Archive: Tuesday Tips

Tuesday Tips: Choosing a Moving Company

The last time my husband and I moved, we hired three guys who were recommended by a neighbor. They showed up in an unmarked truck covered in graffiti to move our pitiful collection of furniture. It was a little sketchy but in the end our stuff arrived at our new...

By Tania Anderson | April 14, 2009; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

Tuesday Tips: Hiring a Lawn Care Company

Isn't the warm weather great? I can't wait to hear those lawn mowers start roaring. I can say that now because I live in a community that takes care of all the landscaping. But as I get ready to move into a single family home, my gardening thumb will either...

By Tania Anderson | March 10, 2009; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Tuesday Tips: Buying Pots and Pans

No matter what kind of cook you are, pots and pans are a necessary investment. Even grilled cheese sandwiches are made on a skillet. But have you seen the prices of pots and pans lately? It's no small investment. So here are a few tips for picking the right cookware:...

By Tania Anderson | March 3, 2009; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (17)

Picking Valentine's Day Flowers

A dozen long-stem roses these days will run you around $70. It has always boggled my mind how much we spend on something that dies within a few days. But still millions of people get flowers for Valentine's Day. I have to admit, a bouquet of gorgeous flowers has been...

By Tania Anderson | February 12, 2009; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Tuesday Tips: Gym Memberships

Who wants to lose some weight, get a little firm and look decent in a bathing suit? Who doesn't? Joining a gym these days kinda goes against my family's goal of saving money this year since gym memberships can be pretty pricey. But I recently spoke with Robert Krughoff, editor...

By Tania Anderson | January 20, 2009; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (6)

Tuesday Tips: Best Reader Comments 2008

Shop To It readers are savvy shoppers and I know this from all the comments that have been posted to this blog over the last year. Some of the most interesting have come from my monthly posts on updating different rooms of your home for as little money as possible....

By Tania Anderson | December 30, 2008; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Tuesday Tips: Making Returns

I recently wrote about the hunt for The Perfect Gift. We all want to give it and get it, but that doesn't always happen. So we sometimes have to schlepp back to the store to make the dreaded return. Stores say they have customer-friendly return policies. Even still, we have...

By Tania Anderson | December 23, 2008; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Tuesday Tips: Window Shopping

One day I will have windows that don't leak frigid air in the winter and hot damp air in the summer. One day I will have windows that don't require a ladder and extra life insurance to clean. One day I will have windows that slide up and down with...

By Tania Anderson | December 16, 2008; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tuesday Tips: Setting Up a Secret Santa Gift Exchange

I've been in one Secret Santa gift exchange in my life. It was an office-based event and I'll never forget the excitement of returning from lunch and seeing a neatly wrapped box sitting on my chair. It was more about the fun of receiving an anonymous gift than the actual...

By Tania Anderson | December 9, 2008; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tuesday Tips: Mastering the Bedroom

Some people think kitchens and bathrooms are the most important places in the house. But when I'm house hunting, as I've been doing for the last month, the first room I look for is the master bedroom. What room can be more important than the one where the master sleeps?...

By Tania Anderson | December 2, 2008; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tuesday Tips: Shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Love it or not, Black Friday is fast approaching. It's the official kickoff to the holiday shopping season and people either happily ignore the day or embrace it in all its frenzied glory. I recently tapped into the expertise of Dan de Grandpre, founder and CEO of Dealnews.com, for some...

By Tania Anderson | November 25, 2008; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Tuesday Tips: Layaway Plans

I hadn't heard the term "layaway" since I was a kid. But then Kmart recently decided to bring back this payment option for Christmas. So if you walk into Kmart and see that TV you've been pining for, you can ask the store to hold it for you while you...

By Tania Anderson | November 4, 2008; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Tuesday Tips: Finding a Foreclosed Home

It seems like the words "housing market" and "foreclosures" are now permanently joined at the hip. A lot has been written about the risks and rewards of buying a foreclosed home. Have you ever bought one? As I search for my own home to buy, I've wondered where to find...

By Tania Anderson | October 21, 2008; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Tuesday Tips: Creating a Home Office

These days my home office serves many functions: from coffee room to diaper changing area to bill-paying headquarters to gift-wrapping space. Oh, and I do a little bit of work in there too. But the more functions that room serves, the more pieces of paper there are. It needs some...

