Thursday, December 10, 2009

Single: The magic of Internet shopping

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Here's a funny article about buying for Christmas.  She is humorous, but very informative.  Read the whole article and see if you get any ideas.  Only 15 days until Christmas, time for serious shopping!

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The holiday spirit seems to be infesting me earlier and earlier every year. This time, it was buzzing around me before Thanksgiving plans were even being considered, whispering in my ear that I should start shopping immediately or I would be doomed, doomed. And seeing as how I usually start shopping on Dec. 23 (with mixed results), I decided to listen to that little persuasive voice.
I started hounding my innocent family members to put together wish lists RIGHTAWAY so I could just get on with the shopping already. Then, Black Friday came and went and so did Cyber Monday, and I was a little bitter they didn't quite get their acts together in time for me to get the best deals. After all, it's in their best interests to do so. Still, I've managed to rise above these Herculean-esque challenges, and had over half of my Christmas shopping done before I even set up my tree. This Christmas miracle, dear readers, is all thanks to the Internet.
I love Internet gift shopping. It's just so easy. You browse, you find something interesting, you click and then a few days later it shows up on your doorstep, all perky and new and ready to be wrapped. (Sometimes, to fight off the tiny niggle of disappointment that I've received a package full of stuff for everyone else, I'll throw in a little something for me. I mean, I'm being generous! I SHOULD be rewarded. And no, I do not need another lecture about the true meaning of Christmas or the joy of giving. I'll remember all that later in the month, when the frenzy of shopping has receded and there's room in my soul again for kindness, hope, and love.)
Sadly, some people (cough *the Boy*cough) seem a little intimidated when it comes to online shopping, even though the idea of heading to the mall fills them with Grinchy dread. So in the spirit of helping other people give and thusly improving their lives and overall happiness, I'll step in and offer up three of my favorite Web sites that can help ease the panic.
Amazon.com- This one may seem obvious, as it pretty much has everything and at shiny discounted prices. Also, if your order is over $25, it probably qualifies for free shipping. But the real benefit of this site is that you can put together a wish list so people who want to give you things (like ME!) actually give you what you want. And if you add the Universal Wish list button, you can add things from anywhere on the Web. (However, only items ordered from Amazon can be sent directly to your house unless the gift giver knows your address, because, wisely, Amazon will not disclose where you live.)
Thinkgeek.com- Maybe he NEEDS a tauntaun sleeping bag or an electric guitar T-shirt he can both wear and play. If someone in your life is a techie or Trekkie or any other kind of lovable geek, check this site out. There are handy gift guides for both him and her. There is also a whole section on zombies. Everyone loves zombies.
Etsy.com- This is a site full of handmade things. Jewelry, artwork, clothing. And lest you start to imagine a church holiday fair full of bad macramé, the items for sale are often beautiful and well-made. Also, you're buying directly from the artist, which is win-win. (This site also has gift guides. In fact, most sites do, which is really convenient for everyone. Thanks, Web sites!)
Remember to check out shipping guidelines so you're not looking all Scrooge-ish at Christmas when the goods have yet to arrive. In most cases, orders using ground shipping (often free!) need to be placed by Dec. 17, if not sooner. Also, do a search for promo codes for the sites you're using, as you can often get additional discounts.
So good luck, shoppers. (Just beware the slightly addictive qualities of online shopping, or you'll be like me, awaiting packages from Australia and Japan and making your credit card quiver in fear.)
Heather apologizes for not getting these suggestions out in time for Hanukkah. You can send her holiday wishes at singleontheseacoast@gmail.com.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Top 10 Gadgets For 2009. A Christmas Buying Guide For Tech Junkies

This really does seem to be the Christmas for gadgets and electronics.  Here's another article that lists some of the hottest buys this year.  You cannot go wrong with any of these products--just be sure to match the product with the appropriate recipient.

I know I love gadgets, but I have trouble staying up with all the new technological changes.  I probably will need to look into a few of these for myself--just for research purposes you understand.

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If you can’t find that perfect gift for the tech loving person in your life we have listed a few options you may not have considered. From gaming systems to pico projectors and mobile phones, this is the Inquisitr Top 10 Gadgets List for 2009, a list composed of “mostly” readily available Gadgets that you can buy for your loved ones this Christmas.

