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The 2020 Guide to Saving Money This Holiday Season

The 2020 Guide to Saving Money This Holiday Season





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There are many wonderful things about the holiday season, but the effect it has on our budgets isn’t one of them.

More often than not, we wind up spending much more than we plan to buy gifts for our children, grandchildren, and loved ones. It’s hard not to! After all, showering our family members with gifts and affection is our right as grandmothers.

Here at Grandma’s Home Blogger Place, we know you’re probably hoping to go the extra mile this holiday season in an effort to make up for the crummy year we’ve all had. At the same time, however, money is tight for many right now, and spending wisely is absolutely necessary.

Here are some tips for how you can keep spending low while giving your family the holiday they deserve.

The 2020 Guide to Saving Money This Holiday Season

Do Your Research

Your first step when it comes to planning for this holiday should be research. Every year, there’s a list of hot toys that will only get harder and harder to find – and often, more expensive – as the season goes on. Get a sense of what the hottest holiday toys are and figure out whether or not they’re a good fit for any of your grandkids ASAP.

If you do decide to pick up any of these hot items, let your child know right away that you’ve bought it. Not only will this stop them from accidentally getting the same gift, but it will also knock a tricky item off their shopping list – something they’re sure to appreciate.

Get Wishlists

On that note, make sure to get wishlists from all of your kids and grandkids as early in the season as possible. Wishlists can feel like they take some of the fun or surprise out of holiday gifting, but they offer a ton of convenience and security as a trade.

You’ll know for sure and certain that you’re getting something your loved ones really want.

The 2020 Guide to Saving Money This Holiday Season

Plus, you might be surprised at how affordable many of the items they want actually are. There’s a decent chance your kids and grandkids would be perfectly happy with low-cost, practical gifts. And if you don’t have to go hunting for rare or expensive toys and presents, why would you want to?

Look For Sales

No matter what kind of gifts you’re giving, it’s wise to hunt for sales and deals throughout the holiday season. Retailers know that people are looking for a good price on quality items, and they offer opportunities to meet that need. For example, Cyber Monday is an excellent day to check items off your list without spending a ton.

However, check before you make any sales plans, especially when it comes to Black Friday. With the pandemic still going, many stores are spreading Black Friday deals across several days in order to mitigate crowds. Avoid the big, busy shopping days – especially if you’re in an area where cases are rising – and shop online when possible.

DIY Decor

The 2020 Guide to Saving Money This Holiday Season

Finally, save some money on wrapping and decor by unleashing your creative side. Instead of buying a ton of brand-new wrapping paper, consider picking up a big roll of plain craft paper. Decorate them freehand or use stencils or festive stamps to give the paper that holiday spirit.

You can also save a ton by making your own ribbons. They’re not too tricky to do on your own, and you can make dozens more decorative ribbons with a spool of ribbon than you would buy pre-made for the same price. This gives you a way to save money and indulge your crafty side all at once.

It’s been a tough year, and it makes sense that you’d want to make the holidays as special for your children and grandchildren as possible. However, make sure you don’t inadvertently put yourself in a bad spot in the process. Go into this holiday season with a plan, and you’ll be surprised at how easily you can fill out your wishlist without breaking the budget.

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Granny’s Laundry Room Clean-Up and Redecorating Project

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So, I decided to get in and really deep clean my laundry room…AND, redecorate it. Getting caught up on my laundry was an important part of this project too. 😉

Well, this granny had better hightail it to the dollar stores and grab a few things to decorate with that would look super cute!

Sure, I thought about going to Hobby Lobby and Target…however, we need to keep expenses down. Dollar Tree and Dollar General would work just fine! =)

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I found myself getting excited about the whole process! It got me thinking and I even did a video haul for this project. It will be included below.

So, this grandma had to think about the cleaning tips she had researched and learned and still had sprinkled through her (not so good) memory. 🙂 My hungry kitty jolted me back to reality!

I needed to get started!

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laundry room cleanup and redecorating project

laundry room cleanup and redecorating project

I took down the curtains that had like, two layers of dust on them! They washed up rather pretty. 🙂

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laundry room cleanup and redecorating project

I was lucky I found quite a few cute things. And, what was it I said about NOT going to Hobby Lobby and Target!?? Those dollar stores work great when you’re in the mood to decorate!! I spent the whole morning sipping my ehem! (flavored coffee) and shopping. Was such fun!!! 🙂

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Whinnie’s Cat Food <3
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laundry room cleanup and redecorating project

Moving right along and my laundry room was looking awesome!!

