Have the best Black Friday Yet

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It is that time of year again when everyone is out shopping for all of his or her Christmas gifts for the best deals. It is fun but can be overwhelming especially if the store you’re heading to runs out of what you need. However, there are ways to avoid the frustration of Black Friday. You need a strategy, follow these tips and strategies for your most successful Black Friday yet!

1.)Scout

Start early before Thanksgiving go to the stores that you know you are going to want to go to on Black Friday and check the deals. Some retailers have their best deals on Thanksgiving. Check ads, it is easy to skip over stores that you do not usually shop at but one of those stores might have a better deal. Some deals may only last until a certain time pay attention to that.

2.)Budget

Set a budget and do not go over it. This will help with impulse buys. At the time an impulse buy may not seem to make a difference especially if it is a good price but if you make one or two impulse buys in the 5 stores you go in, that’ll add up. Stay safe carry a small purse that closes all the way that remains in front of you at all times. Cash is a great way to stay on a budget but is more likely to be stolen or lost, a debit card is ok but fraud protection is weaker, credit cards are better with fraud protection but allow you to overspend. It sounds like I just told you every method of payment has a downfall and it does, but to remain on the budget keep a checklist, prepare ahead and do the math. Add up every receipt make sure you’re not going over your budget.

3.) Do your Research

Several sites will begin posting the Black Friday ads when they become available. Be sure you are getting the best for your buck, while it may look like a great deal you may be able to do better somewhere else, check these sites for price comparison Shopping.com and PriceGrabber.com You can check these sites for the latest deals:

4.) Bouns Discounts

If you enjoy going out at the crack of dawn, then this is the deals for you. Some stores will offer early bird specials which could be gift cards for the first 500 customers to walk in the store. Stores that provided the “early bird” deal last year was H&M which gave the first 100 people in line tickets for up to $300 in-store credit. Another store Sports Authority at midnight, Sports Authority rewarded the first 80 customers to walk through its doors with cards worth up to $500. They always say “the early bird gets the worm” check out which stores are offering it this year!

5.) Deepen your Discounts

Paper coupons are back, be sure to fill your purse will Black Friday coupons. Don’t let your smartphone die because you will need coupons on there. Prepare early check the coupons and save them to your wallet. Download DealNews to stay on top of all the latest deals on the go.

6.) Be a Social Media Butterfly

Follow your favorite stores on whatever social media platform you enjoy most, turn on notifications and keep an eye out for coupons, sale previews, or even Black Friday ads can appear on their social media. Don’t search for the social media deals while standing at the register do it before you arrive, screenshots are a great way to have easy access. Be sure to look at promo codes from the website, or manufactures website you can watch right here on DealNews these can net some serious savings.

7.) Read the Fine Print

While most stores keep their return policy the same for Black Friday. There are the exceptions of the shops who do not receive some even charge restocking fees as high at 15%, primarily for electronics. Check the company website you can usually find the return policy information there or signage at the customer service desk. While asking the sales clerk is an option if they give incorrect information then the written policy will trump whatever they may have said. Just be careful when asking the clerks because they are under much stress and sometimes they may not fully know the return policies especially if they changed for Black Friday.

8.) Split Up

While shopping with friends can be fun. Use your numbers to have more extensive coverage areas. Have a game plan and have people in designated stores.

You can find more great tips, strategies, deals, and not what to buy at DealNews under the Black Friday section.

With all the great deals on Black Friday, go to a toy store and pick up a few things to take to a homeless shelter, an orphanage, or Operation Chrismas Child. It is always a good time to give back you the deals to help you save while helping someone.

Remember Black Friday is usually not a place for young children, it can be dangerous and stressful. Leave them at home and enjoy a ladies day shopping.

Finally be kind to everyone, especially the sale clerks they are dealing with thousands of people in short time. Giving up their Black Friday shopping so that you can have yours, so be respectful to them, many may be sleep deprived. Just be courteous, everyone wants to have a good time.

 

 

 

 

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Your Guide to having the Perfect Thanksgiving

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The Holidays are fun but can be stressful especially if you are the host. But they do not need to be stressful, a host should have a good time as well. Check out all of these great ideas for you and your guest to have the best Thanksgiving.

