Philadelphia Steals & Deals Baby Formula Vs Gas

Real Estate Agent with HomeStarr Realty RS143922A

Let's talk about Philadelphia Steals & Deals this week. I did find much and I did find some disappointments. By that I mean advertisements that were not fulfilled. When I reached the stores the promised ads were not in. The answer I received was the order never arrived. It was not just for one item but for several. I said that gas was expensive and drove there for these advertised specials. They understood  apologized no rain checks. I was annoyed and left . It was not the day the ad started either. Went to my local store, picked up the chicken they advertised for almost the same price. What I did not like is they had chicken they were advertising  .79 more a pound  don't think I will be going back there for a long while. 

Gas prices are through the roof   for premium  $ 5.26 which is what I put in my car it is slightly over  regular  $4.59 a gallon.  I guess we should be thankful as I saw a fellow blogger in California and their gas prices are over $6 and expect prices to go even higher .We are being told of course until after the Summer expect no relief . Therefore are still experiencing pain at the pump. 

Ross the Dress for less store over 55 get 10% off on Tuesday  I did find some wonderful bargains too many. A beautiful planter of a woman that I have seen on other sites for upward of $40 priced here at $16+ a beautiful pop art picture at an incredible price of $24  not to mention other big planters that at other garden centers would have cost $69 for $29  plus many men and women's clothing at great prices many are Macy's and BEBE brands.Yoga pants can be purchased for $7.99 what a steal of a deal . Again, as I say when shopping know your prices and brands, but, at these prices you rarely lose. Keep your receipt easy return

After showing houses in Feasterville I stopped in a Liberty Ministry Thrift Store my good friends told me it was worth checking out. I worked at the Re/Max office down the road  before HomeStarr for many years  and had driven by but never stopped so today was the day. I was amazed at how big it was and some of the unusual things they had. They had some of the usual clothes, but I found myself gravitating to the furniture. They really had some beautiful pieces. . I found the perfect office high back padded chair with arms that looked like it had come out of a law office as there were 4. It would not fit in my car I called my friends and they just happened to be eating at the diner up the road. 

While waiting I met this nice young man who worked there he told me that it was senior day Not that he was insinuating that I was a senior but if I was it would be 25%off . Wow  Steal of a Deal .  Dean & Paul  loved the chair and found a new Pan Am New Travel  Bag  for $3.99 we Googled and they sell for $69 Steal of a Deal . By the way, with discounts this Chair which I love $35  Steal - On our was out also found an amazing lamp . This is for my friend Ron and Alexandra Seigel  Challenge  we met a man with a Cockatoo on his shoulder. Well, I went right up and Dean said oh does it bite, The Man said may take your finger off. Dean knew I wanted to touch that bird, So I just said "Hello" Cockatoo Rocky answered HELLO  We had a nice conversation this delightful gentleman rescue  birds. This is a store you should stop in  never know what you will find. There was even a Grand Player Piano. 

Another concern is Baby Formula and empty shelves scary. I know how I felt when the shelves were empty of cat food. My good friend is a grandmother and called me the other day so upset. How can they do this she asked me? She is such a good person mind you she takes care of her 98 year old mother. She went shopping for baby formula trying to help out her working daughter. She told me she had to go to three different stores before they found some taking her 98 year old mom with her. She is wondering why and how this has happened? I don't have an answer for her when it will end. Price gouging she said for our baby food searching to feed our babies'. Mothers in tears with added anxiety. There was no way to ease her anger and sadness 

On the bright side Spring is here and even though it is May I wonder if the weather is more like the end of April instead of May. I received a dozen white rose from my Boys and we dug holes for my rose bush and hydrangea that I purchased   I found a mulch made out of recycled tires at  The Home Depot plus sturdy metal hooks to hang flower baskets.

Across the road was another Garden Center located in Bensalen called R&R I found beautiful hanging baskets of flowers so full and beautiful. They actually were the nicest I had seen for the best price.  The first place I actually had not walked out of.  Their plants were extremely  healthy and spoke to me. They even had outdoor & indoor palm trees.  I will be going back there.  Steal of a Deal for the quality they only accept cash 

Let's Talk about the Echo Beach Property in Bensale going to settle this week, everything is ready I will say when you buy a property in Bensalem you can be sure the Electrical .Heater and chimney are all up to code - not only did the Home inspector check it, but the township wants it checked again by outside sources 

The tax certification  is in so are the water & sewer certifications 

The mortgage is approved and we are cleared to close 

So next week there should be a new owner 


Thank you Kathy Streib   and Carol Williams 

  for the honorable mention every week

you make it all worthwhile 


Please come back next week 

Hannah Williams your local realtor 

215 820 3376  call direct 

215 355 5565 main office 

HomeStarr Realty

eight local offices NE Philadelphia, Bensalem, Southamton,

Warrington,New Hope -Pennsylvania  

New Jersey offices - Cherry Hill and Vineland 





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Comments (17)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Happy Sunday Hannah  and thank you for the great information in your blog to share with us.  Make it a great day!

