17 Things to Buy in May

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May is a great month for savings with Mothers’ Day & Memorial Day Sales

Retailers release new Appliance Models in May

Graduation Parties are happening
and people are eating outdoors with the warmer weather

Here’s a list of things you should Buy in May:

1. BBQ Tools

BBQ Tools, accessories, charcoal, paper plates & products

2. Spa Packages

May is the best time to not only buy spa products, but to book spa treatments

3. Appliances

New model Refrigerators, freezers, washers & dryers, stoves/ranges are released in May, so retailers offer up to 80% off old models

You will often see these advertised as Memorial Day Sales

4. Camping & Outdoor Gear

It’s warmer weather and also people are starting to plan summer vacations, don’t forget to stock up on sunscreen, it’s one of the cheapest times to buy it & Insect Repellants, Camping & Hiking gear

5. Health & Beauty

Mothers Day is a great time to stock up on perfume, bubble bath products, spa accessories & makeup

6. Fine Jewelry

You can find deals up to 70% off fine jewelry just before Mothers Day

7. Patio Furniture

Memorial Day Weekend is the best time to buy Outdoor Patio Furniture

You will see huge discounts in the Memorial Day Flyers

 8. Mattresses

Look for big discounts on Mattresses in Memorial Day Sales

Also a great time to buy Home Furnishings: furniture, bedroom sets

9. Workout Apparel

Warmer weather means people are getting outdoors to exercise

Workout Apparel is heavily discounted this time of the year

These are from my own Fashionably Chic Brand

These designs are my
own original artwork

10. Cameras & Photo Accessories

There’s nothing mothers cherish more than pictures of their babies

Cameras, photo albums, just about anything photo related goes on sale in May

11. Pot Plants

Once the weather warms up, gardening is in full swing

Stock up on plants, pots, seeds, gloves, watering cans, lawn care products

12. Flowers

Mothers Day is the biggest time of the year for sending flowers outside of Valentine’s Day

Book early if you are having them delivered

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13. Books

Mothers love to relax with a good book

Check local bookstore flyers for great deals on books in May

14. Candy

Candy & Chocolates go on sale for Mothers Day

15. Summer Vacation Packages

You can expect big discounts on flights, cruises, hotels and car rentals in May as people start planning their Summer Vacation Getaways

16. Luggage

30-50% off clearance on Luggage

17. Sports Gear

Buy Golf, cycling, baseball, athletic apparel/shoes, Fishing, Cycling, Running, & Swimming Products in May

 

10 Home Decor Trends This Year

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I love Pinterest, I could literally spend a week on there and never get bored or should I say board?…nope, maybe not…

With over 175 Million Subscribers, Pinterest has been able to Identify some of the hottest Trending Fads for 2017, who am I to argue?

So far this year, these have been the most Searched, Pinned & Shared items on Pinterest

(Anyone in Marketing should be taking Notes)

These are all great tips for those on a Budget (or who don’t have enough money for a Home Décor Budget) that are easy enough to implement yourself and don’t require a tradesman to do it

 

 

1. Removable Wallpaper

Believe it or not, searches, posts & Pins are up 344% for Removable Wallpaper

I guess it makes sense, there is no large investment involved, it’s interchangeable, if you don’t like the look you can change it, you could have a new look every season, month or week if you wanted to.  Great for Renting, easily removed without wear and tear and effort involved in painting.  You can do a whole wall or room, or line a shelf or drawer

 

2. The No closet, Closet

Great for small spaces. Displaying your favorite pieces over a  DIY ladder wardrobe or clothing rack solves storage issues and is functional

 

3. Off Season Storage

Multi purpose, includes items like travel trunks that can double as statement pieces, baskets and DIY Storage Ottomans

 

4. Shower Plants

Wow, a blast back to the 70’s or what? Always makes me laugh that ‘the next generation’ seem to bring back things from our generation as if they just discovered them

I remember the Ferns hanging in the bathroom

Plants do help clean the air and eliminate bacteria, and they are pretty low maintenance, so I guess it makes sense. They are a cheap, quick way to brighten up a dingy area of the house, they look nice for guests and create a soothing environment to relax in the tub

 

5. Round Mirrors

Great for decorating and adding your personal touch to, they look good as far as home décor goes

Great for crafters and home decorators

 

