This Christmas, many families are trying to have a successful Christmas holiday while tightening their belts and being more careful of their spending. This can be a tricky and challenging endeavor. Fortunately it is possible. While this is a tough time in the economy for families, those that plan can also take advantage of great savings in retail that will be happening this holiday shopping season. Here are some great money saving tips to help you out as you do your holiday toy shopping.
First plan a shopping budget. You should know how much you can save after paying for thanksgiving dinner, what you can save for the Christmas holiday. Check your kids wish lists and letters to Santa against toy catalogs and store publications to get a rough estimate of what you will expect to spend. You need to make sure that you don?t spend more than you have to per child. A great suggestion I?ve heard is to set the maximum at $ 250 per child. If you can save that much for two or three children, then you are in good shape; however, if you can?t afford that moderate the limit for each child. There are still a lot of great toys out there that are under a $ 100. The main thing in the end is to save up the money as it will give you more options when it comes to holiday shopping
The next thing to do is to be aware of industry news. There is already buzz on this year?s list of hot Christmas toys. Some toys to look out for is the Mindflex a game that uses brainwaves as the remote control. There are also toys that allow your kids to make and mix their own tunes such as the Radica Ucreate Music. There are also going to be smaller versions of toys and games that will be more affordable and still allow you to meet the demands of your kids? lists. Also make sure to pay attention to the forecast of price cuts. There are already some for video game consoles such as the Wii, PS3, and the Xbox 360.
Take advantage of major savings from sales or alternative pay options at stores. Remember toy stores are desperate for your business this year. If you have the money this makes it a buyers market for you. There will be massive sales to entice customers. Look out for the day after Thanksgiving and just before Christmas Eve. Also if you have not yet make sure you have a membership to major retail chains they often give members advance warning of special sales. This also applies to items other than toys such as apparel and electronics
Save money buying items that are expansions of toys you have already bought your kids. This is especially valid for video games and learning toys. If your kids already have the main toy or console you can buy accessories or new games. This will be much cheaper than paying for something that will be equal in price to what you paid for the game console or learning toy. A great example is buying the new Rock Band or Wii Resort the Nintendo Wii Motion plus accessories. This will extend the life of the games and help save major money. As something extra you can also give your kids letters from Santa in reply to their Christmas letters
Create magic in your child’s eyes with our letters from Santa. EZSantaLetters.com offers fully personalized Santa letters and 15 pre-written Santa Claus Letter. All letters are postmarked from the North Pole and will definitely put a smile on your child’s face.
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in front of a pearl shop at Ginza shopping district, central Tokyo, Japan.
Online shopping continues to grow in popularity and the deals that can be found online are also growing in number as well as overall savings. There is more than one way to find a great deal online. I have family and friends that always contact me before making a purchase online because they know I have some inside tips on how to get a great deal. In this article I will share some of these money saving tips.
Find a Coupon Code My wife and I have a 2 month old little girl who we love to death but insists on filling close to ten diapers daily! I knew there had to be a way to get a great deal on diapers online. So I went to Google and did a search for Pampers Diaper Deals (the brand we use), and hit the search button. I found out there is an online business called Diapers so I thought I would check them out. Glad I did because they sell in bulk and at a discount. They had a box of 200, size 2, Pamper diapers for $ 37.88. This by itself is a pretty good deal and cheaper than our local Wal-Mart, but I wanted an even better deal! This is when I noticed that they offer free shipping on a $ 50 or more order.
