Monday, December 12, 2011

Easy Way to Save Money After Christmas

Here is a tip for those of you who plan on making a purchase of $50 or more after Christmas. Scan your local Craigslist and look for people selling gift cards to your favorite retailer. Since many people often ask the question "will he/she like it?" before purchasing a gift for a loved one, they will think twice and settle for a gift card. When in doubt this is usually the safest way to go. However, in recent years due to the economy, many of these gift cards that are received for Christmas will end up on Craiglist at a steep discount on the very next day. Why? Most people would prefer to have cash in their pockets rather than use the gift card for something that might not be of need. Last year after Christmas, I was able to purchase a $500 Apple Store gift card for $400. I have seen on many occasions gift cards being sold on Craigslist for almost 50% of their value! So if you know you are going to be purchasing clothing, electronics, appliances, or even materials for home improvement, scour your local Craiglist and see if someone is selling a gift card relevant to your purchase. If you do decide to go this route and do find a seller, always meet him/her at the store to verify the amount on the card!!! If anyone tries to talk you out of verifying the amount, this is a red flag for a scam!
Thanks for reading.

Thursday, December 8, 2011


         Hello prospective readers. I created this blog to help you, the consumer, in a variety of different ways. Whether it would be to tip off deals, update you on the happenings of certain companies, or for your plain enjoyment I hope you get something out of this. You can also follow me on twitter @consumeraware1. Lets start off with the situation regarding Lowe's. For those of you who don't know, Lowe's caved into bigot requests by a right wing Christian group from Florida. This group asked Lowe's to remove advertising from the reality show All-American Muslim which is aired on TLC because they were only showing Muslims with moderate views, not those who may have a more extremist view. Folks it is almost 2012 yet this cancer of hate and bigotry sadly still exists. This goes against the underlying principles this country was founded upon and is quite prevalent even to this day. While Lowe's has a right to advertise on what ever show they want (it is their money), I have the right to boycott them and spend my money else where. Caving into bigotry should never be a reason to remove ads from a program. Shame on you Lowe's. They offered an absurd explanation their Facebook page which really did nothing for me as well as most people. For a company whose profits sunk 44% in quarter 3 ( I hope no one who reads this is a shareholder) they are doing their best Netflix imitation-running the company straight into the ground.