May 15, 2022 08:31 AM
Hannah Williams

Thank you Will Hamm  You make it a Great Day also 😃

May 15, 2022 08:35 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Hannah... fortunately, I'm still able to buy gas at $3.99/gallon at Sam's Club here in Charlotte. Reading your post about deals & steals for yoga pants, I realized I've never once in my life purchased or wore yoga pants! Not even quite sure what they are or how they differ from the leggings I wear for exercise. Meantime, the baby formula issue is beyond comprehension... I keep thinking this can't possibly be happening in the 21st century in the USA... I hate to think we are like the old Soviet Union, or Cuba, or Venezuela, etc. 

May 15, 2022 08:37 AM
Hannah Williams

Nina Hollander, Broker Not sure, but I think the difference in Yoga pants is the material & the pockets. They are very comfy. I cannot imagine that are babies will not have food I would be horrified if I had a baby and do not know what or how to answer people searching for a formula. Have to agree with you Nina breaks my heart   

May 15, 2022 08:45 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Hannah, lots going on for one week, and having this baby formula shortage is really scary.    We hopefully can scale back our driving to save a bit on gas.

May 15, 2022 08:47 AM
Hannah Williams

Joan Cox I have scaled back quite a bit working from home and having two computers set up helps . When telling one of my friends, my great garden finds she insisted another was much better so we took a ride and stopped at the second hand store in Feasterville I scored a planter with tags and she found a slew of things. The Garden place was priced much higher than my local R&R but I found 2 beautiful spider plants 

May 15, 2022 09:29 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Hannah - I drove my Honda Civic to our Florida House on Friday and Saturday and gas was very high except in South Carolina and Georgia.  Coming back in the Grand Cherokee the gas fill will be more expensive.

May 15, 2022 09:27 AM
Hannah Williams

Grant Schneider  Can you imagine the pain of it all, if you had a giant SUV or another large car or truck like your Grand Cherokee ?  That will hurt !

May 15, 2022 09:34 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Hannah,
Thanks for sharing your steals and deals findings with us. You have way more patience for shopping than I do! ☺️

May 15, 2022 09:59 AM
Hannah Williams

Carol Williams I find it relaxing believe it or not - next week's version is already planned 

May 15, 2022 12:37 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Thank you for sharing the information.


Buyers and sellers in your area will benefit from your expertise. Wishing you continued success.  Have a wonderful day and sell a house.  bill


May 15, 2022 01:35 PM
Hannah Williams

Bill Salvatore - East Valley  Thank you for your kindness and I certainly will try to sell another house this week

May 15, 2022 03:04 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Hannah not having what was advertised available, and then not offering a rain check would have ticked me off as well, and I would probably not return.

May 15, 2022 03:17 PM
Hannah Williams

I most likely will not return George Souto and it was one of Nina Hollander, Broker  favorite stores. Think I will be going back to my old faithfuls this summer 

May 15, 2022 03:20 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Hannah- wow, you've been around!!!  Our gas prices have been creeping down however we noticed this last week they were beginning to rise. We're at around $3.80+ a gallon. What I've found amazing is that a dozen eggs have gone up over $1 a dozen. I don't know how families are doing it. 

May 15, 2022 05:43 PM
Hannah Williams

Yes I agree Kathy Streib no bargains on eggs. Places where I was able to get eggs for .85 a dozen are now $3.89 a dozen . A friend of mine told me he heard Chicken stores were closed for lack of chicken. I found this hard to believe as a new Chick filet just opened near us. Although a friend of mine argued profusely with me that it had not. Very casually I drove her by it on our way to seeing homes.

May 16, 2022 09:38 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

It cost me $125 to fill up my truck two days ago.  That is a new record and one I do not want to beat!

May 15, 2022 08:20 PM
Hannah Williams

Raymond Henson, eXp Realty  OMG I need to fill up today it will not, I hope cost me that much, but will cost me more than my last fill up .  That must have been painful.

May 16, 2022 04:56 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

We had to spend $4.75 the other day for gas. All you have to do is blink and the price changes and that's what happened at we were pulling out!

