Bargaining Power

Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.” Franklin is reminding us that when it comes to money it is not always about making it, it is about saving it too. There are many ways to save money but the challenge is finding the ways and places where you can do that. Saving money is hard for some, may not be a priority for others, but across the board is something that gives people joy and satisfaction.

As a Bay Area native I have been raised with the notion that “money doesn’t grow on trees.” That being said, my family has taught me to watch my spending habits since I was very young. This means sometimes shopping at second hand stores or walking down Mission street comparing prices of produce. This idea of getting a good deal is something that has been passed along from my grandparents who were immigrants from Mexico and who came to the U.S. in the early 50’s. Coming here with very little money, retiring by 50, wisely investing, spending and saving their money, my grandparents are truly living the American Dream.

My mom also has inspired me the most to be careful with my spending habits. Whether it’s groceries or shoes, I naturally try and get the best bang for my buck. There are effortless ways people can learn how and where to save money, but the question always is: Where can I go for the best deals?

With the many resources available such as the Internet, my blog will help those looking for a good deal find places near them. There are places where you can find jewelry, furniture, shoes and appliances for pennies on the dollar. All over the Bay Area there are hidden treasures and hidden places where you can find these great deals. I will highlight the places that people may have heard of but have never been to.

I always love to find new places and boutiques that no one really knows about. Places like Ross, TJ Maxx and Marshalls are some of the more widely known places to go, but there are a handful of other places to find what you need. Some of my favorite places are all around the Bay Area in cities like San Carlos, San Mateo and San Francisco.

I will share the location and tips for shopping at these discount stores. I intend on visiting each of these stores and providing pictures to show some of the goodies I find. I want to provide some insight for those who aren’t familiar with discount shopping places and share with them all the great deals they have to offer. I will give you a special look inside some of the Bay Area’s Hidden Treasures.