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Providing nutrition meals for your family is important, but the cost of the groceries it takes to prepare them can certainly affect what you are able to do. To help offset the cost of preparing meals, you need to plan well for it. Too many items we use to make meals end up going in the trash. If you only need ½ a head of lettuce then plan another meal to use the rest of it so it doesn’t end up in the trash.

While it does take longer to prepare home cooked meals, it is less expensive than buying frozen products that offer you more convenience. They will generally run you twice as much as the ingredients you need to prepare the foods yourself. If time is an issue, consider using one day a week to prepare various meals that you can freeze for later in the week.

It is understandable that everyone wants to cook with the ingredients that will make foods taste the best they can. Yet most of us purchase items at the grocery store based on a name brand we are familiar with. Have you ever stopped to compare the price with store brand? If not, you really need to as you will be shocked at the price difference. Yet in most cases the store brand of a given item is every bit as good as the name brands.

A couple good examples of this include cereals and sodas. Name brand boxes of cereal can cost you around $4 per box. When you purchase the store brands that come in plastic bags instead of the boxes you will find you get twice as much cereal for less than ½ of the cost. I pour those larger bags into airtight storage containers so they stay fresh.

Popular soda like Pepsi and Coke cost over $2.50 for a six pack. You can purchase the store brand Cola for about $2.50 per case. Yet they taste every bit as good as those name brand sodas we often associate with. I guess mentally we think that the higher price means better quality but that isn’t always the case.

Many people like to cook with various herbs but the cost of them can really add up. Since they aren’t necessary it is a common area where people choose to eliminate from their shopping list. For very little money you can grow your own herbs in your yard or even in a small kit that sits on your kitchen window. It can be a fun process to do with your children and you will have the different herbs you want to cook with but not the expense associated with them.

You can also grow your own vegetables in a small garden area of your yard. It doesn’t cost very much to purchase the seeds. You may even find tending to your garden offers you a place to relax and reduce your stress levels. My family eats lots of strawberries but they are one of the most expensive fruits at the grocery store. We now grow our own so we can enjoy these delicious berries all we want when they are in season.

If you decide to purchase fresh vegetables or fruits from a grocery store, get those that you have to chop up on your own. While purchasing those that have already been sliced for you is more convenient they will cost you more for the same product.

Meat is one of the most expensive items you will find in a grocery store. Unless you live with a family of vegetarians, you will have to pay the price they are asking for it. Look at the per pound cost of meat before you purchase it. You will find the larger packages offer you a lower price per pound. Buying these larger portions and then separating them into the right sizes for your meals once you get home is an excellent way to lower the amount of money you spend on the meat your family eats.

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We are all looking for ways to make holiday shopping. Each year it seems as if the holiday season comes quicker than the last. Before we know it, it is gift giving season and we find ourselves at a loss for ideas and at a loss for cash as well. Wholesale gift basket supplies can be the answer to any creative individual’s holiday spending woes.

Making gift baskets is a wonderful way to create personal presents for friends and family that are greatly appreciated. If you plan in advance and make a good investment in wholesale gift basket supplies you can save a lot of time and money in the long run. A nice collection of items that can be used for these present arrangements can make the holidays less stressful.

There are a lot of things to factor when gathering a beginner’s list of wholesale gift basket supplies. Some essentials include baskets, of course. Finding these items at reasonable prices is not a big challenge at all. You can find these wicker containers at art and supply stores, craft stores, garage sales, flea markets and second hand stores. These options can really save you a lot of holiday cash.

The presentation is very important when it comes to this kind of presents. Many people like to use shrink wrap but some of us are not that patient. I love to use cellophane bags myself because they are so user friendly. However, these bags don’t fit every basket so it is important to add cellophane rolls to your wholesale gift basket supplies. The rolls are wonderful for larger items.

You can choose from a great number of ribbons, bows and decorative additions to your creative endeavors at stores and website that offer wholesale gift basket supplies. You can create unique presentations for your friends and family for relatively little money if you shop wisely. Whether you are in a wholesale gift basket supply store or whether you are shopping from home there are a lot of options.

Since I am inherently lazy and remarkably busy, I like to shop online for just about everything. There are wonderful places to visit online for wholesale gift basket supplies. Some of the sites are so reasonable and so well stocked that you can really get everything you need during one online visit.

These one stop shopping sites offer wholesale gift basket supplies at a fraction of the cost of in store options. You can create any number of presents with one visit to an online wholesale gift basket supply store.

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Whole sale distribution companies have proliferated over the last few years. The main reason attributable is the expansion of the online marketing and internet. The internet opened up new opportunities for large scale marketing of a variety of consumer and other products without any worries of owning and maintaining a physical store or sales force.