6. Terracotta Accessories

Apparently inspired by warm runway fashion trends

I do like terracotta outside for landscaping and patios, you can brighten them up with spring flowers, fresh tomato plants, fruit trees or green plants…not sure it’s my ideal hue for inside the home, but each to their own

 

7.  Fashion Accessories as Wall Decor

I must admit, back in the 90’s I hung a sunhat on the bedroom wall alongside many other odd things… it’s a cheap way to decorate and functional, you just have to hang stuff up when you get home, no more searching for things in overcrowded closets

They work as statement pieces and make use of available wall space that would otherwise go to waste

 

8. Verticle Bar Cart

So here we are basically talking about making a mini bar out of shelving

You could use cheap bookshelves / bookstands, trolleys, DIY up-cycled cupboards

Cheap on the wallet, high on the impression, great entertainment value with friends & family

 

9. Legs & Knobs

For furniture that is

You can easily convert cheaper furniture into statement pieces with ornate legs

Same with cupboards & drawers

 

10. Compost Bins

DIY Compost Bins are easy enough to make, don’t require many tools, great for the environment, not to mention your plants & vegies

 

 

 

For more great ideas, follow our Home Décor Pinterest Board

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7 Places to Get FREE Stuff

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Manufacturers are keen for Consumers to Try their Products and will do just about anything to get you to try theirs over their competitors.  They are even willing to give away samples and sometimes full size products for FREE

Some require you to fill in a brief customer survey about the product you received so they can add your comment to their rotation of customer testimonials.  Others require no survey and know that Word-of-mouth is far more effective advertising and marketing than anything money can buy

So where do you get all this Free Stuff?

  1. https://freebies.getitfree-samples.us

Their rotation constantly changes, this week they are offering

  • Craftsmen Tools
  • Tide Laundry Products
  • Hanes Socks
  • Kitchen Aid Cooking Accessories
  • DeWalt Tools
  • Swiffer Cleaning Products

Limit of one per household and you need to sign up to register for your free product

 

2. Hello-Products.com

  • Toothpaste
  • Beef Jerky
  • Dove Moisturizer
  • Shampoo

 

3. Sampleaday.com

  • Febreeze
  • Paint Samples
  • Water bottles
  • Watermelon Juice
  • Charmin
  • Shampoo

 

4. WomanFreebies.com

  • Pizza
  • Beauty Samples
  • Enfagrow Baby Formula
  • Skincare
  • Tea

 

5. Ilovefreethings.com

  • Movie Rentals
  • Tanger Gift Cards
  • HydroMassages
  • Comic Books
  • Smoothies
  • Toothpaste
  • Pet Food

 

 

6. Sweetfreestuff.com

Newsletter Signup required

  • Dominos Gift Cards
  • Shampoo
  • Awareness Wristbands
  • Razors
  • Toothpaste

 

7. MyFreeProductSamples.com

  • Magazine Subscriptions
  • Juice
  • Smoothies
  • Shampoo / Conditioner
  • Kindle Ebooks
  • Ice cream

 

 

These are just a few of the places offering free Samples & Products

There are many More, I will be updating this list as I find out about them

Offerings change daily and some may only have a specific number of giveaways, so get in early to avoid disappointment

Luxury Travel on a Budget

Travel Upgrades

Don’t blow your travel budget paying full price when you don’t have to

There are major discounts to be found if you know where to look

1. Travel Off Peak (Shoulder Season)

You can seriously get great discounts on airfares and accommodation, some up to 60% off during off-season

Travel outside of School Holidays or right after major holidays

2. Staycations

If you want to travel and only have a few days off, consider a location closer to home

Domestic or even local hotels offer huge discounts for last minute getaways to fill up their bookings

If you look on Google Maps you can find places to travel to within a 3-4 hour radius of your home, you don’t want to spend a whole day getting there

If you do your travelling overnight the night before you are booked in to your hotel, you can get in an extra day of sightseeing / restaurants

3. Use Hotwire to get 4-Star Accommodation at 2 & 3-star prices

You can get $315 rooms for $128, that’s a huge savings, staying in much nicer rooms, what’s not to love?

