Shopaholic Blues

Posted by popuser on August 17, 2014 in General, Significant Thoughts with Comments closed |

Being a ShopaholicI was a shopaholic before I became a Plexus Slim Fanatic. It was part of my therapy to focus all my interest in shopping into something more productive and beneficial. Plexus Slim became my solution because my sister was a regular user of the product. I suggested to my therapist that I would channel my focus into slimming down and becoming healthier. I also chose it as my alternative because through the course of my therapy, I have come to realize that my shopping impulse is a result of my desire to look and feel better about myself. I did not feel comfortable about how I look and I was not happy about my body. I know people are calling me names behind my back because I am far bigger than everybody else. But instead of trying to erase the problem, I made it even worse by becoming a shopaholic. I would buy dresses, bags, shoes and bags that are very expensive just so people would see that I am capable of owning something beautiful, despite the fact that I don’t look too good myself. I had four credit cards maxed out and I really had the worst years of my life paying for my debt as well as facing yet another failure in my life. I sold all the things I bought to pay for my credit cards and I sought professional help to put an end to it, once and for all.

My therapist was very impressed at how I was able to come to that realization very quickly. Since then, I have given up on shopping and I have focused on proper diet, exercise, and maintenance of Plexus Slim and Accelerator (Visit http://plexusjournal.net/ for more details). After a few months, I have lost a lot of pounds and I saw how good looking I actually am, because I feel more energized and light. Plexus Slim brought out my inner beauty and has taken me to a body size that I would never thought I would have. I have also become less sickly over the months that I followed the plexus slim diet program and I am very happy now that even my blood sugar level and my blood pressure level have all been regulated because of Plexus Slim.

My roller coaster ride as a shopaholic was meaningful in a sense that I got to learn a valuable lesson. No money on earth could ever buy you the happiness you search for, if you search for it in the wrong place. Shopping is a wonderful and beautiful thing and it is a very good way to reward yourself for all the hard work you do in your everyday life. However, caution is very necessary so that abuse will not occur and you will not have to face the dilemma of being a shopaholic, because mind you, it is a very difficult addiction to overcome. Before you go out and seek happiness in material things, start by making yourself happy through making your body happy. This way, everything else will follow and fall into place.

Accidents can be Life-Changing

Posted by popuser on August 12, 2014 in Business with Comments closed |

accidentMost women love to shop. It doesn’t matter if it is expensive as long as they can be part of the latest fashion and trends.  But for me, it’s different. If the other girls were spoiled by their parents, I was strictly disciplined in terms of buying clothes, shoes, bags and many others. Even though my family is well-off, we were trained to handle our money.

I grew up and I live in Ajax, Ontario and we have a production business here. Actually, we supply apparels to the shopping malls in the city and this is also one of the reasons why we don’t buy any other brands because we love what we sell. I really appreciate the existence of shopping malls because it’s easier for the suppliers to sell their goods, it’s like a one-stop-shop for the shoppers.

I thought my life was perfect because everything is going well with my financial life. I didn’t want to marry because I’m a workaholic and I don’t think I have the time to take care of my kids. But it all changed because of this one accident that happened to my life. I almost died I realized that money can’t buy happiness.

One day, I was heading home and it was late. As I was about to drive through an intersection, a huge truck suddenly hit my car, I thought I was going to die. The driver of the truck was injured and I couldn’t get out of my car. No one was there to help us because it was late. Thankfully, I was able to call an ambulance before I passed out.

I woke up in the hospital in pain and I couldn’t move my left leg. The doctors told me that they fixed my broken leg and I need to undergo physical therapy. It was a very sad day for me. So I asked my secretary to look for personal injury lawyers Ajax, you can know more here, to assist me with my case.

I know I have the money to pay for everything, but I want to use my insurance and it can be tough to deal with insurance companies when processing claims. I also want to file a case against the truck driver who caused this accident. He was very negligent, it was a green light for me and he should have stopped.

It’s good that I hired an Ajax personal injury lawyer, I was rightfully compensated to pay my medical and treatment bills. And the truck driver also received his sentences, the court favored our side and justice was served. So if you don’t like to deal with insurance claims on your own, hire a legal representative to help you out.

During my painful recovery, I met a very handsome physical therapist named Jack, he’s single and just about my age. We talked about life, we had a lot in common and our friendship developed into something more.  The accident opened my mind about having a family, it was really sad to be alone in the hospital. And now, I’m still dating Jack and I’m thinking about settling down with him.

 

 

What Type of Shopper Are You?

