Did You Know...?
...That you should never go shopping hungry, even when you're not buying groceries? And some retailers use certain scents like the smell of fresh-cut grass to make us buy. That's according to a new book by Martin Lindstrom called 'Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy.' The author spent three years and $7 million studying the brains of consumers as they shopped and watched commercials. His book reveals a lot of interesting discoveries about how we buy or not buy.
...We shoppers spent 0.6 percent more in February than we did in January, according to the National Retail Federation? The bad news, at least for retailers, is that we spent 5 percent less this February compared to last February. So what did we buy? Mostly clothing and accessories. Electronics, appliances and furniture were next in line.
...If you feel really unorganized, now may be the time to invest in a new shelving system? The Container Store usually has an annual sale on its Elfa shelving, which can be somewhat pricey. But the store is advertising another 30 percent off -- in addition to its annual reduction. Now, if I could just find my car keys...
...Nordstrom really wants you to have a new pair of shoes? Normally the store makes you spend a whopping $200 on its Web site to get free shipping. But they're offering free shipping for any shoe purchase, large or small. It also helps that the store is having a shoe sale with prices marked down up to 40 percent.
...That JCPenney has linked up with some well-known designers to sell their lines of clothes at affordable prices? Does this sound like Kohl's and Target or is it just me? The new collections were designed by Nicole Miller, Michele Bohbot, Allen B. Schwartz, Kimora Lee Simmons and Charlotte Ronson. Some of the threads go from pretty casual to night-out-on-the-town dresses. Prices will range from $15 for layering tees and tanks to $80 for dresses.
...If you don't feel like going to the grocery store for tonight's dinner you could plug what ingredients you do have into RecipeMatcher.com and get a recipe? There's hope yet for that half-empty container of ketchup and the unopened bottle of fish sauce in my cabinet.
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