Philadelphia Steals & Deals Hot by Helpfulhannah

Real Estate Agent with HomeStarr Realty RS143922A

It was my friend's birthday yesterday. He and his partner are always so good to me. On Christmas Eve the seven fishes were prepared and they hosted the nicest party. Gifts for everyone . When I opened mine I was so happy just what I needed, then there was another and another and another it seemed endless. When we went to have coffee, I noticed the coffee maker I had purchased for them was not there I was told they had not filled out the warranty and  it stopped working.  So I shopped online first for a KEURIG and I found at Walmart  a beautiful coffee maker only in black all other colors were $69.99 but Black was $47.99  it was a steal of a deal check it out if you need a coffee maker it can make up to 3 cups at one time online only. They loved it so much they purchased one for a friend as a gift  

By request the Dollar Store is next. I was truly amazed to find  Texas Garlic Toast in the freezer section the expiration dates are fine  and prices elsewhere the cheapest i found anywhere were $1.60 -$2.99  on sale with limits . and guess how much $1 .00  I was making ravioli so i decided to try it delicious went back for more   

Next was Boom Chicka Pop  non -GMO -Gluten Free - sweet ant salty kettle corn this sells on sale $2.81  you can get for $1.   Skinny Pop Corn was also there all different favors non GMO Gluten Fee  both were 4 oz bags  Priced  $1  - Plus Kraft Macaroni and Cheese the Original $1 - Mr clean eraser $1.    If you are looking for  anything for Valentines Day go now there is a great selection . My niece in Florida has informed me that the prices in the Dollar Stores are  going up to $1.25 

For the pet lovers if you are a new member you will get 20% off your first order .That will save you big $$$. I find their food is fresher than most and their customer service extremely friendly. My Cleo only likes one brand and out of that brand only three flavors that she digests . These have been difficult to find . Now even Chewy at times have been out of stock, but thankfully not for long. 

It has been predicted prices will continue to rise in food. Items like Flour and macaroni and cheese, and meats may be in short supply, but your stores were aware of this and should have purchased these items in bulk . I am sure you have already felt the difference when you checked out in the stores my food bills have doubled, maybe more than that so if I can find some good bargains that are convenient  I am happy .

Now let's look at what is going on in the Real Estate World . 

Prices of housing are also predicted to rise. Last week I had a gentleman call me . He wanted to purchase a house . He informed he was already qualified by a mortgage representative . He also told me what he wanted to spend and where.

Sadly, his idea of where he wanted to live was unrealistic as the price he wanted to spend was way under what the market price was . Now if he had money saved that he could use to compensate for the difference that would be different . In fact, there was nothing available at all, anywhere for what he wanted to spend and what he wanted in  a house  anywhere in the areas he gave me . 

I tried to explain this to him and perhaps let him sit down with another mortgage banker and reevaluate his situation and perhaps apply for some grants, but he did not want to - I quickly ended the call after explaining if he did not want to take time to  work together with my team then I needed to end the conversation as we could not go any further . He said he found me on Google when asked and for that I was thankful.

Consumers  all watch the news and must know that many houses are going above asking price it is a seller's market . If you are looking to buy a house you need to be prepared and have all your  documentation in order .  You start at the beginning sit down with a reputable  mortgage banker and start the mortgage process . Talk with your Realtor as I tell many of my buyers local companies are the best they know market conditions just like your local Realtor . Just last week I was talking with the manager of my car dealership that told me he did not listen to his Realtor and went with his bank and what a mistake that was . His answers to me was Hannah you just cannot fix stupid 

My answer  please come back next week for more Steals and Deals 

Free Market Analysis of your House or Condo Best Deal

Call Hannah Williams 

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215 820 3376 

Homestarr Realty corp 215 355 5565

eight local offices to serve you 



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Hannah Williams is known throughout Philadelphia as HelpfulHannah – and if you’ve spent more than five minutes with her, you know exactly why. She’s an expert at anticipating people’s needs, she has a real feel for real estate, and she’s an accomplished problem-solver.

Hannah has been helping people buy and sell homes all over Philadelphia since 1984. Many of her clients purchased their first, second and even third homes with her expert help, and Hannah wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Comments (17)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Hannah... I've been a Chewy "regular" for many years. By the way, the boxes they use for shipping are very good for packing... I've had numerous clients who've moved and asked if I had any Chewy boxes for them. They think I'm a hero when I arrive with Chewy boxes.


One thing I've learned is that if I have a prospective buyer who is reluctant to take that extra step, I can't want it more than they do. You were smart to let him go.

Jan 07, 2022 10:29 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Nina Hollander, Broker  Chewy boxes are the best ! Because of my move they seemed to have lost me so I needed to set up a new account which was really nice as they gave me the 20% of which I did not understand, but did not complain as it did say welcome back ---  Yes not wasting time with unrealistic buyers. Buyers who are realistic are having a tough enough time in this market . 

Jan 07, 2022 10:35 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hannah Williams well, that was a nice bonus with Chewy!

Jan 07, 2022 10:43 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Hannah you are a natural at this.  You need to turn your price reviews into a business.  ☺️

Jan 07, 2022 10:56 AM
Hannah Williams

George Souto I am having fun doing these reviews and the way the economy is today if I can help people save some money to put aside to save for house GREAT . My favorite is the Garlic toast it is really good 

How much snow did you get ?

