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  • Happy Thanksgiving!


    Today is Thanksgiving Day here in the US and I just wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving.  Use today to take some time off from everything you are doing and just be grateful for everything that you have.

    Enjoy your Thanksgiving Day and be thankful for all of your blessings!

  • Saving Money on Christmas Gifts!

    Christmas Gifts2      Shopping for Christmas can get expensive quickly, especially when you have a lot of friends and family to shop for. There is relief, however, in knowing that you do not have to break the bank in order to provide a lovely, thoughtful Christmas gift.

    Before you head out and try to do your Christmas shopping, be sure to make a list of people you plan to give gifts to. Making a list ahead of time will help to ensure that you are not leaving anyone out and at the same time having your list handy for when you find possible items.

    Homemade gifts are well received because of the thought and effort put into the gifts. There are many different types of homemade crafts that you can make as gifts with little money and effort. If you like to cook, jellies and jams can be made in a relatively short time and many can be made at one time. Simply use an old family recipe, or if one does not exist, use one you find online.

    Other handmade ideas include memory shadowboxes or scrapbooks and jewelry. Personalized gifts show the recipient that you took the time to make them a special gift.

    Visiting thrift shops and second-hand shops is another way to save on Christmas gifts. Many of the items in thrift shops are gently used, making them acceptable for gifts. Keep an open mind as you walk through the shops, and keep specific ideas or people in mind as well. This will help you to find the hidden gems while shopping.

    Another venue you can search for Christmas gifts is at a flea market. Flea markets have gotten a bad name in recent years, but if you take the time to look you may find reputable dealers who sell decent merchandise. You may be able to talk down prices as well, especially if the dealer is having a hard time moving the merchandise.

    Shopping on Black Friday or Cyber Monday is another way to get great deals on items that would not normally be on sale. Browse fliers beforehand and make a list of possible items to purchase. You can find websites online that cater to providing sales fliers, such as If you do not wish to venture out on Black Friday, know that most retailers now offer shopping online on Cyber Monday.

    Christmas shopping can be a stressful event, especially if you don’t have a lot of money to spend. Keep it simple by shopping around at unique venues or consider making your own gifts. Either way your friends and family will enjoy the gifts and the holiday with you!