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Monday, December 10, 2012

US Cellular & Janna Robinson Help You Enjoy a "Stress Free" Holiday Season + GIVEAWAY!!!


This holiday season U.S. Cellular has teamed up with Lifestyle and technology expert, Janna Robinson, host of the Hollywood Hi-Tech show on the DIY Network. Janna is lending her expertise to help you use your smartphone right and make your holiday's happier than ever.

With her vast experience in the world of entertainment, technology, and design, Janna will introduce an easy way to navigate through the new world of applications, available in the Google Play store. Finding delicious recipes, creating shopping lists, and sending all your loved one's unique holiday cards are just some of the apps you can utilize to ensure your home stays stress free in this year's app-happy winter wonderland.

Luckily, I was given the opportunity to ask Janna some holiday tech questions and she has answered them for me and my readers. Check out the video below!!



I hope you learned something new. I know I did. I will and have been using my smartphone to do my holiday shopping.

I want to thank Janna for taking the time and answering my questions. I also want to thank US Cellular for this opportunity. Check out USCellular.com for U.S. Cellular locations near you!


And thanks to U.S. Cellular, I have a wonderful gift basket for one lucky reader. This fantastic basket includes the following fun stocking stuffers:

* Robe
* Slippers
* Bath kit or shaving kit
* Google Play Gift Card
* Tea or chocolate sampler
* USB flashdrive
* Scented candle

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Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

189 comments:

  1. Holiday tip.
    Make sure when shopping that you stay hydrated and that you have a bit of protein or complex cars with you for energy. (I have water and I bring string cheese with me--one or two slices).

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  2. The Find has in store and online pricing tips.

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  3. Set a budget and don't spend more than you can afford. Homemade gifts mean more than something you just grab for someone.

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  4. pay attention all year long about what excites people. I write it down and never have to ask what they want for xmas

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  5. My only real tips is plan and make lists!
    (d schmidt in widget)

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  6. I love the idea of putting together your own giftbaskets. The full-size products will be a better array that suits who you are giving it to. And you can put a book or DVD with bath products and include just the right coffee or tea which together will be exactly right.

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  7. Prepare an excel Christmas gift list so you can track what you gave to whom!

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  8. think about getting the person what they really want or need but will never buy for themselves:)

    jmatek AT wi DOT rr DOT com

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  9. Don't take on more than you can handle. Learn to say no and let others help you with holiday tasks like shopping, entertaining, preparing meals, wrapping gifts, etc.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  10. Holiday tip:Spend time with those you love and forget about the ones who hate you

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  11. save some of your blog wins for gifts and shop ebates, carawling(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  12. Start your holiday shopping and wrapping early so you don't get overwhelmed!

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  13. natalie rose machowskiDecember 11, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    My holiday tip is always get a gift receipt.

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  14. Ask the parents of the children in your life what the kids love to do that they don't get to do very often due to the cost. I gave my nephew a day of paintball with his friends and he loved it! Bonus? He invited me to come along and I got to see what great kids he hangs out with!

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  15. try to get a head start on your xmas shopping in the fall so not so rushed at xmas

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  16. I like to ask friends and relatives what they like rather than just purchasing something they may not like, want or use. It's a waste of time and money. I've learned from experience.

    Love3570@aol.com

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  17. I keep lists for people in my cell phone so if I am out and see a good deal I can see who I still need to get something for.

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  18. Have a plan and try to stick with it and get it done early so you don't overspend!

    Thanks,

    selinda_mccumbers at yahoo.com

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  19. keep spare wrapped gifts in your home in case of emergency. Always have gift cards on hand also in case!
    seyma_bennett@hotmail.com

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  20. always have extra wrapped gender friendly gifts on hand incase of the drop by gift giver comes

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  21. Keep a list on your phone or in your purse for most efficient gift shopping.

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  22. Keep it simple - sometimes several inexpensive, but practical gifts in a gift bag make a bigger impression that something large & expensive - know your recipient!

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  23. When you just can't think of anything to give somebody...make them a homemade gift! Homemade cookies, cookie mixes, homemade jam, etc.

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  24. Choose who you gift to very carefully: it's better to give your cousin some chocolates than to have a huge credit card bill in the new year.

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  25. It's a good idea to write down a list of who you are buying presents for and what you are going to buy them. This way you don't do impulse buying and you'll save money. thx.

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  26. Keep all receipts in an envelope and store in one location.

