November 8, 2019
If you’re not a fan of Black Friday chaos—you know…the crowds, the rush, the relentless search for a parking space—then ditch the onsite shopping this year while still enjoying the sweet deals.
Here are a few ideas to get in on the savings…without stepping foot in the mall:
Take advantage of Cyber Monday
Why even get in the car when you can find just about anything online? Cyber Monday is a great way to get in on some excellent online deals. Once the ads start rolling out, cross-reference your gift list with Cyber Monday advertisements. Make note of what company is offering the best deals on the gifts you need to purchase. Then, on Cyber Monday, be one of the first to visit vendor websites and purchase items at a discount.
Beware of over-browsing, however. Don’t fall into the trap of buying items that are not on your gift list…just because there’s a good deal.
Shop local and negotiate
If you don’t want to do all your shopping online, shop local! Search out unique boutiques and consignment stores to find custom gifts at Black Friday prices. Sometimes, you can negotiate prices for even more savings.
Remember, gift giving should be fun. Use these tips to avoid the stress of Black Friday shopping if it’s just not your cup of tea.
Summer’s here, and the world is opening up again. However, not everyone feels comfortable traveling just yet. And that’s fine—there’s lots of fun to be found in every area. Here are some ideas to help you and your family have an enjoyable summer close to home.
If you’ve ever yawned your way through a wordy, boring document, you might have wondered if your own writing was as hard to understand. Luckily, there’s a great tool to measure the readability of your writing, and it’s as close as your word processor. (Note: For this article, we use Microsoft Word as our example. Details will vary if you use another application.)
Over the past year, we’ve all spent more time than usual at home—which may mean you’ve paid more attention to your utility bills than in previous years. If you’ve noticed a creep upward, here are some easy ways to help keep your energy costs down.