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Holiday Shopping Tips and Tricks

Monday, December 9th, 2013

The holidays are the busiest shopping times of the year and it can be a real hassle, but that’s not news to you. However, we do have a few tips to help you successfully get through the busy holiday shopping season without pulling your hair out.Holiday Shopping Tips Tricks

  • We, of course, are big fans of doing all of your shopping online but if you prefer to hit the malls and brick and mortar stores, there are better times than others.
    • Midweek, morning/early afternoon – If you work from home or work evenings or weekends, this is easy, but if you have a Monday through Friday 9 to 5 job it’s impossible. If you have enough vacation days or sick days it may not hurt to take a mental health day to go crazy hitting the stores to do your shopping to avoid the crowds and lines.
    • Midweek, dinner time is another great time to hit the malls and stores because most people go home having dinner or if they are at the mall they are in the food court or a restaurant eating. Grab a snack to tide you over and hit the stores during dinner time and things will be less crowded.
    • Shop early! Early in the season that is. If you do your holiday shopping in stores before Thanksgiving you will not usually find any more than the usual weekend crowds in stores and malls.
  • Email Notifications! We all want to save money and there is an easy and simple way to do it when shopping online. Sign up to be on the email lists of your favorite places to shop online and you will get email notifications whenever they are having sales and deals. Sure, a ton of marketing emails in your inbox can get a little annoying, but after the holiday season you will know which stores you really do shop at and which you don’t so you can unsubscribe to those that you don’t.
  • Shop Around – When you are looking to make a purchase of that perfect holiday gift online, it is always a good idea to shop around to find the best prices…and the best coupons and offers. It may take a little time to do so but it often really pays off.
  • FREE SHIPPING! Many online stores offer periods of FREE SHIPPING when shopping online in the months leading up to the holidays. Check back with the stores often and sign up for those marketing emails that we mentioned earlier to stay on top of who is shipping for free and when.
  • Check your mailbox. Often times, when stores send out marketing flyers, postcards, and magazines/catalogs they include coupons and most of those coupons have codes that allow them to be redeemed online! So when you are heading to the computer to do your holiday shopping for him, her, the kids, grandma, a coworker, whoever…check those mailboxes, too. Not everything that happens online has to come from online, you know.

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The Thanksgiving Day Shopping Controversy

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

The Thanksgiving Day Shopping ControversyWe are not picking sides here and we aren’t going to either. We are simply wondering what your thoughts are on the controversy about how some stores are opening on Thanksgiving Day.

In case you haven’t heard, many stores have opted to NOT wait until the Friday after Thanksgiving to start their Black Friday sales. Instead, they will be opening on Thanksgiving Day! In the past few years select stores began opening at midnight after Thanksgiving and last year a couple even dared to open after dinner time at about eight or nine o’clock. This year however, all caution is being thrown to the wind as some stores have reported that they will be open on Thanksgiving DAY. Yes, you read that right, some stores will be open all day on Thanksgiving DAY so shoppers can get a head start on the Black Friday sales before they even pop the turkey in the oven. To top it off, a few of those stores will even remain open all night long through Black Friday until the close of business on Friday night. What do you think about that?

Here are some points we have heard against stores opening on Thanksgiving Day:

  • It should be, and remain, a HOLIDAY – meaning a day off for the store employees.
  • It forces store employees to miss their family dinners because they have to go to work.
  • It will cause some sale hungry shoppers to leave early, arrive late, or maybe even skip their family meals so they can get the hot items early and get the best deals.
  • It takes away from the meaning of Thanksgiving.
  • It is a day to be thankful for, not to be greedy about sales and buying new things.

Here are some points we have heard in favor of (or neutral about) stores opening on Thanksgiving Day:

  • Supply and demand – stores would not open if people did not want to shop.
  • The employees get paid overtime/double.
  • Many stores likely ask for volunteers to work before “forcing” anyone to work that does not want to.
  • Some stores may offer extra bonuses to anyone that works on the holiday.
  • To some people their work family IS their family.
  • Not EVERYONE is off on Holidays, it’s just not possible. Think about the police, hospital employees, firemen, etc.

Again, we are not saying that we agree or disagree with any of this, we are simply reporting on what people are saying. And NOW we want to hear from YOU. What do YOU think about the decision of some stores to open on Thanksgiving Day? How did you feel when stores started opening on the night of Thanksgiving in the past? Do you think it is unacceptable or do you think it is a “to each his own” sort of situation? Tell us your thoughts.

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Easter Pet Safety Tips

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

For children, Easter means egg hunts, baskets full of candy, and visiting the mall to see the Easter Bunny. But for our pets, Easter can mean so many things to lick, chew and ingest that can be very harmful for them. As Easter is approaching, you must remember to take a few extra precautions in order to keep your pets safe.