Knowing how fast our little girl is growing, I went ahead and ordered a similar box of diapers, except in size 3, for the same price of $ 37.88. This gave me free UPS shipping. I am a deal hunter so I wanted more! So I searched Google for Diapers Coupons and found a coupon code for $ 10 off your order and added that to my order. This gave me close to 400 diapers delivered to my front door for $ 65.76. If I went to Wal-Mart and bought the same amount of diapers it would have cost me close to $ 90, not to mention the headache of loading three kids in and out of the minivan. Try this technique yourself; I think you will be surprised at the great deals available online.
eBay Bargain Secrets There are also some great deals to be found on eBay. For example, one of my favorite clothing brands is American Eagle Outfitters, and there are a small number of eBay sellers that sell nothing but brand new, with a tag, American Eagle clothing. I am able to save at least 50% off what I would pay in their brick and mortar store. I do this by waiting until the last 30 seconds of the auction before I bid which almost always guarantees that I will not be outbid and get the best deal possible. This is also a great way to get deals on other clothing brands like Abercrombie & Fitch and Eddie Bauer. In addition, I will often buy more than one item from the same seller to reduce shipping costs.
Perhaps the best way to get a deal on eBay, especially around the Christmas shopping season, is to shop at eBay the week after the Thanksgiving holiday. Why you ask? Well you know how stores offer such great deals on Black Friday, which is the Friday after Thanksgiving and the biggest shopping day of the year? What I found out is that the people who are crazy enough to get in line at 5 in the morning to get these bargains often turn around the next day and place their merchandise on eBay to turn a quick profit.
For example, last year Best Buy was practically giving away a Garmin GPS unit, a couple days after Thanksgiving I was able to bid on the same unit on eBay for a great price. The final auction price was only a little bit higher than the great price Best Buy listed it for on Black Friday. What a great way to get a deal on eBay, plus you never have to stand in line at 5 in the morning! I plan on doing it again this year.
One way you can inform people in your community about a particular event is through yard signs. You must also take note that in order to have a more comprehensible message you must use appropriate symbols, texts, and graphic designs.
In order for these signs to be long-lasting a special type of twinwall plastic product is used. You can often see them attached in a U-shaped, D-shaped and even in H-shaped iron bars. The advantage of using this resources is that it can tolerate extreme conditions without risking the quality of the product, Moreover, the shiny appearance of the signs are mainly due to the powder-like chemicals covering it.
Mostly realtors use yard signs in order to inform buyers that a particular home is for sale. Oftentimes, people who were able to see the yard signs will be interested in buying a particular house hence making yard signs an effective tool in grabbing the attention of potential buyers. One thing that must never be forgotten in making this kind of yard signs are the contact details, through this contact information buyers will know where to get the terms and conditions in buying the house. Scientific research would show that about 3 out of 10 people make calls because of signs. A good yard sign should put emphasis on the necessary details for them to attract potential clients. If the signs are of low quality then more likely people will not pay any attention with the signs and even pose possible reasons why they shouldn’t buy the house. Finding Ways To Keep Up With Signs
For those people that living far from the property might even use directional signs to obtain the property. In order to determine the exact number of signs that you need to use, the exact location of the residential property must be known. In order to increase the number of people buying a particular property some sellers of home also use brochure box. There are some agencies who are using this kind of products hence you can do some research and ask some agencies if they are offering the said product. More often this type of yard signs contains images and attributes of the house that will further encourage buyers to purchase the house. Aside from the pictures and other features of the house there are also contact information that is stipulated so that buyers will not get confuse with all the terms and conditions in buying the entire property. In addition, because of the pictures indicated in the signs, buyers are able to see the salient attributes of the house.
When it comes to grabbing the attention of potential buyers yard signs are more efficient compared to telephone directories, magazines, recommendations from friends, close family members and relocation agencies. If you were able to obtain this kind of signs, you have higher chances of an increase in your profit. You must also seek for companies that can provide you with yard signs that has a high durability and the text should be clearly indicated.
This Christmas many people will be going through the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping. This will be challenging especially for parents as they try to buy presents for their kids this holiday. There is also the fact that many families will be struggling with reduced income and find having Christmases like those of the past more difficult to pull off. The good news is that there are still ways to make it happen especially providing great presents for your kids. You just need to be aware of the resources that are available at your fingertips. This way you will be sure to have a great holiday with your family.
