Merry Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  For us at BuyWise, no time is more exciting or full of fun than Christmas! Ah, December.  In no other month can you drink hot chocolate galore, sit cozy by a fire near your Christmas tree, or watch A Charlie Brown Christmas on TV without feeling guilty. That’s probably why in a lot of ways, December’s our fave! It also could be because our stores are filled with all the things your loved ones are dreaming about right now.  We have TVs in every size, from flat to curved, 32” up to 65”, laptops and desktops, for the student as well as the professional, gaming systems like the ever popular PS4 and Xbox, and all the games to go with them.  If you’re like us, and you love to watch all your old favorites, you can add the spectacular StreamSmart or Sky Stream to your TV purchases, and stream season after season of all your favorites, from Friends to Game of Thrones (which we personally do, haha). Is your wife wishing she had a new bedroom suit or a new washer/dryer? We have that too! We even carry purses, like the popular Michael Kors brand. Shopping for the whole family has never been easier! Look over the website and see what you’d like. Make your Christmas list. Or better yet, stop in to your local store, in Foley, Saraland, Pensacola and Pace, and check out all the great products we carry yourself. As always, we offer up to $4000 pre-approved with no credit check, free delivery, and excellent service. Come see why BuyWise is better! Merry Christmas!!

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Middle of Fall

Greetings from the deep South. It’s smack dab in the middle of fall, even though the temperatures still say summer. We’re lucky to have had a little cold snap this week, which really just means it’s cool in the morning. Even so, we’ll take it. Hard to believe we’re coming up on a year since our first store opened in Foley, Alabama. The store has grown by leaps and bounds over the past year and is still growing, thank you Jesus. Maybe it has to do with our philosophy of believing that YOU the customer deserve the very best. To that end, we carry top brands you know and love, like Ashley and LG and Samsung. Maybe it’s just that when you walk in our stores you might be fooled for a second into thinking you’re in a retail furniture store. Maybe it’s word of mouth. Whatever it is, we thank you and are thankful for all the business you bring and send our way. As far as furniture goes, this fall we are seeing a new trend in earth tones with Ashley’s sofa and loveseats, which frankly, we’re kind of digging.  We’ve stocked our stores with sofa/loves, chofa/loves (that’s a sofa with a chaise on one side), and even a few sofa and chair and a halfs. Those are pretty stellar and a fun way to change the look of your living space up a bit. (We don’t like being like anyone else either!) We’ve also expanded our vendor line, to include the awesome furniture companies Crown Mark and Progressive. You’ll see in our stores this fall the cutest dining 5pc set from Crown Mark, in that awesome rubbed black that never seems to go out of style. We also still carry the well-loved Million Dollar Rustic with handmade furniture from Mexico. We like to think that our variety appeals to each and every one of you. There’s something for everyone after all! Stop in and see us soon and let us know what we can do to make your home more of what you want it to be.

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The Dog Days of Summer

Greeting from the deep South! If you’re a local, you know that this summer is turning out to be a scorcher. Although the temps are hitting the high 90’s, the real feel is up in the 100’s. It seems as though the dog days of summer have officially arrived. You know what else’s arrived: the coolest products ever! Here at BuyWise, we have had a lot of fun choosing new products to bring to you. For the college kids heading off to school, the young newlyweds in their first apartment, or even the empty nesters, we have furniture especially scaled down in size just for you! Ashley makes a lot of smaller sofas/chair combos or loveseats if that’s your deal, that fit nicely in those smaller spaces and won’t break the bank! We love ASHLEY because their quality in living room furniture cannot be beat! When you buy quality products, you have the assurance and peace of mind knowing that they’re going to last. That’s specifically why you won’t see lower end products in any of our stores. We want you to have the good stuff!

We don’t just sell quality furniture, you know! Although summer’s still in session, school is fast approaching. For some of you, it’ll be starting in just 2 weeks! We carry awesome HP, Dell and Acer laptops and desk tops for the students who will be writing those dreaded book reports. If you or your teen are in need of a new phone, the stores have both Samsung and Apple iPhones. We try to stay relevant to today’s living so you can do everything you need in the way you want! At BuyWise, we refuse to settle for less, and we think you shouldn’t either!

