Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Christmas Rush - Do you suffer from it?

Christmas comes but once a year!

HO HO HO and all of that. Just FOUR weeks to go!!!!

Here is a cure for Christmas rush.
1.Sit down with the family and plan what you are going to do this Christmas NOW or preferably in June (but now that's too late so start today)
2. Map out who will be responsible for different aspects to whatever makes up your family Christmas. (a) Who is going to do the shopping and when?
(b) Who is going to do the cooking? What are you going to cook this year?
(c) Who is going to clean the house?
(d) When will you get a Christmas tree and who is going to put all those home made decorations on it?
3. If any thing has to be orderded Do it this week.
4. Start writing out all the Christmas greeting cards and writing your annual newsletter. Post them out next week
5. If you haven't cooked your Christmas cake Do it this weekend - no one will notice you didn't get it done last month! I do a great boiled fruit cake and store it with a dash of brandy - yum oh!
Let me know if you want the recipe.
6. Finish all Shopping by the end of next week no more shopping on Christmas eve do it right now online here.

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7. Prepare all your "gifts of time" vouchers, as previously suggested.
8. I try to get a Christmas pudding from the local CWA ladies, they are all good cooks and that saves time too.
9. Make a note in your diary to attend all the school/community functions, including your local Carols by Candle light.
10. Wrap all the little presents and deliver to your friends between the 15th and 21st December.
11. Put on your favourite music sit down with a glass of your favourite refreshment and wait till Santa comes on the 25th December.
12. Attend your local church service, sing your best, and be thankful Christmas is only once a year just like your birthday! Christ only has one birthday but we all get to have the holiday and give the gifts.

Now that we have dealt with Christmas rush did you remember to plan your holiday away? I'll help you with that next time.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

New Family-=- New Christmas Traditions

Start your new family traditions this year.
Your new family will love having their own traditions to pass on.
Start by getting them involved with making their own Christmas decorations!

Even if you have a tight budget to work to there are ways to make your Christmas special.
Start teaching your family about the gift of time! The value we place on time is changing. The value of spending quality time together is important.

Give a gift of your time to each family member this Christmas. Make a voucher with any sort of "gift of your time" I suggested some on a previous Christmas budget post.

Christmas does not have to be about spending a lot of money.
Here are some places to shop where you will save money:
GetDirect n Save upto 80% at clearance prices. You will not be disappointed.

So what do they have?

For $29.99 instead of paying $149.00 you could have one of these for your budding student who needs to save things froma computer: like "homework"!!!!

Kingston DataTraveler 100 8GB USB Flash drives are ideal for home office, small business, schools and promotions. They're affordable and put mobile storage in nearly anyone's hands. Features: • Capacities – 8GB • Ultra portable storage device • Dimensions – 2.64" x 0.80" x 0.35" (66.9mm x 20.4mm x 9.0mm) • Weight - 0.4 oz (11.3 g) • Operating Temperature – 0° to 60° C / 32° to 140° F • Storage Temperature – -20° - 85° C / -4° to 185° F • Compliant – Designed to Hi-Speed USB 2.0 specifications • Convenient – Pocket-sized for easy transportability • Simple – Just plug and play into a USB port • Practical – Capless • Color - Black

Now you could give this to your "student" and also make them a gift voucher so they get 2 hours extra time on the computer!

What else?

LED motion sensor light now these a great for the young or old! Just place them so they come on and show you the way at night, just in case you need to get up to the bathroom!
Now they are only $14.99 and the RRP is $39.99

Do you know anyone with an Iphone? Then they will love this next suggestion.

This Touch Pen Stylus for Apple 3G iPhone and iPod touch lets you type, tap and scroll effortlessly on your iPhone or iPod touch. We all know typing on the iPhone or iPod touch can be frustrating at times. This Touch Pen Stylus is the perfect solution as it lets you type with precision and tap or scroll with ease. Soft-touch tip won't scratch your screen. Features: • Lets you type with precision • Enables easy tapping, double-tapping and scrolling • Built-in shirt clip • Light-weight aluminum body with soft-touch rubber tip • Works with Apple iPhone and iPod touch touch-screens • Compatible : Apple iPhone / 3G iPhone / iTouch ( 4GB / 8GB / 16GB ) • Comes in a pair ( 2X ) The ultimate Screen Guard Protection for your 3G iPhone screen, almost impossible to detect, clear transparent screen guard offers protection against scratches and dirt, anti-scratching and durable guard helps protect your 3G iPhone screen against daily usage and scratches. It has a High Light Transmission Rate which Offers a high visible light transmission that has minimal effect on the brightness of your 3G iPhone display. With UV Protection reduces the strain of your eyes by Filtering the UV light emitted from Your 3G iPhone display.Screen Guard is easily installed and is bubble free when installed.Features : • Fits Apple 3G iPhone only • Against scratching, scraping & abrasion • Resistance to erosion and finger-print • Removable without leaving residuary mark • Self-Adhesive & Re-Usable • Almost impossible to detect ,clear transparent • Screen Guard offers ultimate protection against scratches and dirt • Comes in a pair ( 2X )

