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Start Your Workday with the 9am ALL Music Hour! MONDAYS are Commercial Free ALL DAY!
Take a little of the sting out of Monday with your favorite music all day at work. Each Monday we give you the 9-5 Commercial FREE Workday! And every weekday we begin your work day with the 9am all music hour commercial free!
Your Holiday TV Guide!
The Christmas Holidays are here and now we all can enjoy our favorite holiday TV specials.
NOTE: All times are EASTERN
SAFETY FIRST IN THE GULF!
If you're heading to the beach , please remember to check the flag colors flying overheard before you enter the waters. Click HERE for what all the flag colors mean.
If you get caught in the gulf during a bad rip current, HERE are some safety tips.
How's Traffic on the Bridge?
Wanna get an update on traffic on the Hathaway Bridge? Now you can check out traffic on the bridge before you head out. Click HERE for access to one of 8 cameras!
Save HUNDREDS Each Month on Groceries!!
Besides the rent/mortgage or car payments, much of our money each month goes to groceries. How do you reduce your grocery bill each month and not starve? Well...
These are ALL worth bookmarking...
Logan's wife Leanne LOVES Southern Savers. This site alone can help you save significantly each month on groceries. Bookmark it HERE
Thanks to my buddy Cynthia Gardner who loves E-mealz - a meal planning resource for busy moms and frugal family cooks. Save time, money and make time for family with delicious weekly meal plans everyone will love. Easy recipes with concise directions and aisle-by-aisle grocery lists. Here you go...
Then the world famous "Coupon Mom" offers 10 ways to save big HERE (EXCELLENT)
You probably want to go to bookmark the coupon mom's website because she helps you organize and save time AND money. Her site is HERE
BEST DAY TO SHOP FOR GREATEST SAVINGS
You may prefer to shop on Sundays because it fits your schedule best or you choose Tuesday afternoons because it's less crowded. Maybe it's time to rethink your strategy and instead shop on the day that offers the best deals. What day is that? It depends on what you're buying. SmartMoney figured out the best days for the deepest discounts. That means that prices for the exact same item in the exact same store could be lower on Sunday than it is on Wednesday. Here is SmartMoney's advice on what to buy on which days:
Appliances: Prices for washers, dryers, ovens and refrigerators are about 1 percent to 2 percent cheaper on Sundays, which works out to about $10 saved on a mid-range model.
Groceries: While most grocery stores publish their weekly sales circular on Wednesdays, Sunday is the best day to shop. Clip coupons from Sunday's newspaper for more savings.
Personal Care Items: You'll find the best deals on toothpaste and deodorant at the drugstore chains on Sundays. You must go early to get the best deals.
Skirts and Dresses: Skirts sell, on average, for 77 percent off the retail price, while dresses are discounted, on average, 54 percent.
Cars: Cars are cheapest on Mondays as dealerships are more willing to negotiate. This holds true whether weekend sales were lackluster and they want to makeup for that or whether weekend sales were robust and they want to continue it.
Electronics: Computers, televisions, digital cameras and even video games are between 2 percent and 4 percent cheaper on Mondays.
Airfares: Since most domestic fares are posted on Monday evening, there is a scramble Tuesday morning to match prices. The number of cheap seats peaks at about 3 p.m. on Tuesday.
Clothing: Both brick-and-mortar stores and online retailers tend to begin their weekend sales on Thursday. You'll find the best deals and the most in-stock items. However, there are exceptions. See Monday.
Books: Books are 11 percent cheaper on Saturdays; they are priced at their highest on Fridays.
It costs just a dollar. What a deal! Even the Goliath of retailing, Wal-mart has a $1 bargain shopping area in their stores, and you can't walk into a Target without passing the $1 specials right at the front door. Even families with
incomes that allow them to shop at the best stores are opting to cruise the aisles of the local dollar store. Dollar stores are a bargain hunters dream. Or are they?