First set a budget. Think of it as your roadmap for how to spend your money for the holidays. You should look into how much you can spend on decorations, food, and gifts. Think about what your kids want for their presents and see if you can afford to get each item that your children want. This gives you a plan of attack for getting your holiday shopping done that will guide your spending up until Christmas.
Saving is another important tool. Even though October is almost finished there is still a whole two months to put some money aside. Saving gives you more wiggle room in your budget for emergencies or a nice surprise for the family. The goal for holiday shopping is to expand your purchasing power to the point that you can do all the things that you need to do. This will prove useful as you start making your purchases.
Make a list and stick to it. Just like an ordinary grocery list helps you stay on budget for food purchases a gift list will help keep you on track when you buy gifts for your family. It can be hard to do with all the distractions of advertisements and sales, but it will help you to get your shopping done much more quickly. Also a good idea for your shopping list is to group each item with the name of the recipient. This is just another good way to organize and keep track of things.
Use every form of shopping available to you. Don’t just shop at the mall, look at local store, online, or even mail order. There are some items that while not in stock at one venue are available at another. Online shopping is great because you can do it from home, and you can comparison shop instantaneously for the best prices. You can also find great deals and bargains if you know where to look. However, since it is your money that you will be using online, take precautions to avoid identity theft and fraud. Try to shop at only secure websites to avoid these risks. Also don’t make it a onetime event. Look several times during the shopping season to make sure you don’t miss out on finding that special gift item.
Something special you can do for your kids is to have them receive a call from Santa. If your kids are skeptical that Santa is real this gift is perfect. They will talk to him in person and thanks to you he will know important things that will convince them he is real. The best part is that it will be easy on your budget.
Create magic in your child’s eyes with our Santa letters & Santa calls. EZSantaLetters.com offers fully personalized Santa letters and 15 pre-written Santa letters. All letters are postmarked from the North Pole and will definitely put a smile on your child’s face.
Thank you, God, for…
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I invite my viewers to share what you are thankful for.
I am so thankful for Jesus our Savior and the many blessings I’ve had over the years. For even the worst of times, because I see they have drawn me closer to You and I can be stronger for having gone through them. Father, I am so thankful I was brought up in a godly home. I’m thankful I did not have to go through the pain of parents not living together. I’m thankful I have a large family on both sides that have embraced and loved our children and given them a dimension they would not have had otherwise. I’m thankful for a husband who chooses to put You first and his family second, which gives him the ability to love us fully – even when we aren’t so lovable. I’m thankful I am a wife and parent, something I longed for all those years I was an adult single. I am thankful for abilities You have given me that have enriched my life and opened the doors to sharing my faith in a whole new way and helped me find new friends in a season when I need them most. God, I bless You and thank You for the wise counsel I’ve had over the years and the loving rebukes I needed to make better decisions. I’m grateful for the experience of traveling halfway around the world, of being able now to connect with people in different countries and establish online relationships that enrich my life. I bless and thank You for the friends in my personal circle and for our intimate church family, who pray for and support us, who laugh with us, cry with us when needed, who bring color to our life in our shared experiences.
Abby takes the girls shopping! all rights belong to lifetime.
With gas prices soaring, the value of the dollar falling and the stock market concerns of consumers, as well as the ongoing credit crunch in the U.S., what impact will these and other factors have on the 2007 holiday shopping season?
According to the Commerce Department, retail sales last month (October 2007) posted the weakest showing since last August, with just a minuscule 0.2% increase, as consumers continue to struggle with the slumping housing market and tighter credit conditions.
