Monday, December 17, 2012
How ready are you for Christmas?
Monday, December 17, 2012
Christmas Eve is a week away. How ready are you? Are you an organized Christmas shopper who already has everything purchased, wrapped and ready to go, or are you procrastinating buying gifts until later this week. Tell us how prepared you are by voting in our poll, then in the comments, tell us why you got shopping out of the way or why you're still procrastinating.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Lucy remembers Christmas traditions with her family as she also says goodbye to Patch.
I hand it to all of you who venture out into the world on Black Friday. The day after Thanksgiving, I can barely rouse myself out of bed due to the turkey, stuffing and pie-induced coma I’m in. So to anyone who managed to get up early (or who camped out before the stores opened) to battle the throngs of bargain seekers, I salute you. For me, one of the best things about the holiday is that it marks the beginning of the Christmas season. Obviously, Black Friday shoppers feel the same way. The tree goes up that weekend, and I’ll watch every sappy Christmas movie ever made – twice – while I decorate and bake. The kids usually take bets on how long it’ll be before I start to cry, and then spy on me until a winner is proclaimed. But the most …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Tell us by voting in the poll.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Are you someone who wakes up at the crack of dawn (or doesn't go to bed) to take advantage of Black Friday sales? Or do you avoid after-Thanksgiving shopping like the plague? Tell us by voting in the poll.
Friday, August 3, 2012
Back to school and back to college shopping is better for the environment and easier on your wallet at local thrift shops. See where to shop in Hatboro.
That dreaded time of year is approaching fast – it’s almost time to go back to school. The back to school sales around the malls and department stores throughout the county are an inescapable and constant reminder. But are these sales really worth it? The best way to save money when it comes to back to school clothes shopping, hands down, is hitting the thrift stores. You can find gently worn jeans for anywhere from $4 to $10 and tops for around $3. You can’t beat that with the current economy. Thrift stores get a bad rep sometimes and people tend to think the clothes will have holes or other damages. The clothes are actually often in great shape and some still have their original price tags on them. It’s also better for the environment – …
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Nothing good comes of shopping for prom dresses.
It’s almost May, and if you happen to have a teen-aged girl, there’s a good chance she’s going to prom. Or thinking about prom. Or hoping to be asked to prom. Or planning for prom. For some reason, most teen girls are consumed by it in some form or another. Parents, on the other hand, would rather see the arrival of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The most important part of prom, for many, is the dress. It’s second only to a girl’s wedding dress. The search for it will more than likely take just as much time. Now, take the stress of prom, and add not one, but two girls, and you can see that I had a recipe for disaster brewing. Most girls head straight for the mall, which by and large caters to the teen set. I, however, hate the mall. …
Friday, December 9, 2011
Five things on last-minute items to check off your list.
1. If you haven’t yet done so, today is THE day to mail out your Christmas cards. Why, you ask? Today is Christmas Card Day to commemorate the day in 1843 that was believed to be the origin of Christmas cards as we now know them. 2. With Christmas cards out of the way, you can focus on cleaning, organizing and thinking about menus for holiday celebrations. 3. Of course, Christmas cookies will likely be on your list. From no bake to filled to cutouts, here are plenty of recipes to get you cooking. 4. No time to bake? Consider buying some fresh-baked cookies at a cookie walk Saturday in Jamison. 5. Speaking of buying … you officially have 16 more shopping days until Christmas – and that’s if you count being stuck in the mall on Christmas …
Sunday, December 4, 2011
The Brunette Lucy thinks anytime is the right time to get into the holiday spirit.
I’m so thankful that it’s finally after Thanksgiving. I look forward to the Christmas season like no other time in the world. Even my Jewish friends get caught up in it with me around. However, there are two types of people between November and December. There are those who think it’s never too early to play Christmas music. And then there’re those who think that until Thanksgiving is over, no seasonal music even hinting at the jolly elf’s existence should be played. Even seasonal hymns are off limits. I belong to the never too early crowd. I also belong to the “never take the tree and any other outside decorations down until your neighbors hint at petitioning the local zoning board” crowd. My children have all agreed that this is yet …
Saturday, December 3, 2011
The classic lessons of Ebenezer Scrooge hold true today.
December brings a feeling of expectancy and celebration mingled with anxiety and dread if you are on a college campus. The semester is almost over, but the final exam and culminating project are looming large in the minds of most undergrads. My general psychology class has been a particularly exceptional bunch of kids and I wanted to offer a bit of extra credit to them in exchange for their consistent effort during the semester. I offer extra credit when I think that most students are working hard and yet some may have difficulty showing how well they understand the material through static assessments such as chapter tests. One assignment offered to them was to write their obituary, which I assigned close to All Saints Day in hopes of …
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Shop from the comfort of your home, but beware of scams this Cyber Monday, Nov. 28.
So the bargains and craziness of Black Friday weren't for you? (Or maybe you aren't finished shopping yet.) Luckily, there are the more relaxing and convenient Cyber Monday sales for the rest of your holiday shopping needs. Monday, Nov. 28, is the day dedicated to online deals. But before you start entering your credit card information on just any website, be sure that you're prepared for online crimes. The FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center recently released information helping online shoppers from falling victim to Internet crimes. Scammers are becoming more creative and use several techniques to fool online shoppers, according to the FBI. For example, fraudulent or stolen gift cards are being sold at reduced prices through auction …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Locals business are relying on their distinctive goods to tide them through Black Friday and beyond.
With crowds expected to swell outside of big-name chain retailers like Target and Wal-Mart starting Thanksgiving night, Hatboro businesses have their fingers crossed that the area’s unique lineup of small businesses can also capture a portion of that Black Friday frenzy. While shoppers will be hunting down the best of the best sales on Friday, some shops, like Allen’s Attic Treasures/HHH Records, aren’t going to be advertising specific Black Friday sales — due to the nature of their business. “We’re antiques and collectibles so essentially everything’s on sale every day,” said co-owner David Allen, who operates the North York Road store with George Haggerty. “That’s just the way this business works.” The store offers everything from vinyl …