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Good deals are everywhere right now

Sometimes I wonder if I’m the only one that buys a lot of things for myself during the Christmas season. During the course of the year, when people try to buy me gifts I usually ask them for a gift card. I hold on to them until the next Christmas Holiday shopping season, then I use them to buy things for myself! Naturally I do Christmas shopping to buy gifts for other people too, but it just seems smart to take advantage of the best sale prices when they are out there!

I guess that I’m not the only one that does that, however, because I saw on Facebook last night that Brenda was bragging that she has finished her ukulele classes and is planning to check out the good deals on ukuleles and buy herself a new ukulele! I hope she posts a YouTube video of herself playing a song so I can see her play! We live too far from each other for me to be able to visit with her in person.

I did it! Did you?

I voted (free clip art)

I voted (free clip art)

Guest post by Charlene Wilson

This is the first year I have been old enough to vote and I DID IT!! I hope you did too. My grandmother told me that this is one of the most important things I can do to help our country. It doesn’t matter if the person I voted for wins or loses, my voice was heard either way. That’s a pretty empowering feeling to know that my one tiny voice will be heard. I just hope the best man wins no matter which one it is. I just hope they help all of us and not a select few.

Impulse Purchases at the Check-out counters

temper tantrum (free clip art)

temper tantrum (free clip art)

One of the biggest reasons why I dislike taking kids shopping with me is the dreaded check-out counter trap. While waiting in line, or while checking out, the kids are bombarded visually with all kids of tempting candy or toys. The kids, already tired (and sometimes hungry) see these impulse purchase items and immediately start begging the parents to buy the candy or the toy. If the parent refuses to fall for this “buy now” trap, the kids often throw a temper tantrum. Nobody wants to see, or hear, kids throwing a temper tantrum, ever. The parents of the kids are tired from the shopping trip and just want to get out of the store, so they often give in to the begging.

This whole thing is a terrible trap for the parents, and is a very good reason to try to find a baby-sitter to take care of the kids while the parents go do the shopping.

Shopping online for musical instruments and accessories

cash (free clip art)

cash (free clip art)

When Jake told me that he was looking to buy a new guitar, I suggested that he do some of his comparison shopping online before actually committing to purchase the guitar. It is all well and good to go down to the mall and try out a few guitars, but sometimes the stores at the mall have a lot higher prices. Don’t get me wrong, I support local businesses as much as I can, but if you can save a hundred bucks or more of your own hard-earned money by shopping around for a few minutes, then I am all for it! And sometimes if you can prove that you can get a better deal somewhere, the local merchant will lower their price to match it. So I suggested to Jake that he check out the Guitar Center’s website and see what kind of prices they have before committing to a purchase. Shop smart and check around!

Finding the Perfect Wine Wedding Favors

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wine wedding favors (free clip art)

As I was looking through some of the bridal magazines Heather brought over I found a really neat section on wine wedding favors. How neat would it be to receive a wine wedding favor.

There are a variety of different options to choose from when it comes to wine wedding favors. You can offer wine stoppers in a shape that will compliment your theme. For example a star fish for a beach wedding or a snow flake for a winter wedding.  I would love to see a double heart wine stopper myself.

Couples can give their guests personalized wine glasses The glasses can commemorate the special event with the names and date of the bridge and groom. Every time the glasses are used they will be reminded of the happy couple and the commitment they made.

Coasters are another option that can be elegant or simple. They come in both cork or glass and can add a touch of flair to your table depending on the design you choose. This option is also very functional and really who couldn’t use a nice set of coasters. These could make great gifts for people that elect not to drink wine or other alcoholic beverages.

There really is something for everyone when it comes to wine wedding favors. They also make great last minute additions to any wedding because there are so many flexible options.