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Surviving the Biggest Shopping Weekend of the Year….

 

The holidays are upon us! Thanksgiving is THIS WEEK! Where does the time go? 

Ok, I’m the first one to tell you that I LOVE turkey day. And, I am thankful for so much. But, I’m not going to lie, Thanksgiving weekend is also about SHOPPING for me. Black Friday! Small Business Saturday! Cyber Monday! I mean, come on, if you can’t find a deal over the weekend, I don’t know WHAT to tell you!

Black Friday can be chaotic and crazy! Small Business Saturday is a great way to show support for local business. And, Cyber Monday is a perfect option to shop from the comfort of your own home. 

But, remember a few things before you grab your wallet this weekend: 

1. Make a List – Who are you buying for and what are you buying.

2. Stick to your Budget – Decide what you can spend per item.

3. Research – There are a ton of websites available to help you search out Black Friday/Cyber Monday steals and deals in addition to the specific store websites. Do your homework ahead of time to insure a great deal! As well as, there are smartphone/computer apps too! 

Websites: TGIBlackFriday.com, TheBlackFriday.com, Bfads.net, CyberMonday2012.com, Dealio.com, CyberMonday.com

Phone/Computer Apps: TGIBlackFriday/TGICyberMonday, Bfads.net, FatWallet.com-Black Friday Deal Finders

4. Beware of ‘Bundles’ – Some stores will ‘bundle’ items together as a way to show savings. Check the price of each item, individually, to insure savings. 

5. Beware of ‘Bait and Switch’ – Some stores will use the ‘doorbuster deals’ to get you in the door and then up sell you on a more expensive item. 

6. Buy the Item you Want/Need – Just because it’s a ‘steal’ in savings doesn’t mean it’s the right item for you. For example, if you are shopping for a TV, most of your ‘doorbuster deals’ are not going to have all the ‘bells and whistles’ that everyone is looking for as their main TV, but, might be good as a secondary TV. It’s a good deal, but, not good for the long term goal. 

7. Refund/Warranty Policies – Be aware of policies that might change due to specific Black Friday/Cyber Monday specials. 

8. Additional Shopping – Just because you saved money on one item doesn’t mean you should ‘over shop’ on unnecessary items. 

9. Be Kind – It is so important to be kind to others on days like this and every day. It can get crazy, but, remember the ‘true reason for the season’. 

Let the turkey be served and the shopping chaos and craziness begin….Happy shopping, everyone! 

Easy Halloween Crafts – Video (GDGC)

Fun and easy Halloween crafts to do with the kids! If I can do them, YOU can certainly do them too! :)  

Football Fanfare!

It’s football season! A few weeks ago, I had you dressed and ready to go to the games and/or the watch parties. NOW, let’s take it one step further for all of those Oklahoma collegiate fans….

Lazy Dayz Gifts

GIFTS! GIFTS! GIFTS! GIFTS! 

Whether it is a gift for yourself, to spruce up a watch party, and/or to give as a hostess gift, we have you set up certainly to make a touchdown! So many fun things from coolers to totes, whimsy plastic cups, coozies, and yummy treats for kids (big kids too!)! The chevron cooler is a ‘must have’ this football season. One, because it’s in your favorite school colors and you’re ‘on trend’ with the chevron print. It’s everywhere this season! 

Canterbury Lane Interiors & Gifts

There are so many choices, it is hard to choose! I’m in love with the darling picture frames that have an element of ‘old school/throwback’ feel. The stone signs are perfect for the ‘die hard fan’ and/or the hostess. (“Love, Laughter, and Cowboys Welcome.” – “Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Sooners”) As well serving up your guest’s favorite beverages in the fun and funky wine and pilsner glasses. 

Canterbury Lane Interior & Gifts

If you are the one to throw a watch party for this season’s football games, you will definitely need these! These platters are certain to liven up the ‘playing field’ when it comes to the food. Super cute! 

Lazy Dayz Gifts

And, according to my sources, these are FANTASTIC to serve to the non-beer drinkers at your football watch parties. It is wine-a-rita! Add these to your favorite bottle of wine and you will have a slush, a ‘wine-a-rita’, if you will! They come in a variety of flavors and so popular they can’t keep them on the shelves. Another touchdown for your female football guests! 

Happy Shopping for all of those fabulous football fans! 

Thank you to the following stores: 

Lazy Dayz Gifts

Canterbury Lane Interior & Gifts

 

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