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Handling the Basics this Holiday Season.

The economy is in the toilet, the country is still at war, and folks are losing their jobs left and right. It’s enough to make anyone say, “Bah, hum bug”. The holidays just won’t be the same this year. If you can still afford to shop for everyone on your holiday list, consider yourself lucky. Many of us plan to save some bucks or scrap buying presents all together. This year many consumers are skipping the holiday glitz and focusing just on the basics. While you don’t need a new big screen television for the living room - the bathroom just wouldn’t be the same without toilet paper. So, play it smart and check out the web for some great deals on everyday essentials. Who knows? Maybe you’ll have some money left over for holiday shopping after all.


Diapers.com [1]: This is the mother of all kid’s shopping sites. You’ll find everything from A to Z on this reliable website. Diapers. Bath supplies. Grooming Essentials. All the big name brands you know trust plus green and organic items as well. Fast free shipping on orders over $49.00. If you don’t like placing orders online simply call them at 1-800-DIAPERS. 1-800 (342-7377)


Drugstore.com [2]: One of my favorites. To shop on the cheap, check out the Coupon and Sale links at the top right of the page before looking at the rest of the site. There are nearly two dozen categories to choose from including: Pharmacy, Skin Care and Food & Gourmet. Not only that, the site keeps track of what you buy. So, the next time you shop you already have a list. Drugstore.com will even recommend items it thinks you will like. Free standard shipping on non-prescription orders over 25-dollars.


Amazon.com [3]: The definition of one-stop shopping. Whether you’re just sticking to the basics or plan to splurge on holiday gifts you’ll find what you’re looking for on this web site. Grocery & Healthy & Beauty. Books. Computers. Home & Garden. Once again there are some great resources at the top of the page. Check out sales in Great Deals. Or start a Wish List for this holiday season. You can also peek at someone else’s Wish List, Wedding Registry or Baby Registry. Brilliant.


Target.com [4]: Tar-jay anyone? While it’s always fun to stroll the isles for clearance items at your nearby Target store shopping online can be just as fun. Check out the Deal of the Day on the left side of your screen. And while you’re over there leaf thru your local Target’s Weekly Ads. This mega store has fabulous stuff for the entire family especially babies and kids. In recent years, top designers have joined the Target team and they are making some pretty snazzy stuff.


FreshSacks.com [5]: It’s the little things that mean a lot especially when that stuff snuffs out the stink. Since the day my daughter was born I have stocked up on those little blue scented baby poop bags. You know the ones they sell at Target and other baby stores. They do the job but they can be messy since you have to tie the bag shut. Why can’t somebody make a poop bag with handles? Guess what? Fresh Sacks does. The bags are shaped like regular plastic grocery bags with handles. You can find Fresh Sacks at most Walgreens. So why am I telling you about the company’s website? Freshsacks.com is currently offering a rebate. Simply fill out a form for a buy one get one free coupon and then head to Walgreens.


Don’t forget Fido over the holidays. You can always keep it simple and shop and grab some basics at Pet Smart [6]. The site currently has a flat $6.00 shipping rate on orders of sixty-dollars or more. Competitor Petco [7] is offering free shipping on orders over fifty-dollars. But if you baby your dogs like their kids try Ohmydogsupplies.com [8] very some unique items including some fancy pet beds. Or check out my favorite harrybarker.com [9]. I have the stainless steel dog food storage bowls.


Whether you’re living it up this holiday season or are cutting back just remember to enjoy. After all, the holidays only come once a year.

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