Nov 29 2011

Smart Christmas shopping

As we all begin to shop for Christmas, here is an article by Dave Ramsey for some smart shopping tips. How do you shop smart for Christmas?  Dave Ramsey's Top 10 List



It's fun to hear Linus (from Peanuts) read the Christmas Story as part of the "Why do we call it Christmas..." contest - which got us talking about our childhood blankets and the unique ways our parents finally got us to give us the blanky. What's your blanket story?

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Nov 28 2011

The cost of the 12 Days of Christmas

Interesting article on the "cost" of the "12 Days of Christmas" this year.


12 Days of Christmas’ Items Would Cost 100K


The price of partridges, pear trees and turtle doves has spiked, pushing the cost of every item mentioned in the carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas" above $100,000 for the first time. Holding mostly steady this year: maids-a-milking, ladies dancing, lords-a-leaping and gold rings. The 364 items repeated across all the song's verses would cost $101,119, an increase of 4.4 percent over last year, according to the annual Christmas Price Index compiled by PNC Wealth Management.


Those with the money to spend would end up with 12 drummers drumming, 22 pipers piping, 30 lords-a-leaping, 36 ladies dancing, 40 maids-a-milking, 42 swans-a-swimming, 42 geese-a-laying, 40 gold rings, 36 calling birds, 30 French hens, 22 turtle doves, and 12 partridges in pear trees. (The price does not include bird maintenance.) But buying just one set of each verse in the song will cost $24,263 this year -- a moderate 3.5 percent rise.  "The story in general is wages are still a very sluggish part of this economy," said Dunigan, who noted that the price of eight maids-a-milking at minimum wage was $58 -- the same as in 2009. Five gold rings even declined a bit, Dunigan said, to $645, from $650 last year. <clear here> for the full article.


Which '12 Days of Christmas Gift' would you like to have or give?



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Nov 24 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

"We want to thank you so much for inviting us into your life every morning!  It's been 3 weeks now for the new KLOVE Morning Show and you're kindness has been such a blessing.  We hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for your support.  Just think, millions are being reached with the hope of Jesus thanks to your generosity.  Have a great weekend!  And remember, thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.  

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Nov 23 2011

Enter His Gates with Thanksgiving

Amy does everything she can to steer clear of football on Thanksgiving. A movie sounds good tomorrow. What's your favorite "Thanksgiving-themed" movie?

Advice for Eating by Katherine Kruppa

Here's some helpful websites if you plan on venturing out on Black Friday: provides shoppers with everything they need to know for the biggest shopping day of the year.  This website says you’ll save big on toys at Sears, Walmart, Target and Toys R Us. Read more: created the Black Friday Deal Finder and iPhone app that helps shoppers compare all of the Black Friday deals by store, product, brand and price. As the crowds grow deeper and the lines start to creep out the door, your patience can be saved by the FatWallet mobile app -- it can find and check all the best deals while you're on the go. reported that only 18 percent of consumers surveyed plan to visit the malls on the Friday after Thanksgiving. The deal-tracker web site posts similar door-buster deals and coupons online. is another great web store that offers major discounts year round. By doingbusiness in the secondary markets (product returns and surplus inventory) the company is able to sell items for 40 to 70 percent off the retail price.


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