According to a forecast by the National Retail Federation in September of 2007, they predicted that sales for the 2007 holiday season will rise to 474.5 billion dollars, which would represent a 4% increase over the previous year. But this holiday sales increase falls below the ten-year average of 4.8% and would represent the slowest holiday sales growth rate since 2002, when sales rose 1.3%
Additionally, eMarketer a trusted market research firm, expects that online holiday sales should exceed 30 billion dollars (excluding online travel), which would represent an 18.5% increase over 2006 figures. But this would be a drop from last season’s growth rate of 25%. However, these estimates surely beat the low single digit growth rate that was forecast. This drop-off is the lowest growth rate in the past four years with 2003 e-commerce holiday season sales representing a 25.7% growth rate over the previous year. In 2004, the growth rate was 25.4% over 2003 and 2005 came in at a 21.5% rate over 2004 (with e-commerce holiday season sales at 21 billion) while sales for 2006 were at 26.2 billion and represented a 24.8% increase from 2005.
Moreover, emarketer reports that online sales in 2007 will be driven by the increased spending habits of existing online purchasers who have confidence in the e-commerce system and that they will shop at unfamiliar web sites to find what they are looking for. It is also reported that these “seasoned” shoppers will shop later in the season and that they have faith that the e-tailers will meet their delivery demands.
Furthermore, Ian Shepherdson, who is the chief U.S. analyst at High Frequency Economics, reports that the core retail sales have risen over the past three months, but at the slowest annualized rate in five years and predicts that this weakness will only intensify.
“We expect a further deterioration as consumers cut back in the face of soaring gas prices, falling stock prices and the continued disaster in housing,” Shepherdson explained. “The holiday season will be terrible.”
In fact, a survey by Deloitte & Touche reports that Milwaukee, Wisconsin shoppers plan to spend less than they did last year and that those who were polled have a dimmer outlook on the economy than they did at the same time last year. (The poll was conducted online from September 24 through October 4, 2007, with a total of 14,135 people responding to the survey across the U.S., which included 306 in the Milwaukee metro area) Furthermore, only 6% of those polled said they plan to spend more this holiday season, 51% reported that they plan to spend about the same amount as last season and a woeful 42% are planning to spend less this year.
Additionally, according to the same poll, some of the reasons for spending less this holiday season are higher energy costs (59%), higher food prices (53%), higher debt levels (34%), concerns about the economy (33%), their perception that the holidays are just too commercial and expensive (29%), job loss/pay reduction (20%), concerns about their employment (15%), higher mortgage payments and interest rates (15%), credit problems (7%), declining value of their home (7%), the aforementioned volatility of the U.S. stock market (6%), bankruptcy/foreclosure at 2%, while “other” factors came in at 20%. Another survey, this one from the American Research Group in Charleston, S.C. reports that 58% of consumers will be more price-conscious this holiday season.
So what do all these elements tell us about the 2007 holiday shopping season? From all indications, there is a bleak outlook for the 2007 holiday shopping season as consumers continue to struggle with out of control gas prices, inflation, higher food and energy costs, stock market uncertainty, higher debt levels, the housing problems, and the credit and lending standards being imposed by financial institutions in the wake of a serious credit crunch. Online retailers will have to endure the tighter wallets from their customers with the online sales growth being the lowest in five years.
Let’s go shopping for some Shopkins Season 1 and Season 2 Shopkins blind baskets. This was a fun video of me shopping for Shopkins with the Wish I Was Cash Register. All of the Shopkins I opened were duplicates so they all went in to the duplicates basket for Genie Presents.
Here’s a few FAQ about Shopkins that I hope to answer:
Where can I buy Shopkins Season 1 or Where can I buy Shopkins Season 2? Shopkins can be purchased at Toys R Us Walmart Target Justice and Amazon.
How do I get Shopkins Fluffy Baby? You can find Shopkins Fluffy Babies in the Shopkins 12 Packs.
How do I get a Limited Edition Shopkins? Limited Edition Shopkins are super hard to find. The Shopkins website says they come in 12 packs and blind baskets.