Posted by popuser on August 10, 2014 in All About Shopping, General with Comments closed |

shoppingShopping can be a fun and relaxing activity. Some people are relieved from stress when they shop at their favorite stores. But not all shoppers are the same. Let me tell you the different types of shoppers and figure out where you belong:

•    Discount shoppers – frequently shops but usually base their decision on the markdowns of the prices.

•    Loyal customers – are the ones who would not give up a specific type of brand over another because of their positive experience with a certain product.

•    Need-based shoppers – intention of buying something is specific.

•    Impulse customers – a product may not be part of their priority list, but mostly purchases whatever is good during that time.

•    Wandering shoppers – no desire or specific need whenever they come in the stores but they would like to feel they belong in a certain community.

Have you figured out what type of shopper you are? Well, for me, I am an impulsive type of customer. I don’t care about the price or I don’t plan the things that I want to buy. If I feel that it’s good for me, then I will buy it. Shopping is giving me a nice experience. I have been living here in Toronto for more than 23 years and I know great shopping malls here.

But I haven’t been able to shop anymore for about 8 months because of an accident. That was unexpected and traumatic. One day, as I was driving my way home, I suddenly collapsed and the car crashed. I didn’t drink nor took any prescription drugs during that time, something went wrong with my body and I only learned about it when I woke up in the hospital full of injuries.

The doctors said that I suffered a mild stroke while I was driving, it was a very dangerous situation for me. I was thankful that there were people in that part of Toronto or else I could have been dead if I arrived late at the hospital.

Since I have insurance and filing compensation claims can be very difficult, I decided to hire a Toronto car accident lawyer. I know the insurance company is very hard to deal with and having a legal representative can definitely take off that burden.

When I met my lawyer, she showed me all the options and informed me about the possible outcomes of the case. But with her expertise and experience in handling accident cases, I am very confident that I will be fairly compensated by my insurance company, and I was right.

My compensation claim was awarded to me. One of my best experiences with my lawyer was that she didn’t pressure me in paying the charges and fees of hiring her because she only deducted the full amount right after the claim was settled or granted.

I am so happy that things worked out for me, but I really miss shopping. I’m almost done with my physical therapy sessions and I know my body is doing its best to recover, so shopping will be happening anytime soon for me.

Protecting Your Shopping Store

Posted by popuser on August 2, 2014 in All About Shopping, Business with Comments closed |

shop-158317_640Alfred started his small clothing shop business two years ago. He put up the shop in Toronto and he ventured into the business because he saw how people of all ages loved to shop.

He first noticed this with his mom and sister. When it comes to shopping, his mom and sister somehow transform into twins and get along so well that his sister would come home with bags and bags of clothes, jewelries, shoes and everything else you could possible think of. They always have shopping escapades together. When Alfred would tell them to slow down on the buying because the house might no longer be enough for all the clothes and shoes and blankets they buy, they would just end up saying that they still don’t have enough of everything.

Being the business-minded lad that he was, he worked on putting up a small shop. He was also a very cautious man that was why he took his time in planning everything first before setting it in motion. He hired only from the best and he made sure he covered all safety measures while still ensuring the aesthetic appeal of his shop. It may be a small shop but it was a very well-funded shop because he knows that the business will go a long way, given how people never get tired of shopping for things that they already have.

Two years into the business and he was really hitting the sales. Now, he plans to expand the business. On his process of planning for the expansion, he included the inspection of the current state of the shop.

He was very shocked to see that parts of his shop were already quite weak and cranky looking. Apparently, molds have started to grow in some of his racks and in portions of the shop that were near the windows and his air-conditioning system. He thought he hired the best in ensuring that his shop will be free from any form of infestation. He was given a 5 year guarantee of that, yet still two years in the business and he already has the problems he hated.

That was when he called me up and asked me for help. I told him that it should have been Mold Crew that he had asked to take care of his mold problems. They are the best Toronto mold inspection unit there is. He trusted me and my opinion, and so along with his plans of expansion, he hired Mold Crew to take care of his mold problems. He considers molds a serious problem because it not only makes his place look dirty, it also has the chance to ruin his products and he does not want lose profit because of molds. Also, the danger of molds to the health of his staff and his customers is something he does not want to take risk with.

He was not disappointed with my referral of Mold Crew. I knew the company was great because they have the best equipment in mold testing Toronto is very proud of. They are the same company that did the mold inspection and prevention in our home and we have been free from mold problems ever since. They are very dedicated to their work and they are experienced in this field. They are able to analyze molds faster and come up with the quickest and most efficient way of removing them from any surface.