Ok so that is a few more of my suggestions to keep the spending down. If you read my previous posts you will gain some more knowledge about how to stretch the budget even further.
Happy shopping and don't forget the start a family tradition this Christmas.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Ebay Tips and secrets

OK there are no secrets anymore.

All the secrets are out there you just have to know where to

get the right information.

Now some of us like the thrill of selling and sourcing a product

and packageing and posting it to our customers, and guess what? that's OK.

Here are some Tips I have found for you

1.Now, don't forget that when you're looking at ongoing things to sell on eBay, it's important to stick to one category and grow your 'cluster' of products one at a time.

The reason for this is so that you are
perceived as the 'expert' in your category and it

becomes much easier to dominate and make maximum profits in minimum time.

So tip number one choose a category you think you can work with. Go to Ebay and take a browse at all the categories. Hint: Lots are already over supplied so you will have to be clever at sourcing your product and adding excellent customer service.

2.Did you know that a whopping 54% of
listings on eBay never sell, let alone
get a single bid? Tip educate your self constantly about the best system for you to work with this guide might help.

3.Where will you get your stock?

Start by selling everything around the house you don't want anymore, while you are learning about a categorgy you may like to specialise in.

Once you've sold everything you don't need any more, you can ask your friends and family for help. After that, the word will quickly spread and people will come to you with more things than you'll know what to do with in a lot of cases. After that and you will have worked out the systems and after that - here is a link where you will be welcomed to sell their product and they will ship it to your customers for you! Drop shipping they call it and works for some.

Ok that's enough tips for one day I'll be back with more later. Go get a start now.

Oh ONE MORE tip did you know a piece of womens clothing sells every 9 seconds on ebay?

Friday, November 14, 2008

Ebay - use it to help your budget

Now what am I on about?
Would you like to know how to sell on ebay?
Well this strategy just might help you get a bit of extra cash for Christmas of course!

Not only are you about to find out how to get rid of some of the biggest problems related to running an eBay business, but you are about to find out how to sell and where to get the most profitable kind of products you can possibly sell on eBay.
So what kind products am I talking about? I am talking about digital information products!
No packaging, no suppliers, no posting, sounds great then go over here and take a look.

HO HO HO and Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Christmas online shopping for Busy families

Too busy to go out shopping?
Shop at home this Christmas!

Ok so nothing new about shopping online - people have been doing it now for a long time.

All your Christmas shopping problems solved right here right now!

So here are some more of my Christmas shopping secrets. Now all of these will save you money, you will have lots of choice and they will all be delivered to you direct.
Relax take it easy shopping is a breeze when the shopping mall comes to you!
You are going to save time, you won't have to find a parking spot, you won't have to fight you way through the crowded shops, you can sit at your desk with a glass of wine and do your shopping in a relaxed calm manner!

1. Gift Vouchers yep nothing new here either, but did you know that in Australia you can buy gift vouchers for B&Bs they are available at this website and you can use them at participating B&Bs Australia wide. They are available here too. Now these make great Christmas presents but are great rewards for staff, a bithday gift or a wedding gift too!

2. Who do you know that might like one of these?

What are they? A breathalyser of course. Now not every one likes to have a few drinks at Christmas but quiet a few do and still many of those may overdo it a bit. Well you wouldn't want anyone you care for to be drink driving would you? So give them one of these preferably before Christmas parties take hold and rest assured you have provided a tool that is very useful to help keep someone safe. You can get it here.

GetDirect n Save upto 80% at clearance prices. You will not be disappointed.

3.Fishing lures! now who would want those I wonder?

Here you will find a great range.

Fishing Lures GALORE, Plus Polarised sunglasses and fishing merchandise. Click here for online deals on fishing lures and products.

Or you could go here too

Online Shopping :  Bargain Shopping at oo.com.au

Just click onto the banner and search for fishing lures, there is a huge variety.

4. Chocolates well you could have thought of those but did you know you can get some of the best here.
Luxury chocolates handcrafted using Belgian chocolate and the finest ingredients from Australia and Worldwide. Handmade chocolates and Single Origin pure chocolate bars as gifts or for personal indulgence! Australia wide next day delivery.

