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Posted by Granite Group Realtors on 11/19/2017

Depending on where you live, groceries can be one of the top expenses in your household. Frugal shoppers have found many ways to save at the grocery store over the years, from coupons to price matching. However one of the best ways to save money on groceries and household items is to bulk buy. When you buy items in bulk you give up a small amount of storage space at home, but you gain savings in return. Plus buying in bulk means you're using up less packaging in the long run, helping the environment out as well. Here are the items you should buy in bulk and the items you should avoid.

Food

Whether you have a BJ's or Sam's Club membership or if you seek out good deals online or at your local grocery store, there are a number of food items you can buy in bulk to save money.
  • Cereal.†Buying oversized boxes of cereal, especially knock-offs of name brands can save you more than 50% on prices.
  • Rice and beans. Buying food staples in bulk are a great way to save at the grocery store. Rice and beans can be used in any number of dishes for tastes from around the world. They offer meals high in fiber and protein and rich in nutrients.
  • Oatmeal.†Large boxes of dried oatmeal will allow you to save money and make your own creations. Add dried or frozen fruit, nuts, cinnamon, or yogurt to your morning oatmeal to keep things interesting.
  • Frozen vegetables.†Not only are frozen vegetables cheaper and more convenient, but they often contain more vitamins and nutrients than fresh vegetables because they are frozen immediately after being harvested.

Other home goods

Hand soap.†Rather than buying new containers of hand soap every time you run out, wasting money and plastic, buy one large bottle of your favorite soap and refill the bottles in your kitchen and bathrooms. Trash bags.†Trash bags bought in bulk don't take up much more room than smaller boxes and you'll get much more for your dollar. Toilet paper.†Buying toilet paper in bulk†will save you a lot of money. Try storing the huge pack in the basement rather than the bathroom closet, keeping just one or two extra rolls in the bathroom to save space. Toothpaste and toothbrushes.†Toothpaste is a well known bulk-buy, but toothbrushes bought in packs of 2 or more are also a great way to save. Set a reminder in your phone to change toothbrushes at least once every three months.

Things not to buy in bulk

Condiments.†The temptation is there to buy a huge bottle of honey mustard and save a few cents. But unless you eat it every day, odds are your condiments will expire before you use them and take up a ton of room in your refrigerator. Plastic tupperware.†Rather than buying cheap plastic tupperware at the grocery store every few months, buy one good glass set that will last years. Fresh fruit.†It's tempting to buy that huge bag of clementines, but you'll be kicking yourself when they start to rot and hardly any have been eaten. You're better off stopping at the store and buying small amounts of fresh fruits when you want them rather than assuming you'll eat them.  





Posted by Granite Group Realtors on 11/17/2017

This Single-Family in Quincy, MA recently sold for $412,000. This Cape style home was sold by - Granite Group Realtors.


26 Huckins Ave, Quincy, MA 02171

Single-Family

$429,900
Price
$412,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
"Best value on the Peninsula" This Solid Cape style home has been family owned for 70+ years. Owners are ready to "turn over the keys" to the New Owner! The welcoming 4 season Sunroom leads to the classic living & dining room, first floor flexible bedroom, large country kitchen, 2 full baths, and 3 sizable bedrooms upstairs. Entertaining size deck overlooks fenced yard with fire pit. Nice neighborhood where everyone knows your name. Hop on the bus to the T, take the marina ferry or easy drive to downtown Boston. Walk to school, park, playground, corner store, shoreline and Marina Bay' eateries.