1. PS3 Slim
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While The Sony Playstation 3 has been around for a while, Sony recently released the Slim version of the device and at $299 users can beat the gaming systems Blu-Ray and Gaming Capabilities. If you have a gamer in your life who doesn’t have a PS3 or needs to replace their old console, this is a great and fairly cheap option. Also watch out for game bundles that are offered with some system sales.
2. Motorola Droid
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While we love the iPhone, the Droid really does do everything users could want from a device and it does it with the hottest new mobile operating system on the market (Google Android 2.0).  We love the feel of the device, the thousands of apps now offered for Google Android and the fact that AT&T isn’t shoving it in our faces. If you’re a Verizon customer this is the only phone you should be considering. Price: $199 with a two-year contract.
3.  Flip Mino HD
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This device comes with 4GB and 8GB options. Regardless of the size you choose you’ll love the small candybar style design with 720p  recording capabilities and an upgraded mic that provides better (not perfect but improved) voice recording. While 1080P camcorders are still our number one choice, you can’t beat the starting price of $199. They’ve already received moderately good reviews, although if you need “professional quality” videography you’ll definitely want to look elsewhere, this is more for recording your kids school plays and family vacations.
4. Barnes & Noble Nook
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This device is one of our favorites for the year, but beware, it’s only worth the buy if you don’t mind giving it as a late present (January 15th expected delivery date). Even with the late date we couldn’t leave the device with it’s dual displays, including a 3.5 inch color LCD screen, e-Ink features and expandable memory off the list.  We also couldn’t ignore the WiFi and AT&T 3G capabilities of the device and the ability to download full books for reading while in Barnes & Noble stores and the devices sexy look that makes the Kindle look old fashioned.
5. Nintendo DSi
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With the PS3 Slim taking our top console spot we felt it only fair to acknowledge Nintendo’s handheld gaming system. We  love the inclusion of an integrated camera (even if it is only 0.3MP), the larger 3.25″ screen (original had 3″), the MicroSDHC card slot that can playback audio and most importantly the new DSi shop, after all you can’t have a truly connected device these days without an App store of some kind.
6. Windows 7
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Yeah I know the purist will say “that’s not a gadget” but software powers the top gadgets we use and Windows 7 finally fixed many of the gripes users had with Microsoft OS’s.  We love the new user interface, jump lists, the taskbar with full screen previews, webslices, better device management, increased security that isn’t so obtrusive and many other features of the new OS. If you want to buy someone a product that will reduce their Windows Vista headaches a nicely wrapped copy of Windows 7 is a great way to go.
7.  Apple Magic Mouse
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It was a given that we’d like this option from Apple more than their crappy Mighty Mouse and we were right. The first mouse to feature touchpad use is ergonomically pleasing, orgasmic to look at and fairly cheap at $69. If you have a Mighty Mouse its time to ask Santa for the Magic Mouse, you’ll wonder how you lived without it all these years.
8. Novatel MiFi 2200
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If you’re on the Sprint or Verizon networks and you travel a lot or you want a makeshift WiFi network for your home or business you need to buy this device. The MiFi 2200 turns your phones 3G into an impromptu WiFi network. Just be warned that downloading huge files can quickly zap your typical 5GB monthly data allowance.  The device is very portable and extremely simple to use with quick network access at the core of the device.
9. PowerMat
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If you have an iPod and two cell phones sitting around you might run into issues if you only have one wall outlet available. Then again why would you both plugging in your electronics to charge them when you can just place them down on a mat and let that device charge your electronics without any wiring. If you want to avoid clutter at home or the office this is a must have gadget for all of your electronics charging needs.
10. 3M MPro120
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Pico projectors have been all the rage in 2009 and the 3M MPro120 was one of the most impressive mini projectors
to grace retail locations. The unit can fit in your hand comfortably, yet it’s capable of creating images on surfaces from 8 to 50 inches away and it works with various device including cameras, phones and computers. For the traveling business person in your life who has everything this is a great option for $350.
Those are 10 of our top picks for 2009. There were many other gadgets that also received our attention, however these were units we got our hands on, thoroughly tested and found to be at the top of their class.
Feel free to add your own picks as a comment and we’ll put together a “users choice” list in the coming weeks.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Christmas Eve shipping deadlines are nearing

With only 17 days left until Christmas, that doesn't leave much time to get a present purchased and shipped.
Deadlines are fast approaching to get delivery by Christmas, so beware!

This season, it seems the big winners are electronics and gadgets.