Whether it’s on this website, on our FB pages, or through texts, we like to stay connected to you! We carry everything you need to build a home that’s cozy and comfortable, which we believe is so important in today’s hectic world. Stop in today to a store near you and see how we can help you achieve a home you’re happy to rest in!

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Starting Something New

We here at BuyWise are often guilty of spending too much time on the water, if that can really be a thing.  So, on our own personal FB feeds, you will catch a lot of pictures of sunsets and waves.  Some of our friends say maybe too much! Lol I’m telling you that to say, even though it seems like yesterday that we were opening stores 1 and 2, and it practically was, we have just opened our third store, in Pace, and are gearing up to open our fourth in Pensacola.  Yep, we did it again.  This may seem redundant to some of you, sort of like our sunset and boat pics are to our friends, but to us, it’s all brand new! At BuyWise, one of the things we’re most thankful for is the chance to create something amazing, from start to finish.  It’s the rare group who gets the chance to create their dream job or company from scratch.  We hope our enthusiasm and excitement over traveling this journey translates to you when you walk in our doors. This spring, as the plants start blooming and the birds are chirping each morning, we are sipping our coffee and pouring over catalogs, looking for new vendors and new ideas, just for YOU. We are offering gorgeous new bedrooms now from Crown Mark, beds and dressers with basket weave in the richest browns and stately antique oversized furniture in rubbed black.  We still carry our best seller Ashley’s Trinell bedroom, from their ultra hip Urban Foundry line, along with other great pieces. On our floor, the loveliest living room sets and home furnishings reside, as well as other great products, from lamps to dining and children’s rooms from vendors we know and love, from  Ashley to Whirlpool with everything in between! We really hope you’ll come down and see what’s new, and why we are growing leaps and bounds. We’ll be looking for you!

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Out with the old and In with the NEW

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Wow, 2016 flew by!! Here at BuyWise, we had an exciting kick off to our new company. 2016 saw us opening stores in November in Foley, AL as well as one in Saraland, AL in December. We marched, well drove haha, in Christmas parades in both towns and threw fun Christmas parties, complete with giveaways and SANTA! We threw contests, from giving away a lovely Ashley recliner to one lucky family winning a beach photography session with the fabulous Shelley Patterson! We also grew over 1,000 followers on Facebook (you can find & follow us at BuyWise fb icon or BuyWise Saraland fb icon ). So THAT was all pretty exciting, right? We knew from the start that BuyWise should stand out, so we made it a point to fill our store with product that speaks to us. We believe with all our hearts that you guys deserve nice stuff! We’ve heard over and over that we don’t “look like a regular rent-to-own store.” You guys, we take that as a compliment! This month we’re running a special promotion where $1 a day rents you virtually anything in the store. (See store manager for details!) Like many of you, we are setting goals for the New Year. We are making our own resolutions. One of them is to grow the company, so look for us to open more stores this year. We want to work smarter and better, and be the only store you think of when you are contemplating renting ANYTHING. We want to be your ‘go to’ guys. smiley Think we can do it? We do! Come join us this year on our journey and see where we go.

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas


It’s the most wonderful time of the year! 2016 seems to have flown by; December was here before we could blink. Did it feel that way to you? I think there’s something about all the people rushing to and fro, Christmas lights on houses and downtown streets, and the Charlie Brown Christmas tune playing in department stores that make the heart glad. Here at Buywise, we’ve had a busy season. What started as a dream materialized into 2 wonderful stores, with more on the way! There is something wonderful about watching a business materialize out of thin air, a beautiful store out of pegboard and concrete floors. It feels almost, like magic. If you haven’t made it down to our stores yet, you really should. We promise it won’t be like any other rent to own store you’ve ever seen. We have heard repeatedly, “It looks like a retail store.” That makes us proud! The idea from the beginning for us was to create an idea, a feeling, of what real rooms could look like in your home. Rent to own furniture doesn’t have to mean mediocre, or good enough. You deserve great things! Beautiful things. You do! Our furniture, while being affordable, is also really lovely. We would be proud to have it in our homes. In fact, some of us do! This holiday season, visit us at Buywise for a large selection of awesome Christmas gifts, from PS4s & Xbox Ones, to tablets and computers, to that brand new living room set you’ve been wanting for ages.  Do something nice for yourself! You’re worth it.

