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Still have some holiday shopping to do? You are not alone. According to a recent National Retail Federation survey, 90 percent of holiday shoppers still have gifts, food, décor and/or other holiday items to buy. This means the mall and stores are “cray cray” right now. If you’re planning to get into the ring and do some in-store shopping, here are a few survival tips:
1. Dress for the Occasion
Ladies, dressing to impress is not dead, but nobody will be impressed if you’re limping from the pain of those high heels that are suffocating your feet. This doesn’t mean you can’t be stylish. Choose instead your favorite pair of flats or knee high boots with a low heel. Remember, comfort is key and you’d be surprised at the number of miles you’ll rack up doing laps around the mall.
As for your outfit, layers will be your best bet as temperatures vary when travelling store-to-store. Go for a comfortable t-shirt, leggings or jeans with a little bit of give, and top it with a wrap sweater. Voila! Ready to shop! Men can be comfortable and stylish too, with a nice pair of sneakers, jeans and a comfortable t-shirt. A jacket is required as well for the trips in between stores.
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When it comes to shopping for a gift, sometimes the the best way to save money is to be creative. Here are some easy ideas for saving money while giving those you care for a gift they will enjoy.
Keeping a few quick go-to ideas on hand can prevent you from overspending.
1. Have a gift stash.
Whenever I see a great item on clearance that can be potentially used as a gift, I add it to a shelf in a cabinet for potential gifts. I can’t name how many times this stash has come in handy. Whether it’s a birthday gift I didn’t have time to shop for, a last minute decision to go to a baby shower or often never planned Thank You or Congratulations gift, going into this stash not only saves me time from having to make a trip to the store, I have already saved money on a cute gift.
Today’s PR and marketing professionals are expected to handle a wide range of responsibilities, from creating marketing collateral to analyzing campaigns to distributing content. Managing all these tasks by hand would grind productivity to a halt, so it’s no wonder many marketers use more than 100 programs.
It’s also hard to get your job done if you’re waiting on graphic designers, copywriters and other employees or contractors. Sometimes you need a quick turn around to meet deadlines or leverage a new trend.
You don’t need to break your budget to handle the program load your marketing and PR campaigns require, you just need to take a look at some of these free and low cost tools.
So I’ve become quite the saver lately. I use the Find&Save app as a tester for my company (who created the app), but also as an avid user who loves the savings. I also use other shopping apps because 1- they are fun + extra money savings, and 2- to see what “others” are doing.
Next to the Black Friday through Christmas shopping season, Presidents Day weekend is one of my favorite times to hit the stores. Honestly, shopping any weekend is fun, but shopping a major sales weekend as more so a mission to get the best deal. While retail therapy is great any time to browse and find cute items for your home or a new outfit. The therapy of a sales weekend is just how much money you can save. Continue reading