Perks of Being an Online Shopper

Posted by popuser on July 21, 2014 in All About Shopping, General, Significant Thoughts with Comments closed |

online shoppingOnline shopping is the answer to the prayers of plenty who could not have the time to actually go to malls and shops to buy what they need. This is also the answer to the problem of stocks. When a dress or a mobile phone you want is out of stock in your area, you can find where they are available nearest your area and purchase it with ease. Best part, you just have to wait for it to arrive via mail. Another plus side to online shopping is the fact that you can take all the time you need to compare prices first before actually buying. You can do this with more ease because everything is in your screen. Unlike having to roam around from shop to shop just to compare prices only to end up in the first shop you were in because it’s where the best price is.

All around the world, online shopping is widely preferred by a lot of people compared to regular shopping. Nowadays, people only shop outside when they also have to meet up with friends or when they want to roam around or take walks. But when something should be done just because it needs to be done, online shopping becomes the choice. When you shop online, you can shop for almost anything. Dresses, watches, mobile phones, accessories, are some of the most common goods in online shops. You can also order food online, as well as pay your bills and other fees, online. There is not much that you can’t get a hold on, thanks to technology and the internet.

If you seek manual service, you can still trust that you can reach them via online transactions. From cleaning services to laundry services to water providers to mechanics and even roof repairmen, you can get a hold of them, online.

A friend of mine recently had his entire roof repaired and beautified, without setting a foot outside the door. He just went online, and since he is from Toronto, he typed in Toronto roofer leading to this link here (roofingmaster.ca). online transactions were made, the next day, a team from Roofing Master came to his house and assessed the damages in the roof, gave him a quotation and a project time. They discussed for a while and when they had an agreement, the team set out to finish the repairs in the roof. Payment was then made and then they were done and gone. Just like that, his roof was repaired and refurbish, while just staying inside the comforts of his home. Now, what once was traditional roofing, roofing master turned into gorgeous flat roofing. My friend was more than happy and satisfied with their work.

Indeed, online shopping has provided the world with a great convenience. But of course, caution must still be taken by everyone to avoid being a victim of fraud and scams. Always check your online shops for reviews because if they are scams, most likely people would flood them with negative comments.

Shopping Can Be Very Addictive

Posted by popuser on July 21, 2014 in Uncategorized with Comments closed |

shopping mallShopping has become part of some people’s lives. For them, it’s something worth doing and wouldn’t mind spending money if they have to. They are well updated with the latest trends, and when it comes to sales and launching of new products, they are usually there. I have a best friend named Amy, and I can really see how addicted she has become when it comes to shopping.

We grew up together in Toronto, Canada and before we got married, we had the opportunity to share an apartment for about 2 years. It was like a rollercoaster ride. We had great moments and we also had really bad ones and one of them is her addiction to shopping.

I don’t mind shopping, but I don’t buy things that I don’t need, but Amy is different. She’s buy anything that captures her eyes and heart. She’d exhaust all her cash as well as her credit cards to the point that it’s okay for her to starve as long as she can buy them. She wouldn’t listen to my advices, she always tells me that everything will be fine.

One day, when bills came in, she realized that she was broke and she can’t ask for her parents for some money because they are out of the country and could not reach them. She begged me to help her financially, but I didn’t want to because I think she needs to learn her lesson, so I left her a bit and went to another friend’s house. She broke down and just cried.

It was raining that day when she realized that her room was full of things that she do not need, then she told herself that everything has to change. She called me up and told me to come home and she’d like to talk to me, but I couldn’t just be there for her because the rain was pouring hard, so we just used the phone instead. And after 30 minutes of talking over the phone, she went back to her room and to her surprise, all of her things were drenched in water.

After the rain had stopped, I went back and saw her happy face. She told me that she’s glad that this happened because if it didn’t, she’d be consumed with the habit of shopping. It was a sign for her to stop. I checked her room and looked at the ceiling, I can see that something was wrong with the roof so I tried to find roofing Toronto companies to help us with it.

The next day, professional roofers visited our house, did an inspection and told us that we were lucky because the roof didn’t collapse. It was very old and no maintenance was ever done to this part of the house. It was Amy’s grandparent’s house and she doesn’t know if they had it checked when they were still alive, it was given to her as a gift.

She also realized that all the money she spent for shopping could have been used to fix the roof. She was already broke, so I helped her pay for it. The Toronto roofers, see http://authorityroofing.com for interesting details, explained to us that the house needs proper care and maintenance to avoid unwanted accidents or even minor problems, such as leakage, that could cause damage to whatever is inside the house.

It’s really funny whenever I think that the only part of the house that got wet was Amy’s room. It was like a sign from heaven that her addiction to shopping should be stopped. I hope you can learn a lesson from Amy that life could be complicated if you don’t have any control to yourself when it comes to spending money. Always remember to be wise in handling your finances.

