Wellness Holidays – Relax, Pamper & Rejuvenate

Wellness holidays are becoming more popular compared to traditional sightseeing & shopping holidays as people are recognizing the importance of taking care of their health as our society becomes more stressed, more polluted & our bodies suffer and become more susceptible to diseases.

Feeling stressed, tired, lethargic or in need of some pampering & rejuvenation? Then consider taking a wellness holiday for your next break. Wellness holidays such as Detox holidays, Spa Holidays & Yoga Holidays are becoming more popular than your traditional sightseeing & shopping holidays as people are starting to recognize the importance of taking care of themselves both mentally & physically especially as our society becomes more stressed, more polluted & our bodies suffer & become more susceptible to diseases such as H1N1.

Detox Holidays
Due to the effects of modernization our environment has become increasingly polluted with toxins and harmful substances. The air we breathe is polluted with emissions from cars, factories and cigarette smoke, the food we ingest is becoming more processed containing additives & chemicals, household & personal care products more often than not contain toxic chemicals.

The colon is like the natural sewerage system of your body and if these toxins in the colon build up over time, they putrefy, ferment and are absorbed through the porous walls into your bloodstream. These toxins can overload the organs of the body which can cause the gradual weakening of our immunity system leading to sickness, disease and accelerated aging. Symptoms such as weight gain, lack of energy, constipation/diarrhea, protruding abdomen, fatigue, allergies, and poor digestion could be signs that there are too much toxins in the body.

One thing we can do to help rid our body of these damaging substances and improve our immunity system is to undergo regular detoxification cleansing monthly, quarterly or yearly by simply taking a Detox holiday. A Detox holiday usually ranges from as little as 3 days to up to 14 days depending on individual preference. Detox holidays program vary from a juice fasting program to a raw foods program to a program where light meals are served. They usually consist of colon hydrotherapy or colema sessions, supplements, massages, yoga classes & broth soups providing a very comprehensive program to help the body cleanse itself. The key to a Detox program is to cleanse the colon & this can be done either through a self-administered colema or a colon hydrotherapy session whereby a gentle flow of water is used to flush the colon to remove built up toxins and intestinal “plague” facilitating a healthier colon and digestive system.

The benefits of a Detox are plenty such as weight loss, clearer & more radiant skin, improved blood circulation, increased metabolism, healthier digestion, regularity of bowel movements & improved energy levels. A Detox Holiday is definitely one where you will go away feeling that you have done something good for your body and your health!

Spa Holidays
Spa holidays provide a time for you to relax, pamper & re-energize yourself with massages, body treatments & healthy spa cuisine, an experience that will leave you feeling & looking renewed & revitalized. Due to our work schedule we hardly take the time to treat our bodies nicely or just relax. By going on a spa holiday you will be able to indulge yourself in a wide array of massages, facial treatments, body wraps & scrubs to give your body the attention it deserves. You will be spoilt for choice with the array of treatments out there such as Ayurvedic Treatments, Balinese Treatments, Thai Massages, Massages or treatments involving chocolate, gold, wine and even massages using jade pieces.

Yoga Holidays
As more and more people realize the benefits of yoga affecting the body physically, mentally & emotionally yoga holidays are becoming popular where one can go on a holiday & yet continue practicing their yoga. These holidays are not just limited to yogis but also to the general beginner and usually comprise of 2 classes of yoga a day, spa cuisine meals, massages combined with some sightseeing or time on the beach.

Why Black Friday Is The Best Time To Shop

Looking for bargains?

Planning to do your Christmas shopping already? Well, this is probably the best time for you to do this. This shopping holiday, which falls the day after Thanksgiving, is the day when every store come out with different Black Friday deals and sales offerings. You will save a ton of money on Christmas shopping if you heed the following advice.

It usually marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season. This day is considered by bargain hunters to be the biggest shopping festival of the year. It’s also a win situation for retailers since their profits skyrocket due to the throng of consumers on the lookout for great sales.

Historical Beginnings of Black Friday

The name is called as such since most retailers record high profit during this day. The word black is added to the day to indicate the gains in their records in contrast to the color red which indicates loss in sales.

Black Friday Advertisements

Both big and small stores usually post their advertisements a day before. This is to inform the buying public of what they could offer. However, big companies, such as ACE Hardware, Best, Buy, and Walmart, already posted their Black Friday Ads 2010. This is actually a great way to spread the news of their bargain sale.

Stores To Watch Out For

One of the companies to watch out for during this festival is ACE Hardware. ACE Hardware is a store which offers hardware, tools, building materials, even electrical components. If you’re looking for power tools, plumbing, cleaning and paint supplies for your home, this is the place to go. It would offer you almost half the price sales and special discounts for special items. Another one in the list is Home Depot. If you’re planning to buy something for your home like furnishings and appliances, then this is the best time to do it at Home Depot. During this day, the store usually offers up to 40% discount on items such as lighting, plumbing equipment, gardening equipment, flooring materials, or any home improvement items.

Helpful Tips for Black Friday

Since this occasion happens very rarely, you should make the most out of it. It is important to keep a list before going to a certain store to buy things. You wouldn’t want you to waste your hard-earned money on things that aren’t useful to you. Another thing to keep in mind when doing your shopping is to give preference to big-ticket items since these items will allow you to save more than other regular items. Also, if possible, go in groups. Not only is it safer, but it would also allow you to look or scout for your desired items in different stores. It is also a great idea to check on the Price Matching policy of some stores. Though it is a tricky situation since some employees and managers are not that open in offering price match, it is still worth a try to avoid the long queues. Lastly, buy only the things you need. Spending on things that you don’t really need is not a very logical thing to do.