Will you be doing more Shopkins videos? YES! I will do more Shopkins videos because I would like to complete my collection. 🙂
Here are some more Shopkins videos:
Shopkins Pop N Race Game Shopkins New GAME Season 1 Season 2 Blind Baskets: http://youtu.be/ZKnI6auINnQ
Shopkins Season 2 Limited Edition Angie Ankle Boot Play Doh Surprise Egg Season 1 12 Packs: http://youtu.be/mfgRis9pY64
Shopkins Season 1 Collection Toy Genie Shopkins Collection Season 1: http://youtu.be/E1BqGlbJjtk
Shopkins Playsets Shopkins Season 1 and Season 2 in Playsets: http://youtu.be/GLJGyW6VUhE
This Christmas many parents will be looking to find great deals on toys and other presents for their kids. However, they also face the obstacle of a more limited income due to the recession. So how do you find great presents and not break the bank in the process? It takes knowing where to look and some advanced planning. Holiday shopping in 2009 is going to be the beginning of a major change in how most people shop and it will not look previous holiday shopping seasons. So being familiar with what the trends are and what are the options available for a shopper will make you all the more effective in your holiday shopping. Here are some great tips and suggestions to help you get started.
The big thing to look for this Holiday is people starting earlier. This is because the public is starting to see the futility of waiting till the last minute. This can be detrimental to the parent looking to get presents a little later. Some hot items will sell out quicker since people are buying earlier in the calendar year. So to make sure you are not caught flat footed make sure to have planned out your shopping for the beginning of November.
The internet will be the shopper’s friend this year. The advancement of online shopping has started to take hold with the general public and many stores are even beginning to see their online sales outstrip their store sales. Shopping online allows a shopper to instantaneously shop and compare several brands and different store prices all at the click of a mouse. The internet is also reinventing age old practices such as coupons and sales and bringing them into the digital age. This is essentially removing the disadvantages that have made internet shopping less popular in previous years.
Another thing to realize this year is that credit does not have to be your best and first payment option. There are many new ways to pay for items online such as PayPal, debit, or direct deposit. In stores old payment plan practices like layaway are being revived giving customers the flexibility that credit would normally provide without all the bad financial consequences. The smart shopper will have saved up in anticipation of the shopping season and will have maximum flexibility using these services.
As you shop at major retailers look for major discounts on items that are hard for stores to sell in the current economic climate such as electronics. This allows you get great deals such as rebates or price cuts. If you take advantage of the great offers by retailers you will be able to make you money stretch further than you thought.
Also if you can’t find that special toy or gift for your son or daughter in time, don’t worry. There is always the after Christmas sale. The truth is even with all of the efforts of stores in anticipates of the traditional holiday rush there will be many shoppers who may still decide to sit it out this year. So look for great deals afterwards and pass it off as Santa being late.
There are also great services online that allow you to help your kids believe in Santa Claus. A great one is Santa Letters. You order the letters online and have the company customize information about each child. Since it will come in the mail, your kid will believe Santa actually wrote them.
Create magic in your child’s eyes with our Santa letters & Santa calls. EZSantaLetters.com offers fully personalized Santa letters and 15 pre-written Santa letters. All letters are postmarked from the North Pole and will definitely put a smile on your child’s face.
2014 – Richmond Market – Ears to You
Image by Ted’s photos – Returns Late September
When out for a drive (seldom) and in Richmond we stop at Richmond Country Farms to buy fresh produce. It is one of the largest if not the largest produce market in the Vancouver lower mainland. The market is located at the junction of Highway 99 and Steveston Highway just north the Massey tunnel.
From their web site:
Richmond Country Farms Ltd. has been family-owned and operated for over 36 years! The market is a unique and lively place to shop. The vibrant agricultural heritage of Richmond, BC, has helped make our Farm Market a popular attraction for local shoppers and visitors alike! Shoppers are assured of the very best local produce at the very best prices. We are proud to be one of the very first farm-to-table markets in Richmond upon having opened for our first season in 1978. We practically invented the 10-mile diet!