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laundry room cleanup and redecorating project
laundry room cleanup and redecorating project

My kitty had to get in the middle of things!!! LOL 🙂

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laundry room cleanup and redecorating project

I was definitely using muscles I hadn’t used in awhile and I knew I was going to be sore the next day!! 😮

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My FAV!
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laundry room cleanup and redecorating project
laundry room cleanup and redecorating project

This clean-up and decorating project was a lot of fun as well as therapeutic for me. It took my mind off quite a few things for awhile!!! 🙂

I sure hope ya’ll enjoyed my photos. And thank YOU so much for reading!

 

 

My Video Haul…;)

 

 

 

 

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Female Pattern Baldness: Ultimate Guide for Grandmothers

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Has your hair started thinning at an abnormal rate? Has your part started widening, causing your scalp to show more than normal?

 

 

If your answer is yes, then female pattern baldness might be the issue. Androgenic alopecia is a life altering condition that not only affects you physically, but also emotionally and mentally.Unfortunately, for many women, this is just part of the aging process. Hair loss in women is quite common and losing one’s hair can be life altering. Not only does it cause those precious strands to thin rapidly but can affect a person’s happiness and self-worth.

In the life of a grandmother, this can take away time spent with grandchildren if it is left untreated.

Keep reading to unveil the ultimate guide of female pattern baldness and how you, as a grandmother, can slow down this process.

 

Why Does it Happen?

 

FPHL (female pattern hair loss) can happen due to many reasons. The biggest amongst women is genetics and hormones. Genetics play a huge role in whether you carry the specific genes for androgenetic alopecia.

It was once believed that only the maternal side carried the genes, but in recent years, it has been brought to light that both the mother and father’s side can be responsible.

 

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As previously mentioned, hair loss can be a part of the aging process. As grandmas get older, the hair growth on the scalp slows down. Also, follicles can stop producing new strands of hair in the hair growth cycle.

What I mean is that as hair grows and sheds, new ones are not growing in its place. Scientists have come a long way in studying the causes of alopecia, but much is still to be discovered.

While there is no known cure for female pattern baldness, there are products on the market that can help slow down, reverse, or stop those follicles from being lost forever.

The best products for grandmothers with thinning hair out there are listed below.

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Hair Loss Treatment Options:

Vitamins

Vitamins are a great source to help the promotion of hair growth, but make sure to get the right kind. Multivitamins are a good start because they provide all the essential nutrients and minerals that both your hair and body need to survive. You can be assured that you will get the appropriate levels of all the nutrients that your hair needs to maintain its good health and strength.

You can also get specialized vitamins if you prefer or are familiar with the kind you need specifically to treat your hair loss. If you know that your scalp produces an excess amount of the DHT hormone, then you may want to steer in that direction

Low Level Light Therapy

Low Level Light Therapy can be used in the treatment of many conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and more. But, where this kind of therapy stands out amongst the rest is in its ability to help promote hair growth and putting an end to alopecia.

In recent research, it was found that low level light therapy absorbs into the cells, triggering enhanced cellular activity. It energizes aging cells by increasing blood flow to the scalp and stimulating the production of hair

It is a non-invasive procedure which allows you the ease of knowing you don’t have to go through expensive surgeries. It also alleviates the option of complete baldness or having to wear a wig.

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Conclusion

If you are suffering from female baldness, do not hesitate to reach out for help. You can do research on your own to help get yourself the treatment that you need. Or you can consult with a doctor on the best way to combat this hair loss issue.

Do not let female alopecia get in the way of your happiness and everyday life activities with your grandchildren. Take advantage of the treatment options available on the market to get ahead of your hair loss in the early stages.

How Fitness Helps You Deal With Stresses of Daily Life?

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What if someone guarantees you that exercise and fitness extend your life? Will it be definitive enough for you to start exercise, become fit and smart? When you work continuously. When you work in a stressful environment. In noise. In life pressures. In competitions, and in demands. You exhaust your energy. You run out of it.

Your body’s defensive mechanism, which protects it from stress, gives in. You become tired and tense. You become stressed.

If this cycle is repeated over and over, your body muscles start approaching their growth potential quickly. They approach to their maturity fast. If you were to live 70 years being healthy and fit, under stress you might live 60 or even less. Not a good news for your grandchildren. They did not have to see their grandparents, because they had become old faster and died under stress.

Think of a healthy lifestyle that you and your family can enjoy. Fitness can help you achieve that lifestyle, and here is how it does that.

