Month: November 2014

Twelve Contemporary (Shopping) Days of Christmas

Twelve Contemporary (Shopping) Days of Christmas
Nov. 24 – Black Friday – the day after Thanksgiving, you have time off from work and it’s the official start of the Christmas season
and of Christmas shopping. Stores are open 3-4 hours earlier and they close later. Holiday sales begin, it’s the first time that some
items will be available…. but definitely won’t be among the crazies up at 4am to get to the top of the line to make some wild dash for
the $99 flat-screen television or the Crazy Elmo toy. (Black Friday is the second single biggest shopping day for retailers and got its
name because in the days of old so much shopping was done on this day that it would turn the tide for many stores and put them in the
black, or, make them profitable.)
Dec. 2 – First Saturday in December – weekends are important because it means free time to shop. The early holiday and Christmas
shopper should be more than halfway through shopping list. Average shoppers are just starting to browse.
Dec. 3 – First Sunday – weekend Christmas shopping can be done but stores close the usual earlier time on Sundays.
Dec. 7 – Pearl Harbor Day – it isn’t recognized by most but is very important to war veterans. The President usually gives a speech to
a Veterans group and lays a wreath in honor of those who died on Pearl Harbor Day and in World War II.
Dec. 9 – Second Saturday – only two full weeks to go before Christmas. Where did the time go and where did the year go? To your
disguised annoyance, you are starting to hear the ubiquitous phrase, ‘Finished all your Christmas shopping yet?’ Christmas shopping
has to pick up speed or panic will set in. You are running out of time to enjoy some quality Christmas entertainment with your family.
Dec. 10 – Second Sunday – go to church if you haven’t been attending so that you won’t look like a ‘Christmas only attendee.’ Need
to squeeze in some shopping and must start sending out Christmas greeting cards this week.
Dec. 16 – Third Saturday, First Day of Hanukkah – it’s unbelievable that there’s only one full week to go before Christmas. Make
supermarket shopping list for Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner preparations.
Dec. 17 – Third Sunday – exactly one week before Christmas. Make sure Christmas toys and presents in hiding are still undiscovered.
Make final plans for family dinner on Christmas Day.
Dec. 21 – oh dear me!!! Only three days to go before Christmas. Do last minute planning, get as many chores as possible out of the
way, finish all Christmas and supermarket shopping. Assign final preparatory tasks to family members as necessary. Go over plans for
Christmas Dinner.
Dec. 22 – First Day of Winter – My goodness!! you still have shopping to do!!? You dread going to the mall this weekend. Pray for a
miracle to find one of those needle in a haystack salesperson who will hold hand and get you 95% through your Christmas shopping
list.
Dec. 23 – Last Saturday before Christmas – Now The Single Biggest Shopping Day of the Year!!!! The mall is absolutely crazy and
there are no sales people anywhere. It’s a zoo everywhere – on the roads, in the supermarket, even at the gas station people are
honking, hollering at the gas attendant to pump faster! But you know what … stopped at my favorite pastry store and was in and out in
a nanosecond… there was no line!!
Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve – downtown is glorious, everything is so splendid and magical…. will go to Midnight Mass…. Christmas is
the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!!!!

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Remodeling Your Bathroom on a Budget

Remodeling Your Bathroom on a Budget

Are you one of the many homeowners in the United States who would like to have your bathroom remodeled? If so, how you do plan on paying for it? Unfortunately, a large number of homeowners would like to have their bathrooms remodeled, but not everyone thinks that they can do so. The good news is that you can easily remodel your bathroom, even if you on a budget.Team of architects on construciton site

When it comes to bathroom remodeling on a budget, perhaps, the first thing you should do is develop yourself a budget and then a plan. You will want to know exactly how much money you can afford to spend on your next remodeling project. Once you know how much you can spend, you are advised to start the planning. For instance, if you need to hire the services of a professional contractor, you need to keep the cost of doing so in mind. Also, if you would like to have your bathroom toilet replaced, you will need to examine the cost of new, replacement toilets and so on. Once you have got everything planned out, you need to total the costs. If you are lucky, you will find yourself within your budget, but if not, you may just need to make a few changes.

One of the many ways that you can remodel your bathroom while on a budget is by taking everything one step at a time. If you are interested in remodeling every square inch of your bathroom, but you can’t necessarily afford to do so right now, you may want to go one project at a time. By choosing what you would like to have remodeled first, such as your bathtub, you could do that and then move on the next project, when it easier to afford the supplies and the materials needed. Speaking of supplies and materials, where you shop may also have an impact on being able to afford a bathroom remodeling project.reading the plans

If you are looking to remodel your bathroom on a budget, you will want to shop around for the best prices on bathroom supplies, fixtures, and materials. Perhaps, the easiest way to compare prices is to use the internet. With a few minutes and the click of a mouse you could easily find exactly what you need for your next kitchen remodeling project, but at a relatively affordable price. It is also advised that you checkout your local home improvement stores, particularly ones that are known for having good prices. It may also be a good idea to keep an eye out for any television commercials or store fliers that advertise sales on bathroom fixtures, supplies, and remodeling materials. Purchasing all of your bathroom remodeling supplies at a discounted price is the best way to remodel your bathroom while on a budget.

As previously mentioned, if you are planning on using a professional contractor to remodel your bathroom, you will need to keep the cost of doing so. If you are remodeling your kitchen on a budget, it may be a good idea to do the remodeling yourself. This may be easy if you have prior home improvement experience. If you do not have any home improvement experience, you can easily learn what you need to know. Online, you should be able to find instructions and tips on bathroom remodeling. Also, you can purchase bathroom remodeling books or how-to guides online or from most home improvement stores or bookstores.
If you want to have your bathroom remodeled, but you don’t want to spend more money that you have to or more money than you have, you are advised to keep the above mentioned points in mind. Although it is typically expensive to remodel a bathroom, it is possible to do so while on a budget. In fact, even if you are not remodeling on a budget, it may still be a good idea to keep the above mentioned points in mind. Why pay more money for a bathroom remodeling project than you need to?

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