Out Of Season Clearance Clothes For Less Than Second Hand

outofseasonclearanceclothesforlessthansecondhand.jpgPaying full retail price for clothes is extremely expensive! There is so much high end designer clothing available these days that we are constantly being bombarded by advertisements and pressure to dress fashionably while paying top dollar to do so. But is paying those high retail prices really necessary when purchasing brand new clothing from your local mall or department store?

The answer to that question is a resounding no! You don’t need to shop in second hand stores to find cheap prices on clothing! The fact of the matter is that the clothes themselves are quite cheap to manufacture and the market is literally flooded with supply due to all the players in the clothing industry. However, the retail prices on clothes remain high because every clothing line attempts to build an impeccable brand that every person wants to own. They spend millions of dollars on advertising, beautifying their stores, and designing the next big thing. Then, on top of all those costs, is a massive mark up to ensure a healthy profit for the retailer. When you buy an article of clothing you are really paying primarily for all of those superfluous costs, not the cost to manufacture it.

Abundant Supply Should Mean Low Prices

With all the competition out there and the abundance of supply it is truly amazing that retail prices remain so high for articles of clothing that likely cost only a few dollars to manufacture and ship to their point of sale. Not only that, but styles and seasons change frequently and most stores don’t like to keep leftover stock into the next season let alone the next year! With all the extra supply there is undoubtedly many unsold items remaining in almost every store by the time the next season rolls around. So what do they do with them all?

Well, to decrease supply and make sure that people don’t get their clothes for free some retailers will resort to destroying their unsold clothes and throwing them out by the bagful. However, most retailers choose more responsible alternatives:

  • Send the clothes to one of their outlet stores for sale at reduced prices.
  • Sell the clothes cheaply to discount stores like Winners.
  • Continually mark down unsold items and place them on clearance racks until somebody buys them.
  • Donate clothes that are still unsold or can’t be monetized in some other way to charity.

Buying Clothes Out Of Season

The third bullet above is the key to getting brand name brand new clothes for less than it would cost to shop second hand! With all this extra clothing floating around, almost every store will put even their best clothes on clearance when it comes time for their new inventory to arrive. This happens consistently and reliably a couple of months into every season of every year and is something you can easily plan for. Keep reading » about Out Of Season Clearance Clothes For Less Than Second Hand

Long Distance Is Cheap: Are You Paying Too Much?

longdistanceischeapareyoupayingtoomuch.jpgWith technology developing at breakneck speeds, the price of long distance has plummeted rapidly in the past ten years. Not only has the cost of long distance over wired phone lines dropped dramatically, but it is even less when using internet technologies like Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP). However, this doesn’t stop your home phone or cell phone service providers from trying to gouge you with rates as high as 35 cents per minute for long distance within Canada and the USA.

Nowadays, many home phone providers have dropped their rates to be more competitive and a common rate to pay would be 5 cents per minute. This seems like an amazing improvement when you consider the older rates, but the fact of the matter is you can easily achieve rates as low as 1 cent per minute using calling cards or FREE or almost free using VoIP related technologies and services! Make sure you read the entire post so you get to see all of the best and free options! Keep reading » about Long Distance Is Cheap: Are You Paying Too Much?

5 Air Miles Rewards That Give You The Best Value

5airmilesrewardsthatgiveyouthebestvalue.jpgWhen redeeming your rewards in any rewards program you need to be extremely careful with your choice of reward. Not all rewards are created equal and, if you make a poor choice, you can easily waste much of the effort you exerted in collecting those points or miles! The same is true with Air Miles. Some Air Miles rewards offer fantastic value but many more will quickly drain your Air Miles account balance without giving you much in return.

With so many different reward options available and with many rewards, like flights, having a changing value, it can be extremely difficult to know which reward you should choose. Sure that TV looks nice! But if you crunch the numbers, chances are you could get more than twice as much value for your Air Miles by redeeming them for something else and just buying the TV on sale at the lowest possible price. You can read through our complete guide to the Air Miles rewards program to get all the details, but this post will lay out the top 5 Air Miles reward choices that will give you the best value, and here they are:

Buy 1 Get 1 Free Movie Tickets

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What Exactly Is The Best Canadian Rewards Program?

whatexactlyisthebestcanadianrewardsprogram.jpgMany people think rewards programs aren’t worth their time because it seems like are collecting points for years but still don’t get a very worthwhile reward for the hassle of carrying around all that extra plastic in their wallet. Well, that much IS true! But only if you don’t take an active role in earning reward points by focusing on special events, coupons, and promotions so that you earn rewards much more quickly. Taking advantage of a good promotion can easily yield more rewards in one purchase than you could collect in a 5 year period of earning them at the regular rate!

That said, there is still one rewards program in Canada that stands out from all the others by making rewards so quick and easy to earn that it seems almost too good to be true. What do I mean by this? Well, for example, a couple of years back I was able to purchase some high end electronics, like an iPod for myself and an XBox 360 for my friend, and in doing so earn enough reward points to essentially pay for the cost of the items being purchased. What I mean is that the value of the rewards earned was greater than the total cost of the iPod and the XBox! What reward did I earn, you might ask? Essentially a store credit that could be used to buy food, personal hygiene products, and other general merchandise that I would need to purchase anyway. That’s right, it was as good as cash in my jeans, making the iPod and Xbox basically FREE! Doesn’t that sound too good to be true to you?

Well, for me, it gets even better! I have actually used this same rewards program to earn as much as $4,500 in free merchandise every single year for the past few years. You read that right, four thousand five hundred dollars! Now there is a catch; the main reason I am able to earn that much is because I have a very serious disease that requires me to purchase expensive medical supplies on a regular basis. These supplies are eligible to earn regular points as well as bonus points during points promotions, so my points add up extremely quickly. The good news for you is that, before I had this disease, I was still able to earn $500 to $1000 in rewards per year quite easily just by purchasing regular everyday essential items.

So What Rewards Program Could Possibly Be This Good?

I won’t keep you in suspense any longer! It’s the Shoppers Optimum rewards program by Shoppers Drug Mart. I bet you weren’t expecting that now were you Keep reading » about What Exactly Is The Best Canadian Rewards Program??