Friday, October 23, 2015

Best Gifts for Seniors, Grandma, Grandpa, Friend

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Buying gifts for your grandparent, senior friend or relative is probably the hardest gift shopping to do. Usually, Grandma or Grandpa have more knick knacks, household items, perfume or after shave than they will ever use.  As a result, their names get pushed further and further down your best buy gifts list.

Knick knacks etc were yesterday's gifts for Seniors. Most of my friends have advanced into the 21st techy world. At the senior center, all of my Bridge friends have cell phones. I have friends who  asked me to show them how to text. Several of them have had me to their homes to teach them to copy/paste or share a link. I've even had two who insisted on paying me to help them learn how to use a PC.

Older adults using the internet is increasing. Pew Research survey in 2012 found half of seniors using the internet and owning cellphones.

Wish I had this when I got into the cyber space, digital world years ago.

You're Never Too Old To Surf: A Seniors' Guide to Safe Internet Use.

For the Boomer who has ever wanted to “harness the power of the Internet,” but was not quite sure what that means, or how to do it.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

How I Use Amazon to Window Shop

You don't have to buy to use Amazon and Shop Smart. Use it to get ideas of styles and prices.  

I've also found while 'cyber window shopping' on Amazon, I can frequently get:

Low prices - yes.  Because they have no brick and mortar shop or store to maintain and connections with suppliers worldwide, they can offer low prices.

I like that fact it is :

One Stop Shopping.  No longer just a book and electronic store.  They offer the gamut of products from food and clothes, to garden equipment and tools for every chore.  When I was shopping for sandals I found 55,616 results.  I got ideas beyond my imagination and prices from $8.99 to over $100.00.

Also, saves wear and tear on my car and me. No struggling to find a parking space. No standing in line at the checkout. No trying to find a clerk to assist.

And, another thing I like is,

Easy Returns. Fill out the form through your account, print the RMA and shipping label and mail the item back.  Amazon will send a replacement or credit your account as soon as the return arrives. 

Subscribe and Save.  Yep, certain products like groceries and diapers can be purchased as a subscription. They will ship your product on a regular basis at the current price and give you 15% off.

This is the Quilt I chose out of more than I could really look at.  This fit my fancy perfectly.

Butterflies Quilt Set

Click the link quick and get details.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Bras - Sizing isn't always easy

I recently read that 80% of us are wearing the wrong size and style bra. What??? I decided to investigate. I know not all my bras are comfortable. I also know certain ones look better under certain clothes. What a trip I've had checking it all out. Article after article. Page after page, until I finally combined what I think are the important things to know before buying your next bra.

I learned getting the right fit could make us look thinner. I liked that. I also learned that bras made outside the US don't always have cup sizes similar to our USA brands.

Getting fitted, professionally fitted that is, is most important. Know before you buy. Specialty stores like Soma, that primarily sell Intimate apparel, will often have trained bra fitters. They should do it free. Fine department stores usually have a fitter. If not, watch for ads when fitters might be coming to the store near you.

You can do it yourself.

1 - Get a tape measure, tightly wrap it under your bust.

2 - If the measurement is an odd number, add 5 inches. Even, add 4 inches.

3 - Cup size-wrap the tape around the fullest part of you bust.

4 – Subtract your band size from the cup size.

5 – 1' is A cup; 2' B; 3' C; 4' D; 5"DD; 6' DDD; 7' E
We should have a minimum of 5 bras, two in the same style. One for casual or sports, one for dress up, and one to feel elegant, sexy, and up to date. Once you know your true size, you can Shop Smart on the Internet. You can check out various styles at: So many styles to choose from

Monday, February 20, 2012

Shop Smart and Save Big -Buying Clothes

Buy next year's clothes now:

You can save $$$$$ buying clothes near the end of the selling season.  For example, Spring and Summer clothes prices are highest in late Feb and March.  To save a bundle, buy those seasonal items at the end of the season, in August and September. Buy your winter clothes at the end of that selling season, Feb and March. You will get most of your wear out of them next season but the money you save, you could buy a really nice purse or shoes.

Invest in one really good outfit:

Get it on sale when possible.  Use it as your signature piece.  It can be a blouse or jacket, mix and match it with your less expensive, bought off season clothes.  If you were able to use the money saved buying off season for a great pair of shoes, or a piece of nice jewelry, that will highlight the whole outfit. 

Buy on line:

Absolutely.  Internet vendors do not have a store with employees to maintain.  They are usually just pack and ship.  Here's a tip.  Go to your local department store or designer boutique that carries the brand you like.  Find what appeals to you, try it on, make a note of the style, size, color etc.  I usually buy a small item before leaving so I don't feel guilty about doing this.  Go home, fire up the PC, or even your mobile device, and search for the brand.  You will be amazed at how much you save, even with shipping costs.

Buy Classic Jeans:                                

Jeans have become a fashion icon.  Wear them everywhere.  Dress em up with high heels and a classic jacket for an evening out or top with a comfy sweatshirt for hanging out.

One or two pairs of classic jeans will last you far longer than any of the 'trendy, here today, new trend tomorrow' jeans.

Never Pay Retail:

When you do shop in a 'brick and mortar' store, take the item you want to buy to the check out counter and ask them to hold it for you until it goes on sale.  It's worth a try.  Retailers mark their products up about 50% of what it costs them, so if they can make the sale at a fair discount, they are happy.

Check out Vintage Stores or Stylish Boutiques:

I know a very stylish gal who looks for clothes from the '50's.  She claims the quality of clothes was much better then.  Another good reason to buy Vintage, you are not going to see the same item on someone else.  Buy classic Vintage like Chanel.  It's always in style and so will you, economically too.

You can find them on Amazon--great shipping rates too.      Check Out These Designer Dresses       

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