The demand for the various fast moving products from a cross section of internet marketing community has triggered the birth of many whole sale distribution companies offering products at varying and competitive discounts to be resold to the online consumers.

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Pick almost any city or town in the country, drive through any middle class neighborhood or residential area on the weekend, and you're sure to spot at least a half dozen garage sales.

What's being sold at these garage sales? The accumulated "junk" people no longer use or want taking up space in or around their homes. Are they making any money with these garage sales? You'd better believe they're making money! It's not at all uncommon to make $600 with a weekend garage sale. It is hard to put on a profitable garage sale? Well, yes and no. It really does take some of your time, and also requires an awareness of a few merchandising tactics. But the problem in running a successful garage sale are small in comparison to the profits.

Who are the buyers, and how do you get them to come to your garage sale? Your customers are going to be "everybody," and you get them over to your garage with a little bit of advertising and promotion.

Let's look at the background: Everybody accumulates the kind of garage sale items that other people are searching for, and are willing to buy. These items range from no longer wanted or outgrown items of clothing, to furniture, tools, knick-knacks, books, pictures and toys. Many garage sale items are objects of merchandise purchased on impulse, and later found to be not what the buyer wanted. He discovered too late that he really didn't have a use for it, or he no longer has a need for it. Many items found at garage sales are gifts that have been given to the seller, but are the wrong size or incorrect choice for the recipient.

The problem wit most people is that they haven't the time to gather up all the items "just taking up space" in and around their homes and staging a garage sale to get rid of them. Many people don't know how to stage a garage sale, and many other people feel that putting on a garage sale is just too much bother and work.

This is where you enter the picture. Your enterprise will be an ongoing garage sale of items donated and collected from these people who lack the inclination to put on a garage sales of their own.

Step one is education: Spend a few weeks visiting all the garage sales, swap meets and flea markets in your area. Find out what's being offered for sale, what people are buying, and how the merchandise is being sold. generally an item is tagged with a price, but the seller is open to almost any reasonable offer from the customer. Another thing you want to make a mental not of is the way the merchandise is displayed and how the customers are allowed to browse.

You start your own garage sale by cleaning out your basement, attic, closets and garage. Talk to your relatives and friends; tell them what you're going to do and ask them for donations of no longer used or unwanted items. It's here that you'll get your first experience in negotiating, and finally, an agreement for you to display and sell other people's merchandise for a percentage of the sale price. You'll find people explaining that they really don't have a use for a specific item or thy really don't want to keep storing it, but because of sentimental reasons, "just hate to give it away."

Once you've had a little experience with this type of seller, you will be able to advertise in the newspaper that you buy garage sale items, or take them on consignment for a percentage of the final sales price.

It's best that your wife handle the garage sale itself---greets potential customers, "shows them around,"and generally engages them in conversation. If it's a woman staging the garage sale, then arrangements should be made to have another woman "mind the store" while she's out digging up more items for sale.

The advertising angle is really quite simple, and shouldn't cost very much either. You should run an ad in your area shopper's newspaper for about three days in advance of, and up through the day of your sale. Once you're operating on a full-time , every day of the week schedule, you'll want to change your ad schedule and the style of your advertising. But in getting started, go with small classified ads simply announcing your garage sale, emphasizing that you've got something of interest to everyone--everything form A to Z. To get ideas on how to write your ad, check your newspaper for a week or so; cut out all the garage sale ads you can find; paste them up on a piece of paper. Then, with a bit of critical analysis, you'll be able to determine how to write a good ad of your own by determining the good and bad in the ads you've collected. Something to remember: The bigger and better you sale, the bigger and better your "getting started" ads should be. And the secret to outstanding garage sale profits is in having the widest or largest selection of merchandise.

You should have made an old-fashioned "sandwich board" sign to display in front of your house when your garage sale is open for business. This will pull in your neighbors, if you haven't already informed them, and attract the people driving by. Sandwich boards are sometimes set out at key traffic intersections nor far from the site of the garage sale, to attract attention and point the way. (Check local ordinances to see if this is permitted in your area.)

Another "sign idea" practiced by a few sharp operators is the old "Burma Shave" roadside pointers. Here, you simply take a few pieces of cardboard and tack onto the power poles a about 200 yards intervals on a thoroughfare leading to your garage sale. You'll create a lot of traffic for yourself! Simply visit the public library and check out a book on limericks, adapt the ones you find humorous, and start making signs. Once word here Though: Be sure to check your local ordinances before you start nailing signs to power poles.

By all means, search out and use all the free bulletin boards in your area. It's better, and usually much more profitable, to take the time to make up and attention grabbing circular you can post on these bulletin boards than just using a written 3 by 5 card announcement.

