Savings Tips For Black Friday Shopping

The holidays are some of the most festive and financially stressful times of the year. Between travelling, purchasing gifts, and feeding a ton of hungry family members, you may find yourself strapped for cash.

Have no fear, Black Friday is here. OK, you may be wondering why would I mention savings and the biggest holiday shopping day of the year in the same blog post?

Well as hectic, and expensive, as the holiday season is, there is one place we know you can save some serious cash: your holiday shopping list!

Getting the most out of your Black Friday Shopping day takes strategic planning. Unfortunately, many store offers and “deals” aren’t deals at all. A study done by Nerd Wallet found that many major department stores have been running the same ads for the past 3 years. However, if you’re in the market for videogames and technology, black Friday, as well as Cyber Monday, are truly the best times of year to score big!

For years shoppers have been flocking to major retailers in search of the latest technologies for the best prices. TVs, cameras, video games and systems, laptops, phones and tablets have consistently topped the list when it comes to the best sales, and this year is no exception.

If you want to have holiday shopping success this Black Friday, then follow our list of shopping strategies to make the most of your time and money.

  1. Do your Research – If you’re not following your favorite stores on social media, now’s the time. Retailers will begin posting their deals on their Facebook and Twitter, to create buzz and hype around their products. Also, pick up a local newspaper the day before and scope the sales ads. Websites such as blackfriday.com are also great sources of information for insider tips on special promotions.
  2. Have a Plan in Mind – Black Friday isn’t really the time to wander the aisles aimlessly hoping to stumble upon something interesting. It happens, but for the most part, everyone shopping on the busiest shopping day of the year has a purpose, and really great deals can be sold out within a blink of an eye!
  3. Scope Out the Playing Field – The night before sales, take a trip to the store. Many businesses begin setting up and taping off aisles where in demand products will be staged. A quick walk through of the store will help you know exactly where the inventory you’re after will be located, so that you can make a bee-line directly to those items.
  4. Be on Time – As a seasoned Black Friday shopper, I can attest to the craziness and frenzy surrounding a highly anticipated sale. Shoppers will begin lining up outside of stores hours, and even days, before the sale even begins. Prioritize which items and stores you will hit up first and stay on your timeline.
  5. Stay at Home – Ok, I know I’m calling an audible here, but give me a chance to explain. Stores have created an unsavory trend of starting sales on Thanksgiving day, and as great as some Black Friday deals are, spending time with family is even more important, so stay at home during family time. Plus, its 2016 and we’re in the age of technology. Skip the lines and do your shopping on Cyber Monday!
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Tips To Get Your Home Ready For Thanksgiving!

The Thanksgiving holiday is almost here and many homeowners are preparing to host friends and family. This can often make homeowners feel as though they must do a thorough deep cleaning of their home, but we think the holiday season is already stressful enough. Check out our list of 5 easy ways to get your home ready for guests without turning into Cinderella (before her fairy godmother worked her magic).

1) Make the bathroom sparkle If you can only focus on your attention on one room in your home, make it the bathroom. It receives the most traffic and will be judged by your grandmother and aunts the harshest. Give it a good scrub and light a candle before guest arrive.

2) Vacuum the main areas Hallways, dining rooms, guest rooms, wherever guests will be spending time – quickly run a vacuum over the floors.

3) Fluff the living room pillows Make the couch look inviting for everyone to gather and mingle and watch the game.

4) Use natural light and lamps Overhead lights may shine focus on your little secret that you didn’t have time to deep clean. Turn on the lamps, open the blinds, and light candles and everyone will be commenting on how cozy your home feels.

5) Turn on some holiday music and relax Thanksgiving is about giving thanks and family. Don’t stress the small details. Enjoy time with family and focus on making memories.

6 Easy Landscaping Projects to get your Lawn Fall Ready

6 Easy Landscaping Projects To Get Your Lawn Fall Ready!

The cooler weather season is the perfect time to show off the beauty of all things fall in your home’s landscaping. It can be tough preparing your yard for autumn, but the payoffs are great and staying active in your yard can feel very rewarding once your home is the standout on your block.

Get your home fall ready with these 6 landscaping projects!

1. Spread Mulch

Spreading mulch in your yard is a great way to add color! Not to mention, mulch can fend off weeds and lock in moisture to keep your plants healthier than ever as the cold weather arrives.

2. Pull Weeds

Protect your vegetation. Weeds are invasive pests that not only affect the look of your garden and lawn but can cause damage to your flowers.

3. Plant Flowers

Update your garden with a splash of fall colors! Replace your dead summer plants with bright mums or pansies or any other autumn flower. Fall is also a great time to plant trees and shrubs!

4. Throw Out Some Seed

Sections of your lawn may have been damaged due to summer heat. Combat the issue by over-seeding the damaged patch.

5. Keep on Mowing

Although your grass will grow slower in cooler temperature, you still shouldn’t neglect to mow. Remember, when cutting in cooler months, you don’t want to leave it too long or cut it too short. The ideal height is 2.5 to 3 inches in height.

6. Add a Little Fall Décor!

Add a simple wreath of fall florals to your front door, or go all out with an entire autumn themed look. Remember, pumpkins are the perfect fall staple!

AmeriSave Mortgage Corporation Named Top 10 Customer Satisfaction By LendingTree For Q3 2017

Atlanta, Georgia – November 1, 2017 – AmeriSave Mortgage Corporation was listed on LendingTree’s Top Ten Customer-Rated Lenders for Q3 2017, which was announced on November 1, 2017. AmeriSave was rated on mortgage rates, fees and closing costs, responsiveness, customer service and overall experience.

“Once again AmeriSave has been recognized by LendingTree as one of their top lenders,” said Bob Smith, President of AmeriSave Mortgage Corporation. “I want to recognize the efforts of every team member, from loan origination to closing and beyond, who have played a part in this achievement. We will continue striving to retain a permanent spot on the LendingTree Top Ten.”

The quarterly “Top Ten” list is based on a weighted average of review rating and volume of customer reviews on the LendingTree (NASDAQ: TREE) website. This is AmeriSave’s tenth appearance on the list in the past four years.