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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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

 

Neighbors at Bear Gully Pointe Winter Park, FL

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Bear Gully Pointe is a neighborhood right on Bear Gully Lake being one of the most sought out areas in Winter Park Florida. This neighborhood is a beautiful gated lakefront residential community. Most of the homes have been built between 1991 and 2015; the houses tend to range from 4 to 6 bedroom and 3 to 6 bathroom. The current homes for sale are priced around $468,00, and the average square footage is 5,362. Bear Gully Pointe is a reasonably small neighborhood with only 66 homes.

 

 

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The community features a children’s playground, community docks on Bear Gully Lake and tennis courts. Why is this one of the most sought out neighborhoods in Winter Park? It is simple; the neighbors are welcoming, it is a secure location with plenty of privacy, convenient and well maintained. Also the impressive amenities one of the communities favorites are the tennis courts and of course the private skiable lake.

 

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Who lives in the neighborhood and what are their interests? Your neighbors seem to enjoy exercise such as running, biking, swimming and walking. Your neighbors also enjoy food, wine, family and relaxing. What better of a place to surround yourself with good company than lakefront with good food, sports and wine than Bear Gully Pointe?

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It sounds like a beautiful place to live doesn’t it? Contact me today to view some of the great homes available! If you’re interested in purchasing this residential home in Winter Park, Florida, please contact Mike Rance at MikeRanceRealtorCFL@gmail.com.

To see more residential home listings in Winter Park, 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

Neighbors

By: SaJorden Miller/ Mike Rance Realty Team

Are You Prepared For A Hurricane?

The best way to protect your family from the effects of a natural disaster is to have a disaster plan! A natural disaster can be scary for those who haven’t faced it’s danger, but we’re here to help you get through it! The most important rule, when dealing with a natural disaster, is to stay calm. The storm will come whether you’re having a panic attack or not, so it’s best to be level headed and well prepared!

 

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If you have pets, don’t forget to put them in your plans! If you intend on evacuating your home, do not leave your pets behind! Our furry friends can not survive on their own and many are afraid of large storms. It is up to you to help save your pet’s life. To prepare your entire family for a hurricane, contact local hotels and ask if the “no pet” policy can be waived in an emergency. Keeping a list of “pet-friendly” places will help you narrow down the best point of safety. Red Cross shelters accept all service animals who assist their loved ones with disabilities. Contacting local shelters will provide you with the best information about emergency boarding and foster care for pets in a disaster.

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A natural disaster is not prepared for until your supply kit list is checked off, and your family has everything they’ll need to get through it! Below you’ll find our disaster supply checklist to you prepare for a natural disaster.

DISASTER SUPPLY KIT CHECKLIST

  • Water: At Least 1-Gallon Per Person for 3-7 days
  • Food: At Least Enough for 3-7 days
    • Non-Perishable Packaged or Canned Food/Juices
    • Food for Infants or the Elderly
    • Snack Foods
    • Non-Electric Can Opener
    • Cooking Tools/Fuel
    • Paper Plates/Plastic Utensils
  • Extra Blankets and Pillows
  • Clothing: Seasonal/Rain Gear/Sturdy Shoes
  • First Aid Kit/ Medicines/ Prescription Drugs
  • Toiletries: Hygiene Items/ Paper Towels/ Toilet Paper
  • Moisture Wipes
  • Flashlight and Extra Batteries
  • Radio: Battery Operated with NOAA Weather Station
  • Cash: Banks and ATMs may not be open
  • Keys
  • Toys, Books, and Games
  • Important Documents: Kept in a Water Proof Container
    • Insurance, Medical Records, Social Security Card
  • Tools: Keep Available During the Storm.
  • Vehicle Fuel Tanks Filled
  • Pet Care
    • Proper Identification/Immunization Records
    • Ample Supply of Food and Water
    • A Carrier/Cage and Leash
    • Medications
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One of the most important precautions you can take to reduce damage to your home and property is to protect the areas where outside wind may enter. It is important to strengthen the exterior of your home so wind and debris do not tear large openings in it! You can do this by protecting and reinforcing these five critical areas, the Roof, Straps, Windows, Doors, and Garage Doors.

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 If you don’t have flood insurance, the National Flood Insurance Program, is a pre-disaster flood mitigation and insurance protection program designed to reduce the escalating cost of disasters. The National Flood Insurance Program makes federally backed flood insurance available to residents and business owners. Flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance. Check your policy to make sure your family is fully prepared!