  • First of all, make sure you keep chocolate away from your pets. Chocolate can cause seizures, hyperactivity, and may result in an elevated heart rate for your dog.
  • Although Easter grass can make a simple basket look really pretty but it is also tempting for pets. They really like to chew on it but if it is ingested, it can be very dangerous.
  • Xylitol is a sugar substitute and is really toxic for dogs and cats. This sweetener is often found in gum, candy, and in a few baked items. If it is ingested by your pets then it can cause a drop in blood sugar and other problems like liver failure and seizures.
  • Cats usually have a tendency to chew on Easter lilies. These flowers can be poisonous and may cause lethargy and vomiting. Therefore, it is best to avoid having Easter lilies in your house. You can get other type of flowers for Easter by using ProFlowers coupons available online.
  • Plastic eggs can be mistaken as treats or toys by your pets. Especially, if a dog chews or eats a plastic egg then it can easily cause intestinal problems. On the other hand, if your dog finds real eggs that have been forgotten during the Easter egg hunt and eats them, it may result in an upset stomach.

 

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How to Celebrate Easter

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Easter is one of the most famous holidays in the Christian calendar. This holiday represents a time of rebirth, new beginning and the joy of spring even for those who are not inclined to formal religion. There are so many amazing ways to celebrate Easter and some of them are mentioned below.

  • You can celebrate Easter by taking your kids to a community Easter-egg hunt or one set up by a club you go to. If there isn’t any egg hunt near you then you can easily organize your own.
  • Another great way to celebrate Easter is by travelling to one of the many Easter festivals around the country. You can also save money on your travel by using travel coupons.
  • By spending some quality time with the “nature” you can honor its yearly rebirth. Plan a birding trek or a hike and make sure you take some trash bags with you so that you can pick up trash on your way.
  • Arrange Easter baskets for all your friends. You can add different colored eggs and chocolate bunnies along with some seed packets and potted plants for a garden or shelf.
  • You can also plan an Easter costume party and ask your guests to dress as famous rabbits. If you are concerned about organizing the party then don’t worry because you can easily get discounts on any type of party supplies you need by using Easter coupons available online.

 

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How to Plan a Stress Free Holiday

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

People worldwide like to spend holidays at a place where they can get rid of their worries and stress, and feel relaxed. Everyone likes to travel around different places and live the moments with their family and friends. Going to a hill station, exploring forests or going to see historical monuments are some of the main concerns of people while visiting any place. However, they need to think of some important points before going for a vacation.

  • Decide where you like to go, how you like to go and where you like to live.
  • Make an estimation of the budget and decide how much you can afford to spend.
  • Study your destination and look out for all the possible routes. Decide either you want to travel by a car or a plane.
  • If you are travelling by plane you must book the tickets in advance.
  • Consider your luggage needs and make a list of all the items that you need during your vacations.
  • To make your trip full of fun, you can also take games with you like scrabble or monopoly or take some gadgets.
  • Decide in advance where you would like to stay and which hotel offers the cheapest rates and high quality services.
  • Also read the reviews of different people posted online to make sure that you are going for a perfect hotel.

Making online reservations for travel and accommodation with Hotels.com Coupons can save you from hassles and frustration.

 

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New Year’s Day Gift Ideas

Friday, December 28th, 2012

New Year provides us an opportunity to have a fresh start and a chance to achieve the changing goals of life. It is also a perfect occasion to spend some quality time with our friends and family, and to exchange gifts with our loved ones. Here are some amazing gift ideas to be presented this year which can make this day more special.

Gift of need

Presenting someone with a gift that he or she needs this year would be a great choice. You just have to find out what that person needs the most e.g. a new shirt, a pair of shoes or a tie.

Resolution Gift

There are many people who make resolutions when the New Year Day comes near. You can present them something motivational to achieve their resolution such as an alarm clock for a person whose resolution is to get up early in the morning.

Flowers

Flowers can be a wonderful choice of gift for almost every occasion. You can present some fresh flowers or artificial scented flowers in a beautifully designed vase.

Gift Basket

New Year gift baskets can also be an excellent choice. You can find so many amazing options in gift baskets if you go with Harry & David coupons.

Gifts for Kids

Gifts for kids must always be on top of your list of New Year gifts. There are lots of choices when it comes to buying gifts for kids like toys, electronic gadgets, coloring materials and comics etc.

 

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New Year Eve Party Ideas

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

As the clock is ticking away, you must be very much busy in preparing for the New Year Eve party. Decorating home, preparing food, looking for an outfit to wear and shopping for things that have not been purchased are included in your schedule. However there are some of the things that you must see before banging for the party.