    • The electronic book reader--making taking a book along easier than ever before
    • Big screen HD LCD 1080p televisions--encouraging us to spend more time at home
    • Game systems, like the Wii --keeping the kids entertained and active, but at home
    • GPS systems--helping all of us to stay on track and save gasoline
    • Cameras and camcorders--for the geeks and the creatives in the family
    • Netbooks--these little computers are all the rage everywhere
These gifts can all be bought online for ease and convenience, but watch those deadlines.  Those of you who thrive fighting crowds, looking for parking, finding the store to be "out of stock", and trying to save a dollar by spending 10 hours going from store to store--for you--there is still time for shopping!


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I'm still in the midst of Christmas gift buying, and I'm sure many of you can relate.
Here's a handy guide from dealnews.com that shows some retailer's shipping deadlines for delivery by Christmas Eve. Included in this list are Amazon, Macy's, Williams-Sonoma, L.L. Bean and Best Buy.
These deadlines still are more than a week away, but it's good to keep them in mind to avoid a last-minute scramble.

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Here's a message from Santa!



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Games, Games, Games!
With help from my elves Sally and Gwendolyn, children can learn while playing our newest games: Tell Time and Count Money. Don't miss Cheery Checkers, where you can play against me (Santa) in a challenging game of checkers. I see that many of you are practicing your holiday decorating ideas playing Trim the Tree, and enjoying a cyberspace snowfall with Build a Snowman!






Birthday Cards from Santa!
Only at the Northpole! This is just one of the free treats Santa has in his bag, and it celebrates each child's own special daywhatever time of year it comes. Parents, come register children to receive a birthday e-card from Santa. Just go to Santa's Mailroom and register the child's name, birth date, and email address. Remember, your information is safe with us. Northpole.com follows a strict privacy policy and does not share personally identifiable information with third parties.





Narrated story telling Select from over 20 stories and enjoy reading along while the story is read by one of Santa's elves.




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What's Cookin'? Our recipe quick-search and metric conversion table make it a snap to find and make favorites, like that special pumpkin cookie recipe everyone is raving about. Also, be sure to submit your favorite recipe online for consideration in Mrs. Claus' Cookbook.




Penny, Nickel, Dime, Quarter Thousands of children have played Santa's Count Money game throughout 2004, proving that learninghow to count coins and dollars and make changereally is child's play!




A quick list to your all-time favorites—all free!





Santa's Good Deeds Calendar Our very popular Good Deeds Calendars encourage good behavior throughout the year. A gentle reminder of the spirit of Christmas all year long, the calendars are a great way to give children a sense of accomplishment. Post them on the refrigerator or in your child's bedroom. Each day children check off achievements, and on Christmas Eve they can leave calendars under the tree to show Santa just how good they've been.




Personalized Stories to Print Personalize a story for a special child. Select from 3 original northpole.com stories and complete a simple form with the child's name, hometown, favorite toy/activity/dessert, and best friend's name. The story presents your child as the star character! Printed stories make a great gift from Grandma or Grandpa. Kids love them!




Elf Pal Academy An animated classroom offers more than 90 different fun and festive activities for youngsters, including mazes, connect-the-dots, counting, concentration, sound recognition, word search, math riddles, and more! Activities can be just for fun or incorporated into lesson plans.




Disco Dancing Santa Disco Dancing Santa has brought giggles to many and is sure to delight you, too. Help Santa find his groove to holiday disco music, then share the fun by emailing him to family and friends.




Letters to Santa Northpole.com provides children a quick, secure, and certain means to write Santa AND get a reply letter within two days.




Animated Postcards Our postcards are still an all-time favorite and a quick way to send friends and family a personal holiday note.




Well, I'm off to the Workshop to test some new toys...




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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Avoid buying pets on a whim this Christmas





Avoid buying pets on a whim this Christmas
Lonely pet . . . avoid impulsive buying a pet for Christmas.
Although this is an article written and published for the Australian public, I feel that the information is absolutely correct and important to be considered when buying for your loved ones this year.
Pets are not good gifts. Period.  Pets are like an adoption, not like a buying spree.  Pets are non-refundable usually--hence the extra large number of unwanted pets deposited at pounds and shelters across the world.
Buying or getting a pet should be a family decision and should be discussed in advance.  Everyone needs to be in agreement about the introduction of a pet into the family.  Responsibilities need to be identified and assigned.  Remember, if cared for correctly, this is a commitment that will last 15-18 years.

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BRISBANE: Families should avoid impulse buying of pets as Christmas gifts to reduce the number of animals which end up in shelters, a veterinarian says.