Fitness keeps you young and growing

You do not have to start with a harder exercise. You do not have look for the best fitness equipment. Start with small and simple. Even a small act to your fitness can bring a lot of positive results.

For example, when you run, your body blood circulation improves.

It improves your metabolism. It helps you better digest your food. It also helps your body waste unwanted negative energy. It brings in and promote positive energy in you and around you.

When you work under demands and pressures, your body muscles become stiff and tense. It becomes a source of tension and stress in your body. When you exercise, you sweat. It relieves each of your body muscles of tension, pain and misery. It relaxes tone of your body. You start becoming cool and calm. You start staying that way.

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Fitness gets you motivated and going

When you lack energy, you harbour negative thoughts. They kill you within. Even a small task appears mountainous. You think you lack willpower. It is not true. You do not have energy sufficient to do any work. You are down and stay down in mood more often. You become surrounded by negative and speculative thoughts. It crushes your willpower whatever was left of it.

Helping yourself back into a cycle of activity, a physical activity, can help you win your motivation back. Remember, your routine work i.e. travelling to work, walking while shopping and walking to your grandchildren school, if you are grandparents, does not account as an exercise. Exercise is an organized fitness activity. It is more focused and targeted. It targets your fitness. Your fitness then helps you get rid of stress. You become fit and smart again. You are motivated gain. You find enough energy then to get going. It keeps you going.

It might even lead you to gyms where you can have some of the best fitness equipment to help you become fit and smart again.

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Fitness gets you doing, not thinking

An exercise clears your mind. Take, for example, walk. When you walk, along comes a wave of speculative thoughts. A tale of uncontrollable thoughts unfolds itself in your head. It keeps going along your walk. It appears if someone has recorded a reel of voices in your head. When you start walking and running, it starts playing itself. Morning walks are particularly effective in clearing your head of excessive and addictive thinking.

Sometimes it is fantasy. You find fantasy thoughts more delicious. You get carried away with them. You don’t think for a moment it is not real. When you are caught by reality you find it childish. You laugh it off.

It is one aspect of fitness that it clears your head. You don’t think. When you don’t think, you are focused on doing.

Another or second way for fitness to help you in doing more is by enhancing level of your energy. When you exercise, it reinvigorates your body’s spirit. It gives your spirit new lease on life. It has enough energy and power to act then. You like being active. You find not doing anything very boring. Your idleness frustrates you. You want to do something. You want to do everything that interests you. It triggers a cycle of energy and activity. You become healthy, fit and active again.

Fitness gets believing you more

When you are out of positive energy, you are drowned in an ocean of negativity. You are at the lowest ebb of your emotions. You can’t do anything about it. You tend to stay alone. You become introvert. Only thing you do is to listen to yourself. Only person you listen to is yourself. But since you are negative, you talk negative. You listen to your negative-self.

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It pulls you down more. You listen to yourself so much that you start disbelieving yourself. You have no faith in yourself. You are more than 100 percent sure you can’t do anything. You think you are nothing but useless.

Fitness is only and quick way to pull you out of your apathy. It can help you locate even a small source and amount of energy within you. It is enough to recharge and power your batteries. You find yourself back into exercise and fitness again.

Helpful tips

* When you feel down, it is first sign, you are under stress. Take a course of action then to avoid and cut down your stress.

* Stop staying in and alone. Drag yourself out and start walking. Even a purposeless walk can help you motivate for fitness again.

* Do not hold yourself back in waiting for best gyms and best fitness equipment. Go to your nearest fitness place and hit it.

* When feel alone start socializing. Start with socializing with your family members. Visit your grandchildren. grandparents and grandchildren have higher likability for each other and enjoy better communication between them.

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* Assess what is putting you off from exercise and fitness and take counter measures, which are exactly opposite to lowering motivation source. If yourself is pulling you in, you force it out and socialize.

* Try to avoid addictive use of smartphones and other devices. Excessive mental concentration on them drains your energy quickly. You lose your focus and perspective of yourself.

* If you feel you are continuously down in energy, get yourself examined by a physician. A health issue might be behind decline of rapid and too often energy.

About The Author:

Millie is a sports educationist, emotional therapist and consultant. She regularly blogs on the subjects of sports, exercise, motivation and emotional therapy. She currently is associated with Xn8 Sports who specialize in designing, manufacturing and selling Boxing, MMA & Fitness gear and accessories.

Reference Resources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/exercise-and-stress/art-20044469

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