 

 

What You Have To Know About Online Shopping

Posted by popuser on June 17, 2014 in All About Shopping with Comments closed |

all about shopping 2Online shopping is indeed a convenient way to purchase typically anything you want. Whether that’s things for leisure of items you really need, you could probably find that online. Furthermore, the internet is also a huge pool of selections. There’s no need to transfer from one mall to another in case you can’t find your item immediately. On the internet, it only takes a couple of minute with your tablets or smartphones to shop and in the next few days, your item will be at your doorstep. However, online shops are not as safe as what most people think. Sure, they are convenient; but when it comes to monetary and product quality issues, that’s when you should be more cautious.

Not all shops are real

It’s not only that not all online shops are safe but worse, some of them are fake. While there are online stores that sell low quality products, which pisses people off, of course; there are also those that don’t sell anything at all and the images of products listed on their website are nothing but bogus items. This is something you should be aware. Bear in mind that online shops almost have no difference. Those that sell quality products and those that don’t look almost the same – presentable and inviting. Make it a point to scrutinize well the online shop where you’re purchasing from.

Affordability can be questionable

Low prices never fail to grab the attention of buyers. If you love to shop whether online or on brick and mortar stores, probably you’re also the person easily gets magnetized on sales, bundle buys and other perks these stores could come up with. Aside from that, there are also online stores that sell amazingly affordable items, as if they’re about to give it for free. Always be cautious about these because not all affordable items remain high quality. There are some that sell low-priced products because they’re probably imitation versions. If you want quality items that will stay long and won’t harm you and your family, it’s best to go for those that are a little expensive.

Watch out for hidden costs

Because you’re purchasing online, there’s a chance that many other costs are entailed. Come online shops require you to sign up first and this may call for a registration fee. Apart from that, you may also have to deal with the shipping fee, delivery fee, processing fee, and many others that most shops don’t mention beforehand. So instead of purchasing immediately, it’s best to seek help from the shop’s customer service department. If they don’t have one, you can email them and wait for a couple of days for the reply. Don’t be afraid to ask thorough questions about the fees they ask buyers to pay. These fees are normal but some stores take advantage of it.

Online shopping is not only fun to do but it’s also one activity that is productive and yet can be done even when you’re busy. It’s advisable to know your rights as a buyer and make sure to background check the online stores first, prior to purchasing. These are safety measures all customers must consider.

Online Shops On the Rise

Posted by popuser on May 20, 2014 in General with Comments closed |

general 1Wouldn’t it be great if you can have your very own store where you can sell just about anything you want? A store where you can advertise your works of arts and crafts, or where you can market your home-made cookies and bars, or perhaps just an online shop where you can sell old but still fairly useful items. Today, items from online shops range from secondhand and brand-new, handmade and factory-made. But whatever path you want to take, it is for a fact that online shops are the solution to those who want to have a business but don’t have enough capital. Now that’s one of the many reasons why these internet stores are on the rise.

Initially, online shops don’t require much. As long as you have a strong computer that can work for long hours or even a handy smartphone that well, works almost like a computer or better, you’re good to go. This means you can operate an online shop even when you’re at your full-time office work, or when you’re out for vacation, or even when you’re at the dog park watching over your pets. With this kind of highly innovative way of selling, there’s no need for clearances, certificates or anything alike from the government. You can start any day you want as long as your products are ready and if you know how to manage it well, you would surely earn in no time.

Now speaking of manage, there are many ways to make an online store survive the challenge internet market. There may be millions of people using the internet everyday but there are also hundreds and thousands of online stores, and they’re growing and multiplying every day. According to pioneering online store owners, it’s best to become visible in social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. This is, by far, the easiest way to build a name and gain exposure. Through these websites, your clients and customers are always at your fingertips and you don’t have to worry much about exposure in the bigger market or the search engines. Some people think they should first learn how to become visible on Google, for instance. But that’s now always where it should start. Instead, go for paths that will make things easier and no doubt, social media is the path to take.

Of course, there are precautions when using Facebook and Twitter. On top of the list would be the posers around. Let’s assume you’ve been managing a Facebook account for your website and your products are starting to become popular. Now if this is noticed by posers, or those who copy other people’s profile and everything in it, you might lose some clients because they would think your poser is you. In this case, the sales will also go to the poser and of course since he’s just copying, he doesn’t have the products you’re selling especially if that’s DIY items. Your client will pay for the product but won’t receive anything and you, real seller, will receive bad comments. It’s best to learn ways to protect your store and your products from these posers to ensure your shop will thrive.