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  27. Start shopping months in advance so when Christmas comes you can enjoy it and there is no panic.
    cjnedrow at gmail dot com

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  28. One of her favorite tech gifts was the wireless iPhone speaker.
    cjnedrow at gmail dot com

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  29. Keep your eyes open throughout the year for sales/clearance items that someone would love for Christmas.
    stormageddon235ATgmailDOTcom

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  30. I learned that using the find you can compare in store and online prices

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  31. Don't stress and just learn to enjoy the season~

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  32. I love to give thank you cards as a gift!

    nickyflowers1978@hotmail.com

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  33. For the movie or TV lover, give a Netflix membership.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  34. I Like to give a gift card that I know the person will be able to use. No returns!
    KellywcuATyahooDOTcom

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  35. Always put thought into it and make it personal. I never give gift cards, soap baskets, perfumes, etc., because they don't mean anything.

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  36. My holiday gift tip is to start thinking about it early. I have been known to write down lists or make purchases for gifts in August or September. If I know someone would like something, I make a mental note of it, no matter what time of the year.

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  37. I learned in the video about the Samsung Galaxy.

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  38. Janna thinks that google shopper is one of the best shopping apps out there.

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  39. We stick to a budget. There is a holiday food budget and Christmas present budget. If we have a really tight year, we shop for one person each. Thanks!
    romapup at gmail dot com

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  40. With the Find app you can compare online shopping to instore shopping.This is helpful!

    romapup at gmail dot com

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  41. keep notes
    jessicawedwards@gmail.com

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  42. When all else fails Gift cards~

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  43. Wrap a little at a time so it's not overwhelming

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  44. Start early and "buy ahead." If you're not waiting 'til the last minute, you can find things on sale.

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  45. I like to have a few small wrapped gifts like fancy soap or decks of playing cards for unexpected guests.
    Susan Chester

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  46. Wrap each person's gifts in their own unique paper. Then no one knows who gets what gift until Christmas. It keeps the kids guessing!

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  47. give yourself Christmas eve off...pretend the 23rd is the last day to shop and wrap.

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  48. My holiday tip is, Start shopping in March. That way you are done by September and you can laugh at all the last minute shoppers going crazy for deals. That's what I did anyway.

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  49. get Gift cards. Avoid all the headaches and aggravation of thinking of what to get and going to stores and waiting in long lines and fighting traffic...

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  50. michelle gilliland mcafeeDecember 26, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    Buy early, throughout the year. And always have an extra unisex gift wrapped just in case you forgot someone.

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  51. Always have a few bottles of good wine on hand for last minute gifts.

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  52. Watch a movie while wrapping---way more fun that way!

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  53. you can find most black friday sales online then you don't have to fight the crowds

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  54. I always make a list with everyone's names. Then as I buy items I write them down beside their names. Helps me to not over buy.

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  55. Make homemade treats... I make cookies and buy tins and those decorative boxes and give them as gifts. Everyone loves homemade treats!

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  56. To save money on gifts, you can either bake cookies and get inexpensive tins at the dollar store, or do a Secret Santa-type gift exchange, where you pick a name and only buy for that person.

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  57. I shop for gifts year round. I see something cool for someone I buy and hold till christamss or what ever.

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  58. Shop online. I did almost all of my gift shopping on Amazon. It saved money and aggravation
    jjak2003 at gmail dot com

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  59. Start shopping for next year the day after Christmas!

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  60. start shopping early and keep a budget how much you are going spend on Christmas gift each month and stick to it

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  61. Start with a budget and a list of who you have to buy for. I like to get a bigger gift for a family instead of separate gifts for each member.
    ericacarnes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  62. shop early and make lists.

    dani marie ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  63. Listen to people through out the year and take notes on what they wish they had...start looking at sales before Christmas and try to get what you've heard them wish for.

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  64. Just keep it simple when gift giving. Patricia.

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  65. It looks like I want the Samsung Galaxy. Love it. Patricia

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  66. My tip is to shop for holiday gifts throughout the year's sales.


    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  67. you don't have to buy for everyone.

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  68. Start shopping early and stick to a budget.

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  69. I learned about the Samsung Galaxy.... if I could afford to get one, that is what I would choose!

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  70. Try to relax and enjoy the time spent with family!

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  71. From your video I learned that there are some cool coupon apps and neat tech gifts!

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  72. Make or personalize your gifts, and start early...

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  73. pick something they really need that is my tip

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  74. I think making a personalized gift basket is a great idea.

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  75. Look for gifts that give back or, something that is an activity and adventurous. Giving a gift that creates a memory will last a lot longer than just an item.

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  76. Plan in advance and ask for help

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  77. Don't spend more than you can afford. Handmade gifts are always great too. And it is the thought that counts. :)

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  78. I took advantage of some cyber monday deals where I could receive free items with my purchase, I was then able to use those items for some planned an unplanned gift giving.

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  79. Always keep in mind if the gift requires any "extras".... does it need batteries? Is it a gift certificate that will require tipping on top of it?

    ktgonyea at gmail.com

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  80. Holiday Tip:

    Keep all your boxes so if the product gets damage you can return it in the original box. Also keep all those gift bags you can reuse them throughout the year and save $$.

