Adding a New Dog to the Family

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Have you been thinking about getting a dog but just haven’t pulled the trigger? While walking into a pet store and picking out a dog based on its breed and coloring may be an easy option, consider looking at a shelter or rescue group for your new family member.

Adopting from a Shelter

There are plenty of great reasons to adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue group versus buying a pet from a pet store or independent breeder. First, adoption costs are much lower than purchasing a dog. In fact, buying a pet can easily cost upwards of $500 or more, especially if you are looking for a specific dog breed. Although you are more likely to find mixed breeds at shelters and rescue groups, these dogs generally live longer and have lower vet costs over the course of their lives.

When you adopt from a shelter, you may not know the dog’s full history. However, when you purchase from a pet store, you may also not know where the dog came from. It could have been a puppy mill dog, meaning you may find your new pet to be inbred, leading to increased vet bills. Finally, shelters and rescue groups often have resources available to help you with your pet since they are more dedicated to finding the animal a forever home.

Choosing the Right Dog for Your Lifestyle

Different breeds and individual dogs can have very different personalities. In some cases, dogs may not show their full personality until after they have been brought home and have a chance to open up. While it is always fun to see shelter dogs come out of their shells as they become part of the family, it can make it more difficult to find the right dog for you.

When you are in the process of picking a shelter dog, it is fine to be picky. If you pick too fast without doing your research and seeing what else is available, you may end up with a miserable dog and family or a dog that will need to be taken back to the shelter in the future. This is not good for you and your family and certainly not good for the dog.

Picking the right dog starts with knowing what you want. Avoid choosing your new dog based on its breed. Focus more on the dog’s energy level and sociability. Check to make sure the dog has been tested to see if they are kid-safe if you have children. Second, when you actually get a chance to look at the dogs, you will want to watch their body language. Take some time to learn about dog language before you go so that you know what to look for and identify the language that you are seeing.

Finally, take care when picking the shelter. Open-intake shelters often take in so many animals that they are unable to get to fully know each one. Limited-intake shelters only take in a certain number, so rescuers generally get to learn a little more about the animals they rescue. If you have specific needs, such as a kid-friendly pet, limited-intake shelters may be a better bet.

Enjoying Your New Dog

Once you have made your decision and finish up with the adoption process, you are ready to begin enjoying your new family member. Whether your new family member is quiet and loves long walks in the park or energetic and is happy to go on long excursions, you will wonder how you ever got along without them.

How to Get Kids Involved in Gardening

Monday, April 24th, 2017

When it comes to spring, growing flowers, herbs and vegetables are a joy that many people look forward to. Even though it can take time and lots of love to get your flowers and shrubs to grow up strong and healthy, it is a fun outdoor activity that the whole family can enjoy.

Reasons to Start Gardening with the Kids

There are many reasons to get your kids involved in gardening early. Not only does it give them a chance to get their hands dirty, but it gives them something that they can take ownership over. Some kids may even enjoy getting the opportunity to enjoy the fruit of their labor. After all, there is nothing more delicious than getting a taste of a tomato that they grew themselves. Further, they get to learn about nature and be a part of sustaining it.

How To Get Them Started

Tip 1: Give them a space to grow

If you have the space, giving your kids a plot of their very own to work with will get them more invested. Whether it is a small strip near the fence or a nice-sized spot, they can have the power to plant what they want where they want it. As their vegetables and flowers grow, you can talk to them about what they planted and make plans for next year.

Tip 2: Create a job list

Although growing things is pretty easy, the plants still need care to grow. Creating a job list for the kids to follow can help them ensure that they do not miss a step. Make sure to include watering, weeding and adding mulch to the list.

Tip 3: Provide kid-friendly tools

If you are getting younger kids started in gardening, having kid-friendly tools is a must. Smaller hand trowels and kid-sized gloves can make the work easier for them and reduce any frustrations they may have, especially if they are too small to handle adult-sized tools.

Tip 4: Involve them from start to finish

Children love being involved in the entire gardening process. By giving them the ability to pick out what they want to grow and where they want to grow it in their gardening space, you may find that they will be so much more invested in the process. Further, you may be able to get them excited about gardening in the spring if they have time to think about what they want to grow.

