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Published 1st & 3rd Thursday Of Each Month
Vol. 8, July 18, 2002
Here is the latest issue. Enjoy!
Editor, Rick Doble
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- ON SALE!
Know when a sale is legitimate
- CHEAP TRICKS
Great weed killer
- DON'T GET ROBBED
- SAVINGS CALENDAR FOR AUGUST
- 60,000 FREE RECIPES
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- LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
- In our next issue
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#1. ON SALE!
Know when a sale is legitimate
July is a great time for sales on warm weather clothing. You
will find a lot of clearance and close-outs. Just make sure
that they are the real thing.
===What is a sale?
The word sale has a specific legal meaning. A sale must offer
real discounts, items not usually selling at that price. Some
stores have sales so often, the government has ruled that they
are not really discounted, but rather the normal price.
A sale is a temporary mark down or a special promotion; the
price will go back to the regular one after the sale is over.
The terms clearance or closeout mean the price will not go back
up. After a clearance sale, the price only goes down further
and the items may eventually be thrown out, put on bargain
table, or given to a charity.
The following words and phrases sound good but have no real
legal meaning: special, unusual, extraordinary, special value
or purchase, special buy, value pack, priced right.
==="Regular" and "original" price
Beware of inflated discounts! I found some unusual fine print
in the sale catalog of a famous nationwide department store. It
explained that clothes in their catalog may have never actually
sold at the "regular" or "original" price. However, those
"regular" prices for most garments were listed next to the
Translation of the fine print: in this case the "regular" price
may be like a suggested list price and used only for reference.
The clothes probably sold at the store for a lot less on an
If you didn't read this small print, you might "foolishly"
think you were getting a much bigger discount than you actually
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#2. CHEAP TRICKS
Vinegar is a great weed killer.
It's cheap, safe, effective and okay for the environment. Try
it first before you buy an expensive toxic spray bottle of the
latest chemical herbicide.
#3. DON'T GET ROBBED
The FBI reports there are more burglaries in July and August
than at any other time period. With people away on vacation,
vacant homes can be easy pickings.
We do not recommend an expensive alarm system for a variety of
reasons: Most burglaries happen very quickly; by the time the
police arrive the criminals are often gone. Also many security
systems are prone to false alarms.
Here's a simple and cheap approach to home security: Your yard
should look well kept when you are away and your home should
look lived in or even a bit messy.
Just before you leave, clean up your yard and mow. Have
neighbors check on your home everyday. Have them pick up the
mail plus any newspapers; they should also remove things that
may have accidentally landed in your yard such as a candy
wrapper or a soda can.
Instead of cleaning up your kitchen or other area easily
visible from an outside window, leave dishes and knives and
forks on the table. Leave a radio on. I like to tune it to a
talk station so it sounds like people are having a
conversation. Give it a lived in look. Naturally you should
leave a light or two on inside and an outside light as well if
In addition check all your windows and doors. Many burglars
simply go in through a first story window. Make sure all your
windows are locked and cannot be opened from the outside.
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#4. SAVINGS CALENDAR FOR AUGUST
You might find some pre-Labor Day sales. You will get a better
selection before the big sales in September. There also may be
some promotions on back-to-school items.
NOTE: With some produce now available all during the year, many
people have forgotten when fruits and vegetables are really
fresh. Buying in season means that these items are often
cheaper, fresher and that money may be going to local farmers:
Fruits and vegetables: apples, apricots, blackberries,
blueberries, cantaloupe, celery, chard, corn, cucumbers,
eggplant, grapes, green or wax beans, green onions, green
peppers, lima beans, limes, melons, nectarines, peaches, peas,
pears, plums, summer squash, tomatoes.
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#6. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Hi SAVVY-DISCOUNTS.com :
I came across your site, and I think it's great. I am a 23
year-old college graduate who just moved to Washington DC. I
work in television (which doesn't pay much at all), so I
realized I needed to stop spending and start saving, so I
wouldn't starve like I did in college.
A couple of things I did: Started taking public transportation.
Most states now offer tax incentives for employers for their
employees to take the bus or train. My employer gives a $100
stipend a month - I went from paying $230 in gas a month to $20
on bus passes. My commute is a little longer, but that's an
extra $210...and my stress level from traffic has gone WAY
I also got creative with saving. I found that I was buying a
lot of soda/juices for lunch. Instead of buying bottles of
soda every couple of days at the supermarket for a buck apiece,
I went online to Office Depot when they were having a special,
and ordered 17 cases for $30, delivered right to my office for
free. It was much cheaper. I store the cases under my desk - 17
cases lasted me a little over 7 months.
The best part is I wear nice clothes (that I get from places
like Marshall's and Ross), and still go out and have fun, but I
also manage to save about $400+ a month. I think that's pretty
good since most 23 year olds are running out to buy cars and
expensive DVD players (got my Panasonic model for $25 on the
I've actually made a game out of it - I see how much I can save
a month. I then invest it, where it APPRECIATES rather than
Just thought you'd like to know there are kids today that are
good with their money! Keep up the great work!!!
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