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Posted by Granite Group Realtors on 11/16/2017


185 Quincy Shore Drive, Quincy, MA 02171

North Quincy

Rental

$2,000
Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
2
Baths
Luxury Living. Well-Appointed Spacious Two Bedroom, Two Bath Hamilton Bay Condo Unit for Lease. Features include an open living concept with a designated dining area and living room, fully equipped kitchen with granite counters & stainless steel appliances, large master suite and ample sized second bedroom opening to a large, private deck. Monthly rent includes heat and hot water. Building amenities include an in-ground pool, tennis courts and laundry. Steps to the North Quincy Red-Line, and minutes to the Boardwalk at Marina Bay, Wollaston Beach, the Neponset River Walk, and area shopping. Downtown Boston, Quincy Center, the South Shore and Interstate I-93N/S, and Route 128 are easily accessible. Strong Credit (FICO Score of 720 or greater), References, and Documented Income Required. Available for immediate occupancy. Tenant to Pay Rental Brokerage Fee Equal to One Half Month's Rent.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Tags: Real Estate   Quincy   Rental   02171  
Categories: New Homes  


Posted by Granite Group Realtors on 11/15/2017

This Single-Family in Quincy, MA recently sold for $543,000. This Colonial style home was sold by - Granite Group Realtors.


118 Franklin Ave, Quincy, MA 02170

Single-Family

$549,900
Price
$543,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Turn key, move in ready, owner's pride all apply to this well cared for home located in a very popular Beechwood Knoll neighborhood. Open floor plan with gleaming oak floors throughout. Updated cherry cabinet kitchen & granite counters. Beautiful sun filled living room with built in video cabinetry & dental molding. You will appreciate the convenience of the 1st floor laundry & half bath.This comfortable home offers tasteful decor on all 3 levels. The generous closet space is sure to please. Low maintainence fenced yard offers stone patio and mature plantings. New roof 2004. Gas heating system has been professionally serviced. Lot's of outdoor activities nearby. Pretty 2+ miles of shoreline, walking trails and eateries. Click on video tour with floor plans. A wonderful place to call home!

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Posted by Granite Group Realtors on 11/12/2017

When looking at new homes, home buyers with high expectations can sometimes feel disappointed with their options. In a world where wood paneling, blue bathtubs, and wallpaper in every room have been popular trends it can feel like a lot of houses on the market are eyesores.

An important factor to keep in mind, however, is what parts of the home are merely cosmetic and which are structurally important. If a home is in a neighborhood you love with all the structurally important systems in excellent shape you can still add it to the top of your list. Poor design choices, or lack thereof, can always be changed down the line. 

If you were hoping for a home with lots of character and detail but the neighborhoods you love are filled with ranches and builder grade homes donít despair. There are plenty of style upgrades you can DIY yourself to give your home the luxe look youíre looking for. 

Ready to make a dramatic first impression? Wow guests with just a few of these simple upgrades. 

If your entrance opens up to a staircase you can create a drastic difference with just a small change. The newel post, that is the first main post of the stair railing, can be swapped out for something more ornate and classic. With plenty of options ranging from boxy posts with molding to something sleek topped with an ornate finial ball. Add more drama by choosing a contrasting color for the finial, newel cap, and railing from the main post and spindles.  

A large mirror placed in an entrance or along the length of a hallway never fails to make a statement. Place a pier mirror between windows to create more light and dimension to the room. Create a built-in look by adding molding and wainscotting painted to match the trim of the room. 

Add elegance by installing a ceiling medallion. Not just for the foyer they are also a great detail to add to your dining room, guest bedroom or home office. With a wide selection at your fingertips, you can pair one with a chandelier for a chic look or for a more modern flair coupled with a contemporary style pendant light.

For a truly classic look wall trim instantly makes any room look more luxe. Keep it simple with box shapes or opt for an art deco touch with more geometric shapes. Paired with other vintage elements wall trim brings a sense of refinement. If youíre aiming for a more effortless yet modern theme pair with a mix of mid-century modern and minimalist pieces.

When house shopping keeping an open mind as to what can be changed and what is imperative for a safe home makes all the difference in your shopping experience. Print out pictures for inspiration or create a board on Pinterest to keep the ideas flowing. As you look at each new house keep in mind how you can easily add these elements to create a more luxurious home with a quick weekend project.




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