Tip 5: Let them decide what to make with the harvest

Harvesting the vegetables and herbs that they grew is always fun. However, they may enjoy it even more if they get to help pick what to make with their bounty. Pizzas are always fun, but the kids may even have other ideas that might surprise you. Best of all, of course, is that you will not have to beg or trick them into eating healthy foods.

Apartment Gardening

Getting kids involved in gardening can be a bit more difficult if you don’t have the gardening space. However, there are a couple options. You can always plant in pots that can be kept on the balcony or in the kitchen. Otherwise, your city or community may have communal plots that are available for you to grow herbs and vegetables.

Enjoy Your Garden

By getting your kids involved in gardening, they get to be outside away from computers and gaming systems while learning skills that will be useful throughout their entire lives. Not only will they get to learn about where their food comes from, but they can also learn about the joy of growing it themselves.

 

Tips for Dealing with Spring Allergies

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Although you may be happy that warmer weather has finally arrived, you may be frustrated with the allergy symptoms it may bring with it. Unlike food allergies or allergies to certain types of animals, spring allergies often occur when the trees, flowers and other fauna are in bloom.

What are the Common Allergy Symptoms?

Spring allergy symptoms can range from the sniffles to coughing, sneezing and watery eyes. In severe cases, they can cause a person to trouble breathing and can affect their ability to concentrate. Allergy symptoms can make a person feel ill and have a negative impact on their school or work performance.

Identifying the Causes of Allergies

If a person believes that they have allergies, it is highly recommended that they go to a specialist who can help them identify exactly what they are allergic to. An allergy specialist may give you a skin test or a blood test. Skin tests often include pricking the skin with a small amount of the suspected allergen. If you are allergic to that particular allergen, you will form a red bump at the site of the prick.

Tips to Prevent Allergy Symptoms

If a specialist is able to identify a particular allergen that is causing you trouble, they may have medication that you can take that will reduce the symptoms and make you feel better. However, if your symptoms are not severe enough to warrant prescription medication or they are more troublesome than normal, there are some natural remedies you can use to keep your symptoms at bay.

For example, nasal irrigation may potentially help clean out the sinuses, which could make breathing a little bit easier. To do this, you will need to mist up a solution of warm distilled water, a quarter-teaspoon of baking soda and a quarter-teaspoon of salt. A neti pot or squeeze bottle is then used to administer the solution into the sinuses. It is important to note that this works for some and not for others, so if you do not see any improvements, you may need to find alternative treatments.

Spring Cleaning to Get Rid of Allergy Symptoms

If you are allergic to pollen and other types of biological allergens, you can help make yourself feel better by making sure your home is free of them. Vacuuming at least once a week and doing the occasional dusting can keep your exposure levels at bay. Be sure to change out or wash your furnace filters, depending on the type that you use, on a regular basis so that you can be sure that the airborne allergens are being removed from the air that you are breathing. You can also install a whole-home air cleaner like these to improve your indoor air quality.

You can also prevent some allergens from getting into your home by removing your shoes before you come inside. If you spent the day outdoors, a quick change of clothes can prevent you from transporting pollen and other allergens all around your home. Finally, you may find it appropriate to shower before jumping into your sheets. This way, you can breathe a little easier and get a refreshing night of rest.

Stay Healthy and Productive

When you find a system of keeping the allergens at bay that works for you, you will be amazed at just how much better and more energized you feel. Note that, in addition to keeping pollen and other biological allergens out of your home and taking medical precautions, it is always helpful to eat a healthy diet, stay active and stay positive.

Four Tips to Make It To The End of the School Year

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

For many students, getting through the final few months of school can be difficult no matter what grade they are in. As the temperatures get warmer and the days get longer, they would rather be spending quality time outdoors or engaging in hobbies and sports instead of preparing for math tests. However, there are a few tips available that can help students stay focused and get the grades they need.

1. Get a Homework and Bedtime Routine Down

As summer draws near, it is very easy for kids to become more relaxed about getting their homework done and trying to get a later bedtime. However, this can cause a student’s grades to slip and, in worst-case scenarios, could result in the need for summer school. Sticking to a consistent homework schedule and bedtime will keep the student on track and prevent them from going to school frustrated and tired. Depending on your student, you may even work out a snack or break schedule that helps make the task feel smaller and easier to complete. Keeping a consistent routine down at home can also help the student wind down from field trip days and other unusual activities.

