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Last Minute Gift Ideas

 Posted by Kathy Schultz on December 11, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Adding last minute guests to your holiday gathering? With all the daily tasks we have to complete, it can sometimes be difficult to fit in last minute shopping for holiday gifts. If you find yourself days away from a full house with no idea how to figure out what to get for whom, this article is for you. You still have time to shower your loved ones with presents that are thoughtful, personal and sure to be enjoyed.

The Thrifty Gifting Guide for Guys

 Posted by Kathy Schultz on December 10, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Running out of gift ideas for the guys on your holiday list? Gift shopping can be challenging especially if you’re tired of giving the same traditional gifts each year. To find the right gift, think outside the traditional and consider gifts that fit the lifestyle or life phase of the person you’re buying for.

We have gift ideas to help you find the perfect item and save money! Here are our gift suggestions for every guy on your list.

Thrifty Gifting Guide for Women

 Posted by Kathy Schultz on December 9, 2019 at 9:00 AM

The holiday season is about spending quality time with the ones we love. Quite often this simple fact is buried by attempting to cook the most delicious dish, hosting a memorable gathering, and finding the perfect gift. How do you know what your guest will like? What’s the best way to give something special without breaking the bank?

Our gifting guide will help you find tasteful solutions for your gift giving dilemmas and help you maintain your holiday budget.

The Best Bargains and Buys for Baby Boomers

 Posted by Kathy Schultz on August 14, 2019 at 7:10 AM

As your style and life changes over time, there are some items that are essential for every room of your home and even your closet. For Baby Boomer’s maintaining independence is a necessity for aging gracefully. Whether living alone and aging in place or settling into a senior community, there are great “must-have” products and items you should look for to make your space work for you. If you want to shop smart, see our list to help you save and spend more on the things you want to do.

The Guys Guide to Resale Gadgets & Gear

 Posted by Kathy Schultz on August 14, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Whether it’s gadgets like TV’s, smart speakers and cell phones or gear like fishing rods and sports equipment, the fact remains purchasing retail can be expensive and leave you displeased when it’s time to upgrade to something new shortly after your purchase. Markups on retail items are often between 50-500%. According to BusinessInsider.com, “[t]he reasons for steep markup prices depend on the product. It could be that the item is in high demand, is difficult to make, or holds a great amount of symbolic value.”

One way to purchase the items you love at reasonable prices is shopping resale for like-new quality at a fraction of the retail price. Quality gently used or resale items are appealing for more than price, quite often you can afford higher quality items with a smaller budget that will ultimately last longer.

Caring For Caregivers: How to Support Caregivers in Your Family

 Posted by Kathy Schultz on August 14, 2019 at 6:50 AM

For families who take an active role in caring for their loved ones, monitoring and maintaining the best possible care can be a challenge. Decision making and addressing daily needs can be complex for family caregivers. If you have a loved one who is the primary decision maker for a family member’s care, you can help support them to help them with their extra layer of responsibility even if you aren’t directly involved with every decision made.

See valuable tips to help you stay in the loop with your loved one’s care and be a pillar of support for any family caregiver in your life.

Must Have Finds for Fall

 Posted by Kathy Schultz on August 14, 2019 at 6:40 AM

Fall is quickly approaching and it’s time to get your home and wardrobe ready for the upcoming season. Although Fall won’t officially begin until the last week of September, now is the perfect time to shop resale for Fall wardrobe and home décor essentials. From a checklist of items to the perfect colors to look out for, we have your guide to must have Fall finds that are perfect to find new to you (gently used) for your home, wardrobe or leisure.

Stock Up for Summer Thriftily

 Posted by Kathy Schultz on July 17, 2019 at 9:10 AM
Summer heat brings amazing summer savings in July and August. July is an unofficial midpoint to the summer season and often is the start to prices being lowered on anything you enjoy in warmer weather. According to financial experts at Kiplinger, products and services are typically “marked down at certain times each year. So planning your purchases to get items when they're at their lowest price can potentially save you hundreds of dollars.” 

Savvy Senior’s Guide to Getting Social: Helping Your Parents Defeat Loneliness

 Posted by Kathy Schultz on July 17, 2019 at 8:50 AM

When you think of your parent’s well-being you often think of physical health and safety. One of the larger challenges many older adults encounter is loneliness in the form of social isolation. As we age, it may become difficult to stay social. Factors like the loss of loved ones and friends, mobility and overall health often impact how social older adults can be and create social isolation. 

If you notice your parent or loved one could benefit from being social, you should encourage it. According to research by the Center for Advancing Health, older adults “who are socially active and maintain or increase interactions with others as they age have a slower progression of health declines than” those less socially engaged.

Sandwiched Between Stuff: 7 Ways to Help Parents Declutter to Rightsize

 Posted by Kathy Schultz on July 17, 2019 at 8:40 AM

After living in a home for decades, a home can become packed with items connected to memories, amazing moments, and life events. When you visit your parents, you are more likely to notice the accumulation of items from 30, 40 or 50 years ago while they may not notice it. It’s possible they have become “clutter blind” since these items are associated with memories and moments. You are sandwiched between their belongings and your own. 

If you want to help your parents let go of some of their clutter so they can leap into the next season of their lives, we have 7 steps to get you started.

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