Jan 07, 2022 11:03 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

You seem to be having fun with your Steals and Deals Hannah, and I very much enjoy reading them!

Jan 07, 2022 12:03 PM
Hannah Williams

I am very happy you enjoy reading them Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 it makes it all worth while when you know others enjoy what you do -   did you get much snow ?

Have a Happy Friday 

Jan 07, 2022 12:13 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I always check out the clearance isles for anything I regularly buy.  Saving money on thing I already use is great.  I recently found the scrubby sponges I buy marked down at Kroger to 50 cents for a 4 pack.  They are changing their "shape" so the regular rectangle ones were marked down.  I bought them ALL.

Jan 07, 2022 12:16 PM
Hannah Williams

I found them also in the dollar store Tammy Lankford,  but the round ones 2 for $1 also I did spend $3.99 for a Birthday card that I could have purchased one just as nice for $1 at the Dollar Store but time was not on my side .. Happy Friday 

Jan 07, 2022 12:34 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Thank you for the reminder on Chewy.  I had forgotten about them.  And wishing you a wonderful weekend.  A

Jan 07, 2022 01:38 PM
Hannah Williams

Ron and Alexandra Seigel  If you have not ordered in a while they may give you the 20% discount Cleo loves their food and gets so excited when her box comes ,.   Happy Saturday 

Jan 08, 2022 07:10 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I am often amazed at the deals I find at the 99 Cent Store or Dollar Tree.  For example, at the 99 Cent Store, they have salad kits in the produce area.  The price is only $1.99.  The same brand and kit is almost twice that at other grocery stores.  I also note that the expiration dates are often fresher at the 99 Cent Store.

Jan 07, 2022 10:53 PM
Hannah Williams

Myrl Jeffcoat  Everything at our Dollar Tree is $1 as you have found I too find it amazing . Last night I ate the sweet and salty popcorn it was amazing snack and I am going to purchase again. Hope they still have some great for movie time.

Jan 08, 2022 07:15 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Well interesting post and loved the comment, just to be clear I do not recall stepping into a 99 cent store in over seven or eight years:)Endre

Jan 07, 2022 11:20 PM
Hannah Williams

Endre Barath, Jr.  Our stores are Dollar Stores maybe you should. You may be totally surprised at what you will find there . I had a small cart full of things including Lindt Lindor Chocolate truffles and other treasures and spent a little over $12 I was amazed 

Jan 08, 2022 07:23 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I didn't even know that dollar store had a frozen section, haha.  I am not much of a shopper though.

Jan 08, 2022 04:33 AM
Hannah Williams

Brian England  I did, but always snubbed my nose up on it . This time I decided to check it out . You know they always tell you never to go shopping hungry well I did . Glad I did . Found some things I would never have found . 

Jan 08, 2022 07:26 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I love Chewy!  They typically send out my order the day I place it, and within a day or two the box arrives at my home. In fact, I need to place another order...

Jan 08, 2022 05:31 AM
Hannah Williams

Love them too Kat Palmiotti  Cleo was running out of her treats and favorite food and I was in a panic . The regular trays I get her are still out of stock and have been for quite a while, so I stocked up on the variety box

Jan 08, 2022 07:29 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Hannah - kindness never seems to be in short supply for some people and savvy shoppers always seem to be able to find a good buy that is right for them.   Here's to finding more of each as 2022 continues.   

Jan 08, 2022 05:39 AM
Hannah Williams

Michael Jacobs  With rising prices everywhere it helps to find small bargains as they do add up . Some things I do spend more as in is a matter of convenience . Other times I look at how much more a store is jacking up the price and I put the item down and say NO I will make that extra stop to another store 

Thank you Michael and have a wonderful day 

Jan 08, 2022 07:35 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Saturday morning, Hannah.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

Jan 08, 2022 08:48 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Hello, Miss Hannah Williams Not being a big consumer, and disliking shopping so much that I will wait until I have nothing in my refrigerator, except maybe an apple before I go grocery shopping, I am not one to shop deals.  I just go get what I need when I need it. When I do shop, mostly online these days, I do price comparisons and do look for the lowest price.

Jan 08, 2022 09:06 AM
Hannah Williams

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist  I was getting food delivered when Philly was closed down Whole Foods was amazing ordered through Amazon and was very happy with the service, but missed a few junkie brands like the Cheese Wiz -  Now it is no big deal to stop at the dollar store as it is really close to my house and love to post the deals and totally love coming home with a bag full of goodies for under $10-$20    Have a fabulous Saturday  

Jan 08, 2022 10:12 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Good Afternoon Roy Kelley  Have a great day and take it easy after that hard day of shoveling 

Jan 08, 2022 10:06 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Hannah- I love your weekly Steals and Deals.  I usually keep several bags of baking items because we do so much of it.  Early in 2020 we couldn't get bread flour or yeast so I've made sure we're stocked up on that. 

Jan 08, 2022 04:55 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Hannah, should stop by more often, and check out your DEALS, who doesn't love one!  

Jan 09, 2022 10:26 AM
Hannah Williams

Joan Cox Some Steals and deals with a little Real Esate mixed in your comments are always appreciated 

Have a wonderful day  :-)

Jan 09, 2022 11:30 AM