Dr Mark Perissinotto, head vet at online retailer VetShopAustralia, said many pets that are bought as Christmas presents end up unwanted in refuges and the decision to become a pet owner should be carefully considered.

“Cute and cuddly puppies or kittens can be hard to resist buying when you see them in a pet store, but they quickly grow and lose their innocent charm,” Dr Perissinotto said.

“During the first few weeks of the New Year animal shelters are inundated with cats, dogs and other animals that were given as Christmas presents.

“Pets should be given only to people who can look after them for the lifetime of that animal, not just on Christmas Day, and taking on a pet shouldn’t be an impulse decision.”

Dr Perissinotto said before buying a pet, it was important the intended recipient wants and gets along with the animal, agrees to accept responsibility for it and is willing to provide care.

Avoid giving a pet for Christmas unless you are sure the entire family welcomes the new addition, and that includes any established pets the family may already have,” Dr Perissinotto said.

“Pets are an expensive addition to the household and costs, including food, council registration, micro-chipping, desexing, vet bills, vaccinations, grooming, boarding kennels and bedding, must also be met.”
Dr Perissinotto said families which had agreed to take on a new pet should wait until after Christmas to introduce the animal to their home.

“During the holiday season people are so busy that they don’t have the time it takes to fulfil a puppy’s or kitten’s demands and responsibilities such as walking or feeding a new pet can easily be forgotten,” he said.
“Instead of the actual pet, give pet supplies or pet toys as Christmas gifts in anticipation of the new arrival.”
Dr Perissinotto also encouraged families to adopt their new pet from a shelter or refuge.

“Adopting a pet is ultimately saving a life,” he said.

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Twice as nice: Gifts that benefit nonprofits

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 With all the hoopla about "going green" why not focus your Christmas buying this year on a more PC type of gifting.  Why not give a gift that also gives to a charity or non-profit a portion of the money.  In that way, both you, the buyer, and the recipient will feel good about the gift.

It's a win-win situation all the way around and you will be helping out charities that may be really struggling to make ends meet in this recession.  Merry Christmas!

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It's the central contradiction of the holidays: saving the world vs. looting the malls.
The second half of the equation is powerful even to the most humanitarian-minded of us, which is why you're reading a holiday gift guide right now instead of a book by Gandhi or St. Thomas Aquinas.
But these days it's not necessarily an either-or proposition: There are a growing number of gifts that multi-task, serving avarice and humanity at the same time. As Greyston Bakery's Joanne Jordan says of her company's Do-Goodie Brownies: ``With the purchase of one brownie, you can not only gratify a chocoholic who you love, but help out people who really need it, all for one low price.''

In the case of Do-Goodie Brownies, the price really is low: $2.49, with profits going to a foundation that supports job training, healthcare, housing and childcare for the poor.
If Mr. Scrooge had had options like this, those ghosts could have spent Christmas Eve snug in their coffins.
• The most versatile option is an online marketplace called GoodShop.com, which has partnered with more than 80,000 nonprofits in a program that kicks back a percentage of gift prices to the charity or cause of your choice. Buy a $60 electric football game from Back to Basic Toys and 4 percent of the price goes to your chosen nonprofit.
• Adding a charitable dimension to holiday-gift-giving can be politically tricky. Even if Aunt Agatha secretly wants to projectile-vomit at the sight of a chartreuse sweater you misguidedly gave her, she'll probably just smile and say thanks. But if she's an NRA member and finds out part of the sweater's price went to Handgun Control, your eggnog party could get a little loud. Avoid controversy with a gift card from GlobalGiving.com.
Available in denominations from $10 up to the amount of the Powerball jackpot you hit last night and don't know what to do with, GlobalGiving's card allows the recipient to direct their donation to any of hundreds of causes of every ideological stripe, from relief projects for the victims of Russian intervention in Georgia to the prevention of gender violence in Kenya.
• Another way to avoid controversy is to choose a gift that helps fight a disease -- as politically polarized as America is, almost nobody favors diseases. And it's harder to imagine an illness that everybody wants to get rid of more than cancer. The insurance company AFLAC sells a plush stuffed-toy version of its duck mascot (a small one for $10, large for $15) at Macy's and aflacholidayduck.com; 100 percent of the price goes to pediatric cancer hospitals, including the Miami Children's Hospital.
• Fashion designer and cancer survivor Sheridan Savio has created a line of clips -- hair bands, pony-tail holders, even little pacifier clips bearing a smiling angel -- that sell for $7-$24, with 20 percent of the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society (clips4acure.com).
• The Alzheimer's Foundation of America has a line of sterling silver jewelry -- necklaces, bracelets and stickpins, all for $30 and all including the organization's hands-and-heart logo that honors Alzheimer's caregivers (alzfdn.org).
• The Diabetes Research Institute (diabetesresearch.org) is trying to pun its way to a cure with $10 ``I'm Tired Of Diabetes'' bracelets made from old auto tires.
• For $40, you can adopt an endangered whale from the Oceanic Society, complete with a certificate and photo. If a whale won't fit under your tree, go with a dolphin for the same price (oceanicsociety.org).
• The $20 teddy bears on sale at the Ritz Carlton in Coconut Grove benefit Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (Our Little Brothers and Sisters), a charity with orphanages in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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Friday, December 4, 2009

