7 Smart Ways To Shop This Holiday Season


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1. Prepare your budget and consider hidden costs. If expert estimates are correct, consumers are looking at dishing out an average of $760 during the holiday season. This is no small figure, and in order to avoid using a credit card to help cover some of the expenses, you need to create a budget that includes a list of potential costs. Go beyond gifts and airfare to the many overlooked needs that can derail your budget, including shipping costs, charitable donations and service tips.

2. Make a list and track it. By jotting down a list of gift recipients and potential items for each loved one on your list, you can keep your eye out for deals on those presents ahead of the big shopping rush. For help managing your shopping needs, download the free gift list app like Santa’s Bag for iPhone or Christmas Gift List for Android to keep track of ideas and purchases. These apps also contain a budget function, which will let you know when you meet or exceed your budget for gift recipients.

3. Research prices and scout out deals. Researching prices on desired products now is important for two reasons: one, you can snatch up a product when it goes on sale; and two, you can better distinguish actual deals from duds. Retailers are notorious for jacking up the price of a product and discounting it back down to its original selling price. You can save even more by looking for applicable coupons, even when you’re shopping online. For example, you can find hundreds of coupon codes that actually work from CouponSherpa.com, plus in-store and mobile coupons, too.

4. Watch price drops and keep track of receipts. Track sales using tech tools like Poach It to ensure you don’t miss out on a deal when it becomes available. If you happen to pick up a few products that drop in price after your purchase, you may qualify for a price adjustment from the retailer or even from your credit card. For price adjustments and easy returns, file your receipts in a desk drawer or use the One Receipt app to turn the paper records into digital files. Online shoppers can request price adjustments from sales reps via chat messages or by calling customer service.

5. Determine what to buy now vs. later. Buying everything before the holiday rush can be tempting, but you might be missing out on savings by doing so. For example, experts agree the first two weeks of December are best for bargains on toys, while gaming consoles and select cookware are best priced during Black Friday promotions. Check out this detailed calendar of best times to buy products from Lifehacker for more insight.

6. Pay attention to retail trends. Retailers start making big holiday announcements right now to gain an edge over competitors. Family Dollar just announced an ad-matching program, while Kmart is offering “no money down layaway” to Shop Your Way members. Macy’s is also expanding kiosk technology that allows shoppers to browse products and even make purchases, thereby skipping long lines characteristic of the holiday season. Ultimately, it pays to keep on top of retailer trends so you can take advantage of the convenience and money-savings they might offer.

7. Mark your calendar with important dates. Set reminders for USPS, UPS and FedEx shipping deadlines to help you stay organized when sending gifts to loved ones who live many miles away. This way you don’t get stuck paying more for expedited and rush carrier services. Also, mark your calendar for Thursday, Dec. 18, this year’s Free Shipping Day when hundreds of online retailers offer free shipping with no minimum and guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve. Go to FreeShippingDay.com to see which retailers are participating and to grab the exclusive codes for the delivery freebie.

Thanks for these great tips Andrea @ www.AndreaWoroch.com/ follower her on twitter for more tips  https://twitter.com/AndreaWoroch


Check out the NEW LG OLED TV from Best Buy #HintingSeason #OLEDatBestBuy


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Are you looking for the ultimate gift at the ultimate price? Best Buy has you covered. The NEW LG OLED TV is the top of the line when it comes to televisions, perfect for that special person on your list that has EVERYTHING.

What is OLED TV?

The amazing design of LG OLED TV is only 0.21″ thick at its thinnest point, less than a quarter of an inch is just unimaginable. The picture quality is spectacular, with Infinite Contrast that ranges from the most blazing whites to the deepest blacks. The LG’s exclusive 4 Color Pixel technology delivers bright, vibrant colors that are incomparable to any other television on the market today.

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Learn more here: LGOLEDatBestbuy.com

I truly feel a television is the one thing in life that it is perfectly acceptable to splurge on! The fact is, many of us spend more time watching television or movies than we are to admit, yet it plays a huge part in our life. When we need to relax… we watch TV, when we can’t afford to go out we rent a movie, when we want to reconnect with our family we plug on a funny sitcom. So why not make it the very best watching experience possible.  

Your first kiss. A baby’s first steps. The majesty of a desert sunset. Some things in life defy all explanation and must be experienced to be believed. Such is the case with LG’s latest display technology. With deeper and richer colors, stunning contrast and ingeniously curved screens, it is unlike any technology you’ve ever seen, and it delivers a picture that exceeds your wildest imagination.

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LG OLED TV 55EC9300 SKU# 7846019 Best Buy’s everyday price of $3499.99 (save $500)

·         Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color – delivers more natural, lifelike viewing.

