From what I’ve gathered from television shows and magazines, spring is the most popular season for weddings. But why? Don’t get me wrong, spring is a gorgeous season. But it’s also warm… perhaps too warm if you’re going to be strapped into slips, bustiers, corsets, and a huge poofy wedding dress. I don’t think a lot of brides-to-be really consider that when they’re shopping for custom engagement rings Orange County with their fiances.
As for me, I prefer fall for a wedding. Fall is gorgeous and vibrantly colored, though obviously the colors are richer than what you would find for spring. But still, fall is beautiful! And the cooler weather is definitely “warmly” welcomed, heh.
With the official start of spring just two days away, I can guarantee that there are a lot of moms and dads who are just now getting around to purchasing spring kids clothes for their kids. But you know what? The good stuff was already picked over weeks ago. I’ve learned from experience that the best time to purchase spring and summer clothing, and even fall and winter clothing, is while it’s still the previous season! You see, stores put out the next season’s clothing a good 4-6 weeks in advance. but most consumers don’t think to shop that early. Well, I do. If you don’t get it early, then it’ll be gone!
My son loves applesauce and routinely eats 1-2 bowls of it each week, yet he still managed to get sick earlier this month. And not just a little sick, either, but a lot sick. He had a stomach bug, strep throat, and double ear infections all at the same time! I knew about the stomach bug, obviously, and I suspected something more when he spiked a 102.4 fever, but I had no idea about strep or ear infections, because he never exhibited any symptoms (other than the fever) and never complained of head, ear, or throat pain. It wasn’t until I took him to the medical scrubs office that we got the official diagnosis – and antibiotics!
He’s doing much better now, but wow, what a crappy start to the month.
I know it’s only March, but for those truly awesome Halloween costumes, now’s the right time to check them out! My daughter, for instance, wants to be Hello Kitty for Halloween. And unlike doctors’ costumes, which are easy to come by (hell, you can buy lab coats in any medical supply store, and you can find basic items like gloves, stethoscopes and thermometers in any pharmacy), Hello Kitty costumes are a specialty item that are often sold out in kids’ sizes by the time August or September rolls around.
So yes, I may be an extreme early bird. But at least this early bird will be getting the worm!
Who doesn’t like to save money? While I am not a coupon queen or anything like that, the following shopping tips have helped me to save several hundred dollars each year!
- If you shop at Target, sign up for a Target debit card. It’s free, not based on credit, and it takes money from your bank account to pay for your purchases. Use your Target debit card (called a Target red card) to save 5% on every purchase!
- Check out Target’s Target coupons — be sure to combine with manufacturer coupons for added savings!
- Check out all of the coupons and other special deals at Coupons.com
- Always check out online and local sales ads before hitting any store.
- Go the day after any holiday to get 25% – 75% off holiday merchandise.
- Wait until the end of the season to purchase seasonal merchandise — save up to 75% by doing so!
- Check out the clearance bins at Target, Walmart and Kmart. You never know what goodies you may come across!