The Dollar Diva


10% off at Dollar Tree – this Sunday only

I remember them doing this ‘Customer Appreciation Sale’ several years ago, but then it seems like they stopped it for quite some time.   I was pleasantly surprised the other day when the cashier handed me a coupon after I paid for my purchase!

They also sent out the coupons via their email list.  I hope THIS LINK   works for you to print up a coupon for yourself.

Spread the word to your thrifty friends!  And while you’re there, sign up for the email list so you don’t miss the next one!

I’ll be buying some Christmas crafting supplies for NEXT year, some brown wrapping paper that I use to package signs that I sell on etsy (that don’t fit in flat rate boxes)  Goodies for a big ‘treat basket’ we do every year for our post office (small rural office with only about 10 employees)  some gift bags (always nice to have a few spares on hand), the low watt light bulbs that I use in the lamps that I sell in my booths, refills for my tape dispenser . . . .

I could easily spend $100.00!

Long time – not post!

Hey Dollar Diva Devotees!

How ARE you all???  Now that tax season is done and spring is just around the corner, it’s CRAFTING time.  Well, it’s USUALLY crafting time.  sigh.  I find myself leaving the Dollar Tree empty-handed and extremely UNinspired all too often lately!

Now I realize that part of the reason for this is that:

A) Easter was early this year, so the new ‘after Easter product’ came out earlier too.

B) In general, DT put out their new spring product almost right after Christmas this year!

Soooooooooooooo, maybe this is just the ‘summer blahs’ coming a bit early this year?!?!?  I dunno!  but I’ve got NOTHING to share in the way of dollar ideas right now!

Do any of you have any projects that YOU’D like to share?!?!  I’d be happy to post your pics and link back to your blog if you do!

Price mark down guidelines for Costco and Target

Michael forwarded this information to me last week from a newsletter he gets.  I HAD already read the info “somewhere on-line” in the previous week; but I couldn’t tell you WHERE I had read it, OR how to find it again!  So, for my own benefit as well as yours, I’ve decided to copy and paste it into my blog.  This way it will be easy to find again when I want a reminder; you can just enter ‘mark down guidelines’ in the search box here on my blog:

Retailers love to pull this trick with their prices. They hide deals and codes in plain sight of their customers.  Costco and Target are two of my favorites.

You can tell when you are getting a good deal at Costco by paying attention to the last number in the price. For the most part, regularly priced items end in $0.99. So if you see an item for $24.99 or $7.99 you can be pretty sure that price is the original one.

When you see a price sign at Costco that ends with $0.97, you have found a deal. Any time an item ends in $.97 it means it’s been marked down.  When you see an item with this price you usually won’t find the original price marked on the signs with a slash through it like you do in most other stores. Costco doesn’t want you to figure out their pricing strategy so they leave off the original price in these instances. But rest assured if you see an item that ends with $0.97 the price has been slashed and you are getting a deal! Stock up if you are in need of that item.

You may also see prices at Costco that do not end in $0.99 or $0.97. Odd prices that end in $0.89, $0.79, and $0.49 mean the merchandise has been marked down too. Items that are priced like these signal that Costco got a special deal from the manufacturer and they are passing the savings on to you. Usually items priced like these are good deals, especially compared to other retailers, but they are not as good of a deal as one that ends in $0.97.

Another pricing trick Costco hides right in front of your face is when an item is being discontinued. If the shelf tag has an asterisk (*) in the upper right hand corner, you know the item won’t be reordered. Whatever Costco has in stock is it and will not be replaced. Probably the item will be marked down if it’s been on the shelves for a few months, but not always. So if there are only a few of an item left but the price ends in a $0.99, you know the item has not been marked down and will not be seen again—at least not until next season. If you need an item and the shelf tag has an asterisk in the upper right corner, then buy what you need then and there; don’t wait for a price reduction that may not come in time.

The good news is that Costco has a 30 day price guarantee. So if you buy an item and see it at a lower price anytime in the following 30 days, you can bring back your receipt and be credited for the difference in price. This way you never get left out of a good deal!

Target has similar pricing secrets that they love to hide in plain sight. There is a lot of information that can be found on their clearance stickers that can help you determine if you are getting the best deal.

Next time you go to Target look at their clearance tags. The price in the bottom left hand corner is the item’s original price. The price in the upper right hand corner is the percentage the item is marked down by.

In the picture you can see it reads 50. Most of the time you will see a 15, 30, 50, 70, 75 or 90 listed in the upper right hand corner. These are Target’s standard percentages off. Although I should note that food, furniture and electronics usually don’t get marked down by more than 15 percent ever.

Target doesn’t just hide their pricing secrets on clearance stickers; you can tell if you are getting a deal on regular price tags too. Regular prices at Target always end in a 9, like $7.99 or $12.89 or $24.79. If you see a price tag like this you know that an item has not been marked down, it is at its original price.

If you see a price that ends in something other than a 9, you know an item’s price has been reduced. Prices that end in an 8 have been marked down, but are slated to be reduced again in the future.

Prices that end in a 4 are the best deals though. If you see a price ending like $19.54, $7.44 or $54.54, then you know that’s the lowest it will go. Stock up on an item if you see a price ending in a 4 because it won’t get any cheaper!

What happens though when you see a price that ends in an 8? You don’t necessarily want to buy that item because you know the price will be reduced sometime in the future. Well don’t worry because Target has a mark down schedule they stick to! About every two weeks, Target marks down an item. Now you know when you should go back to buy that item. No more wasting time checking back on random days to see if an item you want is at its lowest price!

Target’s Mark Down Schedule

Monday: Children’s clothing, baby items, electronics, office supplies, wrapping paper and stationery 
Tuesday:
 Women’s clothing, home decor and domestic items
Wednesday: Men’s clothing, toys, food, health and beauty, garden items
Thursday: Housewares, lingerie, shoes, sporting goods, luggage
Friday: Cosmetics, jewelry, hardware, automotive, and home improvement

The more you know, the more you save. You just have to be able to decipher the information retailers like Target and Costco are hiding in plain sight. Knowing the codes and clues to look for will help you get the best deal possible.

Christmas stuff is now in at Dollar Tree

Posted in Announcements / Alerts by trash2treasure on October 25, 2012

They usually don’t put any of the new Christmas stock out until after Halloween.  I stopped in today to look for the little plastic containers that I ship the tiny crowns I sell on etsy in; and there was a LOT of new Christmas stock out!  Had to go to the grocery store too and stopped at a second DT near there and they too had a lot of new Christmas stock out.  Get in there SOON before all the good stuffs picked over!