Deal Alerts! Be in the Know

Ever decide you want to buy something at one of your favorite stores only to find out you missed a great sale by a week? Did the free shipping promotion end just yesterday? I really, really, hate paying retail for anything other than a one-of-a-kind item so I take advantage of deal alerts offered via e-mail by most of the well-known retailers and even some smaller companies. Here’s how you can stay in the know and save a few bucks.

Make a list of all your favorite places to shop. If they have websites, chances are pretty good you can visit their sites and sign up for their e-mail lists. Sometimes, let’s face it, you get mail from these stores that are of no interest to you BUT this is also how you receive notice of any pending sales, giving you an advantage over others and first dibs at the sale merchandise which could sell out quickly. You will also get handy promotion codes for free shipping and additional discounts. Many times I have been excited to find out about a sale from a catalog in the snail mail only to be crushed that the stuff advertised in it is already taken in my size. I don’t get my mail until 4 and I live on the west coast. By the time I get mail, the east coast folks have already shopped their hearts out. It’s so much better to know about the sale ahead of time. If you are flexible with your store choice and simply want to see who has a deal going on right now, check with a site like www.dealalert.com or www.freeshippingdeals.com.

Got too much mail in your inbox already? Set up a separate account just for store e-mails. Another option is to become a fan of the store on face book and receive alerts that way. Depending on the number of stores on your list, though, this could potentially clog your news feed. For this reason, I prefer the e-mail account. I check it at my leisure and often find out about sales ahead of time. Like the one going on over at Land’s End – got some great quality tees for my kid at half off!  And I never pay shipping. Works for me!

The Librarian

Works-For-Me Wednesday

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"Oh Woe is Me," said the 12-year-old!

It’s officially summertime!  In years past I would yell loudly, yayyyy!!!  Last summer was a blast, we had passes to the local water park and we were there at least twice a week.  This year is a little different.  I opened up a photography studio 4 weeks ago.  Having a brick and mortar store is extremely scary.  You have to make your overhead, period.  Before when I was working out of my house, if I had a slow couple of weeks, no problem!  If I wanted to take 4 days out of the week to go out with my kids, no problem!  Not the case now, I have a need to perform business model, yikes!

So back to summer.  Little C is content, he has his summer school and loves it, he only goes twice a week which puts the pressure on big time for me to book all my sessions in two days.  The problem lies with Big E, he’s twelve.  It took all of 2 weeks for the novelty of the studio to wear off.  Before he was all “Can I have a summer job and work for money”, to “Do I have to go?”  I mean come on… its 2 days a week?  Is it really so terrible to spend 5 hours at a studio making $8/hour twice a week?  Maybe its the age, I don’t know, but he would be perfectly happy spending 14 hours a day on his computer.  But of course there is no way I’m going to allow that!

The thing that gets me, is that I can plan a super fun day, have one of his friends over, sleepover, give him the moon, it still isn’t enough.  He wants to be entertained every minute of every day or else he wants on the computer.  It baffles me so much.  What happened to the days when kids would just go outside in summer and play?  Take the bike out and explore the neighborhood.  I feel like computers and video games have robbed some of our youth of activity.

So here’s my question to all you Gen X Moms readers, what is there for a 12 year old boy to do, that isn’t a fortune?

The PhotoAddict