Making The Most of Your Small Budget

Posted by popuser on March 1, 2014 in Business with Comments closed |

business 1Building a business calls for a sizable cash pool and the most common mistake newbies make is that they spend everything to building their business. When it comes to marketing and advertising, which is mainly about gaining the right customers, they have nothing to spend and they business dies before their very eyes. Sounds morbid and harsh but it is reality. So instead of stressing yourself to thinking how stretch your budget, it’s probably better to use a healthier term: “how to make the most of your budget?” And to answer that, here are some handy techniques you can apply.

Explore YouTube

While social networking sites have long been used to promote products, many entrepreneurs also use videos as a medium to market and advertise their products and services. It’s advisable to consider YouTube and create short videos about your products. There are many companies out there that offer video making services and other similar services that will help you out. if you’re not knowledgeable enough about this or if you want things to be done a lot faster, you can simply hire someone to help you out. of course, be sure it fits your budget. Nonetheless, you can also create videos yourself since there are many tutorials you can use. Either way, it’s been proven that YouTube and other video-sharing sites are free to use and effective in gaining more customers.

Make data sheets, not simple ads

When talking about advertisements, most people think they should put the highlights of their products and services. There are also those that state the reasons why clients should choose them over other competitors. This is not what you want to do if you want effective marketing and advertising strategies. Since these two are almost twins, you should also make ads that serve two purposes. Don’t just let people know what your product is and why they should purchase it; you should also make them realize what the product advantages are and how it was manufactured, how safe it is, and everything in between.

Turn customers to promoters

This is one wise technique to gain more customers for free. Instead of simply gaining more clients, it’s best if you could turn them into promoters too. How? By offering high quality products and great customer service. If they have questions or anything, be sure you’re there to answer. If they say the product they purchased is problematic, be open to checking and replacing. This way, they can say you’re not only about earning but you’re one serious guy in the business. By being kind and accommodating to your customers, and by offering products and services with the quality they paid for, these people will not just be loyal to you but will also help spread the word.

Building a business is easy but staying in the industry is a whole new story. There sure are many means and ways but if you’re dealing with finance problems, every step should be well-pondered. With these methods of gaining exposure and more loyal clients, your business will definitely survive the competitive industry.

Signs That You’re a Shopaholic

Posted by popuser on February 20, 2014 in Significant Thoughts with Comments closed |

Significant Thoughts 1Shopaholic is the term used to refer to people who cannot control and resist their spending. Some may say this is not a problem but reality-based, it is one big concern. When a person has a serve addiction to shopping, she may end up bankrupt because of shopping. If you visit her house, you might assume it’s a closed-good garage sale with all the many things lying around most are unused but bought simple because she wanted to. Female are considered the most prone being shopaholics but male also have a fair share of it. now the question is how do you know you’re a shopaholic?

You get that intense feeling before shopping

According to most experts, feeling intense and excited before, during and even after shopping is a sign that one is a shopaholic. It is also considered a sign that one has CBD or compulsive buying disorder. Sure, we get excited during shopping times especially if it’s not often we get to shop with all the money in the world we worked so hard for. But for shopaholics, they still get the same feeling even if they shop almost every day and with no particular products they badly want.

Frustrations and arguments urge you to shop

When you find yourself shopping because you got into a fight or argument with a friend or your mother, for instance, it’s best to be more aware of your actions. Frustrations on things you cannot achieve or do right can cause impulse shopping according to experts and this applies to shopaholics. Add to that the urge to shop because of an argument; this can be a serious concern. This is quite similar to obese individuals who find comfort in food; you, on the other hand, find comfort in shopping.

It just gets more impulsive

According to Woolsey, an average American has at least 3 credit cards and owes approximately $16,000 on their cards. Now this is pretty alarming if a cardholder is a shopaholic. Shop people who can’t control their shopping pay via credit cards and not in cash. This is because with cards, they only see plastic but with cash, they see how they are shedding their hard-earned greens and this can spark guilt in them. Nonetheless, shopaholics are rarely affected with guilt, although they still feel it.

You have many unused and tagged items

Yes and yes, shopaholics shop a lot but that doesn’t mean they use everything they purchase. As mentioned, one common thing about houses of shopaholics is that it looks like they have a garage sale inside. Things and clothes are dumped everywhere and if you check each of them, you’ll surely find many items that still have tags. Some start keeping them in closets like any ordinary clothes, with the thought to use them whenever they could. But most shopaholics don’t really have the chance to use all the clothes and other items they used and the more these items multiply, the more they’re found lying at home, unused.

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