By Tania Anderson | October 14, 2008; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

Tuesday Tips: Tackling the Garage

The garage is one of those rooms that's meant for one thing but ends up being something else. Aren't garages for cars and lawn equipment? But we stuff all sorts of other things in there, including old furniture, broken appliances, boxes of paperwork and old magazines. There are many ways...

By Tania Anderson | September 16, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Tuesday Tips: Buying a Bike

Everyone seems to be talking bikes these days, whether it's to be more green or to cut back on gas. We've even started treating bikes like cars with new self-service bike rental programs like SmartBike DC and bank loans for bikes. Makes me want to run out and get my...

By Tania Anderson | September 9, 2008; 12:05 AM ET | Comments (35)

Tuesday Tips: Hiring a Photographer

Don't panic, but Christmas is only four months away. It sounds like a long time but doesn't it always seem to sneak up on us? Aside from scrambling to get my gifts in line and my decorations in place, I always rush to get my Christmas cards ready, namely having...

By Tania Anderson | August 26, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Tuesday Tips: Organizing Your Closets

How many times have you stuffed an unwanted item in the back of a closet? Eventually those little rooms in our houses start busting at the seams and next thing you know, a simple outdoor excursion that requires a coat turns into a heap of stuff on the floor. So...

By Tania Anderson | August 19, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (18)

Tuesday Tips: Tackling a Child's Bedroom

A child's bedroom can either be a cluttered mess of toys, books and stuffed animals or a fun, easy-to-clean-up oasis for kids and even their parents from time to time. I'm guessing most parents would just settle for something in between the two. So I tapped Wendy A. Jordan, a...

By Tania Anderson | August 5, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tuesday Tips: Using Coupons

I always seem to get behind that person in the grocery store check-out line who's using coupons. One by one the cashier swipes those little pieces of paper across the scanner and slowly $1 is taken off here and 50 cents is taken off there. Next thing you know, the...

By Tania Anderson | July 29, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (29)

Tuesday Tips: Buying a Computer

Owning a computer these days is as vital as owning a refrigerator. Whether you're sending e-mails and doing a little bit of Internet research or running a small business from home, having the right computer is just as important as whether your orange juice is staying cold. But have you...

By Tania Anderson | July 22, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tuesday Tips: Bid Your Way to a Lower Price

How many times have you told a friend the price you paid for a recent home project, only to be told that they had a similar project completed for 10 percent less? Newman! That's happened to me a few times and it doesn't feel good. Washington Checkbook Magazine pushes the...

By Tania Anderson | July 8, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (8)

Tuesday Tips: Cashing In on Yard Sales

We search, we hunt, we dig. One of our summertime rituals besides cookouts and serious sweating is yard sale shopping. You never what you'll find among the unwanteds from another person's life. And aside from being a haven for treasure hunters, yard sales serve as a way to declutter one's...

By Tania Anderson | July 1, 2008; 01:37 PM ET | Comments (7)

Tuesday Tips: Shopping for a Doctor

One of my most stressful experiences as a parent was reading a letter from my child's doctor saying that they were no longer going to use our insurance provider -- just as my daughter toddled down the stairs asking me why she had pink dots all over her. I had...

By Tania Anderson | June 24, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Tuesday Tips: Shopping for the Cheapest Gas

Have you ever played the "find the cheap gas" game? My husband and I do it all the time when we're driving to the beach. All of a sudden one of us will scream out, "I see $3.97! I see $3.97!" How do you shop for cheap gas? I've been...

By Tania Anderson | June 17, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

Tuesday Tips: Making the Attic Liveable

It towers over our houses, holding up our roofs and protecting us from the elements. Yes, the attic is such a multi-tasker, providing storage for our fake Christmas trees, luggage and the China dishes we inherited from Aunt Sue. But these days the attic is looking a little more appealing...

By Tania Anderson | June 10, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Could You Give Up the Goods and Buy Less?

I must have certain things in life aside from food and shelter. I like to get my hair done every few weeks at a nice salon. I occasionally go for some shoe therapy. And I love my once-a-week smoothie from Robeks. If you asked me if I could live without...

By Tania Anderson | June 3, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tuesday Tips: Choosing a Storage Facility

Man, we Americans have a lot of stuff. Can't even fit it in our houses. Nearly 11 million households are renting a self storage unit, according to the Self Storage Association. And that's 65 percent more homes with self storage than about 10 years ago. Soon I will be joining...

By Tania Anderson | May 27, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (10)

Tuesday Tips: Buying Eco-Friendly Appliances

Would you buy a house just because it was green? I'm not talking color here but energy efficiency. A Realtor recently told me I should replace all my old appliances for eco-friendly ones, making my home, which I plan to sell in the next few months, more attractive to people...

