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Caribbean Cruising for a Deal

This is a Guest Post by Austin Gambino, The Cruise Web Team

There’s a lot that goes into booking a Caribbean cruise. Every traveler is looking for maximum value for their dollar, as well as the right cruise line, region and cruise excursions for their vacation. Want to get the most bang for your Caribbean Cruise buck? Take a look at these tips for getting the best Caribbean cruise deal.

Book Now

The best prices and finest availability for booking a Caribbean cruise is always as soon as the itineraries are released. Although you’ll see last minute deals, and late price drops, the best price will usually be about a year out from the sail date.

So, book now and forever hold your peace.

Use Your Shoulders

The ‘shoulders’ are the parts of the cruise season when taking a Caribbean cruise is considered to be less popular. If you book a Caribbean cruise sailing during the ‘shoulder’ season, you will be more likely to get a lower price.

  • January and February are a good time to sail (post-holiday months).
  • The fall months – September, October and November (hurricane season) – are also great times to sail, at least during non-holiday weekends.
  • Pro-tip: the best price will commonly be found a year out, just after the winter holiday, in January.
  • Warning: there’s a reason the shoulders are cheaper, weather may affect your vacation.

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The Art of Window Shopping

window shopping benefits

Window shopping is defined as browsing products just for fun, or with the intent to buy them at some later date.  For me it is often therapeutic. I adore window shopping. It is a stress buster and a terrific way to spend time with a good friend.  I also like to look at things in stores and look at the window dressing – they give me ideas to make the best use of what I have. It also helps me find the best deals around.

Window shopping is time well spent

One of the things I enjoy most as a way to spend my leisure time is a good, long mall crawl. I call up a good friend who is similarly inclined, we make a date and we push off. We look at the latest trends, admire some of the really good window displays, laugh at some of the more outlandish stuff, and generally have a good time. This is a goodish workout even though we don’t realize it. We then head over to the food court for a well earned latte or a snack.

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Food Steamer – Why and How To Go About Buying One

For any number of reasons – good health, weight loss and eating a more nutritious diet – steaming food is a good idea. You can get various different types of food steamers that can be plugged in to work by themselves; or you can get stove top varieties and even find food steamers for the microwave.

What are food steamers?

A food steamer is an implement that cooks food by heating water and creating steam. This is a method of cooking widely used in Asian cuisines and has been used for millennia. Steaming food means that you’re using heated vapor or steam to cook it, instead of using oil, butter or fat. The other major benefit of steaming is that the nutrients in the food are retained; unlike when you boil food (boiling means that you have to strain the food and most of the nutrients are then lost).

The foods that are best for steaming are vegetables and lean proteins such as chicken, fish and so on. Steaming is very useful if you’re on special diet such as the Macrobiotic Diet, the Calorie Restriction with Optimal Nutrition (CRON) diet, Cuisine minceur (the slimming cooking style of cooking by French chef Michel Guérard), and the Okinawa Diet etc.

How to buy a food steamer

First decide whether you want a standalone steamer, a stove top one or a microwave steamer. A stove top one can be made from stainless steel, or bamboo (dimsum anyone?). You can even use a pressure cooker to steam-cook food. Standalone steamers typically have more than one segment for cooking several different items at the same time. Some electric rice cookers can also be used as a streamer. Here are some economical options: [Read more →]

High Heels at a Discount

I know women who love shoes – some covet them, some adore them, others guard them jealously. I don’t know a single woman who is completely indifferent to shoes. It’s probably because of how good the legs tend to look in high heels – longer, slimmer, and sexier.  Well designed heels make the feet look smaller and narrower and help to enhance pretty, pedicured feet. So calling all women with a yen for shoes, here’s some footwear that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Here are some beautiful shoes at great discounts:

Black shoesDiscount women’s dress shoes, is a great place to head for a wide variety of cheap shoes – they have high heeled shoes, low heeled ones, sandals, peep toes, stilettos and more… they even have those impossible looking heelless shoes. Now these simple suede Mary Jane button shoes in black have a comfortable chunky heel and no skid rubber sole and should be appropriate for any work place.  They could retail for much higher, but here they offer the shoes for just $8.99.   [Read more →]

Discounts on Artificial Plants

I have a confession to make – I kill plants. It isn’t that I do it deliberately or that I’m lazy about looking after them. But they just die of their own accord; probably pining for someone with genuine green thumbs. So I have decided to keep only artificial plants – I don’t need to water them, I don’t have to fertilize them, I don’t have to wonder how much sunlight they need and I don’t have to wonder if my absent minded neighbor is looking after them when I’m out of town.

As always I have to look for discounts regardless of what I plan to buy so here’s what I found out about artificial plants being sold at a discount:

artificial cherry blossom treeA real bonsai is something that I would probably kill just by looking at it so this pretty cherry blossom bonsai is probably the best deal for me. Made from polyester, plastic and iron wire, this plant is about 10 inches in height, and comes with its own pot. Ideal for one corner of my home office: adds just the right touch of homey prettiness. Overstock offers daily discounts, so check to get the best deal.  [Read more →]

Couture on a Budget

couture labelsThe world of high fashion is a complicated place. Artistic creations boasting six-inch shoulder pads, aluminum petticoats and any number of other unconventional details dominate the runways of many top designers.

