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To Pre-Order or Not to Pre-Order?

August 21, 2014 |

Whether it is a video game, a movie, a book or a box set of your favorite television show, there is bound to be something that gets you excited enough about its upcoming release date that you consider if you should pre-order your copy. With a pre-order you get the benefit of the guarantee. By ordering your copy before the item is actually on sale, you are guaranteeing that there will be a copy of the latest release in that hot video game franchise or much-anticipated final book in a tween trilogy set aside with your name on it. But, does the guarantee come with a price? Let's take a closer look at the pros and cons of a pre-order.

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Five Below: Fun Buys for $5 or Less

July 23, 2014 |

Have you shopped at Five Below, yet? I discovered the store last year when two locations opened up within driving distance. Each one threw such a huge grand opening party (complete with a DJ, five-cent hot dogs and free giveaways) I just had to check them out. I wasn't disappointed and it's become one of my favorite places to shop. Read More

5 Secrets to Winning Giveaways and Contests

June 16, 2014 | 1

I win a lot of contests. I've won everything from thousands of dollars in free dental services and electronics to gift certificates and designer pillows. Some people call me lucky, but the truth is I've just figured out how to increase my odds. If you want to send some luck your way check out these five secrets to winning giveaways and contests. Read More

Bridal Shower on a Budget: Hosting an Elegant, Inexpensive Affair

June 4, 2014 |

Here comes the bride… and there goes your cash. But it does not have to be that way! We all know that weddings, and everything that goes along with them, has the potential to be quite costly. All too often, the joy of celebrating a bride-to-be gets lost in the stress and fuss that go along with planning a wedding. The truth is, you can host an elegant bridal – or wedding – shower without breaking the bank.

Below are several tips to help you be a generous host without spending a generous amount of money. Read More

Entertainment Expenses Exposed: High Costs of a New Video Game Console

May 13, 2014 |

When it comes to deciding whether or not to purchase the latest and greatest video game console, like the new Xbox One or PS4, people are 'humming and hahing' about the purchase since the cost of a console hovers around the $500 mark. Yes, that is a decent amount of money to shell out in one swipe for gaming. But, buyer beware, buying the console is just one of the many things you'll need to get started and over time. There's a price to play. Here are some extra costs you should expect, so you're not surprised when you go to play your new console.

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How Not to Strike Out During the World Series

October 18, 2011 |

"The pitcher is throwing aspirins!" To the baseball novice that may sound like an odd thing to say, but according to Major League Baseball infielder Greg Pryor, saying that during the next big game can make you sound like a pro. Pryor knows what he's talking about when it comes to baseball. He played in the majors for ten seasons and was a member of the World Series-winning Kansas City Royals in 1985. Now he's working in two businesses: Sports-Aholic, Inc. and But he doesn't mind helping even casual fans learn the basics of baseball.

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Smart Savings: Good Deals for Good Grades

June 20, 2011 | 3

Summer has arrived for kids across the country. If your little one earned great grades this school year you're probably looking for ways to reward his/her hard work and dedication in the classroom. Turns out there are plenty of businesses, restaurants and retailers providing incentives for students who get good grades.

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3 Easy Kids’ Birthday Party Themes Anyone Can Pull Off

April 29, 2011 | 2

Planning a birthday party for your beloved little one can be fun, but it can also be a source of stress. You wonder what kind of theme to have, where to get supplies, and how to come through the whole experience with some cash still left in your wallet. Don’t sweat it! Check out party supply websites (such as Celebrate Express), and you can have everything you need delivered right to your door, often at deep discounts thanks to their party supply coupons. Here are three easy theme parties that anyone, no matter how busy, can put together easily. All these themes are unisex and not too childish, so you can recycle some of the decorations for other parties.

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Games on the Go

March 29, 2011 |

The latest craze for your Kindle:  video games.

I've got a Kindle, but I only use it to read books.  I rarely even use its web browser.  But there is an increasing variety of games for the Kindle--paid apps as well as free ones.  And reviewers state that these games are quite well-done.  As of this writing, there are 3 games in the top 10 paid Kindle downloads, and several free games available as well.  All this for a monochrome device with a 6-inch screen.

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March 23, 2011 |

Slot machines are not just for casinos and cruise ships anymore!  That was news to me.  I knew you could purchase pinball machines or arcade-style video games for home use, but I had no idea that slot machines were also available.

Strangely enough, I learned this on my most recent trip to pick up Mr. College Student for spring break.  Before I cross the bridge into Philadelphia, I pass through a now-familiar retail corridor that includes a Lamborghini dealership, Dunkin' Donuts, a convenience store, several gas stations (last chance to get gas you don't have to pump yourself!) and a locally-famous Italian restaurant.

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Got Skillz? I Don't!

February 11, 2011 | 1

I mentioned back on Monday that this is "Just Say No to Powerpoint Week." I had no idea that there was such a week, but then again, that's what Weird Holiday Mondays are all about.

I'm the only person ... Read More