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Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Sons are supposed to come home from the woods with creepy things in their pockets. To save your washing machine, give him a box in the garage or mud room where he must empty his pockets.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
It is out of character for you to simply eat a cookie. If it is an Oreo, you eat one side of two cookies first then mash the two together. If it is a chocolate chip cookie, you feel compelled to dunk it. Be silly with those gingerbread men you are baking and tear the limbs off a few of them while still in the dough stage. Your friends will crack up.
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
A keen awareness of your surroundings allows you to be totally flirtatious with the hot-looking salesman intent on selling you a high-top table and chair set. And he'll work you over,
- Try one of these online shops for handmade gifts this year
When it comes to finding holiday gifts with that personal touch, Etsy is the go-to marketplace for all things homemade. But if you're looking for something a little bit different, try one of these unique online shops -- each with it's own spin on handmade treats.
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We've brings together local artisans from around the world in one convenient marketplace. Artists post their designs exclusively to the site, and community members are invited to pre-order the products. (You won't get charged until a specific minimum number of orders is reached.) If you're looking for a quick last-minute option, you'll need to look elsewhere, but if your giftee is more interested in the origin of the gift, she'll love the site's promise to connect with artisans via video or images, and learn more about how the item was made. We've offers everything from sleek scarves to cute kids' toys, with prices starting at $14.
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Give yourself the gift of time this holiday season with our simple shortcuts.
Create a Budget and a Gift List Before You Shop
Do away with aimless shopping expeditions by drawing up budget and gift lists. Organize lists by category (clothing, electronics, toys) so you'll have to make only one quick trip to each store.
Make Coat Space in Advance
Rather than spend time finding a place for guests' coats during your holiday party, make room well before guests arrive. Move your coats from the hall closet to a less central one so that your guests will have a place to hang theirs. Be sure to have ample hangers, plus a basket for gloves and hats.
Save time at the airport by lightening your gift load during the holiday season. Purchase gift cards rather than bulky presents for friends and family members. If you must bring gift-wrapped items, package them in such a way that airport security will be able to examine the contents; a box in which the top and bottomRead More »from 10 Brilliant Holiday Habits to Start Right Now
By Michael Sweet, Cheapism.com
The first tablet to win the hearts, minds, and wallets of the general public was the iPad from Apple, whose price tag made a tablet under $100 seem like a pipe dream. An iPad is still a triple-digit proposition, as are several other high-end tablets, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tabs. Amazon shook up the tablet world with its Kindle Fire, a very good, functional tablet that costs several hundred dollars less than the iPad and other popular competitors. Barnes & Noble has also released a Nook tablet that is priced in the Kindle Fire's ballpark.
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Many consumers are drawn to these name-brand devices, either at the high end or in the middle of the price spectrum, but we found several ultra-cheap tablets under $100 that consumers appreciate for what they are.
There's no doubt that tablets under $100 are an impressive value, but predictably, tablet makers cut corners to keep retail prices so low. The processors thatRead More »from 4 Tablets Under $100 for Christmas
By Emily Lugg, Cheapism.com
If you're like me, Amazon consumes your front doorstep, especially as the holidays near. In the month or so beforehand, I get a big brown box or two several times a week. As an Amazon Prime member, I have even ordered just a package of batteries or new socks for my toddler during the rest of the year simply because I will have it sooner than if I had to find time to stop for "just" that. And until now, I've always thought that shopping Amazon wasn't only more convenient, but that it was cheaper, too. Unfortunately, I was mistaken.Retailers compete with Amazon by offering a price match guarantee.
Lesson learned after I researched a variety of products, ranging from slow cookers to kids' tricycles. I found that, across departments, the sticker price on Amazon is often a few dollars lower than the retail store. But it is the lack of coupons and price-matching at Amazon that makes this mega-retailer less the deal than we think it is. Sure, the item is shipped right to our front doors, which saves time and possibly moreRead More »from Is Amazon Always Cheapest?
- Astrology.com Home and Garden Horoscopes | At Home – Thu, Dec 12, 2013 1:09 PM EST
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
This is a day to placate small longings you didn't think had solutions. Although your job makes long nails an impossibility, you can add fun sparkles, pictures and designs to short ones. Maybe you can't afford a new couch but a cover in a fabric you like is not beyond your means.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Face problems head on today. Use your energy wisely. Let stains and baked-on things soak before you scrub or wash. You have lots of events coming up and you need that extra time to primp and prep.
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
You may feel as if you are swimming against the current in the checkout aisle of the grocery store today. Consider making your next shopping trips after the dinner hour, and you will encounter fewer people, thus getting out of the store faster.
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Pretty greenery-cuttings from pine trees, shrubs, even hardy herbs like sage and thyme-adds a warm, textured flair to gift wrap. Perk up twigs with a quick spray of gold paint.
DIY Wrap box in paper. Measure black-and-white-striped baker's twine three times around box and wrap, tightly winding twine around foliage stem to secure. Knot twine; trim ends.
Fanned out over a gift box, metallic and patterned cupcake liners show an entirely new sweet side.
DIY Wrap box in paper. Press down on the round center of two different-sized cupcake liners, flattening the middle but leaving the ripples intact. Using double-stick tape to secure, layer the smaller liner on top of the larger one, and wrap them around a side of the box. Loop sewing thread or ribbon around box and knot.
Create polka dots by hole-punching festive paper.
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Keeping your entryway clear will save time when cleaning day comes.Get into the habit of performing these small tasks regularly to keep even the most clutter prone areas of your home organized.
Each day, hang up everything and put away clean laundry. Put your shoes back in their places, straighten stacks, and have a regular habit of bringing empty hangers back to the laundry room. Remove clothing along the way as you decide to donate it, and put it in your "Donation Station," using a paper shopping bag or box to gather those items for Goodwill. Twice a year when you organize and change out seasonal clothing, these habits will keep everything more visible and manageable when you are ready to do a bigger project.
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Break down cardboard boxes, manage your recycling and trash, sweep excess leaves and dirt to keep them from tracking into the house, and keep a path cleared between the car and the door. Return sports equipment, chairs, and bikes to their racks and shelves. And each time
By Louis DeNicola, Cheapism.com
In the art of negotiation the question of whether to state your bottom line first is a frequent topic of discussion. During most shopping excursions there's really no issue because the price is the price. But that tradition is changing. "Name your price" shopping is in, and oftentimes consumers can name the price they're willing to pay for things like concert tickets, electric guitars, and hotel rooms. It's up to the seller to decide whether to accept the offer.
Merchandise. A new member of the "name your price" crowd, Greentoe lets users place an offer on new merchandise and retailers decide whether the offer is good enough. Greentoe currently features products from five categories: baby, home theater, appliances, music (instruments, headphones, and microphones), and photo. Select the item desired -- a dryer, say, or Fender guitar -- and enter a price that includes the cost of the item, tax, andRead More »from Name Your Price Shopping Gains Popularity
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