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Posted by Donahue Real Estate Company on 5/23/2018

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 Donahue Real Estate Company on 5/16/2018


35 Gainsville Rd, Dedham, MA 02026

Single-Family

$439,900
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
NO HOME IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED HERE! The paint has just dried on this one! New windows, new roof, new paint inside and out! Welcome to this wonderful three bedroom, one bath Garrison Colonial located in the Greenlodge School District boasting a fireplaced living room with built in bookshelves, open kitchen/ dining room with new countertops and backsplash. Three bedrooms and an updated bath on the second floor. Hardwood floors throughout the home. Bonus room in the basement; children's playroom, man cave, lady's lounge, or anything else you can imagine. Laundry is also in the basement. Enjoy the fresh air on the enclosed porch that is off the kitchen, or step out onto the large deck in the backyard. Short distance to Endicott or Readville T-stops, and you can hop right on the highway. Not far from the great shops and restaurants at Legacy Place and University Station. You don't want to miss this one. Open houses Saturday and Sunday!
Open House
Saturday
May 19 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Showings begin at Saturday Open House 11:00-1:00
More Open Houses
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Location: 35 Gainsville Rd, Dedham, MA 02026    Get Directions

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Categories: Open House  


Posted by Donahue Real Estate Company on 5/16/2018


35 Gainsville Rd, Dedham, MA 02026

Single-Family

$439,900
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
NO HOME IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED HERE! The paint has just dried on this one! New windows, new roof, new paint inside and out! Welcome to this wonderful three bedroom, one bath Garrison Colonial located in the Greenlodge School District boasting a fireplaced living room with built in bookshelves, open kitchen/ dining room with new countertops and backsplash. Three bedrooms and an updated bath on the second floor. Hardwood floors throughout the home. Bonus room in the basement; children's playroom, man cave, lady's lounge, or anything else you can imagine. Laundry is also in the basement. Enjoy the fresh air on the enclosed porch that is off the kitchen, or step out onto the large deck in the backyard. Short distance to Endicott or Readville T-stops, and you can hop right on the highway. Not far from the great shops and restaurants at Legacy Place and University Station. You don't want to miss this one. Open houses Saturday and Sunday!
Open House
Saturday
May 19 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Showings begin at Saturday Open House 11:00-1:00
More Open Houses
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 35 Gainsville Rd, Dedham, MA 02026    Get Directions

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Categories: Open House  


Posted by Donahue Real Estate Company on 5/16/2018


35 Gainsville Rd, Dedham, MA 02026

Single-Family

$439,900
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
NO HOME IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED HERE! The paint has just dried on this one! New windows, new roof, new paint inside and out! Welcome to this wonderful three bedroom, one bath Garrison Colonial located in the Greenlodge School District boasting a fireplaced living room with built in bookshelves, open kitchen/ dining room with new countertops and backsplash. Three bedrooms and an updated bath on the second floor. Hardwood floors throughout the home. Bonus room in the basement; children's playroom, man cave, lady's lounge, or anything else you can imagine. Laundry is also in the basement. Enjoy the fresh air on the enclosed porch that is off the kitchen, or step out onto the large deck in the backyard. Short distance to Endicott or Readville T-stops, and you can hop right on the highway. Not far from the great shops and restaurants at Legacy Place and University Station. You don't want to miss this one. Open houses Saturday and Sunday!
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Categories: New Homes  


Posted by Donahue Real Estate Company on 5/16/2018

Homeowners put a lot of time, money, and effort into maintaining, updating, and decorating their homes. So, when itís time to sell it can be frustrating to receive a lowball offer on your home.

Many sellers arenít sure how to react to a low offer. However, with so much at stake itís important to go into selling your home with a plan.

In this article, weíre going to talk about how to handle a low offer on your home so that you can capitalize on even the less-than-ideal prospects when selling your house.

Every offer deserves a polite response

So, youíve gotten an offer on your home that you consider to be way too low. The first thing you need to do is to detach your emotions from the situation so that you can formulate a polite, but appropriate response.

It is the custom of many people around the world to negotiate. And one common practice in negotiation is to start with a low offer. Therefore, donít be offended if you receive an offer that is low as it likely isnít meant as an insult to you or your home.

We understand that selling can be frustrating, so if you need to vent, talk it over with your family or agent. Together youíll be able to get past the initial frustration and come up with a quick, practical response to the offer.

Counter the offer anyway

Even if you think thereís a small chance that the prospective buyer will raise their offer to fit your requirements, itís still worth providing a counter offer. This will make it clear to the buyer that you have received their offer and considered it.

Failing to provide a counter offer could mean you miss out on a serious offer in some cases, so itís worth the small amount of time it takes to provide.

Donít waste too much time negotiating

So, youíve sent a counter offer and have received a response that still isnít getting anywhere close to what youíre looking for. Now what?

In this situation, itís best to send a concise and cordial message to the buyer that you wonít be able to adjust your offering price any further and then thank them for their time. After this point, it likely isnít worth your time to continue negotiating.

Low offers can be helpful

If youíre getting a lot of low offers and none in the range you hope for, it could be time to reconsider a few things. You might want to try a new approach, such as staging the home or highlighting certain details that you may have missed. If your listing photos arenít up to par you can upload new ones that are higher quality with better lighting.

Next, see if the comparable listings in your area have gone down in price. A substantial change in the local market since the time you listed your property is, in some cases, enough to influence the offers you receive.




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