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  1. FREE CALENDARS, PLANNERS
    Choose from a wide variety
  2. CHEAPER AT CHRISTMAS
    A few things actually cost less
  3. DO NOT BUY GIFT CERTIFICATES
    These are not a good deal
  4. SIMPLE CURE FOR ACHING FEET
    Even leg and back pains
  5. GET THE STORE TO INCLUDE A GIFT RECEIPT
    It makes returns and exchanges much easier
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#1. FREE CALENDARS, PLANNERS
Choose from a wide variety

You can often find free calendars at restaurants, hardware stores, utility companies and many other locations. You may be able to find quite a variety including desk calendars, small wallet size calendars about the size of a business card and even some on bamboo such as we got from a Chinese restaurant or full wall calendars with phases of the moon and Farmer's Almanac type information.

Also banks and tax services often give out a number of different record keeping books. For example, free planners may be available from banks, but often you have to ask. Tax log booklets for recording tax deductible expenses are often free from tax services.


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#2. CHEAPER AT CHRISTMAS
A few things actually cost less

Some things are actually cheaper during the season. It's that old supply and demand thing. 7 1/2 watt Christmas tree lights can cost as little as 10 cents apiece. These are the same lights that go into night lights (usually white or clear) that many people use to illuminate their hallways. Yet if you go to a store for a night light bulb you can pay as much as 70 cents apiece. So buy a bunch.

The same is true for candles. If you like to burn a candle or two other times of the year, you will pay a small fortune. Yet at Christmas, candles are cheap. We live in an area where the power seems to get knocked out during a hurricane or a winter storm so having a supply of candles is very comforting.

Stock up on these two items and buy enough to last you until this time next year.




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My wife Janet Harriman has been making handmade jewelry for 30 years.
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#3. DO NOT BUY GIFT CERTIFICATES
These are not a good deal

We strongly recommend that you *NOT* buy any gift certificates. All you are buying is an agreement which states that the gift recipient will spend your money at a particular store. You are also locking into a contract so that the store now has control of your money. Suppose your daughter goes to her favorite shop with a gift certificate but that vendor has stopped carrying the line of clothing she likes. What does she do now? What does she do if the store requires every last penny be spent there? What happens if the business goes bankrupt or is bought by another company?

Instead, we recommend that you give your daughter, for example, a check in a nice Christmas card. State on the card what the money is for. You can also write this on the check itself. "Please buy that dress you have always wanted."



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#4. SIMPLE CURE FOR ACHING FEET
Even leg and back pains

Shopping at Christmas time can make your feet really sore.

Just about everyone suffers from tired aching feet after standing for hours. You can buy expensive special shoes or inserts or costly baths to soak your feet -- or you can try this cheap easy technique.

I have discovered a very simple cure that may not work for everyone but will help many people and costs nothing. When your feet or even your back or legs start to hurt, change your shoes. I find that wearing the pair of old shoes I used to wear before my current pair works best.

Last Christmas my back and feet were both hurting. Then I remembered this trick. A change of shoes cured me within a day. The difference was very dramatic.



Give your Friends and Family the Gift of Savings
Give them their own long distance prepaid account so they can call from just about any phone in the USA at the BigZoo low rate.
What better way to stay in touch with friends and family than to give them a BigZoo Gift Certificate. It comes in 5, 10, 20 or 25 dollar amounts and is rechargeable. You can choose to send an E-card from our growing selection along with your BigGift. The person you send it to will have full access to all of BigZoo’s great rates, features, and services and will be forever thankful to you for the great savings they will receive.

You can use the BigZoo
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#5. GET THE STORE TO INCLUDE A GIFT RECEIPT
It makes returns and exchanges much easier

Some stores will now give a receipt without the price which is often called a "gift receipt." So if a gift needs to be returned, the gift recipient will have a proof of purchase. Stores are getting very picky about returns these days so a receipt will help with any return problems.




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