·         4 Color Pixel technology enhances color range and accuracy.

·         Super thin design (consider how to show visually)

·         Find content faster with webOS 

 

 

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free


NEW One Direction Makeup Kit, Perfect Gift For Your Tweens This Year #makeupby1D, #thelookscollection, #markwins


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The NEW One Direction makeup kit is a must have to place under the tree this Christmas for every pre-teen girl who is a fan of the HIT band! There are five different limited edition tins available, one for each band member, so you can make sure you get her favorite…..or all of them!. These make up kits were created for—and inspired by—fans of the world’s biggest band as well as the members themselves .The makeup from One Direction is fun, bold, and a touch mischievous, but not too mature for the younger fans. The One Direction kit is offered at prices that everyone can afford, so you can easily cross it off the list.
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Each kit comes with:
4 Lip Glosses
6 Eye Shadows
Eye pencil
Lip Gloss Top Coat
2 Nail Varnishes
1 Limited Edition Makeup Case

I know that my daughter will be thrilled when she receives her “Liam” One Direction make up kit. Since this will be her first makeup kit AND the fact that it features her favorite band will make this makeup kit very exciting to her, but I know she is going to love the case even more. When you are finished with the glosses and shadows, you can easily remove the makeup holders inside to reveal the cutest keepsake case. The case is big enough to hold CDs, journals, or even more makeup!

The One Direction makeup kits will be available at many different stores including:
Sears USA
Kmart
Target
Walmart
and many more!
 
These hot items went on the shelf November 15th and are going fast, so make sure you stop in to your local store and pick one up today. I know my daughter will love hers, and I’m sure yours will too!

Want to WIN your very own 1D makeup kit? Enter this giveaway below for your chances!!! GOOD LUCK

 

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Easy Hummus Dip


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Easy Hummus Dip
 
Ingredients:
 
1 can of chick peas
1/2 clove of garlic (minced)
1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 cup of water
 
Directions:
 
1. Drain the chick peas and dump them into a blender or food processor.
2. Add remaining ingredients but only half of the water (1/8 cup)
3. Puree until smooth, adding additional water until your desired consistancy is reached.
4. Serve with chips, crackers, veggies or crackers.

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My Lalaloopsy Diaper Suprise Walmart Toy #chosenbykids


wpid-20141115_122101.jpgLast week I had shared with you my story on my best Christmas gift ever and how Walmart has pulled together a list of the best gifts this year to make your little ones squeal!!

I was given the opportunity to pick up the Lalaloopsy Diaper Surprise Baby at my local Walmart on the day of Walmart’s BIG toy event. During that event, they shared with us the hottest toys that have hit the market for this Holiday shopping season like: Zoomer Boomer Dino, Cra-Z-Sand and Matchbox Wrecky They Wrecking Buddy just to name a few.

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I was pleasantly surprised that despite the crowd at the event, Walmart had plenty of stock on hand for all the eager shoppers. Prior to my shopping trip I did a little research and compared prices for the Lalapoopsy doll and found Walmart to be the best price even without a sale.

After bringing the Lalaloopsy doll home, my kids immediately wanted to give it a try! Now, I am sure you have seen the commercials for this doll….. you feed her a bottle, push her bellybutton and she magically poops out a charm. So I was initially a little confused about the word “magically”…. well to clear things up, pushing her bellybutton does not release a charm like I had thought, but rather the diaper has a pre-placed charm in each diaper covered with a disposable paper that when gets wet, dissolves revealing the charm. With this in mind, you will need to buy additional diapers to receive more charms.

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The doll also comes with a dish, spoon, and 3 extra diapers. The doll is made from a heavy duty durable plastic that is easy to wipe off if anything spills on it. I did like that since this doll is all plastic, it would be great to play with as a bath time toy or in the swimming pool.

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Needless to say… this doll has some interesting and unique features that has definitely caught they eye of our kids and social media. It IS on the HOT list for this years toy list and I have a feeling that if this is on your shopping list for that special someone this holiday season, then you might want to shop early before they get harder to locate.

If you are feeling generous this year… Walmart will be having a Fill The Truck event where you can stop by your local store between 11/28-12/14 and donate toys and games for kids in need and make this Holiday season a little brighter for all!

Disclosure- This post was made possible by Walmart and Sverve – All idea and opinions are my own!

 


Keep Family Close and Safe This Travel Season with Life360 #life360


The Holidays are quickly knocking down our door….. I know to me, it seem like it was just Summer. The truth of it is… it will be time for company, meals, gathering, gifts, shopping and travel. Whew…. I am already tired just thinking about it.