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One of my favorite times of year!


November is one of my favorite times of year! Theoretically, we should be breaking out our jackets and drinking hot cocoa by our fire pits right about now, at least on some nights.  Sadly, we’re not.  Here in the South, we’re still in shorts and flip flops.  Here at Buywise though, we’re not sad. We’re excited it’s November for one very important reason.  Our brand new Foley location is about to open! If you go to our Foley tab under Locations, you can read all about our great new manager, Tommy Braggs. He’s a great guy; we want you to come in and meet him! You guys, we are super excited to be offering some gorgeous furniture in this store. We’ve made sure to make available something for everyone.  We have traditional, contemporary, and some super swag sofas and loveseats, as well as beautiful bedrooms and dining sets.  We also carry a fantastic line of furniture that’s a little beachy, a little Southwestern.  I have some of it in my own house.  And not to brag, well maybe a little, but we are super proud to be the very first Ashley Urban Foundry representative ever in rent to own. You guys, the very FIRST!  You can see some of it on our main page.  And speaking of first, even though it’s just the beginning of November, I know some of you must be thinking ahead to Thanksgiving, which will be here before you know it!  If you’re looking for a new dining table, come in and see all the lovely ones we carry. As a little happy, I’m leaving you with my super yummy carrot soufflé recipe.  It’s our family’s tradition to have it every holiday! Enjoy!


3 ½ lbs peeled carrots

2 ½ c sugar

1Tbsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla

¼ c flour

6 medium eggs

½ lb butter


1.    Steam or boil carrots until extra soft and drain well.

2.    While carrots are warm, add sugar, baking powder and vanilla.

3.    Whip with a mixer until smooth.

4.    Add flour and mix well.

5.    Whip eggs separately and add to mixture, blending well.

6.    Add margarine and blend well again!

7.    Pour mixture into baking dish and bake at 350 for 1 hour, or until the top is golden brown.

8.    Sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar before serving.


October BuyWise Blog

                It’s fall y’all! We’ve been waiting for the first day of fall, and it’s finally come. It’s still burning hot, but fall’s here. I don’t know about you, but here at Buywise, we love us some fall.  You finally get to start wearing your favorite pair of blue jeans after months of summer heat, the kids get out of your hair and head back to school, and need we say it, it’s football time!! Here at Buywise, our employees root for different teams: we have Alabama fans, Auburn fans, LSU and Gator fans, just to name a few. But we’re also fans of a good deal.  We have some great product in our stores right now, in all the fall colors you know and love. Ashley has come out with a great line-up with rich, fall colors you will have to see to believe. We have love seats and sectionals in colors that range from taupe to rich browns, with accent pillows that contain every color you can think of, including beautiful oranges and yellows. The cool thing about Ashley is, they’ve already determined which table, rugs, and lamps look good with which furniture. And at Buywise, we’ve set it up where all you have to do is come in and say, “I’ll take this whole room.” Easy peasy. Which leaves you more time for watching TV on family night or football with friends, and less on wondering why your new sofa and loveseat don’t look as cute at home as they did in the pictures. Come in to any location and see for yourself. Remember, be smart and Buywise. Go team!!

15 Alabama suburbs with the best public schools

It may still feel like summer outside but in the classroom, it's time to hit the books.

School is back in session and as a recent ranking by Niche shows, there are some schools - in this case those in the suburbs - that are doing an excellent job of educating students.

Niche looked at the Alabama suburbs with the best public schools. You can see the methodology for the ratings here.

Here are the top 15 suburbs with best public schools:
1. Mountain Brook, Jefferson County

2. Homewood, Jefferson County

3. Hoover, Jefferson/Shelby County

4. Vestavia Hills, Jefferson County

5. Trussville, Jefferson County

6. Jasper, Walker County

7. Brook Highland, Shelby County

8. Indian Springs Village, Shelby County

9. Pelham, Shelby County

10. Chelsea, Shelby County

11. Columbiana, Shelby County

12. Meadowbrook, Shelby County

13. Montevallo, Shelby County

14. Calera, Shelby County

15. Helena, Shelby County

Agree? Disagree? Let us know below.

Homewood is one of the 15 Alabama suburbs with the best schools.