 

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First thing first the decorations. Decorations do not need to be expensive. DIY decorations are cheap and look amazing! Also get the kids to help. For the kid’s table, a roll of kraft paper and crayons in terra-cotta pots are great to entertain the children during dinner. Are give them cute placemats with their names, so no one is fighting over seats. Get the kids to help, have them put fun thanksgiving stamps on cocktail napkins, or have them paint mason jars or wine bottles which then could be used as vases or candle holders. Go to the dollar tree, you can find cheap fall decorations that can quickly be transformed into your beautiful masterpiece. Take large felt leaves and convert them into a door greeting. Or use artificial fall leaves to frame your door. Remind people what Thanksgiving is all about with a thankful tree that your guest writes what they are grateful for. You could have a family tree perfect for the Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving banners are always an excellent addition to the fireplace. Find more great decorating ideas at Country Living.

 

 

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Can’t forget about the food, there would be no Thanksgiving without a Thanksgiving feast. Part of being the perfect host is to have food for everyone. With these 20 great menu ideas from Country Living you can! You can mix and match or pick your favorite. These are all simple ideas, and there’s enough to go around.

 

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With all the delicious food, we cannot forget the drinks. Get your guest in the spirits with these 19 delightful thanksgiving cocktails from Country Living.

 

 

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Thanksgiving should be a time for everyone to enjoy a sweet drink. Check out these 7 delicious and somewhat unusual non-acholic beverage ideas from Serious Eats.

 

 

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Cannot forget about the best part dessert! Try these 45 sweet and satisfying from Country Living to make the perfect ending to your delicious feast.

 

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What would Thanksgiving be without any traditions? If you do not have any yet that is ok, you can start this year!

Thanksgiving traditions:

  • After the meal lay out a white cloth tablecloth and everyone write what they are thankful for this year with a sharpie, don’t forget to put the date and their name. Then wash it on gentle cycle then put it up until next year.
  • Create a chain of things that everyone is thankful for. Everyone will get a strip of colored paper write what they are grateful for then go around reading what everyone writes down later for a paper chain.
  • Feeding the homeless this is a great way to help others and share the love of Thanksgiving.
  • Spreading some love at your local nursing home, by taking the family with leftovers and listen to the stories of the people who may not have a family.
  • Is there someone in your community without a family? Invite them over to enjoy Thanksgiving with you and your family, take a picture of your “new” new family then send that person home with leftovers and everlasting memories.
  • Thanksgiving Olympics you can do this with just your guest, or you can make it a community event. Have different activities for everyone like basketball, flag football, frisbee, scramble, hangman, or whatever you can imagine. Then there will be prizes afterward, for example, a tin of popcorn, a box of chocolate. Or get competitive and great a Thanksgiving Olympic trophy the winner takes it home then brings it with them the following year to either compete to keep their place as the champion of a new champion will be crowned.
  • Watching Thanksgiving day football.
  • Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  • Living in Florida take your feast outside and turn it into a picnic.
  • Children help set the table.
  • Children serve dessert.
  • Break the wishbone.
  • If you have a large family and it would be too difficult to host everyone on Thanksgiving. Have a Thanksgiving leftover day, this would be the day after Thanksgiving eating leftovers and planning for Christmas.

Whatever you do this Thanksgiving just remember it is a time to be thankful and remember all of the blessings you have in this world. Share the love and give thanks, this Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

If you’re interested in purchasing a residential home in Central Florida, please contact Mike Rance at MikeRanceRealtorCFL@gmail.com.

To see residential home listings in Central Florida, please visit Central Florida Homes.

Mike Rance
RE/MAX 200 Realty in Winter Park, Florida
E: MikeRanceRealtorCFL@gmail.com
P: 407-629-6330 ext. 255

 

By: SaJorden Miller/ Mike Rance Team

20th Anniversy of America Recycles Day

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Today is America Recycles Day, but why? On November 15th 1997the National Recycling Coalition started this day and it is declared yearly by the Presidential Proclamation. 

This day encourages Americans to commit to recycling, this had been a program of Keep America Beautiful since 2009. To raise awareness there are thousands of events across the United States to raise awareness about the importance of recycling. As a commitment to recycling and buying products made from recycled materials, you can take a pledge.

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There are events all the time here in Orlando that is focused on recycling. Come out meet new people and help save the world. Here are some events that are happening:

KSC’s America Recycles Day (ARD) Events– November 14-15th at Kennedy Space Center

NBC Tower Plastic Bag Collection– November 15th on Howell Branch Rd.

Electronic Waste Collection Event– November 15th at Recycle all Electronic

Any H&M– November 16th

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PRIVATE EVENT FOR WINTER PARK RESIDENTS: Electronics Recycling Event– November 18th

Orange County Recycles Day 2017– November 18th at Orange County Landfill

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Downtown Orlando is keeping our city beautiful with newly installed solar-powered recycling and waste units. For more information on Keep Orlando Beautiful (KOB).  If none of these interest you there is much more all year long, just keep an eye out for events in your area.

