Susan Brown & Stephanie Smith - Century 21 North Shore / Cape Cod



Posted by Susan Brown & Stephanie Smith on 12/21/2017

Everyone knows it's a bad idea to go grocery shopping when you're hungry, but we all do it occasionally!

Going to the supermarket on an empty stomach not only causes you to spend more, but it weakens your resolve to avoid foods with empty calories and unhealthy ingredients. When hunger pangs undermine your self discipline, you may also be more likely to buy a jumbo bag of potato chips, pick up a block of cheese and some crackers along the way, and maybe order a pound of Genoa salami while at the deli counter.

Then, of course, there are all those chocolatey temptations at the checkout counter -- peanut butter cups, for example! Maybe you're stronger willed than that, but I know plenty of people who are not!

Although I haven't read any scientific studies on the topic, I'd make an educated guess that when you go grocery shopping hungry, there's a tendency to buy more food than you ordinarily would -- probably to compensate for your hunger. So perhaps having a healthy snack first or going grocery shopping after breakfast or lunch would be a good strategy for avoiding the pitfalls of food shopping on an empty stomach.

Here are a few more ideas for saving money and limiting junk food purchases:

  • Create a grocery list and stick to it! That's often easier said than done, but it can make a big difference in the quantity and quality of food you buy. Impulse purchases may provide immediate gratification, but they can wreak havoc on your waistline and your budget.
  • Avoid bringing your children grocery shopping, whenever possible. When childcare is not available, there's no way around it. However, with kids in tow, expect to be buying "a few" additional items that you hadn't planned on. Try as we might to resist the requests, suggestions, and demands our kids make at the grocery store, it's not unusual for a parent's resolve to weaken -- especially if they happen to be tired or stressed out. A lot depends on the age of your children, how persistent they are, and whether they're hungry when you're out food shopping. Many factors come into play!
  • Using coupons and taking advantage of discounts, special promotions, and two-for-one sales can noticeably reduce your grocery bill and, consequently, leave more money in your wallet. It may require that you pore over weekly newspaper inserts, clip coupons, and keep them organized, but getting in that habit can help reduce the strain on your household budget. It also pays to shop at supermarkets that offer double coupons. They're often the ones that are the most competitive and willing to help you stretch your dollar.

So if you've been noticing more junk food appearing in your kitchen cabinets, and your grocery bill seems to be taking on a life of its own, consider some of these economical ideas to help reign things in.





Posted by Susan Brown & Stephanie Smith on 12/20/2017

This Single-Family in Sandwich, MA recently sold for $468,000. This Saltbox style home was sold by Susan Brown & Stephanie Smith - Century 21 North Shore / Cape Cod.


7 Tarragon Drive, Sandwich, MA 02537

East Sandwich

Single-Family

$489,000
Price
$468,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
WELCOME HOME to this Center Chimney Saltbox in Jacobs Farm Village! Step inside and admire the attention to detail; beautiful wide pine floors throughout the entire home add to its period charm, large dining room & sitting area with oversized fireplace, bright kitchen with a terrific walk in pantry too! Formal living room with wood stove that can heat the home this winter. Den with custom built ins offers endless uses. Upstairs you will find 3 bedrooms and a lovely updated full bath. All new Anderson 400 series windows, walk out basement for future expansion, outdoor shower, stone walls and brick accents showcase the gardens. Detached 2 car garage with storage above. Lovely circular driveway and .92 acre lot offers privacy galore! Title 5 in hand... ready to close!

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Posted by Susan Brown & Stephanie Smith on 12/20/2017

This Single-Family in Sandwich, MA recently sold for $468,000. This Saltbox style home was sold by Susan Brown & Stephanie Smith - Century 21 North Shore / Cape Cod.


7 Tarragon Drive , Sandwich, MA 02537

East Sandwich

Single-Family

$489,000
Price
$468,000
Sale Price

7
Total Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
WELCOME HOME to this Center Chimney Saltbox in Jacobs Farm Village! Step inside and admire the attention to detail; beautiful wide pine floors throughout the entire home add to its period charm, large dining room & sitting area with oversized fireplace, bright kitchen with a terrific walk in pantry too! Formal living room with wood stove that can heat the home this winter. Den with custom built ins offers endless uses. Upstairs you will find 3 bedrooms and a lovely updated full bath. All new Anderson 400 series windows, walk out basement for future expansion, outdoor shower, stone walls and brick accents showcase the gardens. Detached 2 car garage with storage above. Lovely circular driveway and .92 acre lot offers privacy galore! Title 5 in hand... ready to close!

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Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Susan Brown & Stephanie Smith on 12/14/2017

 When it comes to the marketability of your house, appearances are everything! If your house is up for sale or you have plans to put it on the market soon, there are a lot of details you need to attend to before prospects stop by.

Although it's difficult to make a lived-in house look immaculate all the time, the closer you can come to that high standard, the better! Whether they're actively looking for signs of cleanliness or just noticing it subconsciously, the overall condition of your home can and does make an indelible impression on prospective buyers.

The reason "curb appeal" is emphasized so strongly by real estate agents is that the initial impression you make on house hunters can impact the amount of time your property stays on the market. That's especially true in "drive by" situations in which prospects quickly check out your house from the street and make a snap judgement about whether or not they like what they see. If your house and yard look appealing to them, then they may follow up with either the listing agent or their buyers' agent. On the other hand, if there's peeling paint visible, an aging roof, or weeds growing out of cracks in the driveway, they'll probably drive on and continue their search elsewhere. As you can imagine, there's a lot riding on curb appeal, so it pays to keep your lawn looking manicured and other landscaping features well maintained.

Once prospects are inside your home, they're going to notice everything from scuffed walls and cluttered furniture to the smell of toast you burned that morning or greasy cooking odors. Pet odors can also be a major turnoff for many prospective buyers, especially if they're not dog or cat fans to begin with! A worst-case-scenario, of course, is to have a last-minute pet accident happen on the floor when prospects are touring the house. That's not just a hypothetical situation; it occurs more often than you might think. To prevent that potential "disaster," some home sellers make arrangements with friends, relatives, or pet daycare services to have their dogs or cats taken care of outside of the house when tours are scheduled. While that's not always practical or even possible, it can make a big difference in the impression your home makes on potential buyers.

The bottom line when it comes to effective home staging is that people are going to notice "the good, the bad, and the ugly." Your objective, of course, is to do everything possible to diminish the negatives and accentuate the positives. Your real estate agent can be an indispensable resource for providing you with the unvarnished truth about what needs to be repaired or cosmetically improved to present the best possible image of your home to the public.





Posted by Susan Brown & Stephanie Smith on 12/13/2017

This Single-Family in Falmouth, MA recently sold for $395,000. This Contemporary style home was sold by Susan Brown & Stephanie Smith - Century 21 North Shore / Cape Cod.


16 Mares Pond Drive , Falmouth, MA 02536

East Falmouth

Single-Family

$429,000
Price
$395,000
Sale Price

7
Total Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Pond front Contemporary situated on lovely Mares Pond with spectacular views. Casual living at its' best, low maintenance exterior, offers living room with cathedral ceilings, dining room, kitchen, 4 bedrooms, 2 and one half baths. Walk out lower level leads to your own steps to Mares Pond. Short distance to Association Beach. Centrally located in the geographic center of the Town of Falmouth.

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