Sunday, November 6, 2011

Christmas Shopping

Yes, it's that time of year again!I can't believe it's already here! I've been working for a major department store for seasonal help, and seeing all the sales makes me want to buy it all! But then I always have that nagging feeling that I could get it cheaper somewhere else. My budget is already tight, so any little bit I can save helps! I prefer to comparison shop as much as I can, but I never have the time. I search many sites and even download apps to do it for me. Why spend hours browsing a toy store when I can look online and instantly see the best price? This year my kids are getting older and no longer are excited by a new cup and a pack of socks. Austin wants a new Mario game, William is loving his blocks, and Chloe Beth is just getting into baby dolls. And since they all have a birthday within a few weeks of Christmas, I get the joy of shopping for twice as many gifts! I haven't decided what exactly they should get, but they'll likely still get some socks! Grandparents buy them enough toys, so one toy from Mommy and Daddy should suffice, the rest will be much needed clothes, school supplies, and some new toddler bedding for Chloe's new big girl bed! They grow up entirely too fast!

Winter is Here!

Contribution by Stevie Kirby

It’s hard to believe it’s already the time of year when we need to turn on our heat in New York. After a beautiful summer and brief fall it’s getting colder by the day. Last year our heating bills were higher than my roommate and I were comfortable with so I decided to look online for some tips on energy efficiency. Although it won’t help, I learned a lot about building design and location and how it affects heating and cooling efficiency. Everything from topography and building location as well as where you place windows can have a major affect. I guess these ideas did not come into play in 1955 when my apartment building was built! After getting side-tracked by all the interesting information that I could not use, I went back to my original search for things that would be helpful. I visited www.newyorkenergyrates.com to see if I could get some pricing relief in my area. I also looked at the new energy star rated appliances at the major department stores. Maybe if I save enough on my bills I can get a new dishwasher!