2. Work Outside

If the weather is nice and sunny, taking homework outside can boost a student’s motivation. Finding fun ways to incorporate outdoor activities with homework can be fun for younger children, like using sidewalk chalk to work out simple math equations. Older students may enjoy spreading out their work on the back porch so that they can enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. If there is no good work space outside, moving the desk or table closer to a window can help them keep their spirits up.

3. Stay Organized

Many students start out the school year fully organized and ready to go. As the school year progresses, they may become less organized over time. This can cause them to lose homework or even completed papers. Since students generally perform better in school when they are organized, have them take an hour every week or so to get their backpacks, desk and other homework area cleaned out. This way, they can ensure that they have everything they need for the week. If you find that you have a student who is just messier than normal and has a difficult time staying organized, reducing the number of items they keep with them can help. For example, one folder for all homework and completed assignments can help your student keep their most important assignments all in one place.

4. Enjoy Your Weekends

Getting through each week can become more and more difficult for students. As such, giving them a break from dealing with school stress can help them relax and de-stress. If their homework load is low, let them take Friday afternoons and nights off so that they can just enjoy being kids. Have them complete all of their homework on Saturdays so that they have Sundays completely free. This way, they have at least a day and an afternoon when they do not have to think about school at all. If you enjoy family outings on Saturdays, ensure that students get their homework done early so that they can have the evening free before having to jump right back into work the next morning.

Making it to the end of a school year is a huge accomplishment. By helping your student stay motivated to the very end, you can set them up for a fun, stress-free summer vacation.

How to Make the Most of Your Thermostat

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

When you are trying to save energy or cut down on the amount of energy your home uses, one easy way to start is by installing a programmable thermostat. While purchasing and installing a programmable thermostat can be easy, actually programming it so that you begin to see results can be a bit difficult, especially if you have no experience using a programmable thermostat. We can install one for you, 10% off during the month of February!

 

What is a Programmable Thermostat?

A programmable thermostat is designed to automatically adjust the temperatures in the home depending on what time of day it is. Essentially, you can program your thermostat to run less during the night when everyone is asleep and during the day when all family members are at work or at school. Because more energy is lost when the temperature differences in the home and out of the home are greater, turning the thermostat up or down when no one is home will reduce the amount of energy that is lost.

Figuring Out Your Family’s Schedule

Before you program your thermostat, you should no what schedule your family runs on. Depending on the make and model of programmable thermostat that you choose, you may be able to program week days and weekend days differently to reflect your family’s schedule. For example, you will need to know when your family members normally wake up, when they leave the home, when they normally return and when they usually head to bed.

Recommended Thermostat Settings

The U.S. Department of Energy suggests certain settings that can help you reduce energy consumption. When it comes to the winter months, it is recommended that the temperature be set at 68 degrees Fahrenheit when you are awake or when you are at home. When everyone is asleep or out of the home, the temperature should be lowered by 10 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit. You do not want to lower the temperature more than this as the cost of reheating a very cold home twice a day can be high.

During the summer months, keeping the temperature higher will reduce energy waste. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends that you set temperatures at 78 degrees Fahrenheit. The air conditioning should be programmed to shut off completely when you are asleep or when no one is home. When the days are just right and do not require any cooling, be sure to shut off your air conditioning unit manually. Depending on the make and model of thermostat that you use, you may need to turn it back on yourself or it may turn itself back on when the house becomes too warm again.

Keeping Your Home Comfortable

No one wants to wake up to a cold home, so you should program your thermostat to turn up the heat about 30 minutes before you or your family members plan to get out of bed. To compensate for turning up the heat a little bit early, you can always program the thermostat to turn the heat back down about 30 minutes or so before you intend to go to sleep. In fact, doing this may even encourage rowdy kids to get to bed, even when they tell you they are not tired.

While programmable thermostats can save energy and even reduce your utility bills by up to 15 percent, it is important that you follow through with using your programmable thermostat. If it is not used correctly, you can actually end up with poor results. If the device is used correctly, however, the benefits can potentially inspire you to find other ways to reduce the amount of energy your home consumes.