To do this, pick up some "transfer lettering," go thru your newspapers and old magazines for interesting illustrations, graphics and pictures, then with a little bit of imagination, makeup an 81/2 by 11 poster type announcement of your sale. When you've got it pasted up, take it to any quick print shop ad have them print up 50 to 100 copies for you. The cost should not come to more than six or seven dollars.

If you make this "circular/poster" up with versatility and long-time usage in mid, you can use it over and over again, simply by pasting a new date. In case you were puzzled when we talk about "pasting" this is simply pasting another piece of paper on to the overall page. Say you have a circular with a date of Wednesday March 1st, and you want it to read Thursday, July 16th. Rather than do the whole thing over, simply write out the new date with your transfer letters on a separate sheet of paper, cut it out to fit in the space occupied by the old date, and paste the new date over the old date. A good paste to use for this purpose is rubber cement. That's all there is to it; the printer does the rest.

Now let's talk about the 'insider secrets" of drawing people into your sale, and merchandising "gimmicks' that will result in the maximum sales and profit for you. First, call attention to your sale. Don't be shy, bashful, or self-conscious about letting everybody for miles about know that you're having a garage sale. Some sharp operators do the next best thing to having the Goodyear blimp overhead: They rent miniature blimps, send them up above the housetops, and tether them there on their sale days. Of course this giant balloon or miniature blimp has some sort of sign on the side of it, inviting people to the garage sale! this is one of the strongest available advertising ideas for pulling "traffic' to a sale of any kind. For more details, write to Pie-In-The-Sky Company, PO Box 5267, San Mateo, CA 94402.

You have to give your sale some flair. Put some posts up across the front of the property and run some twisted cree paper between them. Even better than crepe paper, run some brightly colored ribbons. Invest in some colorful pennants and fly them from temporary flag poles. And don't forget the balloons!

Make your garage sale a fun kind of event with clusters of balloons anchored to your display tables and racks. Be sure to "float" them well above the heads of your customers as they are browsing through your merchandise displays.

Cover your display tables with colorful cloths. Don't hesitate to use bright colors with busy patterns. Regardless of what you sell, effective display is still predominately essential!

You cannot "dump" items haphazardly on a table, sit down and expect to realize great profits. The people doing the most business---making the most sales--are the ones with interesting displays, action and color.

Try to have as wide a selection of colors as possible in your clothing racks, and mix them for a rainbow effect. Make sure that your jewelry items shine and sparkle. Arrange them in and with jewelry boxes, jewelry ladders and other items sold for the purpose of showing off jewelry while keeping it neatly organized. We know of one lady who regularly arranges jewelry items in a battery operated lazy susan. Seeing this jewelry slowly turning on the lazy susan never fails to draw attention.

Think about it, and then study the methods of display used by "rack jobbers" in the stores in your area. These are the wire racks that usually hold card packaged items. This kind of display rack would lend itself beautifully for anchoring a cluster of balloons. Keep these things in mind, and build your individual displays as part of the whole; make it pleasing to the eye as well as convenient for your customers to browse through and select the items that appeal to them.

Look for some kind of interesting and unusual item to call attention to your sale--something you can set up or park in front of your house during your sale. Some of the displays we've seen along these lines include a horse-drawn surrey, a restored Model T, and old farm plow. But anything of an unusual and interesting nature will do the trick for you. One couple we know put up a display using a manikin dressed in an old time farm bonnet, long dress and apron. The display depicted a farm woman of old, washing clothes with a scrub board and two steel wash tubs. You have to believe this drew crowds and made people talk!

Wherever your imagination takes you, you have to be different and distinctive, or you'll get lost in the hundreds of garage sales going on all around you. If you'll take the time to employ a bit of imagination and set your sales up with the kind of flair we've been talking about, you'll not just draw the crowds, you'll end up being the one holding the most profits.

It's almost a compulsion of many women to go shopping, to search for the interesting and sometimes rare and valuable items. This fact will keep you as busy as you'll ever want to be--staging and holding garage sales. The market is so vast, and the appetite so varied, that anything from a brass bedstead to a used dairy of somebody's long-forgotten grandmother will sell, and sell fast at garage sales. Put it all together, use a little imagination, and you'll easily make all the money you want!

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Italian charms bracelets and charms are the latest craze. They’re a perfect addition to any store, and quickly sell out. Purchasing Italian charms wholesale is a great way to cut your cost. You’ll find many great wholesale dealers online which you can check out for some great deals. But before you buy, here are some guidelines for selectingthe right wholesale Italian charm supplier.

One of the biggest problems with many Italian charm wholesale dealers online is the quality of their websites. I don’t know if it's just a lack of creativity or if Italian dealers are simply too thrifty to hire designers, but their websites simply look horrible. The abuse and overuse of graphics that is more of an annoyance than a help. To the customer.