The art of the deal

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DebbieNorrellBox

I’m always looking for a good price, the markdown, the phenomenal sale item. I shop the sale rack first in every store and can’t stand to pay full price for anything. I am now finding some great bargains online. I’ve always been the cautious online shopper, I always use a credit card not a debit card and I only shop on secure sites.

I know there are a lot of bargain hunters out there like me who want a good deal on a meal, massage or even baked goods. Please sign up for some of the sites like Living Social, Groupon or CBS Local Offers. I have gotten some of the best deals, like a one hour massage for half price, buy one get one at very expensive restaurants and $20 worth of baked goods for $10. The trick is to only buy the things you really want and please don’t buy the offer and let it expire. Most of the items have a more than generous expiration date, like six months to a year. Make sure you don’t lose it before you get a chance to use it.

When I purchased my bakery certificates you were allowed to purchase as many as you wanted but they could only be used one at a time. I thought that was very cool. I used one when I had company and now I will use the other for relatives coming into town. I often hear about the CBS offers on KDKA plus I get an email. I’m surprised how many people aren’t aware of them or don’t take advantage of these offers. The offers allow you to take advantage of something new for a reduced price or something that might ordinarily be out of your price range and most of all what a great gift.

I just looked at my offers again and there is a one night stay for two with breakfast at the Sheraton Crystal City for $119, $30 worth of Chinese food at Taipai Chinese in Fox Chapel, $20 worth of food for $10 at Saga Hibachi in South Hills. As you can see sometimes the locations are not the one you typically frequent. I believe the business is trying to drive business to the less busy locations.

How about some Infrared body wraps? They say you can possibly lose weight with these wraps. If you want to try this why pay full price? Here is one I really wanted to buy, dinner and dessert for 2 to 4 at the Georgetown Inn on Mt. Washington. The trick with some of these bargains is you can’t think too long about buying it, because the offer does not sit out there forever and sometimes there is a limited amount so once they are gone that is it.

This is a great way for a new business or a struggling business to bring in customers. There is a business in Squirrel Hill that will transfer your VHS to DVD. I wanted to try them and spotted a Living Social deal that made my decision for me. It was a win-win and I was very pleased. The business is called Rewind Memories and I highly recommend them.

(Email the columnist at deb­bienorrell@aol.com)

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