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The economy sucks, no doubt. But there are certainly many positives and blessings amongst all the misery. If you are still gainfully employed or not, there are tons of bargains and specials everywhere. Now is the time to get your finances in order, but also to take advantage of all those dog-gone bargains out there.  

If you love eating out but money has been short lately, food at restaurants have been almost dirt cheap. There are coupons galore. Coupons for buy one get one free, lunches for $4.99, fine dining dinner entrees for less than $10.00, and kids eating free on Tuesdays and Sundays.

My brother and his wife just purchased a 4-day cruise on Carnival for $165 each. Resorts are having specials where you can get a room for two-nights for $159. The rooms were regularly $265 a night.        

Car dealers are really trying hard to bring people in. Who ever heard of purchasing a car with interest rates as low as 2%? Or if you lose your job the dealer will make your payments for 6-months. Unbelievable car prices – unbelievable deals!

If you ever wanted to own a home, now is the time. Interest rates are at an all time low. Home prices have dropped nationally around 20%. Homes that would have cost $300,000 just two years ago now can be purchased in some areas for $199,000 or lower. Plus, if you are a first time home owner (haven't owned a home in the last 3-years based on Government standards), you can get an $8,000 refund credit on your taxes.  However, the home purchase must be made between January 2009 and November 2009.

There are bargains everywhere. What bargains have you found in this economy?

Sharman Lawson a columnist on Fabulously40, and a financial coach, speaker, and author of the book 12 Steps to Eliminate Debt Forever! Visit website


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      Jo46 wrote Jul 13, 2009
    • I was doing this way before the economy changed and I still love it!  I go to garage sales and thrift stores.  I always feel like I get the best deals.  (I always enjoy your blogs Sharman).

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      Sharman G. Lawson wrote Jul 14, 2009
    • I love going to garage sales too. Matter of fact, I plan to go garage sale hopping this weekend. I love negotiating prices down. Garage sales are where you get the best bargains. It’s cheap fun!

      Also, I’m so glad you enjoy my blog, because I enjoy writing it. Thank you for supporting me!


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