So far in the northeast it has been a hot summer–and we’ve still got a couple of months to go before cooler weather sets in and we can uninstall our window air conditioners. Having grown up with central air (and never being allowed to mess with the thermostat) I never gave much thought to how to most effectively use air conditioning–both to stay comfortable and not waste money or electricity.
more about: saving
During the holidays, I’m always struck by how much I have to get done. December is like any other month—just as much work, just as many responsibilities—except that I also have to send out holiday cards, buy presents for pretty much everyone I know (and wrap and ship them), and juggle holiday parties and travel. So every year I make decisions about what’s important to me and what’s worth my time.
I’m not a big Black Friday shopper. Never have been. Given the choice between crowded stores full of crazed holiday bargain hunters and my warm bed at 5:00 in the morning, I choose my warm bed. But I respect those of you who plan to brave the long lines and madness to save some money and get a jump on your present buying. As long as you’re wading out into the mayhem, here are some strategies from CouponShack.com that will help you out.