Saving Tips For Shopping Holiday Gifts and Toys

As holidays are quickly approaching, many people have already turned to Internet for their Christmas Holiday Shopping to save time, money, gas, and avoid crowds. Online shopping is not only convenient, it’s safe too. If you are planning to undertake a frugal holiday shopping without a big hole into your pockets, then take advantage of these tips that will enable you to shop economically for Christmas gifts and toys. Here are some tips to make your online holiday shopping a little easier and more frugal.

  • Set up a budget: The first step to be considered before you start shopping is setting a budget, and sticking to it; no matter how many great deals or bargains you find!
  • Search for coupons: Start searching for best coupons as soon as possible. Because coupons and deals with huge savings come a month or weeks before Christmas and they will not last for a longer period.
  • Price comparison: Compare the price of the same product at different stores. Some of the best prices comparing sites are Bizrate, PriceGrabber.com, NexTag, and Shopzilla, where you can easily see the rebated prices of a product available across various stores.
  • Make use of credit card: It’s best to make your online purchases via credit card. A credit card offers an extra level of protection in case something goes wrong and the online store is not handling the situation to your satisfaction. Most credit card companies will reverse a charge if you dispute it for good reason and have tried your level best to resolve the problem to no avail.
  • Shipping details: Be sure to check the shipping details and handling charges before you make a purchase. Many stores offer Free Shipping coupon separately while others may have discount coupons including Free Shipping.
  • Check for secure e-commerce: Be sure, that the store from where you are making online purchases is offering secure purchases. If the site is offering secure purchases then it will display it. For those that does not, look for the http: in address bar to change to https: on store’s shopping cart or page where you put in your credit card number.
  • Look for electronic deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday: If you’re planning to gift a gaming console like Xbox, Wii, PlayStation or a tech gadget to your kid this year, then it would be a better option for you to shop for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Many stores offer huge discounts for a short span of time on these particular days.
  • Deal Alerts: You may also subscribe for e-mails from retailers as they include coupon codes and alerts to discounted “online-only” deals.

Last but not the least, if you have the storage place and saved enough money via online shopping, then you can stock up and get a head start for next year, by taking advantage of After Season Sale. Many stores provide huge discounts on decorative pieces and toy sets after Christmas. So, this can be one of the best times to buy gifts for New Year or Birthdays.

Go ahead, and do your Holiday shopping online. You would be pleasantly surprised at how stress-free your holiday shopping can be by following these simpler ways.

Happy Shopping!!

Black Friday for Beginners: How to Survive the Busiest Shopping Day of the Year!

What is Black Friday?

Perhaps the most popular shopping day of the year, the day after Thanksgiving (Friday) is named “Black Friday” because this is the day that most retailers go from being not profitable (red on earnings statements) to profitable (in the “black” on earnings statements.) Deal finders love these sales, and I have been going for a few years now. Generally speaking, I love Black Friday, but with the birth of my new son, it doesn’t seem practical to get up at 4:00 in the morning to find these great deals!

Here is the strategy I have used to be successful in getting every item on my wish list:

1. Get the ads – Either online or the day that they come out in the paper, grab all the ads from the papers and sit down with a pen and paper. Remember that rural areas don’t often get all the ads from the retailers, so if you are missing one from a store you want to shop, you can probably go online and get one from them at their website directly.

2. Ad by ad, circle the items that you want the most. Remember that many stores will be offering the exact same items on sale, so price compare. I use 3×5 cards to make a list for each store on each card with the items I want for that store. Group them by department if you wish for easier navigation in the store.

3. Make note of the times that the stores open on each note card. The strategy will be to go to the stores that open earliest first, and so on so that you can grab those best deals as they become available.

4. The day before the sale – Lay out your clothes, wallet, notecards, and a quick breakfast bar or other item to snack on before you go or on the drive. Remember that it may be very cold at 4a.m. where you live, so dress warmly. Avoid bulky coats if you can (dress in layers), as you will not have room in your cart to stash your coat, and it will get very, very hot waiting in those lines.

5. The day of the sale – Hit the road with your best co-shopper. This works best with a friend.

6. Hit the earliest store first. Try to get there at least 10 minutes before the store opens. You will possibly have to wait in line, but get in there. When you door opens, never push or shove other shoppers. In fact, if it is overwhelming for you, hang back a bit and let the most aggressive shoppers through first. I usually wait casually until the rush gets in, and if there is already a cart or two in the parking lot, grab them! There will be a mad dash for carts that will cause the biggest confusion. (Sometimes they run out of carts.)

7. Head for each item on your list. Most of the really good early sales (those listed for opening until about 11 a.m. only) will probably be out in the aisles for easy access. If you find an item on your list that is hard to get to (due to crowds or narrow aisles) have one of you wait by the carts and the other grab the item. This teamwork approach works great for “divide and conquering.”

8. When you are about done, try to combine all items into one cart and head for the check out line. One of you wait in line while the other roams the store for any missed deals. Check out and head for the next store on the list!

9. Don’t forget to get some breakfast, coffee and bathroom breaks as needed. Don’t let the experience stress you out! After all, you are getting some great deals.

10. And last but not least, DON’T FORGET GIFT RECEIPTS! These are very important to have if you are claiming any rebates.

If you get home and want to venture online, many stores will be having some or all of their sale items online, too! You may find that this approach works best for items where you only have one thing to get at a retailer and it is not offered exclusively during that “early bird” morning window.

Once you go shopping with a plan in mind, this shopping holiday can become a favorite shopping tradition. Happy deals to everyone!