The Lower Mainland climate offers excellent growing conditions for an incredible variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Our farm and local, small-scale, family farms cultivate many unusual, heirloom and unique varieties that cannot be found in regular grocery stores!
Black Friday is a shoppers dream, and the true start of the holiday shopping season. Shoppers cash in on huge savings on various products which not only benefits them but the retailers as well. It’s a win – win for everyone. This along with the great discounts that online shopping already provides truly can lead to significant savings for consumers if one knows where to find the best online shopping deals.
The majority of avid Black Friday shoppers does some pre planning for their shopping venture, and even create a strategy which includes comparison shopping at different retailers. However, today there’s an easier way to get the best shopping deals without even leaving the house to do comparison shopping.
There are deal sites that provide information, including comparison shopping for consumers. For instance, if you were looking for the best iPad cable prices, you could go to one of these deals sites and they would provide the cost of this item from a variety of vendors. These are the best prices available that they could find online and in major retail stores. You can compare the deal that the vendor is providing, a review of the product, a review of the vendor, and the payment methods accepted by each merchant. This really takes the hassle out of fighting crowds.
When you do your search for the product you want at these types of websites, all you do is hit the compare button and it will show you the top best deals available. There are usually 3 to 6 that you can choose from. The comparison chart will show you the store, their reviews, shipping information, and cost. You can then choose the item that interests you most and click a link that will take you to the vendor’s webpage for that item. It’s that convenient!
Black Friday isn’t the only time these comparison websites help consumers. You can take advantage of their knowledge Cyber Mondays, and any other time of the year. They provide their services for a number of products as well. You can find items and products including mobile phones and accessories, tablets, laptops, tv’s cameras, clothing, shoes, and items for your home, such as kitchen gadgets, air conditioners, other appliances, and so much more.
A comparison shopping website takes the frustration out of searching for the best shopping deals for you. Furthermore, they also save time, since you don’t have to search each individual bargain yourself not to mention the money savings one will have by utilizing the best shopping deals found available.
You don’t have to be an online or brick and mortar shopping guru to find the best deals for products. You just have to know where to look. Taking advantage of a deals website is a positive solution for getting the best savings on items you want and need. One should keep in mind, though, that like everything else online, there are numerous websites available that offer this type of service to consumers. Some provide free information while you will run across those that require a small fee for it. Choose a reputable one, and enjoy the best shopping deals available!
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It’s been a dull, dark, cold, grey, damp (need I go on?) week in the south east, but I decided to drop in to Sussex Prairie Garden to buy my annual season ticket yesterday and was very happy to find some much needed colour. These shots were all taken around the gardens and in the shop. I’m looking forward to another season of regular visits there.
If you’ve never tried online shopping, you are missing out on one of the biggest and best advantages of the age of the internet. There is no need for hurry. There is no need to be in a rush. You can shop 24/7, so go ahead, and take a nap! Three A.M.? Go shopping!
You have just finished your 8hr (or more) work day, you only want to get to your favorite chair and relax. But, you haven’t finished your shopping for Christmas gifts yet, maybe you haven’t even started, and the time is fast running out. Why not try the internet this year? It is from the comfort of your own home. Even in your pajamas if you feel like it. When you shop on the internet, you’re not wasting your valuable time you usually reserve for yourself. You do also not have to fight the crowds that are so huge this time of year.
You also save time and money shopping online. You can shop for values and lower prices in mere minutes instead of hours or even days. You can compare the different makes and brands of certain items with the click of a mouse instead of putting miles on your vehicle and fuel in the tank. The world we live in now days is very fast paced and busy and a far cry from the world we grew up in. At one time you could expect stores to be closed at five or six o’clock and no one was open on Sundays. Those days are gone, and stores are open 7 days a week, some even 24 hrs a day. There seems to be no end in sight.