May 16, 2022 04:23 AM
Hannah Williams

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400  I should have filled up this weekend, but was hoping after the weekend would go down a bit. I will find out today. 

May 16, 2022 05:01 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Hannah, for sharing some of your shopping adventures.

For years, we used premium gas for our Mercedes. Last year, we switched to regular and have had no problems.

May 16, 2022 07:43 AM
Hannah Williams

Roy Kelley  That is interesting, I am so afraid to do that. It runs so well afraid to jinx it.  That is really good to know. 

May 16, 2022 09:41 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hannah Williams - first of all, how on earth did you come up with that graphic? It is AMAZING!!! The subject matter is tough and our overall headline news are depressing. You are the REAL deal. You are honest and you have an interesting way of broaching important topics.  

Paragraph #1 - I know how you feel. I was so excited a few days ago I made a UTurn to get to a gas station that was advertising Gas at $4.09 per gallon. But after I paid and got my receipt, I saw a much higher price. When I looked at the sign again, there was very tiny print stating that was the price if you got a car wash and that price for the wash was RIDICULOUS! Lesson learned for me: READ THE FINE PRINT (which you can't do when driving)!

Paragraph 2 - I guess I should not complain. Your gas prices are much higher!!!

Paragraph 3 - those sound like decent prices. It has been so long that I bought clothes I wouldn't know what fits me until I try it on. But because I can't afford new clothes, I continue to wash clothes more frequently and settle for what I have. It is a crying shame!

Paragraph 4 - I made up mind long before COVID I was going to move and got rid of most of my furniture, except the essentials. Believe it or not, I have adjusted and the house seems bigger but it sitting on one chair is a pain in the you know what. If I could buy new furniture, I would have to think really, really, really hard.

Paragraph 5 - your shopping spree sounded like so much fun!!!

Paragraph  6 - don't get me started on a rant about baby formula. Isn't it strange how there was no problem until the leak came out on Roe vs Wade? Hmmmmmmm

Paragraph 7 - your boys are a God sent!!! White roses too! I love all roses, but my heart goes straight to the white ones. I hope you have continuous blooms!!!

Paragraph 8 - I don't have money for food or furniture but I will spend money on flowers!!! It is nurturing to my soul!!!!

Paragraph 9 - Yay! Getting ready to settle on property is always a good reason to celebrate, rejoice and be glad! Congratulations!!!








May 16, 2022 03:41 PM
Hannah Williams

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  Omg you are amazing i had to return a beautiful piece of furniture I purchased they really do not make it with pride these days . Refinishing  old is going to be my next selection but right now do not need . So interesting you mentioned Roe & Wade

May 17, 2022 09:28 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Our regular gas is at $5.40 in my neck of the woods Hannah Williams 

May 16, 2022 06:48 PM
Hannah Williams

OMG Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS  I went to the pump today and paid $5.45 for premium was so upset unleaded was $5.38  If you were anywhere near me you would have heard me complaining. I stopped the PAIN at $55 which did not fill my tank  

May 17, 2022 10:45 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is a really cool photo that you found for the featured photo, a lot going on it.  I am sure glad I don't have to pay for gas right now, it is insanely expensive compared to the wages being paid in the USA.

May 17, 2022 06:07 AM
Hannah Williams

Brian England  my thoughts when I pulled away was I am so glad I am working  from home and set up with two computers no traveling like I did  years ago  except for clients 

May 17, 2022 10:52 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Hannah,

How wonderful that you found that perfect chair and got such a special deal.  We spend a lot of time in our office chairs and they do need to be comfortable and getting a great price is even better.  On the other side, the first store that did not have the advertised products and would not give you a substitution or rain check, you are right to not go there again.  As far as I am concerned that is false advertising.

May 17, 2022 08:29 AM
Hannah Williams

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  Love my chair it is so comfortable ,everything I could ask for so padded and it rocks - as far as the advertised specials what really upset me was they had the products, but they were marketed up -Perhaps it was the worker who was not aware and I really should have asked for the manager  

May 17, 2022 12:07 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Wednesday morning, Hannah.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

May 18, 2022 05:27 AM
Hannah Williams

Thank you Roy Kelley the heat here is almost 100 degrees went shopping early yesterday and then fell asleep for 4 hours so my post will be late but not a dollar short  

May 21, 2022 09:37 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


It's so disappointing to see deals advertised and then not availabe, and no offer to make it right somehow.

I paid $6.29/gallon for mid-range gas today and that's on the less expensive side. Right down the street regularwas $6.35! Ouch!


May 21, 2022 06:00 PM