4. Book ahead if you are planning to travel during holidays and peak travel

While you can snag great deals on last minute trips during off season, the same cannot be said for peak travel times

Public holidays, School Holidays, Summer are the busiest times to travel.  If you leave it to the last minute to book, you will pay a lot more for accommodation and not get the best deal for your money.  Popular festivals or hotels have people booking sometimes 12 months in advance, around Sydney Harbour or Times Square for New Years Eve for example

Some hotels will only allow bookings 3 months before, so make sure you get in early as soon as bookings are available

It used to be the rule to book international travel 12 months ahead and domestic travel 3-6 months ahead for the best rates

Often vacation packages have special ‘early bird’ rates to popular events like music festivals etc or around Christmas / New Years

5. Book Flights on Tuesday

It’s the cheapest day of the week to travel, and around 3pm Tuesdays is the cheapest time

Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday are your cheapest days for air tickets,  while Sunday is the most expensive

6. Ask for an upgrade, dress the part

If you dress like you belong in business or first class, you can sometimes get an upgrade by politely asking, it doesn’t hurt to try

The answer will be a firm ‘we don’t have anything available’ if you are in a singlet and flip flops or wearing your pj’s to the airport

7. Ask for a Water View

If you are travelling off peak, chances are the hotel isn’t even 2/3 full

Ask on arrival at your hotel if might be any water views available, sometimes they will upgrade you just because you asked

8. Bundle

If you book, car, accommodation & airfare all at once, you will save a lot more than booking them separately

Look for package deals or ‘vacation’ packages

9. Join Hotel rewards programs

They are usually free to join and you can earn free nights accommodation on future travel if you earn enough points

You can earn points from your fist stay and they also send you bonus offers during the year to earn points more quickly

You usually get free wifi, sometimes free breakfast and other discounts & perks for reward members only

Plus you have a better chance of room upgrades if you are a reward member, than if you are not

10.Stay on the outskirts

If you stay in popular ‘touristy’ locations like downtown or on the riverfront  in popular cities, you aren’t going to get as great a deal as if you stay 10-15 minutes outside of these areas

You can quite often get a much better room if you stay 10 minutes out of town and you will get to see a lot more of the city

Most hotels have shuttle services to the city and big tourist attractions for free

OTHER TRAVEL TIPS:

  • Ask the locals what to see, where to eat…we have had some of the best tips by asking people who live there if there are other places to see while we are there
  • Also if you visit museums etc late in the day, say an hour or two before they close, you may get in at a big discount, 1/2 price etc
  • Check the tourist guides and pamphlets at the hotel for discounts to museums and places of interest, they offer discount coupons

9 Things to Buy in April

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While many are paying off the last of their Christmas Shopping, others are planning how to spend their tax refunds. Another month has just flown by, it will be Easter before we know it

There are still some great opportunities to maximize your spending in April

1. Cookware

Home-goods, Dishes, Cookware all go on sale in April

2. Travel

Mid April,  deals on flights for July and August

TIP: The time of day of the flight also affects the price

You are better off looking for fares from Tuesday through Thursday with a departure time of 3-4 p.m. eastern standard time. Booking mid-week flights will save you money

3. Shoes

Retailers offer big discounts in spring on Shoes

They are looking to clear out old stock to make room for their new season designs

4. Vacuums

Spring Cleaning?

Many stores cash in on marketing with discounts on  vacuum cleaners in April

New models are released around June each year, so they need to get rid of older models

5. Home Improvement

Spring and Summer brings warmer weather and outdoor Home Improvement Projects

Many consumers are getting their tax refunds in April and retailers are more than happy to help you spend it

Many stores offer low or interest, or interest-free financing for bigger tools, appliances  & accessories for those big home improvement projects

6. Wedding and Graduation Gifts

People are starting to think about graduation parties and weddings

Retailers discount small kitchen appliances, china and cookware

7. Clothing

Retailers are seasons ahead of consumers

Most spring clothing has already been on the racks for a couple of months, so they heavily discount clothing, clearing out old inventory to make room for summer apparel

8. Grills

Spring is the start of outdoor grilling & bbqs

If you need a new grill or outdoor furniture, you’ll find good prices in April

TIP: If you can wait a few months, you may find better deals at the end of summer

9. Electronics

Kids getting ready for fall college intake, tax payers getting their refunds, others looking for Graduation presents

It’s a great time to get discounts on electronics, Big Screen TVs and Tablets

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