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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • The Frugal Familly: Never too early to think about the snow

  • Although the temperatures are quite warm this week, it s never to early to think about snow.
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  • Although the temperatures are quite warm this week, it s never to early to think about snow.
    While I normally encourage people to buy up the snow coats, boots and winter outerwear at the end of snow season, I have to be honest and say that I struck out in finding snow items in the sizes I needed last spring.
    However, I am not in despair. This week I was able to purchase all my snow clothing for a fraction of what I would pay at the department stores. I have learned when all else fails, eBay is my friend.
    This week I was able to purchase a brand new snow bib for $5 and a brand new pair of snow boots for under $10. The snow boots came with free shipping.
    The secret to my success on eBay is that I am purchasing the merchandise off season.
    Not a lot of people are thinking snow in the middle of 90 degree heat.
    Therefore, people are not bidding on snow gear and I am not getting into a bidding war. The secret to shopping on eBay is to not get into a bidding war and plan for items ahead of the season that you need them.
    This theory does not just work for eBay. I also was able to purchase winter church shoes for $5 this week at a local shoe store and was able to receive a store discount on top of that.
    The store was marking down last year's merchandise and so I was also able to snag another great deal.
    The key to finding a great deal is to plan ahead.
    If you wait until the last minute to purchase an item then you find yourself in a panic and in many cases paying full price.
    Do you have frugal tips? E-mail them to localnews2005@yahoo.com. You can also find frugal tips on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/frugalfamilycolumn.

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