More and more people are taking advantage of the convenience of lower prices and no crowds to do their Christmas shopping online from home, or any place where they can get on the internet. Be advised, you will find that usually, because of the huge savings on overhead, prices are lower online than if you went to a brick-and-mortar store.
Also, because most merchants understand that since the size of the in-store inventory is zero and the cost of advertising and labor is so much less than in a conventional store front, they can pass the savings to the customers. Therefore, you will usually find the best selections and deals on the internet. Not only that, with online shopping you are not only able to find what you want or need very quickly, you are also able to compare prices and find out what other customers think about a certain product before you purchase it.
So, now you ask, exactly what is this online shopping thing and what do you do to “get-r-done”? Remember the old advertisement “let your fingers do the walking”? You don’t walk, or drive, to get from one place to place, your fingers and your mouse are all you use to go from one store to the other. Since during the Christmas shopping season most people are looking for the fast fix, and when they can find what they want right at their fingertips, internet shopping has become a big hit for them.
So, the main advantages to internet shopping are; less time spent looking at different products in several places, huge difference in number of selections available for any item, most of the time the prices are much lower online, the number one advantage is the utmost in convenience for someone with limited time for shopping, especially at holiday’s.
If you happen to be one is concerned with security when it comes to online shopping, we should make you aware that online shops have security minded software exclusively made for the online shoppers. This is to assure you that the use of your credit card is safe and it won’t be stolen. You’ve got to realize that online vendors protect the rights and welfare of their customers since their future business depends on your security and peace of mind and willingness to use your cards.
It is best to begin with to choose a reliable and legitimate vendor to deal with, one that has an extremely user friendly, and very easy to navigate website. And one that has a huge and diverse inventory, sort of like a department store in a mall that advertises “one stop shopping”. Or one that you might want to refer to as “The mall of America online”
If you have not tried online shopping as of yet, it would be a good idea to start out on a site such as the one above. Also make sure the site has a good return or exchange policy if only for your own peace of mind. This is a must for the “newbee”. Remember, customer service is much more important to the customer at an online merchant than at a conventional one.
The author wants to suggest that you start with http://Amazon.com especially for Christmas gifts. The inventory and selection is absolutely 2nd to none. Amazon is a trusted brand name, and has great customer service. It could be called “The Mall of America Online”. The address is; http://amazon-2.blogspot.com/
Many parents this Christmas will be looking for unique and amazing gifts to buy for their children this holiday season. This can be a challenging task when you also factor in the need in this current economy to pinch pennies and maximize the savings on your Christmas presents. However there are many things you can now buy that will be within your holiday budget. Here are some tips to help you find gifts that will give you bang for your buck this holiday shopping season as well as some fun ideas for Christmas day.
Save. It is now already October but it it not too late to start saving in anticipation of the holidays. The benefits are limitless. Number one is that it is a buyers market for anyone who has the market to spend there are numerous deals to be had if you know where to look. The second is that there is the peace of mind knowing that you can purchase gifts whenever you want with no concerns about ruining your credit or absurdly high bills in January
Another great idea is to set a budget for your kids. Most toys that are going to be popular this year will be under $ 100 so if you have just one or two kids this will really be to your advantage. For families setting a budget also has the great effect of aiding saving more effectively so that you not only have enough to purchase the toys you planned for but also extras such as batteries and accessories.
If you can’t see about purchasing big ticket items try to focus on purchasing accessories or expansion sets for toys your children already have. This is effective for kids with video games consoles or those that have name brand dolls. For video gamers buy accessories such as extra controllers or memory sticks. For the Nintendo Wii new games such as Wii resort require new motion sensor attachments for finer control. So investing in purchasing these expansion kits just makes sense. For girls with Barbies it is the dream house and the car. Trying to buy them all at once last year was probably out of the question but this year it will be the right time to do so.