 

How Home Automation Systems can Save You Money

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Although it makes sense to curb your energy use to lower your monthly utility bills, taking the steps to make this happen can be difficult especially if you do not know how to start. Although there are home automation systems that all connect to each other, you can start with single devices to get the ball rolling on an energy-saving plan.
Program Your Thermostat

Many homes have heating equipment that is not energy-efficient, especially if the system is a decade old or more. Because it can be costly to replace your furnace, you can turn to a programmable thermostat to keep your heating bills lower. Programmable thermostats allow you to set the temperature throughout the day without having to change the temperature on the physical thermostat. For example, if you want your home warmer when you wake up, colder during the day when no one is at home but still warm when you get back, you can program the thermostat to change the temperature automatically.

Control Your Lights

If your family is constantly leaving lights on, you are likely adding to your electricity bills. There are several different apps that allow you to control all of the lights in your home right from your smartphone or tablet. If you forgot to turn your lights off before leaving for work, all you have to do is simply turn on the app and turn off your lights. You can even use the app to turn your lights back on before you get back to avoid coming home to a dark house.

Use a Smart Power Strip

When you turn off your electronics, you may believe that those electronics are no longer using any energy. However, turning off your electronics simply puts them into “standby mode.” As long as they stay connected to a power source, they create what is known as a “phantom load,” which can cost you money. In fact, phantom load may account for up to 8 percent of your monthly electricity bill.

To avoid the extra cost, you can utilize a Smart Strip power strip. These power strips detect when your electronic equipment has been turned off and cuts the power. This way, your turned off electronics are not still draining power even when they are not in use.

Combining Home Automation Devices

Most home automation devices are designed to work with a virtual assistant, such as Amazon’s Echo and Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana and Google. These virtual assistants allow you to access each home automation device from one app. This means you can also set up different settings so that all you have to do to turn down the thermostat, turn off the lights and turn off your electronics all at once is to push a single button. Some of the virtual assistants, like Alexa, even use voice recognition so that you do not need to be near your phone or tablet to active your home automation devices.

Savings from installing home automation devices do not happen overnight and there is an initial investment cost. Over time, however, you will begin to see lower utility bills and you get into the habit of cutting back on your energy use. Not only can home automation devices lower your utility costs, but you may also find the value of your home going up as more homeowners become interested in home automation.

 

Keeping Kids Healthy during the School Year

Friday, January 27th, 2017

No matter how hard you work to keep your child healthy during the winter months, you cannot control whether or not other parents send their sick children to school. However, this means that your child is going to be constantly at risk for getting stuck in a cycle of being sick and healthy throughout the school year. While not all school illnesses can be avoided, there are some things you can do to keep your kid on the healthier side.

Washing Hands

All children should be taught how to wash their hands and avoid contact with their eyes, nose and mouth. When it comes to washing hands, there is a correct way to ensure that you are killing as many germs as possible. Kids should learn that they need warm water and that they need to lather up with soap for a full 15 to 20 seconds.

Washing hands is only half the battle as hands do not stay clean for very long. Kids should be taught to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth after touching anything the could potentially be contaminated.

Sharing is Caring Unless Someone is Sick

Some kids enjoy exchanging and sharing their food and drinks. However, contact with food is one of the ways that infections spread, so your kid could be risking an illness every time they share food or drinks with their friends. There are certain infections that are widely spread this way, including mononucleosis, also known as the “kissing disease,” which can cause a kid to miss several weeks or even months of school.

Reduce the Stress

Kids have quite a bit to stress over in this day and age. High school kids may be trying to balance a social life, after school activities, homework and college prep all at the same time. Younger kids may be facing bullying and feelings of self-doubt. Stress can potentially cause a kid to feel ill and may even prevent them from being as productive as possible. There are some ways to combat and reduce stress,

First, parents should help their children set realistic expectations. Learning how to focus on one task at a time can help. Reducing the overall amount of duties the child has can also reduce stress. Parents should also ensure that their kids are getting some free time to hang with friends, get out of the house and get some exercise at some point during the day. If all else fails, chewing gum can help temporarily relieve stress and anxiety.

