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Now that we have addressed the most common misconceptions, let's move on to a few of the golden rules of couponing:
--Stay organized: As you begin collecting coupons from your Sunday morning papers, printed coupons from websites, and perhaps even collecting some from family and friends, you will see how quickly your pile grows. You have to organize all of your coupons or risk missing out on some wonderful deals simply because you can't locate the required coupon. Most die hard couponers use what is called "the binder method".
Using baseball card holders, they divide their binder either by company name or by item type (IE: Frozen, beverages, pantry, etc). I also suggest you label your Sunday coupon insert with the date it arrived (dates can be found on the spine of the insert). Coupon websites will tell you where to find a particular coupon and as the insert ages, the date sometimes becomes worn.
--Utilize coupon match up websites: There are websites out there dedicated to telling you what coupon to use, what store to take it to, and what your final price will be. This is a great way to get started in couponing; copy cat others and before too long, you'll be matching great deals all on your own.
--Know your store policies: I suggest you pick your top two or three favorite stores and concentrate on couponing there to start. However, successful couponing is dependent upon knowing your store's coupon policy. They vary from store to store. To avoid confusions at the register, read up on a store's individual policy. Most store policies can be found online or can be obtained from costumer service.
--Stockpile: Notice I said stockpile, not hoard. Albeit it's a fine line at times but there /is/ a difference. Loading up on your most used items while they are on sale and while you have coupons enables you to avoid the precarious position of having to buy that item at full price simply because you require it.
Submitted by Stacey Guilfoy, blogger for The Coupon Queens of Hampton Roads.
So your wedding is planned and you’ve purchased your gown. On to the next question: How are you going to wear your hair? Up or down? Loose curls or straight? And what about the headpiece? While many girls want the full princess look from the top of their head to the tips of their toes, others prefer a more subdued approach. The tiara is definitely not for everyone.
So if not a tiara, then what? There are choices such as headbands that, if worn on a slight angle, can give the look of a tiara, without the height associated with a pageant queen. Or you can opt for a small comb set just into the veil to add a little sparkle. For the outdoor ceremony or beach wedding a fresh or silk flower tucked to the side of an up-do is a classy touch. Or a few scattered hairpins can add a delicate feel without being too flashy.
But for those who want the full-on princess experience a tiara is the way to go. Just make sure the piece you choose matches the color and beadwork of your gown and doesn’t take away from your natural beauty. You want your guests to say, “Wow, isn’t she a beautiful bride!” NOT “Did you see that bling on her head!”
Blush Bridal Consignment Boutique
As our children grab their lunch boxes and back packs, head out the door (shoes untied), running for the bus, take a moment to plan your next couple of hours of freedom! Now that school is back in session, moms have a couple of hours that will be, for all intents and purposes, “uninterrupted”. Use this most precious time to turn your “under-loved” possessions into cash!!!
We all have those drawers, boxes, (or in my case over sized plastic totes) stuffed with items we or our kids have outgrown, don’t use or just don’t like. Why not let those items bring joy to someone else, and bring money into your wallet! Cleaning out your closets, cupboards, toy boxes, and in some instances garages can be very lucrative. Let me help you decide what suits your lifestyle and wants better, consignment or selling outright.
Each option has its pro’s and con’s. All you have to do is determine which one fits you better.
Consigning pro’s: **You are paid a predetermined percentage of the selling price, once your item sells,** You share in the income your items generate,** Consignment shops are willing to try that unusual piece, since there is no financial investment on their part.
Consigning Con’s: ** Most consignment shops deal with “in season” items,** Some shops limit the number of items you can bring in..(The Clothesline has no limit!),** You must wait for the items to sell before making any money.
Selling Outright pro’s: ** You receive immediate payment for items the shop is willing to accept,**Buy outright shops will purchase off season merchandise, **Your done and rid of your items in just a few moments.
Selling Outright con’s:**You receive pennies on the dollar for items the shop is willing to buy,**The shop will be very careful and picky in the items they will buy from you since they will have a financial investment in the item.
So only you can decide which is more important to you, getting rid your items quickly, or getting rid of your items for a considerable profit. Whichever you decide, there are ways to ensure you receive more money. The better your items look, the more they will make. Ensure that your items are freshly laundered, fasteners are secured, and check for stains, fading/pilling. Each shop is different, make sure you choose a shop you can trust!
Take advantage of this upcoming quiet time, and start making money and have fun thinking of ways to spend it!!!
Submitted by Nicole O'Brien, owner of The Clothesline Children's Consignment Boutique in Poquoson.