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  81. lock any presents in the trunk while parking!

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  82. from the vid, to use a smartphone to check prices and if an item is in stock

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  83. Delegate and always call stores ahead to see if they are stocked. Because I often am not healthy enough to fight the crowds, I often call ahead to have them hold something I want to gift and my husband or daughter will pick it up after work. Saves, time, gas, headaches. Not all stores will do but if you tell them the circumstances they might. I credit the ones that do and nix the ones that won't at least try.

    thanks!

    ejrichter60 at gmail dot com

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  84. Set yourself a budget and don't go over it. The holidays shouldn't be stressful and it's the thought that counts not the amount of money you spend

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  85. Before going out make a plan of the stores you're planning to visit

    rtrexel@gmail.com

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  86. I start my shopping for next year on 12/26 at the after-Christmas sales.

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  87. Don't overspend and put yourself in debt.

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  88. My tip is to put love and thought into every gift. That's more important than money.

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  89. set a budget, make a list and shop sales to prevent overspending

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  90. I learned about all the great Samsung products including the galaxy note ii

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  91. It is very important for me to start early. I wrap as I go so that I am not up all night wrapping on Christmas Eve.

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  92. I always try to get something that will be helpful to the person!

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  93. I buy all year long so that I can pay cash. If I see something that I know someone will love, but can't buy it at the time, I take a picture so I don't forget.

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  94. I make a list so I know who to buy for.

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  95. Don't stress out too much. Things will happen or forgotten, but the main thing is that the holidays are about family.
    magickalblessings26{at}gmail.com

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  96. Throughout the year pick up things on clearance that way you spend less in Dec and save a lot of dough!
    Crazyweirdo33@yahoo.com

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  97. stay organized and write down all that you need to do- Dorothy Deakyne

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  98. My tip is to remember that it is more important to buy someone something special and something you have put thought into than how much a gift costs

    morganowl28 at gmail dot com

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  99. The only tip that I really have is to start early.

    choateorama(at)gmail(dot)com

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  100. i always prefer handmade/homemade gifts. =) things with meaning

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  101. Look thruout the year for special gifts that will mean something to recipent .Don't wait until last minute and just pick something up.

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  102. On line price check ,but as I don't have either of the phone or tablet .Maybe sometime this year I will get one or both.

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  103. Keep a list of who and what you bought. Keep it somewhere for next year so you do not duplicate gifts and maybe something you bought someone else will be a great idea for a different person next time.
    like2sweep@gmail.com
    Beth H

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  104. The holidays is about spirit and caring not gifts. Make a budget and stick to it. Thoughtful gifts need to be personal not expensive. Put some effort into the gift.

    diane(dot)wortman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  105. From the video, two great shopping apps are The Find and Google Shopper.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  106. Be and Stay Organized Get things done early. Thank you. Jerri Davis

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  107. Make a list and plan your trip.

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  108. "shop til you drop" is very catchy... but NOT very smart... Remember the budget

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  109. If you have youngsters, buy them used gifts like from a second hand store or thrift store. It saves so much money. At our daughters age it doesnt matter whether its brand new or used. Ive even taught my daughter to "share" with other little girls by donating her old clothes and toys.

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  110. I do most of my shopping online to avoid the crowds & less likely to shop impulsively.
    jofo120 at yahoo dot com

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  111. My tip is to not worry over how much you spend or buy...A little is fine and the meaning is not to see how much money we can spend!!!

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  112. stay in your budget then you will enjoy the giving of the gift more
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

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  113. I try to notice things during the year that they like. I like gifts to be meaningful.

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  114. Dont deviate from what people like. I have a sister than I get the same thing for every year. One year I thought I'd get her something different and she was disappointed because she looked forward to her usual gift every year.

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  115. Make a list and check it twice! No really! Make lists for who you need to buy for and how much you're going to spend. That way you can plan a budget!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  116. I learned the Samsung Galaxy S3 is a good buy this season.

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  117. I learned that you should always check a shopping site, like Google Shop, before you buy, so you make sure and get the absolute best deal!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  118. Don't worry so much about spending a lot of money, but DO make sure you give the person some thought and don't just grab the first thing you think would "work"

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  119. Give cash, it's easy and everyone loves it.

    hd6719@gmail.com

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  120. i keep notes throughout the year whenever i notice a friend or family member admiring something so then i have lots of ideas at christmastime

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  121. Dont stress just take your time!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

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  122. I love to online shop. No lines, shop at my convenience, and I'm much less likely to impluse buy!

    sweepyhead at gmail dot com

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  123. My best Holiday tip is to breathe and not get overwhelmed

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  124. Mine is to have someone else wrap presents instead of me, I'm pretty bad

    kannw27 at gmail dot com

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  125. If shopping with kids, make sure you go potty often because if you end up in a line, you don't want to leave because little one has to go potty. Also, be sure you have some paper, crayons, a snack and maybe even some candy in your purse.

    safety_chick@hotmail.com

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  126. I learned about the Galaxy phone. I'm thinking of getting a new phone so this was helpful.

    safety_chick@hotmail.com

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  127. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes to be able to do as much shopping in one day as you can.