By Tania Anderson | May 20, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (6)

Tuesday Tips: Buying Children's Shoes

It never fails. Every time I take my 4-year-old daughter shoe shopping, she always makes a beeline for the sandals covered in pictures of Disney princesses or Dora the Explorer. I don't have anything against Cinderella and her crew but those shoes never look very durable to me. I guess...

By Tania Anderson | May 13, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (38)

Tuesday Tips: Re-Doing the Basement

The basement. Once a dark dungeon where you were convinced Freddy Krueger lived when you were a kid. Or was that just me? Today, the basement can be a family gathering place, a home office, an exercise room, you name it. So in my quest to offer tips for renovating...

By Tania Anderson | May 6, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Tuesday Tips: Buying High-End Jewelry

Yes, I know. It seems crazy to be talking about expensive jewelry in the middle of a potential recession. But I'm hoping for a nice Mother's Day gift here. So here are 10 tips for my husband... I mean you, the Shop To It readers, on how to shop for...

By Tania Anderson | April 29, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (11)

Tuesday Tips: How to Hire an Exterminator

I had an unwelcome visitor to my home the other day. And he brought 20 of his closest friends. Yes, I'm talking bugs. It's that time of year when they and their rodent friends start coming out of hibernation, looking for food and warmth on cool spring days. And you...

By Tania Anderson | April 22, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

Tuesday Tips: Buying Outdoor Furniture

Old Man Winter has finally packed his bags and moved out. Although his bite is still nipping a little at our heels, the promise of reuniting with the warm outdoors is so close. I'm now picturing lazy summer nights on my small patio. The kids are in bed, the Metro...

By Tania Anderson | April 8, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Tuesday Tips: Avoiding Scams

Merriam-Webster defines a scam as "a fraudulent or deceptive act or operation." It's a strong word and no business owner out there wants it associated with their company. Most of all, no consumer wants to be a victim of one. How do you define a scam? How often have you...

By Tania Anderson | April 1, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tuesday Tips: Buying a Lawn Mower

There's nothing like the smell of fresh-cut grass. But oh, the headache to get that smell. I spent many summer weekends as a teenager (my parents may dispute this) pushing a mower across our lawn, my Walkman blasting Duran Duran over the roar of the engine. These days lawn mowers...

By Tania Anderson | March 18, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Tuesday Tips: Updating Your Bathroom

Ahh... the bathroom. Yes, that room in our house where we do the obvious and so much more. Hey, it makes a great place for a 10-second anger management break or to have a hushed conversation with our husband about when our house guest is going to leave. But it...

By Tania Anderson | March 11, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tuesday Tips: Buying Art

I have a long set of 14 stairs in my house that would be so much more exciting if there was something interesting to look at as I make my way from bedrooms down to living and dining rooms. A little artwork would do the trick. But what a pinch...

By Tania Anderson | March 4, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tuesday Tips: Buying International

You've searched long and hard for that perfect rug for your dining room only to find that it's on a Web site based in Sweden. The shipping charges are bound to be more than your mortgage, and how would you return the thing if that shade of green just doesn't...

By Tania Anderson | February 26, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Tuesday Tips: Click and Save

I've learned a lot since starting this shopping blog back in October. Heck, I've learned a lot since my mother introduced me to the thrill of shopping as a young child. I can only hope to pass it down to my own kids one day. As it stands right now,...

By Tania Anderson | February 12, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tuesday Tips: Saving Money at the Dog Groomer

It happens every few months in our house. A smell resembling the Potomac River on a 90 degree summer day starts penetrating every inch of our breathing space. That's when we know it's time for our 30-pound mutt to get bathed. I can't help but chuckle when I take him...

By Tania Anderson | February 5, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (48)

Tuesday Tips: Buying Furniture

If you were to take a look around my house, you'd find furniture that has been handed down by parents and grandparents, a few cheap pieces my husband and I have bought over the years and even a few throwbacks to college. You'll also find my husband's favorite piece of...

By Tania Anderson | January 29, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (10)

Tuesday Tips: Kitchen Remodeling

Kitchens are one of those rooms in the house that we either love or hate. People who love their kitchens probably had them recently renovated and those of us who hate ours need a serious facelift. I'm probably in the second category, considering my kitchen is way too small for...

By Tania Anderson | January 22, 2008; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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