Keep It Casual: If you want to make the guests feel comfortable, ask them to dress casually. Well, if some of them insist on wearing formal dress, encourage them.  Most of the people are troubled when it comes to wearing dresses in parties. By telling them, you have made it easier for them to choose their dress.

Create Romantic Mood with Candles: Purchase lots of candles and lit them up in every nook and corner of the room. Before starting the party, put the candles in order and dim the lights as the guests arrive. In this way you have created a romantic and cheap way to start the party.

Food Preparation: If you have found no time to prepare the food, you can order from any restaurant. Ask your guests for suggestions and make sure to encourage everyone’s choice. If anyone in the party wants to contribute, you can welcome him/her.

Play Party Games: To keep everyone busy, you should arrange some games that can pass the time before the countdown begins. Try to create games of your own that can engage everyone in the party and also let the time pass in a joyful manner.

Give Gifts: How about giving a small gift to your guests such as chocolates, gourmet gift baskets, New Year card or a music CD. You must thank them for making the evening more joyful and fun. Wish them New Year greetings and pray for their better future.

 

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5 Fun Winter Activities for Families

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Winter is the best time to spend with your family. When the winter gets frosty and cold, there are lots of fun activities that you can do with your family within your home. Here are some fun winter activities for you and your kids;

  • Kids love cooking for the reason that they like to use their hands and taste test recipes. Cooking together with kids is always a fun activity because it always gives chance for kids to learn something new.
  • Along with cooking, you can also try to make some holiday gifts for your friends and other family members.
  • Watching some latest kid’s movies is also a great fun activity. Kids love to watch movies like Harry Porter and Spy Kids. All you need is a DVD, a warm and cozy couch and snacks to make this a complete fun package.
  • Cheer up your kids creative instincts and have them put on a puppet show. You can help with costumes and teaching, or simply wait and be the attentive audience.
  • Take a breath of fresh air by taking a walk around your area or a neighboring local park. You can also invite your friends or neighbors or take pets to add more fun to your walk.

As it gets colder, many stores start their holiday discount packages on all of their products. You can walk around and shop from these stores, or you can easily place you order online with Online Coupons websites like Ezcouponsearch.com.

 

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Tips to Decorate for New Year’s Eve

Monday, December 24th, 2012

New Year’s Eve provides us an opportunity to welcome the year to come. This night brings a fresh start for people all over the world. It is the time when we all make resolutions to do better in the next year. Attractive and beautiful decorations are the best way to welcome the New Year.

  • Balloons help a lot in making New Year’s Eve more fun. You can use confetti-filled balloons that your guests can pop at midnight. Now you can easily get confetti from any local or online party supplies store.
  • Use beautiful lights to give your house a nice, smooth glow. White lights can be a great choice or you can make your decorations more attractive using red, blue or a combination of different colors. Make sure that you hang the lights around the whole area.
  • Ribbons also play a great role in New Year’s Eve decorations. You can easily find beautiful ribbons at local craft supply stores or online stores. Make sure that you choose a color that matches your theme. You can tie these ribbons around the champagne glasses, lamp bottoms, doorknobs and table legs.
  • Decorate all the tables in your house. In order to make your house more colorful, use table covers and beautiful centerpieces. You can make your own centerpieces or find some simple, premade centerpieces on the internet.
  • Get a banner from a party supply store which says “Happy New Year”. Hang this banner on a wall and make sure your guests take their pictures under it to remember this night. You can also hang a banner outside your home for people walking by.

Now you don’t have to worry about the expense because New Year coupons can help you in getting amazing discounts on any type of decoration supplies that you need.

 

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Last Minute Christmas Shopping Tips

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Every Christmas, some people like to shop for the gifts and personal items at the very last minute. Some people may want to complete their shopping before Christmas but due to lack of time they couldn’t. If you are one of those people who haven’t shopped for Christmas yet due to any reason, you don’t have to worry at all. Last minute Christmas shopping tips can help you stay away from crowd and also stay on budget.

  • Even if you are shopping at the last minute, doesn’t mean that you have to break your bank. Just set an approximate budget and see how much you want to spend on getting gifts and personal items.
  • Last minute shopping does not let you browse through stores and look for the gifts and other items that you want to buy. Just list down the items that you want to gift others especially for close ones.
  • Before you go out for shopping, you must check your local newspaper to get an idea of stores that are giving huge cut in prices. You can also look for online stores that are offering big money saving deals and discounts.
  • It is better to visit big stores, as it will allow you to shop for things like electronics, clothing and gifts under one roof.
  • You must try to shop in the morning to stay away from rush. You can also look for better products and find money saving deals at stores in minimum time.
  • In case, you want to buy clothes for someone, you must have accurate measurements of their size. For electronics, you should make sure that warranty card is provided by the store.

 

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