. It’s amazing how many people tell me they are broke yet they have loads of stuff around their house […]

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