After Christmas Clothing Returns

The holidays are over, but now you have been left with gifts that are too big, or too small, or just not your style. Even though this is a hassle that most moms don’t want to have to deal with, this opportunity does provide you the chance to find some great bargains of clearance/sale rack clothing. And from what I understand, this year over other years, retailers are slashing their prices even more than normal to make up for poor sales this December. A lot of times, if you don’t have a receipt for your item you are returning, the department store will only give you store credit and not cash. My first stop are usually the racks in the back of the ladies department where there is the clearance and the odds and ends. Sometimes, you might find an article that you really like, but find that it has a small defect on it, like maybe a button is gone. You can take it up to the desk and ask the clerk for a further discount since the button is gone. Many times, they will give you another 10-20% off because most people won’t buy something that is missing a button. But…IF this item that needs repair is going to go home and sit in your mending pile for a long time, DON’T buy it. You might have well buy a more expensive item and have no work to do on it, than to buy something and let it sit and not be used because you haven’t had time to do the repairs.
Happy NEW YEAR and have some fun looking for GREAT bargains!

Safety and Saving Money

I tend to be very thrifty with myself, but when it comes to my kids, I do tend to spend a little extra for the safety of my kids. When I was first married, I purchased all kinds of cleaning products for pratically free but after I had kids I was concerned with the safety of them and my kids getting a hold of them and drinking something. Being in EMS, I have had trainings about the dangers of such chemicals to kids. I decided it was worth my while to puchase cleaners that would be safer than some products even though they cost a little bit more. Again, I want to save as much as I can even if I have to spend more than normal. Watkins products seemed to fit that bill. Their cleaners are

Watkins Products Save You Time and Money

Two years ago, I joined a company called Watkins. My mom has used their products for over 14 years and my Grandmother told me story of how she used to buy stuff from the “Watkins Man”. After THOROUGHLY checking it out to see if it truly would save me money, I decided to give it a try. Prior to joining, someone had invited me to a Melaluca party with their all-natural products, but after coming home and doing some research and consulting with my husband, we decided that Melaluca wasn’t right for us. That’s when we checked out Watkins.

So, you’re probably wondering how this saves me money. First of all, it saves me time by not having to go to the grocery store and search the aisles for items that I could purchase from my own “store”. After intially joining ($39.95), I receive a 25% discount on all my purchases. I still have to pay shipping on all those items, so I try to see if any of my friends/relatives/customers need anything when I send in my order so I can split the shipping, driving my costs even lower. And because, they are purchasing the items at the cost in the catalog, I get to keep the 25% discount for myself to apply to my purchases. Watkins doesn’t use coupons, but they have monthly sales during which I stock up on the items I’ll use for the next couple months until the next sale. So, when it is all said and done, I get a large selection of my household items for the same price or cheaper from the grocery store with all of it getting shipped directly to my home. No loading of kids in the car, no screaming and begging for this or that at the grocery store…just shopping from my computer at my convience.

The other reason for my joining Watkins is that it could possibly be a small (or large) source of income if we ever got into a financial pinch. When I first joined, my Grandmother did a small favor for me and had a Watkins Good Tastings Party for me at her retirement community. For only 3 hours of work, I made over $300. Now, I wouldn’t want to do that all time and not all parties are that good, but it was a quick way to get some money. And on top of that, my Grandmother, because of her outstanding party, received over $150 in free Watkins products and then….WON a $100 gift certificate from Watkins Corporate for more products. Now that $300 that I made in one party, paid for ALL my household supplies (and a few gifts) for the entire year and SAVED me money.

Watkins might not make sense for everybody, but it sure makes sense for me. If your interested in learning more about Watkins, you can visit my web site: