Is customer service affected by the clothes you wear shopping? : The Saturday Weekend Review #65

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IS YOUR MONEY GOOD ENOUGH?   I think just about everyone has had someone turn their nose up at them while shopping. If you are the owner of a business with employees who shy away from customers because of their look you might be losing tonnes of cash. When I read a story about customer service and how you might not get service if you look homeless or dressed like you just went for a run true scenarios starting running through my head.   Time to shop   The writer called the Fashionista dressed down in gym attire to go shopping at some of the most prestigious stores to explore a Harvard study. This was where a doctoral student and two professors found that shop assistants in Milan found that dressing down meant more buying power. Meaning that dressing in casual or gym attire might score you the best customer service. So, armed with her gym wear and looking neat and tidy with make-up and her hair nicely kept the Fashionista and her friend Jeremy went shopping. Jeremy was around more to watch from the sidelines what was going on and he was well dressed. To be honest I would […]

The power of plastic points

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If you’re like most people, you probably have a wallet full of colourful plastic cards that are taking up space and making it harder and harder for you to close the clasp! If you look through them, you’ll likely discover that while some of these cards are useful credit and debit cards than a few are loyalty cards you just never use. It’s understandable how anyone can end up with such a collection. Practically every retailer offers a loyalty point scheme. At the time, it can be hard to think of a good reason to refuse and with a little effort, the points we collect with plastic can be worth it … as the following tips show.   Be selective   Before saying yes to every loyalty point card which is put under your nose, think about how often you shop in a particular store. Is it really worth the effort of filling out the application form? Think about where you would shop regularly even if you weren’t part of a loyalty scheme. Once you’ve identified these stores then take advantage of the schemes that they offer. On the other hand, if you only shop somewhere once in a while […]

Christmas Shopping: Online or In-store?

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SHOPPING OPTIONS ARE ENDLESS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON Did you know there are only 40 shopping days left until Christmas? With Christmas being not too far away the rush to get one’s Christmas shopping finished begins. Whether you plan to pack your suitcase full of gifts and jet off on holidays to see the family or shop right at home you can easily access shopping at your fingertips without stepping  foot out the door. While some people prefer to shop only in stores there are many people who will choose to do the majority if not all of their shopping online. Tablets, smartphones and free wi-fi access offered in places like Tim Hortons and McDonald’s, have made online shopping even more convenient than just being able to shop from the comfort of your home. Though convenient, online shopping may not always be the best the choice when it comes to your finances and your Christmas budget.   Online shopping   Online shopping allows you to shop from the comfort of your home or really anywhere you are able to gain online access. Shopping online you avoid having to deal with overworked sales people, waiting in long lineups or having to drive […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #44: Holiday flyer gimmicks that gets your wallet fired up

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HOLIDAY SALES START NOW… ARE YOU READY?   Time to ring in the holidays with flyers, flyers and more flyers. Are you ready Canada? A better question might be, Is your budget ready? Boredom for many people can lead to spending more money than they need to, but we should be able to control these urges.   Holiday flyers   Yesterday I wrote about Halloween coming to an end and the best time to put up decorations so it came as no surprise opening the weekly flyers that the stores have wasted no time with Christmas marketing. The hard part is when the holidays surround us and the flyer gimmicks entice us to shop til we drop. Many of you know the shelves are already in the making before Halloween is even over. For most stores Christmas is the biggest time of year when it comes to sales and consumer traffic so every day counts especially if the shelves are not ready to go. The glamour of Christmas for many puts them in the ‘spending spirit’ and it may be tough but it’s a time that we all have to buckle down and get control of our finances. I know […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #36: Video Gaming costs, children and relationships

Get Lost In The Gaming World It’s been talked about on numerous occasions how video games encourage children to become less active and for some they get lost in a fantasy world and find it difficult to let go of. Some children interact so well with the characters in video games that they do believe they are real which is no different from believing that Mickey Mouse is magical. While garage sailing I tend to be very attentive to what people are selling because everything for sale if all theirs paints a picture of a family. I’ve also looked at novels that are for sale and you can tell what type of person might be reading these books in the home. One stark discovery is that almost all garage sales that I went to with children were selling off video games. They aren’t cheap either even at a garage sale especially since buying them new might run you upwards of $50 dollars or more depending on the game and the system. I’m not a gamer by any stretch of the imagination in fact I haven’t touched a video game since the 80′s and neither has my wife. 80′s Arcade games […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #35: It was a start the car moment day today

Summer Is Coming To An End While enjoying the last weeks of summer we decided to head out this morning to garage sales. It was one of those start the car moments at the very first stop and we weren’t the only frugal deal seekers that thought so.  As usual I was the sensible driver and she was the erratic wife, yelling, “stop the car” lol… that’s OK I’m used to it now and on more occasions than one we have found some great deals so I’m not going to complain. Since it’s the Labour Day long weekend this weekend there weren’t many garage sales in our community so we thought we would go to a couple that were close the house. The very first one we hit at 7am had plenty of cars parked outside and for good reasons; the garage sale prices were amazing. We actually were fortunate to find a garage sale that had literally shelves of phenomenal books. The owner said that the books belonged to her father-in-law who had since passed away. He was an avid reader and collector of books and they wanted to get rid of them for ONLY $1.00 EACH or MAKE […]

You’re cheap if you decorate rooms frugally

Things To Do When Moving Into A New Home No I don’t think you are cheap and you will never hear me say that, trust me. A friend of my wife who has a great job in a senior level position as does her husband feel that we are too cheap when it comes to decorating our house. I guess everyone has their own definition of cheap and frugal but for us it’s simply spending less when we can. We know loads of people who skim the online ads looking for a deal in their community. Newlyweds and those moving into their first place typically have what they acquired over the years living at home or while away at school. With more and more students exiting school with student loans that may take them years to pay off scouting for discounts on home décor is worth the effort, in my opinion. New home new stuff Everything in Cheryl’s house (changed her name) is pristine and has the price tag to prove it. When we were house sitting their cat on the weekend just going inside their house alerted us to the smell of a new home. She keeps it immaculate […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge July 15-21, 2013 #3: Packing groceries

Saving Money Means, You Pack It Packing groceries is something that I’ve always been used to doing on my own. Grocery packer job positions rarely get advertised for many grocery stores simply because it’s no longer needed. At one point in time the grocery packer (grocery bagger or grocery store bagger, all mean the same thing) was and still is for some a big part of the personal experience, but many have let this practice go. My wife can remember when the cashier would double and triple bag for free because the bag might break. I don’t know about you but I’m not ready to pay $0.15 to do that, I’d rather use a cardboard box. It’s not the cashiers fault and I’m sure it drives them around the bend having to ask if you want bags but they must do it. Nothing is free anymore and if it is you will find the cost saturated in the price of the products you purchase. Bags can get costly for a store and if they can save money over the course of the year, they will do it. Maybe $0.05 doesn’t sound like lots of money, but it all adds up. […]