Another thing to do this year is to purchase toys that can be enjoyed by the entire family. The first would be the Wii which has a lot of games that can be played by a lot of people such as Wii Sports and Wii Resort. There are also more interesting offerings that are now coming onto the market such as the Mindflex. It is a mind blowing toy that works using the players brain waves to move a ball through an obstacle course. There are also more conventional options such as boardgames. These are all things that your kids can enjoy together.
Last you can give each of your children a special letter from Santa. If you want to go for authenticity you don’t have to spend too much to do it. There are some great online services that not only allow you to design the letter but will even mail it to your home with a special North Pole postmark. This combined with other small things you can do around the house will help keep your kids believing in Santa Claus.
Create magic in your child’s eyes with our Santa letters . EZSantaLetters.com offers fully personalized Santa letters and 15 pre-written Letters . All letters are postmarked from the North Pole and will definitely put a smile on your child’s face.
time to haul out and go home
Image by Dale Simonson
For the first sail of the season, I launched from Vanier Park at 4pm, and had about 8 to 10 knots of wind in English Bay. I cruised close to the Stanley Park shoreline out to Siwash Rock and back, then blasted up the opposite Kitsilano shore for bit into a freshening breeze, until it was getting late and I had to head back. Landed at ramp at 7pm.
With the end of Daylight Savings Time everyone is gifted an extra hour of sleep if they take advantage of it and the beginning of the Christmas Shopping Season this year. It seems that every year the Christmas Shopping begins earlier and earlier.
Traditionally, the official beginning of the Christmas shopping season was the wee hours of the morning on the Friday after Thanksgiving when the real bargain hunters arrived at their local malls at 5:00am with the sale papers in hand knowing just what they were looking for….that Right Gift for the person on their Christmas list, usually their child.
Seduced by the early bird special markdowns, the availability of the latest, hottest must-have hard-to-find toy that every child wants, and ability to get these best buys and saving cash deals all before heading off to work is truly the bargain hunters dream.
In these difficult economic times American families face the reality of evaluating their financial situation by deciding what they can afford to purchase or how much to spend. Looking for the best buys that will give them the best return or value for the different ways of investing money in each product that they purchase is all part of the process. Spending money and buying anything is an investment.
Are you getting the most for your money? For example, in a recent visit to the grocery store, for a sixty cents investment, I could have bought a cake mix or a candy bar; but which was the better investment? Each choice would help my craving for something sweet. The candy bar may be finished before the rest of the groceries are even loaded into the car. The cake mix, though a delayed craving gratification, could possibly provide 2-4 servings or more depending how many people are living at home with you for the same price.
This Christmas you have the opportunity to find the best buys with online shopping for all your Christmas shopping. Saving time and money is what the internet is about. No gas fill-ups, no jammed parking lots, no huge crowds; shopping from home on your computer offers many one stop shopping websites which can save you a trip to the mall and maybe even an extra hour’s sleep. Their offers include clothing for each member of the family, educational kids toys, and baby needs from strollers to winter outerwear.
Christmas shopping online for your children’s toys will lead you to saving money and being smarter than those who need to read investing for dummies. A great Christmas gift idea is to buy an educational toy for your child rather than the trendiest, must have toy. The latter is probably over-priced because of supply and demand. The educational toy provides a learning element that the must-have toy does not have, and pays off with the development of a higher IQ and learning development that would be a good beginner’s investment for his/her future. The longevity of the educational toy also will have to be considered as well.
When discussing larger priced items such as clothing or long-term needed items such as baby strollers, the family will have to factor in the life span of the item. How long will the item last? Buying a quality brand name baby stroller for your first child may end up being the vehicle of transportation for all your children, not just the first; or passed on to other family members who have children after you. The same is true for quality clothing that you can find for sale on the website.
Money saving ideas start by doing your Christmas shopping on the internet. The importance of savings of both time and money can provide you a stress free venture compared to the mall. Saving cash through special offers with 10% to 70% off local prices, and free shipping, these sites will help you keep money in your wallet or purse.
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