If you look, you'll discover that not all dollar stores are equal. There are some where every item is truly $1 or less, there is the 99 cents store where the cost is 99 cents and then there are other dollar store retailers where
items can be as high as $10. To get the best deals at any dollar store you should determine the items you are shopping for and plan accordingly -- make a
list, scour the ads in the paper and call to see if they accept coupons.
Here are a few of the best buys to be found at dollar stores:
Paper plates, napkins, party decorations and
greeting cards can be found at significant savings. Dollar stores have an abundance of these items in many themes and they are $1 or less. If you're buying items for a child's birthday party, graduation party or any other "get-together" where you need paper products, the dollar store is going to have your best value.
These are another great deal. If you need holiday
cards, decorations or ornaments, particularly for a school or office party, shop here. They have a good assortment of traditional holiday items for most major holidays. Don't, however, expect them to hold up over one or two seasons, and don't expect to find anything unique. The seasonal items for sale here will be very traditional (think pumpkins, Santa and the Easter Bunny).
Surprisingly the dollar store is an inexpensive store to
purchase a pregnancy test. At larger retailers these tests can run $7 to $12. At the dollar store they are $1 and they have the same testing kit as the ones sold at drugstores.
One of the best bargains that you truly do get great
value for at the dollar stores are kitchen items. Rubber spatulas, serving tongs, glassware and most kitchen gadgets can be purchased here for 50 to 90%
less than at Walmart or Target. Whether you are buying supplies for a dorm, your first apartment or replacing those that are worn out, the dollar store is the place to get them at a great price and at a decent quality.
Children's books are a great buy at dollar stores. You can
buy an assortment of easy readers, coloring books and activity books for 50 cents to $1 each. Sometimes they will even bundle them so you can get several for $1. They also occasionally have young adult books and novels, though the selection isn't always great.
Other bargains are paintbrushes and paint trays,
masking tape, duct tape and surprisingly, garden seeds. Unless it's a special paintbrush, many of us throw them away after one use. It's far better to throw away a paint brush that cost $1 than a $5.99 paintbrush from a large retailer. If you look, you can also find great deals on plastic storage tubs, but you do have to look. Many times these items are cheaper when they are on sale at
Walmart, and you must carefully look at the quality of the plastic. Some storage tubs from the dollar store simply don't hold up to even moderate use.
Changing Shopping Habits
There's no doubt there are bargains to be
found at dollar stores, and according to Britt Beemer, Chairman and Founder of America's Research Group, these stores have grown in sales, taking "20 to 25% of
annual sales from other retail categories." The customer base is changing as well. Originally, dollar stores tended to serve lower-income customers, but with the stagnant economy upper-income and even affluent customers are now shopping there. In response, dollar stores have been adding more merchandise like freezers and coolers to offer more grocery items, they are staying open later
and they are improving their storefronts, creating a more inviting store. (For related reading, check out When You Should Break Your Personal Finance Rules.)
It's Cheaper at the Big-Box Stores
While all of these are great incentives to step inside a dollar store, the bottom line that will bring consumers back is price. Often, better deals can be found at larger retailers,
particularly when they have sales and when they accept coupons. That's when prices can then be significantly better than a dollar store. Cheaper is not always better and you will actually save money by spending a bit more.
Purchasing quality clothing, brand name food products, batteries, electronics and toys will save you both in dollars and in safety.
Consumer Reports warn against purchasing medications
and vitamins at dollar stores, citing these items might not contain the same ingredients as the name-brands. Sometimes they are out of date, and they often don't list the country where it was manufactured. This can be a concern, as some countries do not adhere to the food and pharmaceutical regulations of the United States. They also recommend that you don't purchase electrical cords at dollar stores as many of them are not UL approved (there was a recent recall on these). Do not purchase toys, particularly those for infants as many toys on dollar
store shelves contain lead and other ingredients that could be harmful. Toothpaste is another item that you should purchase at a larger retailer with name brand products. The FDA issued a warning about toothpaste from China (found mostly at dollar stores), saying it was "found to be contaminated with diethulene glucol." Food is another item you should consider carefully before purchasing. Many food items found on dollar store shelves are from "unregulated"
countries, meaning they may not be of the same quality as name brand products.