 Getting through a natural disaster can seem rough, but by implementing these tips and preparing your disaster supply kit properly, you will find surviving a hurricane is easier than you think! If you find yourself needing any assistance or help, please don’t hesitate to contact me! As a born and raised Central Floridian, I have survived many hurricanes and will help you get through this one!

Stay Safe,

Mike Rance
RE/MAX 200 Realty
E: MikeRanceRealtorCFL@gmail.com
P: 407-571-3640

Halloween: MYTH or FACT?

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As we near the spookiest holiday of the year, many myths arise about the impending dangers of Halloween night and Halloween candy. All over the news, stories are broadcasted of how to protect your children, and who wouldn’t want to be informed and extra cautious? But are these claims about poisoned lollipops or candy bars with razor blades grounded in truth? See the breakdown below for some Halloween debunking from the Mike Rance Team before the big night!

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Myth: Your children’s candy may be poisoned.
Fact: There have been no documented cases of strangers poisoning Halloween candy. All known cases have turned out to be hoaxes. However, danger can arise from allergies or dietary restrictions. Parents, keep an eye on what your children may be getting in their bags. Always remember that even if a product doesn’t contain nuts, it could have encountered an area in production of cross-contamination with nuts. Any sugar restrictions should be carefully monitored. And lastly, if your neighbors love to hand out delicious homemade baked goods, make sure you ask them what is in them so as to avoid any accidental consumption of an allergen. Other than these risks, the most discomfort a child will feel from Halloween candy is from eating too much at once!
Reality: Allergens aren’t only in the food we eat, but the products we come in contact with. Costume fabrics and face and body makeup may give the wearer an adverse reaction. Always test out face paint or other make up on a small patch of skin before applying in full. Costumes can also cause adverse reactions here in Florida due to almost year-round heat. Make sure plenty of water is accessible for neighborhood trick or treating and that warm or thick costumes are breathable.

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Myth: There could be razor blades in your children’s candy.
Fact: No documented cases of children being injured by candy with razor blades inside, either. It is important in the Halloween hype to remember that most people aren’t out to hurt your children. Even child predators are not calculated to be a higher risk factor on Halloween than any other day – some states have curfew laws for sexual predators, requiring a lights off policy and a posted “No Candy” sign. Experts advise Halloween-ers to treat the day like any other day, applying the same key rules of safety (Ex: don’t talk to strangers).
Reality: Even if your neighborhood is crawling with mummies, monsters, and cowboys (and girls), remind your kids that roads are still roads, and cars will be passing by. Sadly, the risk of getting hit by a car is more than double on Halloween, as more people, adults and children alike, are out and about in ways they may not be usually. Educating your kids on the right way to look before crossing and actually cross the street can make a huge difference on Halloween night.

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Don’t forget the pet! Your furry children also need some looking out on Halloween. If you don’t plan on taking them out – on a leash, of course – with you in a cute costume to trick or treat, make sure they don’t get out when you open the door to give out candy, and if they do bolt, having your pet micro-chipped might be a good idea. Also, chocolate might be a delectable treat for humans, but for your pet it could mean a trip to the hospital. Keep your Halloween bounty secure and away from reach of your pet!

Have a Happy Halloween, from the Mike Rance Team!

Staying Stocked for Erika: Hurricane Tips

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HURRICANE or just a tropical storm? According to experts on Tropical Storm Erika, it is still too early to tell. Although Tropical Storm Erika has lessened its intensity even in the past 24 hours, it has already done some irreversible damage in the Caribbean and as of Thursday August 27th was projected to become a category 1 hurricane by Monday.

hurricaneBe smart and stay safe this weekend when Tropical Storm Erika approaches Florida’s coast and makes its way across the peninsula.

Stay prepared with these helpful tips for enduring Florida hurricanes!

Must-haves: Stock your household with plenty of the essentials.

  • Water: The American Red Cross recommends a gallon per person per day for three days.
  • Food: especially nonperishables such as canned goods.
  • Personal Hygiene Products: toilet paper, toothpaste, soap, etc.
  • Flashlights or Candles: Don’t get stuck in the dark if the power goes out, and don’t forget the batteries if you choose flashlights!
  • First-Aid Kit: prescription medications, bandages, etc. Pre-made kits may be available at your local drug store.
  • Gasoline or Propane: fill your tanks!

Other good ideas:

  • Remove weak tree branches near your home and pick up items from floors to avoid damage to your home in event of high winds, debris, or flooding. (Permanent storm shutters for your windows are a great addition to any Florida home at risk for hurricanes!)
  • Double-check your generator
  • Secure any outdoor furniture or decorations, and if you own a boat, secure a place for it
  • Have a battery charger for your cellphone
  • Have a good book handy at all times!