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This year as my kids are getting older, I am having to face that they may be taking part in making their own plans. My daughter is 18 and just got married and that means I will be sharing the Holidays to some degree. My 16 year old son also has had a girlfriend for the last year and has been invited to go over for Thanksgiving dinner….. over 100 miles away…yikes. I will be pulling up my big girl mommy pants and allow them to start leaving the nest and fly a bit…… but only with a little comfort from my life360 app.

With Life360, I will be able to “be” with my son during his travels. I will be able to get quick notification when he arrives safe a sound, as well as know his estimated ETA when he is traveling back home. Even though my son is very courteous and respectful, I am sure he doesn’t want to have to call his mommy or have me call him several times to find out how things are going and “are you there yet?”

This app allows you to create several circles so you can pick the right one for every situation. Just think… with the quick glance of your phone you will be able to know the ETA of a family flight coming in, allowing you to have better use of your time vs. sitting around waiting for a late flight. Need to know when to put the marshmallows on the Yams….. check your guest’s location and adjust your meal if they are held up in traffic. My favorite Holiday use for Life360 will be holiday shopping. Inevitably while shopping we always want to split up so our gifts stay a surprise for others…. and year after year (even with phones) someone always gets lost or we can’t get ahold of them because it is too loud and they didn’t hear their phone…. but now with this app we can check in, even start heading in their direction without ruining the holiday surprise… or frustrated feelings. 

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These are just a few of the key features:

• Find family & friend locations on a private Map

• Know when your family is safe or needs help

• Chat one-on-one or with everyone within each of your Circles

• Get an alert when a Circle member reaches a destination

• Track a stolen or lost phone

Make sure you search and download the Life360 app for iOS, Android and Windows Phone all for  FREE!!

Share #MyLife360Story and you could win a $5000 vacation!

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Here’s what we need from you: Make a video telling us your Life360 story. Maybe it’s a specific instance when Life360 saved the day, or maybe it’s an example of the everyday peace of mind we help provide. Whatever it is, pull out your smartphone, get your family together and tell us your story! Be sure to tag it +Life360 and include the hashtag, #MyLife360Story. For full details and rules please visit this link


Whipped Cream krumkake Cookie Recipe


 

This is a Scandinavian cookie recipe that has been passed down by my Grandmother. She makes this for us every Christmas and is considered a special treat. To make this easier the have a Pizzelle (Krumkake) iron available on amazon ( I have the link below). When making the dough, you want the consistence to be of a thick waffle batter.

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Whipped Cream krumkake

1 cup sugar
½ cup butter (melted)
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup whipped cream (whipped)
2 cups flour
Krumkake iron (Cuisinart WM-PZ2 Pizzelle Press)
 
Beat eggs and add in sugar, whipped cream, butter, and vanilla. Add in enough flour to handle easily, and test on a hot iron. Place about 1 tbs. of dough on the iron. when lightly golden, remove from the iron. You may leave them flat, or roll to a cone shape and fill with whipped cream. Dust with powdered sugar and enjoy!


FoxMind Presents the Gift No One Else Can Give


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 What does every child want? An I Pad? Xbox? Maybe, but what is the one thing that every child wants, needs and deserves? At FoxMind Games they believe they know the answer and today announced the international availability of its new Time in a Box.

The new product, the brainchild of child psychologist and writer Rute Moreira, is more than its contents. It’s a gift of dedicated time; an opportunity to try new things; a way to explore art and science; a chance to plan for the future and to consider the past; and a way to tell a child in your life that they matter to you – more than anything!

David Capon, President of FoxMind, explained, “The benefits of Time in a Box extend beyond the product itself because it creates uninterrupted quality moments with the family and reinforces social-emotional connections. It also aims to reinforce the child’s feeling of connection to a larger community such as the neighborhood or the town where he or she lives.”

When you give Time in a Box, (MSRP $17.95 for 2 players ages 6 and up) you are offering a child you care about the gift no one else in the world can give them: your time. Inside the box you’ll find 96 activity cards that allow a child to momentarily shift your priorities and focus on doing a special activity together, such as playing a board game; solving a puzzle; starting a family tree; making a blanket fort; or carrying out an act of kindness that will bring a smile to a stranger’s face. Time in a Box includes a simple written agreement between you and the child that sets the ground rules by which you’ll both abide. Adults should switch off their smart phones and get ready for some quality time!

“Season-by-season, Time in a Box is a gift that inspires activities that provide a wealth of ways to make memories together and the unique and beautiful box can serve as a memory chest where pictures and notes can be collected and treasured,” Capon said.

Order yours today!


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