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Black Friday Shopping Hints

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on November 15, 2012 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms, money |

As I am bombarded by adds for Black Friday I was shocked to see something different this year…….3AM openings, midnight openings or worse yet, stores that don’t even close for Thanksgiving Day! This year, retailers are working even harder to get your dollar and shoppers are more savy with where and how they are spending [...]

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Do You Hear What I Hear?

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on October 25, 2012 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms, money, Uncategorized |

Do you feel what I feel? That is the feeling of anxiety of the holidays fast approaching.  Maybe it is concern over having enough money to buy the perfect gift or worry that there simply is not enough hours in the day to get everything done. I can tell you that if you are going [...]

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Lesson In What Comes In Must Go Out

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on August 2, 2012 in Family, life, Moms, money |

This week I worked with a client who had 3 days to clear every single thing out of their house because of a pending natural disaster. During those 3 sleepless days things were thrown in boxes and decisions were made. What to keep for the family’s immediate needs and what could go in boxes until [...]

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Consider Quality Not Quantity

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 13, 2011 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms |

I always find my blog post ideas in everyday conversations. This one came while I was at a swim meet on Saturday. I was talking to another mom and we started talking about what our kids wanted for Christmas and when I spoke out loud what I was getting them, it didn’t sound like much. [...]

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Brick and Mortar Shopping

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on November 21, 2011 in Business, Holidays, life, money |

In light of my recent blog postwhere I confessed that I hate shopping, I thought I better share with you how I do like to shop. Have you heard of “Small Business Saturday”? I like the sound of that better than  Black Friday or Cyber Monday. I love  the concept of shopping local at your [...]

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