Gifts for Significant Others Neglected By Tech-Addicted Lovers

 Here's an article from a man's perspective about buying for a Significant Other.  I found this to be both humorous and truthful.  Maybe there is something useful here for you as you scramble to finish your Christmas shopping this year.  Good shopping!

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Hey baby, look, we all have priorities. For me, my gadgety toys just so happen to fall a teensy bit above you on the list. Don't be offended! Here, look, I got you a present! Now, back to my iPhone.
BTW, if you hate the gallery format as much as the Grinch hated Christmas, click here.

23andMe: What better way to make up for neglecting your girlfriend than by giving her the most personal gift possible: a detailed analysis of her genetic code. She'll be able to learn about her descendants as well as get clued in on what sorts of diseases she needs to look out for in the future. And as an added bonus, all that data she'll get will require a good amount of time for her to go through. Time you can spend playing video games. $300-$500 [23 and Me]

Classmates.com membership: Nothing will make her appreciate your half-assed brand of boyfriending like a trip down ex-boyfriend lane, especially the high school sections. Look, you might not be able to make it through a dinner without dicking around with your phone, but at least you didn't get fat and never leave your hometown like these schlubs. Here's to being the most palatable of an unpalatable group! $39 [Classmates.com]

New Super Mario Bros Wii: Your girlfriend might hate Modern Warfare 2, but if there's any game that will turn a game-averse girl into a trash-talking controller jockey, it's this one. You can play together, alternating between helping each other out and throwing each other into bottomless pits. I'm sure there's a metaphor for your relationship in there somewhere, but I'll leave it to you to suss out. $50 [Amazon.com]

Don't Buy: Kitchen Gadgets: Even if she says she wants to get more into cooking, you probably don't want to give her a kitchen gadget as a gift. I mean, sure, you might think that her making a delicious meal for the two of you while you surf the web sounds great, but insinuating that that's how she should pass her time will probably earn you a swift kick to the hanging brains.

Asus O!Play: Getting a gadget for a gadget-wary girl might seem like an obvious blunder, but think about it: with this thing, you can stream downloaded movies and TV shows to your TV that you can watch together! As long as you are well prepared with some of her favorite movies and shows, you'll be able to sneak in some gadget-lust fulfillment in a way that you can enjoy it together instead of by yourself. A novel thought! $99 [Link]

TiVo HD: Look, you don't have to be super into gadgets to appreciate the quality of a TiVo HD when compared to the crap DVR your cable company provides. And this is, again, something you can use together rather than something she has to tolerate you paying attention to instead of her. $215 [Amazon.com]

Canon 7D: If there's a guaranteed way to get her into gadgets, it's buying her one of the best. And really, if she's into photography even a little bit, she'll love the 7D. It's a monster of a camera, one that'll have her taking pictures all the time. Looking for something a bit cheaper? Check out our DSLR buying guide. $1,900 [Link; Amazon.com]

Don't Buy: Dyson DC25: You don't want to get this for the same reason you don't want to get her a kitchen gadget, but even more so. You can be into cooking, but no one is passionate about cleaning. Seriously, if you value your relationship at all, avoid at all costs, no matter how cool you think the vacuum is. $500 [Link; Amazon.com]

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Amazon Bargains Galore!




Since it seems that Amazon may turn out to be this Christmas season's best bet for bargains, I have listed some of the wonderful deals available there.  Time to get serious, don't you think?