Eat Well

School food is not always the most nutritious food a kid can get his or her hands on. However, having a good diet full of healthy foods is not only good for general health, but it also can help a person feel better. The healthier a kid is, the easier it is for their immune system to fight off infections and germs. Diets that include eggs, beans, nuts and dairy items provide everything they need to stay fueled and healthy. In addition to a good diet, adding some daily vitamins can also give the immune system a boost. A daily dose of vitamin C can help protect against infections or reduce the severity of an infection if the kid does get sick.

Being sick while in school is no fun. Like everything else, however, staying healthy can become another chore that kids have to worry about. By helping your child stay healthy, they will have a better school experience without having to worry about constantly missing classes and having to make up the work that they missed.

 

The Importance of Humidity

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Many homeowners do not understand just how important the amount of humidity in their homes can be. The amount of moisture in the air can dictate how the inhabitants of a home may feel or even allow for certain unwanted organisms to grow within the home. However, maintaining humidity levels may be the last thing on your mind, especially if you are busy keeping your air conditioner, roof and gutters maintained. Regardless, adding the maintenance of humidity levels could greatly improve the way that you feel while hanging out at home.

 
Dealing with Dry Air

You may find that you suffer from dry sinuses, dry skin and chapped lips during the winter time or when the air becomes particularly dry during the summer. Dry indoor air can cause a person to suffer from nosebleeds, headaches and other associated illnesses.

The main way to increase the humidity level within the home is to purchase a humidifier. There are several different types of humidifiers available, including:

  • Install a Central Humidifier: These humidifiers are included as part of the home’s HVAC system and are designed to raise humidity levels throughout the home.
  • Impellar Humidifiers: These humidifiers have a rotating disk installed that produces a cool mist.
  • Steam Vaporizers: Electricity is used to create a cooling steam that is then released into the air. Because this device involves hot water, it is not recommended for households that have children or pets.
  • Ultrasonic Humidifiers: These devices use an ultrasonic vibration to produce a mist that increases humidity levels.
  • Evaporators: Air is blown through a wet material, which could be a wet filter, belt or wick.

Dealing with Damp Air

High humidity levels often becomes a problem during the summer time. Occupants who suffer from certain allergies may be more likely to suffer from respiratory problems or even asthma flare-ups. Further, dust mites, molds and bacteria can also grow within the home if the humidity levels are high enough.

There are several things that you can do to lower the humidity levels within the home:

  • Purchase a Dehumidifier: Dehumidifiers suck the excessive moisture from the air and collect it in a reservoir.
  • Install a Permanent Dehumidifier
  • Run the Air Conditioner: When air is forced through the air conditioner, the air is not only cooled but dried.

What are the Ideal Humidity Levels?

In general, humidity refers to the amount of moisture in the air. If the home does not have proper ventilation, the indoor air can become stale and dry. However, if too much moisture is added to the indoor air, the occupants of the home could also suffer from symptoms associated with the flu while the growth of harmful bacteria and other organic contaminants may be assisted.

The Mayo Clinic recommends that homeowners keep their indoor humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent. If you or another occupant suffer from allergies, it is recommended that you speak to your doctor about what humidity levels would be right for you.

How do I Measure My Home’s Humidity Levels?

The device used to test humidity levels is called a hygrometer, which resembles a thermometer. While these devices can be purchased at any of your local hardware stores, many humidifiers also come equipped with a hygrometer to help keep indoor humidity at a healthy level. Hydrometers come in both analog forms and digital forms, both of which are simple to use and allow you to better control the conditions within your home.

 

Preventing House Fires During the Holidays

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

For many families, the holidays are for traveling far and wide to spend time with family members you may not have seen all year, eat some delicious food and give gifts. However, it may shock you to know that 30 percent of all house fires and 38 percent of all house fire fatalities occur in December, January and February. To keep you family safe and warm, do not neglect to think about fire safety.
Electrical Fires

Each year, approximately 65,000 house fires are started by electrical heating equipment. If you rely on space heaters to keep your home warm, there are a few safety tips you should know so you can operate them safely.

Always read the manual before using a space heater for the first time. This manual will give you specific safety instructions and risks that you should be aware of. Before use, inspect the heater for any cracks, loose connections or broken plugs. If you see any wear, avoid using the heater. Do not ever leave a space heater unattended or let children and pets play nearby without supervision. Do not use space heaters to warm bedding, dry clothing or cook food. These heaters are only meant to provide supplemental heat. Heaters should be placed three feet away from the walls and anything that can catch fire, like clothing and paper. Install smoke alarms outside your sleeping areas and on each floor. Make sure to test them once a month.

