If you want new furniture, you may be cringing at the prices on some of your favourite choices. In current times, many families who may have been able to afford to go out and get the furniture set they wanted just two years ago simply can not afford to do it now. If you want something new, but you have to watch how much you spend, there are some great ways you can get a furniture discount on just about anything for your home. If you have some time, and are willing to be flexible, you can save money on some great pieces for your furniture needs.

One thing you should always do is to shop around, but it is even more important when you want to get a furniture discount. Sales are down in almost all areas of retail, and stores know they may have to cut some prices to get you to buy. Unless you live in a very rural area, you probably have a few different stores from which you can choose. Go to all of them, see what you like, and make it clear that you are shopping around and that you are going to go with the store that is willing to give you the best deal. Banchory furniture store owner, Joseph says, “with a great sale on in our store, there’s no price we can’t beat!”

You may or may not get some offers this way. Make the most of your trips by seeing what you like and what prices are out there. You may not find the same set in another store, but you may find one with the same qualities that you like just as much. Take note of the price. You can ask each store if they are willing to give you a furniture discount based on what you found at the other. They may not, but you may get what you want. It never hurts to ask. Some stores know an outright ‘no’ may mean you walk out and never come back.

If you still are not sure if you are getting the furniture discount that is the best that you can do, take some time to look online. Some stores have furniture items on their web sites that are discounted and not available in their show rooms. It can be harder to buy a couch or living room chair this way, as you should always sit on something to make sure it feels good, but you can find some great deals this way. When calculating the furniture discount you may be getting, be sure to factor in shipping or delivery charges.

Don’t forget about the items that were never delivered or picked up. Most stores have orders that come in and the customer changes their mind, usually because they discover they can’t afford the set or they found something at a much better price somewhere else. At times, these may even be special ordered and can not be put out in the main showroom. Ask to see any of these items your local store may have. You can find great items and sets with a fabulous furniture discount to boot. You won’t have a huge selection, but you may find something you love this way and a price you can truly appreciate.

Life is about a lot of things, depending on each individual, but it breaks down to choices at its most basic level. Each day we are faced with choices. Sometimes we face the same choices each day. Making some choices are not like a one size fits all thing. Let’s say you’ve made the choice to lose weight.Every day you will be faced with choices that will either keep you on track with that choice or lead you away from that choice. Will you choose to have fruit instead of a decadent dessert? Will you choose vegetables instead of pasta laden with sauces? Will you choose to exercise or skip it?

Let’s say you make the better choices today. That’s great, but you need to realize that you will be faced with the same kinds of choices each day. Some days you may not make the better choice. But being aware that you will have to continue making daily choices can help your resolve and help you get throught the moment of decision.

Be aware that things will pop up each day and often throughout the day. Be prepared ahead of time to make the better choice.

It doesn’t matter what you want to change in your life, you will be facing many choices on the road to your goals.

If you sleep late, put off working on a project, grab a donut or flop in front of the TV instead of doing something productive, remember you made those choices. Habits can be hard to break, but it’s ultimately you who decides in each situation which choice you’re going to make. It’s you who decides whether or not you will make a choice that leads you closer to your goals or farther away from your goals.

Peer pressure can also lead you to making bad choices. We tend to think of peer pressure being exclusive to teenagers, but the truth is we are all subject to peer pressure. How many times have you gone on a diet and as soon as you get together with friends they try to coax you into having dessert? They tell you to live it up a little, you can get back on your diet tomorrow. It’s in those moments when we usually cave in and have the dessert. Even though it was your friends who lead you to the wrong choice in that moment, it’s still your responsibility to own up to the fact that you made the choice.

Start thinking more about the choices you make. Make the decision to make better choices each day. Also realize that sometimes things will pop up that you aren’t prepared for. But if you make a conscious effort to always be aware of the choices you make, you can stick to making better choices, despite peer pressure or what’s going on in your life.

 

I would like to introduce to small businesses a new concept.  For the record I did not invent this concept, I learned it from a dear friend of mine and it is so relevant to businesses I felt compelled to share it.  (Thank you very much Matt for the lesson)

Every customer that walks into a store is looking to purchase something.  In this process they all fall onto the A to Z scale.  The larger the purchase the closer to A they fall on, the smaller the purchase the closer to Z they fall, where Z = the customer makes the purchase.

This is how customers move on this scale.  The more the follow up, and the better the follow up, the closer the customer moves to Z.  The less the follow up, or interaction from the sales people or business, then it is more likely that the sale will be lost as the customer will fall off the scale on the A side, and go somewhere else.

So lets go over some of the methods to bring your customers to the sale, instead of letting them just go away, or even worse to another store.

Print: The first method of following up which most retailers use is the weekly ad.  This is a good way to keep in touch, and bring the crowds in if the sale is a good one, but when the sale is a bad one the crowds will not come in.  Either way this can be an expensive way to keep in touch due to the costs of print. Of course, you can always seek out a competitively priced commercial printer such as XIC or EdinburghPrinting.com – these types of services will, at least help keep your budgets under control.

The second method is to do direct mail advertising.  This can be arranged for about $1.00 a letter, and has been used by large and small businesses alike.  This is a more personal way to send messages to your customers and it help to give them a more personal feel to the interaction.

The third method is e-mail.  E-mail is, even these days, not very commonly used, and has huge potential.  E-mail is also a very cost effective way to keep in touch without generating a lot of costs to  your follow up marketing.  This takes preparation for this type of marketing to be used effectively as you need to collect e-mail addresses of your customers.

The fourth method is SMS marketing.  This is used in most mobile phones in the form of text messages.  This is an effective method to get attention immediately, but it does take some preparation, as you have to collect cell phone numbers of your customers ahead of time for this to work.

The good old phone call. Nothing shows your interest like the old fashioned phone call.  How many businesses these days call their customers up and just talk to them, get to know what they are doing, and their interests? If you called up your customers, and asked them about their day, and talked with them a little, would you stand out above and beyond your competition?  How about if you did all these things?  Your business would be where it was at, and you would be the one standing above the crowd, knowing your customers first hand wants, and needs.

Being able to have a personal 1 on 1 relationship with them.  How many of your customers can you name, as they come into your store?

The A to Z scale, everyone is on it.  Question is can you help your customers navigate it to Z?  or are they part of the 90% that most small businesses ignore because they did not buy on the spot?

Since the two Pauls paired up in 1995, their performances – concerts, ceilidhs and social dances – have featured on radio and TV, at clubs, village halls and festivals throughout the UK, Germany and the States. Recordings include an album for Beautiful Jo Records, two with Ian Bruce as the Breezeband and four on the Wild Goose label.

Theyve also had a spell at an Aberdeen wedding video company and tried their hand at making custom jewellery, believe it or not?!

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