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  128. I've never thought about sending greetings cards from my cell. First time I hear about www.justwink.com It looks like a fun app to have!

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  129. I shop and look for sales all year long so there won't be such an expense for Christmas

    gjsrjs@sbcglobal.net

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  130. all it takes is ti listen to what the person has talked about and the gifting is easy

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  131. My best tip is to plan what you want to buy for everyone before you go shopping. Searching for a gift when you don't know what you are looking for is no fun.

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  132. Shop online as much as possible. You can save time and money.

    gantzgirl87(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  133. MARY DEBORDE
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail dot com

    Holiday tip: Safety!
    Keep your car locked and park beneath the parking lot lights, and close to stores/businesses.

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  134. If you aren't sure what a person on your list would like them buy them a gift card to the local mall

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  135. I try to have Christmas gifts purchased throughout the year so my December isn't so full of craziness.
    Michelle Tucker

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  136. gift card. then the person can get whatever they want.

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  137. I wait for the online sales instead fo fighting through crowds!

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  138. I learned about the find app. sounds pretty neat I will have to check it out.

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  139. Do not drink and drive. be a designated driver ( or a designated drinker)

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  140. I learned about the Samsung Galaxy in the video.

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  141. My holiday tip is to shop for presents throughout the year so you don't get overwhelmed with it near the holidays!

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  142. From the video, I learned that the app, the Find, lets you compare in store to online prices.

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  143. I'm sorry my sound doesn't work so I couldn't hear anything on the video

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  144. Janna Robinson Facebook page isn't coming up please email me it so I can like her thanks

    lukens_tara@yahoo.com

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  145. If you're buying toys for the little ones be sure to also wrap some batteries for them!
    Rafflecopter: Heidi TextbookMommy

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  146. Shop Early!!!


    freebiegoddess03@aol.com

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  147. be nice...period

    david heath

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  148. Always watch the sales and make a list of peoples likes
    mightynaynay(at)cs.com

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  149. Have a budget in mind and stick to it.

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  150. Holiday gift tip would be to start shopping early and order online to avoid the crowds.

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  151. use coupons and don't wait to the last minute
    ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  152. Start now for next year. You can really get great deals this time of year. Buy winter clothes now because they are on clearance and save for next winter.

    susansmoaks at gmail dot com
    tony l smoaks on rafflecopter

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  153. make list so you dont overbuy

    tiffany lane
    mckenziesmom1@hotmail.com

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  154. I like to shop for my gifts throughout the year picking up clearance and sale items. My Christmas shopping is pretty much finished by November.

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  155. Do not spend more than you can afford.

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  156. Buy your wrapping paper, bows, and tags for the next year right after Christmas when they are clearanced.

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  157. From the video I learned that I need to check out The Find. I have never heard of it before. Sounds like a time saver!

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  158. always keep see's candies gift certificates for that last minute person who brought you a gift and you didnt expect it.

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  159. Shop early in the holiday season so that you can enjoy the rest of the season with family and friends but make sure to watch sales prices until Christmas to do price matching

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  160. I tweeted!

    https://twitter.com/IsolatedExisten/status/286942377103458304

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  161. Make a list and only buy what you need. do not over spend!
    vikki.billings@yahoo.com

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  162. Shop deals year round and match gifts with peoples lists as it gets closer

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  163. Do your shopping in October if possible. (Corey Olomon)

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  164. Shop year-round to find thoughtful gifts at bargain prices.
    lisa.blogs2 at gmail dot com

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  165. My tip is when you buy something and are going to go to a different store make sure you put whatever you bought in the trunk instead of the seat of your car so a thief doesn't see anything tempting. (Roxann)

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  166. This year the kids decorated a roll of white drawing paper with holiday designs. Using that to wrap gifts was a great way to personalize our presents.

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  167. I always make a list before I go shopping and try to buy when the items are on sale. Thanks for this contest!

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  168. Set a budget and purchase items throughout the year

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  169. Make sure you get a gift receipt

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  170. make a list and set a budget for each person on that list

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  171. Check clearance aisles for everyday gifts at a bargain price.

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  172. use butcher paper to wrap the gifts!!

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  173. Start shopping early.

    tridingermckee at gmail dot com

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  174. Try to buy things during the year when they are on sale and me be a little cheaper wilcarvic
    [at]gmail[dot[com]]

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  175. Check online forums & sites for coupons and deals before you head out to shop. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  176. Make bath salts. Easy & people like them.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  177. keep extra gifts on hand

    slehan at juno dot com

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