Kitchen Fires

Kitchen and cooking fires are also the culprits for approximately two out of every five house fires during the holidays. The leading cause of kitchen fires is unattended cooking. If you are going to be the main cook for the celebrations, try to avoid leaving the food unattended. If you must, most the gathering from the family room to the kitchen so everyone can have a hand in creating a delicious meal.

There are a few other things you can do to decrease the risk of a kitchen fire. For example, ensure that the stovetop and oven are clean and grease-free before you start cooking your meal. Use the back burners to prevent guests from knocking into pans and handles. Keep appliances that are not being used unplugged and out of the way. If there are children present, make sure they are supervised to prevent any shenanigans that could become a fire risk.

Fires Caused by Holiday Decorations

It is estimated that approximately 60 percent of families decorate in some way for the holiday season. Some decorate their living space with a live tree while others go the route of a realistic artificial tree to add charm. If you are going with a live tree, ensure that the tree is green and fresh as this cuts down on the risk of a fire. Newer electrical lights are generally safer than older ones; however, you should still look to ensure that there are no chewed or exposed wires.

Vintage decorations are also becoming all the rage. Vintage metal trees are beautiful and can add a unique touch. However, you will need to be extra careful with these trees as you cannot put electrical lights on them. You will need to purchase standing lights that shine on the tree. Further, vintage electrical decorations may need to be rewired if the old plugs are still attached. Using the decorations as is can put your home at risk for a fire.

The holidays should be a time when you can share the warmth and cheer with your loved ones. By reducing the risks of a house fire, you can cherish these memories without having to remember a tragedy.

5 Tips for Shopping on Black Friday

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you may be preparing not only for a pleasant feast, but also a run for the best deals. While there are many people who enjoy the hectic atmosphere, there are others who really just want to get in and out. No matter what type of shopper you are, going shopping prepared will ensure that you have a great time instead of coming home irritated and exhausted.

Know Your Ads

Black Friday deals are always available online before the actual day. New electronics and popular toys are released to take advantage of the consumers’ wants, having an idea of what will be on sale at the store can really help you out. If you are on the lookout for a specific item, be sure to shop around now so you know what options you have. Do not forget to look at stores you normally do not shop at. They may have the best deals available and, if they are not as popular as some of the big name stores, you may have a better chance of getting exactly what you want.

Enjoy Those Freebies

Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving Day has brought forth some criticism. However, there are those who take it all in stride and have simply added Thanksgiving shopping to their ritual. Some stores do hand out freebies. These freebies may range from gift cards and candy to free movie tickets. If you finish your big meal early and still have some energy left, you could come out even more ahead.

Make a Plan

Shopping during the Black Friday sales can be difficult, especially when dealing with the crowds. One of the best ways to get around the confusion is to create a game plan. If you are heading to the mall with a group, figure out who is responsible for buying what item and split into smaller groups. Just make sure to keep your eye on the kids and use your cell phone to stay in touch with the other groups. If you are shopping by yourself, having some idea of where the items are located within the store can prevent some confusion and reduce your wait time.

Stick to Shopping List

The main goal for retailers is to sell you as much product as possible. This is not a conspiracy; in fact, this has been the goal ever since the Black Friday shopping tradition started. To avoid causing problems with your wallet, create a strict list and avoid purchasing items that are not on it. If you love picking up a few extras here and there, budget some extra cash for the impulse items or little surprises for yourself. Further, ensure that you have some backup item ideas ready in case your wanted items are already sold out. This will save you time and money.

Spread the Cheer

If you work a busy job or have experience in retail, it is crucial to remember that the sales associates are spending the holiday working so you can have a nice shopping experience. Treat them with kindness even if they cannot be as helpful as they normally are due to the crowds. A good rule of thumb is that, if you treat the staff nicely, you are more likely to be treated nicely in return. The sales associates may even be happy to search out overlooked items in the backroom as long as you are polite.

Holiday shopping does not always have to be stressful. By planning and being flexible, you can make your Black Friday shopping experience a fun one.