Do you need some ideas on how you can keep America clean? Check out these awesome 10 ideas from Harmony Enterprises, INC. 

  1. “Find out if carton recycling is available in your area.  If it’s not, talk to your local recycling center about recycling cartons. The Carton Council has some great resources.
  2. Stop throwing away clothing and household textiles. Find a local clothing recycler or contact Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) to find out where to donate.
  3. Encourage your kids to recycle at school. If recycling is not widely available at your school, talk to the principal, superintendent, or PTO about it.
  4. Avoid plastic bags by bringing your own bag, or simply declining the bag when you can.  When you have excess plastic bags, dry cleaner bags, or newspaper bags, bring them to your local retailer to recycle.
  5. Take the “I Recycle” pledge, and invite your friends to do the same. Businesses can also pledge to recycle more.
  6. Talk to your kids about recycling.  Beyond the typical paper, plastic, and aluminum, how can they recycle their clothes, toys, or electronics? How can they use recycled items into art projects or gifts?
  7. Find or host a recycling event in your area and take part! There are thousands of America Recycles Day events being held around the country.
  8. Get familiar with what you CAN and CAN’T recycle.  Here is a great refrigerator list, and a few more items you probably forgot.  Recyclable items can also vary by where you live, so check with your local recycling center too.
  9. Get inspired!  Go to the America Recycles Day website to find out what other communities and companies are doing. You may also be inspired by Sweden’s 99% recycling rate or what recycling centers like Winneshiek County are doing.
  10. Buy recycled when you can! When you purchase items that are made from recycled materials, you help eliminate the need for virgin materials. Buying art made of recycled materials can be even more meaningful.

Keep Orlando beautiful, keep America beautiful, keep the world beautiful. Get out in your community find out ways you can help fight the war on waste.

 

What to do in Orlando on Veterans Day

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Veterans have kept our great country safe for many years. We should always be thanking and treating out Veterans with respect as many have dedicated their lives to making America safe. One day out of the year we get to say a big thank you to our Veterans as a Nation. There is much that you can do as a Veteran with your family and friends Saturday right here in Orlando.

 

 

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The 18th annual City of Orlando Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at 11 a.m. hosted by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and his Veterans Advisory Council. This year’s theme will be “Healing the Invisible Wounds”  placing a particular focus on the mental and emotional well-being of veterans and their families. Marching bands, ROTC units, active duty military, decorative floats and veterans groups from all military branches representing a wide variety of conflicts will be featured in this year’s parade. There will be “Best Of” award presented by the Mayor’s Veterans Advisory Council to junior ROTC unit, top high school marching band, and float that honors veterans for the first time. Community leaders who have dedicated their time to improving the mental health of our local Veterans and their families will be the Grand Marshals of the parade. The parade will start at Orange Ave and Robinson St. traveling to Central Boulevard, then turn left onto Rosalind Avenue and ending back at Orange Avenue. The parade will be televised live on Bright House Network news 13 at 11 am; they will have a float in the parade which will have some of Orlando’s favorite on-air people aboard. More information on the Veteran’s Day Parade.

 

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Not one for parades? How about Military Appreciation Day at UCF. November 11th UCF football will take on UCONN at 12 at Spectrum Stadium and it is #UCFSalutes. There will be tailgating, great football, the beautiful Orlando sun, and appreciation for our great military. If you have a member of the military you’d like to honor be sure to post a picture of them using #UCFSaltues on Twitter to see that special military member on the video board at Saturday’s game.

 

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All that our Veteran’s have done for us they should receive a free meal or something right? Check out these places that have free or discounted meals for Veterans.

 

With all of these great events remember why we celebrate Veteran’s day. Be sure to show our veterans the respect, honor, and gratitude that they deserve on November 11th and every day. Thank you to all of those who have served our great nation. We salute you.

 

 

If you’re interested in purchasing this residential home in Central Florida, please contact Mike Rance at MikeRanceRealtorCFL@gmail.com.

To see more residential home listings in Central Florida, please visit Central Florida Homes.

Mike Rance
RE/MAX 200 Realty in Winter Park, Florida
E: MikeRanceRealtorCFL@gmail.com
P: 407-629-6330 ext. 255

 

By: SaJorden Miller/ Mike Rance Team