5. Not looking for chocolate? Then go to "Everything but flowers" and don't buy the chocolates!

Everything But Flowers

6. Rebel Sport now who do you know that wouldlike something from here?

Rebelsport.com.au - Australia's Largest Online Sports Store

OK that's enough for now, let me know how you get on .

Oh I nearly forgot ---- I found a portable music station here great value 40% off RRP just right for the teenager and the Ipod!

Online Shopping :  Bargain Shopping at oo.com.au

Oh and here is another bargain you must have for the teenager and this one is only $19.99

normal RRP $69.99

Compact and highly portable, this Portable Speakers are the perfect travel companion for your iPod or other MP3 player. These high-performance speakers utilize matching twin neodymium micro drivers for clear audio n powerful sound.Specifications :•Works with all iPod models, including iPod nano and iPod with video•Works with any portable audio player with a standard 3.5mm headphone jack•Works with iPod and other MP3 players (not included)•These high-performance speakers utilise matching twin neodymium micro drivers for clear audio•Compact and highly portable design•Protective metal grilles•AC power ( not included ) or up to 10 hours of battery life with 4 AA batteries ( not included ) and you get them here
GetDirect n Save upto 80% at clearance prices. You will not be disappointed.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Family Christmas on a Budget Help is here

The secrets of having a nice family Christmas on a budget.
Merry Christmas to you all!
Now let's just start by saying that the purpose of Christmas is really to celebrate the birth of Christ and everyone would have that in their minds constantly when preparing for Christmas.
I would also like to say that Christmas is a season for giving, but does that mean spending a lot of money? Christmas is a time for sharing so why not start now and make your decorations - special family decorations those that mean something every year to your loved family members.
Well some maybe thinking that the Christmas budget will be a bit tight this year.
But here is some help for you.
I will give you some of my budget stretching secrets during the next few days to help solve all of your Christmas woes.
But I can't solve the family feuds or the stress of bringing families together - that's another set of tips to be reserved for much later.

Today I want to show you how to shop wisely. So read carefully and hope you find that the information is useful.

TIPS for busy families:
1. Give a gift of your time a "work" voucher
Make up a voucher for each family member promising some of your time. How often you chose to pledge your time is up to you.
Here are some of the things you might be able to offer:
Window Cleaning for Mum/Dad/Nan/Pop
Child minding for a young mum
Mow the lawn
Make a date to take someone on a picnic to a very special place.
Care for the Pet, walking /washing
Weed the garden
Clean the Car
2. Make Something
batch of biscuits
Make a Christmas cake
Prepare a Photo album of some special pictures you have taken through the year, decorate it your self.
Prepare a first aid kit for the car.
Decorate a small box and fill it with things you can purchase on your budget make it a theme.
3.Shop at the "charity shops"
This is a great way to pick up something for everyone. You help the "charity" by shopping there and giving them money to help others too. There are lots of ideas here too.
Jars to fill with things!!
Baskets to fill and decorate!!
Nice peices of china!!
New items of clothing are here somethings too!!
Wall hangings
4. Subscriptions
The local newspaper.
A favorite magazine.
40 South makes a great gift.

So that's a start. Now here are some very useful shopping links where you will save as well.

Online Shopping :  Bargain Shopping at oo.com.au

Now You can buy clean skin wine here also for a discount. My BIG TIP is to print up your own special Christmas labels for thewine and give to your friends and family!

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Webhosting - reliable, dependable, cost effective

MD webhosting is a reliable host of one of my websites.

You may like to use them too.

Take this link over to check them out.

I use this one because:

1. There is no locked in contract

2. I can use their FREE web site builder, to build a simple website.

3. The support staff are always quick and efficient with my enquiries.

4. You may still be able to get a $100 coupon to start a google adwords campaign too.

Google Adwords Gurus

Now while we are talking about google adwords campaigns, would you like someone to set it up for you and manage it, so you can spend more time doing all the things you are good at in your business?

Well here is a link that will help you out there too. The friendly people will be able to help you understand google analytics and draft your adwords to target your market.

Hope you find these tips useful. Let me know how you get on!

Extra Tip of the day:

Sell gift certificates for your products. You'll make sales from the purchase of the gift certificate, when the recipient cashes it in. They could also buy other items from your web site.

Gift certificates are now available for Platypus Park Country Retreat accommodation in Bridport Tasmania, Australia come on over to the website and check out the range of rooms available. These gift certificates make great Christmas or birthday presents. This is such a relaxing place to spend a few days.