Smart Money Moves

January 27, 2010 at 6:37 pm , by

m_FI120106MOTVA001Every so often I am asked to appear on TV to talk about an article that’s run in LHJ. It’s always fun and exciting, but never so much as it was a few weeks ago when I went on the Today Show, because they wanted me to talk about one of my favorite subjects in the whole world: shopping. More specifically, I was there to talk about bargain shopping, which to me is shopping in its most transporting, exalted, rapturous form. It’s shopping with benefits: After all, the more you save, the more you can…shop! I consider myself to be a pretty astute bargain shopper, and have years and years of experience of not paying retail. In fact, as a small child growing up in New York City, my mother took me clothes shopping on Orchard Street on the Lower East Side. This is a street (long since morphed into a downtown hipster enclave) that used to be lined with dingy little clothing shops staffed by really obnoxious sales people. But oh, the bargains! These shops were filled with the kinds of pretty clothes that would delight a young girl’s heart for a fraction of the department-store price. Before there was TJMaxx or Marshall’s or Daffy’s or any of the others, there was Orchard Street. It’s where I learned to love the joy of the bargain hunt.

But I digress. On this, my first blog entry, I simply want to present my bargain shopping bona fides, what that they are, and let you know that I’ll be posting now and again with news and tips about how to save money, sometimes based on research, sometimes on my own experience. Incidentally, I’m also the editor at LHJ who handles most of our money pieces. So I know or thing or two and am really looking forward to sharing with you.

13 Responses to “Smart Money Moves”

  1. yay, can’t wait.

  2. Hi friends.. as you are well aware, christmas is comming fast:-) Im in a bit of a pickle, because my friend which is really into fashion wont give me a wish list, and I cluelesswhat to get her.

    So this is the deal, she is 35 years old, I know she loves hats and athletic wear, but what to get her for christmas? My budget is around 3-400$… Also, It really should be available near New York…. If someone could come up with some ideas I would be so ever thankfull:-)

    Regards and merry Christmas

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