While the artsy end of the fashion spectrum might not appeal to those shopping for an everyday look, the designers behind these clothes are in high demand, with even casual shoppers yearning for the top brands.

Unfortunately, most designer clothing comes with price tags out of reach for the common shopper. For the industrious bargain hunter willing to put in just a little more effort, however, there are ways to either make it or fake it to score the name brand look.

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Funky, Fun Stuff at a Discount

Every so often you come across someone who seems to have everything. Or there is that other person who is really difficult to buy a gift for since they are generally difficult to please. So what do you get these people? Well get them something that tickles the funny bone – a fun, funky gift that may not be strictly useful, but which is guaranteed to raise a few laughs – and a gift that raises a few laughs is a good gift right? Right!

funny doormat - warrantOK so here’s a slightly rude foot mat; the anti-welcome mat if you will. This doormat says “Come back with a Warrant”, as against the traditional welcome legend. And there are plenty of other funny ideas for foot mats: “Wow! Nice Underwear” says one; another simply says “Go Away”, then there is one that has a gun pointing at you and the words “If you can read this sign, you’re in range!” and there is one that says all this: “Please stay on the mat.  Your visit is important to us; your knock will be answered in the order which it was received” Hilarious!   [Read more →]

Sweaters for Sale – Smart and Functional Layering

One of the reasons I like winters is that they give me an excuse to bundle up in warm clothing. I enjoy stylish layering using interesting color combinations and creating versatile looks using sweaters, cardigans, pullovers, jackets, fleecy tops and so on. I found some great deals on sweaters which I want to share along with my ideas for how to create smart layers.

crew neck sweaterThe basic crew necked pullover is a must for every wardrobe, female or male. It is useful under a jacket or blazer or on top of a collared shirt and so on. Pick jewel bright colors and team them with contrasting or coordinated colors. This woman’s chunky cable knit sweater from Old Navy is a bright, smart and versatile option. It comes in bright yellow, lilac, jade, gray, orange, pink, purple, navy, red and a few other colors.

Another option is a lightweight boat neck sweater that you can pick out in solid colors, stripes or other patterns. On a cold day you can add a couple of layers on top; say a cardigan as well as a coat, and on a warm day, it can be a top that you can team with smart skirts or capris. This lightweight sweater from Old Navy cost less than $ 10; a great deal I thought. [Read more →]

Vacation Planning

miami beach

I met my friends for lunch the other day and the hot topic of conversation was holiday plans over Christmas break. Some were visiting family in Seattle, while others were going to some or the other exotic resort. That got me thinking what I should be planning. My husband’s and my busy schedule had left us little time to plan anything at all. So I decided to get right down to it.

How did a warm holiday on the beaches of Florida sound? Eating, drinking and simply lounging around the beaches of Miami while the kids have a blast at the zoos and parks. Plus a trip to Disney World, the Sea World and Universal Studios in Orlando that the kids will love us for. Complete R&R for the body, mind and soul. Sounded like a plan! We needed a break badly. We had some college friends in Miami who had been asking us over since ages! And we could even catch up with some of my husband’s cousins there over a Christmas eve dinner.

So Florida it was going to be! All I had to figure out was travel plans. And that wasn’t much of a hassle either. I decided to go with Usave discount car rental and rent a comfy drive for 8 days from 22 to 29December, back just in time to spend New Years eve at home with friends and neighbours playing games and dancing all night. Usave has a great record of service with over 30 years in the car rental business. We had booked a car with them over our last 2 road trips as well and had no complaints whatsoever.

Now all that was left was running the plan by my husband and then speaking to our friends in Miami and fixing it all up! Boy am I looking forward to it!!

Discounted Boots

Let’s face it – boots are sexy! They make a woman feel great, confident and well dressed. Also they are warm, versatile and protect the feet but that’s just a bonus. Now that winter is nigh I am on a quest for boots – warm furry boots, tall sexy boots, boots with high heels, boots with sensible soles – the lot! So here are some good discounts on boots that you may appreciate:

high heeled bootsI have it on good authority that these knee high, high-heeled boots with buckles apparently are the sort of thing that makes men go weak at the knees and become all goofy-eyed. They have a 15 inch shaft and 15 inch circumference. They are faux leather dress boots with a 4 inch heel with a slouch style. Also great is the fact that they are on a discount – 22% off from 90 dollars down to $69.99.

ankle bootsThen there are these ankle boots with smaller 2 and a half inch heels; a lot more practical. A round toe, traction sole and stitching detail makes this both sensible and smart. You can team them with trousers, jeans, and even long skirts. The good news for the discount hungry souls is that they are at a 43% discount – down from $ 70 to $ 40. [Read more →]