  • Windows 7 Netbooks Under Starting $350: Find the biggest selection of netbooks with Windows 7 Starter in the Amazon.com netbooks store. click here








  • Blu-ray Players Under $200: The high-def experience doesn't have to be expensive. Amazon.com has Blu-ray players from brands such as LG, Samsung, and Sony with prices below $200. click here








  • Great savings on new cutting-edge HP Photosmart Premium TouchSmart Web All-in-One Printer: The world's first web-connected home printer powered by touch. Quickly print movie tickets, maps, coupons, lab-quality photos and more. All without a computer and now at a very low price. click here








  • Movies & TV Gift and Boxed Set Sale : To find that last minute gift without breaking the bank, shop our Movies; TV Gift and Boxed Set Sale with savings of up to 60% off select DVD and Blu-ray, from Dec. 2 - Dec. 22, 2009 while supplies last. click here








  • Up to 40% Off Kitchen ; Home Gifts: Save up to 40% on perfect gift for everyone on your list, from the Master Chef to the Home Decorator to the One Who Has It All. Plus, check out our editor’s picks to discover the hottest gifts this season. click here








  • Amazon Kindle Wireless Reading Device: 6” E-ink® Display with Global Wireless: Kindle is Amazon’s most wished for, most gifted and #1 bestselling product. This year, give them what they really want and have it delivered in time for the holidays! click here








  • Top Holiday Deals ; Frustration-Free Packaging in Toys: Shop our top holiday deals in Toys and find great savings on toys, games, puzzles, and more. Also save on toys in Frustration-Free Packaging. Say no to wrap rage- Amazon.com is now offering over 100 bestselling toys, electronics, and household items in easy-to-open Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging. They’re the same great products at the same great prices--just less packaging. click here








  • Bestselling ATT Phones from $.01 : Check out the incredible prices on ATT devices. Upgrade to bestsellers like the BlackBerry Curve 8900 or the LG Xenon GR500 Phone for only a penny (with new service plan). click here








  • Extra Discounts on Magazine Subscriptions: Magazines make great gifts, and during December some are as low as $5 after instant discounts including Disney FamilyFun, Redbook, Country Living and more. click here








  • Save over 30% off the Canon PIXMA iP100 Mobile Photo Printer: While supplies last, get the Canon PIXMA iP100 Mobile Photo Printer for only $169.99—that’s over 30% off! The rugged, compact iP100 Mobile Printer delivers remarkable quality and print-anywhere portability. click here








  • Diamond Stud Earrings- Best Deals of the Season: 'Tis the season for diamond studs. For a limited time, shop our best prices of the season on select diamond stud earrings sold by Amazon.com --up to 70% off, plus Free One-Day Shipping and special six-month financing. click here







  • Video Games- 18 Days, 18 Deals: Now is the time of year when anticipation builds more with each passing day. It's also the time of year when Amazon Video Games has scores of fantastic deals happening all at once. There is no better way to celebrate the season than with a mashup of daily anticipation and fabulous deals! Starting Tuesday, December 1 and continuing for 18 consecutive days, Amazon Video Games will be featuring one new, terrific deal for your gaming pleasure. Quantities will be limited! click here








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    Wednesday, December 2, 2009

    Christmas is fast approaching!

    Christmas @ Wal-Mart 2008Image by Brandy Shaul via Flickr
    Have you got your tree up yet?  Do you need to finish up your shopping?  If you answered "yes" to the last one, you are in very good company.  I know many people who have just now begun to shop in earnest.  If you answered "yes" to the first question, you are ahead of many.

    Today I would like to point out that bargains are out there for just about any item and at any store you may be looking at.  Here are just a few of the email "sales" ads I have received in the last week:





    Amazon seems to be the leader in online sales this year, and why not?  With just about anything you can imagine available and an offer of free shipping, why would you go somewhere else?






    Electronic gadgets seems to be all the rage this Christmas.  You can buy your grandmother this gizmo and never have to go pick her up again because she will never get lost!











    Don't forget the family pet!  There are deals everywhere for Fido and Gato.  Maybe you are thinking of buying a new aquarium to help calm down your active children, or maybe you want to have the soft chirping of parakeets on Christmas morning--find yourself a good deal!











    Even Walmart has gotten into the act.  Now you can find online bargains and have them shipped directly to the store for pick-up.  Save you money on the item and on the shipping. 

    We all know that if you don't find it at Walmart, then it isn't available anywhere.

    You may not plan to buy all your items here, but this really is a great place to buy those gifts for the teacher, the coach, the co-worker, etc.  And don't forget the hostess gifts for the party-going this season. 


    With all the bargains out there, a careful shopper should be able to celebrate the season without going broke!  Check it out!
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