Top 20 Black Friday Shopping Tips to Snag the Best Deals

black friday shopperAs the holiday season quickly approaches, so too does the biggest shopping day of the year: Black Friday! I was introduced to Black Friday years ago when I first moved to the States, and I immediately embraced the 4am battle over deep discounts and holiday deals.

But I also understand that the Black Friday hustle isn’t for everyone. In fact, some people downright hate the idea of shopping the morning after Thanksgiving. And while there’s something to be said for staying home in your pajamas, there are ways to make Black Friday shopping a little less painful and ensure you score stellar deals. Use these tips to tackle your holiday shopping like a pro and to get the best deals with the least amount of stress.

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What Are Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) – Comparisons

online classesWhen you’re interested in a topic but don’t have the time or money to take a college course, it’s time to consider MOOCs – massive open online courses. MOOCs are available to the general public regardless of geographic location, education level, or previous schooling. The result is a meeting of the minds with serious benefits, including everything from college credit to an enhanced resume.

While it’s true that online education has come a long way in recent years, it still has a way to go before it’s considered a viable replacement for traditional college. As of now, there are no MOOC programs that provide a full online degree; rather, accredited MOOCs – those affiliated with a brick-and-mortar university – can help you gather some of the credits required toward a formal degree.

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7 Thanksgiving Family Traditions to Start This Year

thanksgivingAs a Canadian living in the United States, I score the benefit of two Thanksgivings: I celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving the second weekend in October, and then again when American Thanksgiving rolls around in November. And to be honest, while Canadian and American Thanksgivings both have different heritage, they ultimately have the same traditions: turkey, football, apple pie, and family.

While in Canada for the first Thanksgiving of the year, I make sure to do all of the traditional things with extended family. We go apple picking, bake pies, and eat a ton of food, which usually culminates in a communal nap.

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7 Things to Do When You Get a Raise at Work

raiseGetting a raise is probably one of the best feelings in the world. After all, it boils down to your boss essentially saying, “You’ve done an excellent job and deserve to be compensated.”

However, it can also be a double-edged sword. Sure, you’re going to make more money, but that feeling of financial well-being could also go to your head and lead to some poor financial habits. The trick to getting a salary increase to really pay off is to make the right choices in the days, weeks, and months following it.

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6 Tips to Donate Your Kids’ Old Toys and Clear Clutter in Your Home

donating toysToys seem to have a way of multiplying over time, so when you try to clean your toy room, kids’ room, or living room, there’s often not enough room to store them all. I might be the only one who thinks my kids’ toys have an agenda, but I know I’m not alone in feeling overwhelmed by toy clutter. Whether it’s mismatched pieces from various LEGO sets, the furniture from a dollhouse, or a mountain of stuffed animals, toys can seriously cramp your living quarters.

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7 Cheap & Fun Family Vacation Ideas That Your Kids Will Love

family vacationThe family vacation is practically an American institution. Whether it’s a trip to Grandma’s house or a long-anticipated vacation to a Disney theme park, vacations allow you to spend quality time with your family as you make lifelong memories.

Of course, vacationing with a large brood also means shelling out more for everything: food, lodging, entertainment, and attraction tickets, to name a few. But just because you’re on a tight budget doesn’t mean you need to skip the family vacation.

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9 Ways to Protect Your Electronic Gadgets and Make Them Child-Proof

kids using tablet computerLike many modern parents, I rely on my tablet computer, smartphone, and other gadgets to keep my kids occupied. Unfortunately, however, children don’t always care for pricey items the way their parents do. That’s why when I first get a new electronic device, I take steps to ensure that it’s sufficiently kid-proofed before I hand it over to the little ones.

If you appreciate the convenience of educational apps for your kids or games and music on-the-go, don’t take unnecessary chances – kid-proof your devices first.

Kid-Proofing Your Electronics

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5 Tips to Use When Teaching Kids About Money and Finances

kids allowanceAs one of five kids, allowance meant everything to me as a child. My mom bought everything we needed, so it was only through allowance that I was able to purchase the things I really wanted.

While I earned my allowance by doing chores, I was given little instruction on how to responsibly spend my money. The vast majority of what I saved in my piggy bank eventually found its way to the neighborhood store, where I blew it on clothes and CDs. Ultimately, the experience taught me little about financial responsibility

Teaching Kids About Money

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7 Double-Duty Makeup & Beauty Products You Need

lip balmAs a total beauty product junky, I make it my business to test-drive just about every new item on the market. That means my bathroom vanity is always covered with products and potions, much to my husband’s dismay. Although I love trying out new things and having a huge beauty arsenal on-hand, I also recognize the importance of makeup minimalism. After all, I’m not going to put on a full face every time I go to the grocery store.

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5 Cute Maxi Skirt Outfit Ideas – What to Wear for the Fall

maxi skirtIf you’re like me, you hear the words “maxi skirt” and automatically think summer – after all, a maxi skirt and t-shirt are practically my warm-day uniform. And why not? Maxi skirts are easy pieces to wear, keeping you cool on a hot day.

However, before you put away your maxi skirts for the fall and winter months, consider maximizing this summer staple with a few fresh pairings and some warmer footwear. Simply return your flip-flops securely to your closet, then seamlessly transition your maxi dresses into fall favorites, preventing the need to overspend on a new fall wardrobe.

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