Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Fa la la la la - MasterCard MarketPlace $100 giveaway!


This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and MasterCard MarketPlace.

I have to say, I was a little late to the shop-online party. This Christmas is the first Christmas that I have bought about 80% of the kids' Christmas gifts online. Choose. Click. Shipped straight to my DOOR. No crowds, no traffic, and it can all be done at two in the morning.

What on earth took me so long??

BlogHer asked me to review the MasterCard MarketPlace, and I have to say, I am having a real big V8 moment. Because I really, really wish that our resident Santa would have gotten on MasterCard MarketPlace BEFORE s/he ordered all her Christmas presents. Because then s/he might have saved some money, and I mean a LOT of money.

Here is how it works. First, you go to MasterCard MarketPlace and create an account, which takes about ten seconds. Easy breezy. Then you browse around looking at the deals that are offered. And the deals? They are good deals. Worth your time deals. If all you want to do is browse the deals, you don’t even have to sign up.

Seriously, I have tried some of these portals before and didn't go back because it was underwhelming. MasterCard Marketplace does not disappoint.

(Oh, if only Santa had known...)
If you have a MasterCard, this holiday season every day (until December 24th, excluding holidays) at 1:00 EST MasterCard® cardholders can take advantage of Holiday Overwhelming Offers at 50% off on top brands by registering at MasterCard MarketPlace.

And the Overwhelming Offers - that's OOs to you and me - are really fantastic. You know how Groupon is doing so well (six billion dollars well) because the deals they offer are truly great deals? MasterCard MarketPlace is utilizing the same strategy.

You camp in front of your computer and wait for the deal to pop up, and then if you like it, you snag it before it sells out and get the thrill of the kill.

I definitely will not shop online again without popping into
MasterCard MarketPlace.

And as part of this review, BlogHer is giving one of you a $100 MasterCard gift card!

All you have to do is leave a comment. And because I have figured out that online shopping GREATLY SIMPLIFIES my Christmas shopping, I want you to tell me your tips for simplifying Christmas. Or mornings. Or keeping track of spare socks. Something. Help a sister out!

Rules:

No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry
methods:

a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post

b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post

c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post

d) Read the
official rules for alternate form of entry.


Sweepstakes ends 5 PM PST on December 31, 2010.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older.

Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail.

You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

Head over to the BlogHer Review/Giveaway Round-up page for 19 more chances to win! The Official Rules are available here.

210 comments:

  1. Now that we have more than one child in our home, I wrapped each child's gifts in one particular paper. My daughter's are all in Christmas Princess paper and my son's is in snowman paper. All other gifts are just different ones. But I felt it would be easier especially on my son who can't identify his name, but can recognize the paper. Also with all the excitement, it won't be confusing trying to find their presents.
    Just trying it out this year but I've kept their gifts in the closet so they aren't filling up the tree. Only Christmas Eve gifts are under the tree. We will put the rest out after we have our family opening that evening. I'm "Trying' to be organized!

    Kim O

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  2. We kept things small this year and used the extra cash we would have spent on gifts for a ministry. Less presents= less shopping =less wrapping =less mess =more time to celebrate Jesus together =) (Not to mention, less stuff = less cleaning later on in the year!)

    carolynATthebunchesDOTnet

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  3. Our Christmas mornings are pretty simple. We open presents and then I make cinnamon rolls (the thumb the counter kind). Easy and everyone is so wrapped up in presents they don't even notice.

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  4. Simplifying Christmas - I think it's important to just know in your mind that you WANT to simplify. Have each person in your family make a list of 2-3 things that they want to have happen this Christmas season, then discuss what you and your family are going to make a priority. If that means Christmas cards aren't sent, big deal. At least you got the important stuff taken care of, right?

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  5. I tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/#!/laurapyd/status/17923795096436736

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  6. Would love to win! My boys may be more excited to receive *real* toys rather then the bullwhips I made out of duct tape:) He-He

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  7. I always struggle with what to get my kids for Christmas. I liked DesignMom's advice to get them something to read, something to wear, and something to play with. Usually one of those three things is a bigger purchase, and the "something to play with" is often small, since they have too many toys already.

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  8. Sending out an ecard via email instead of having Christmas cards printed and mailed helps to simplify things.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  9. tweet:

    http://twitter.com/#!/mami2jcn/status/17929082041794561

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  10. Our simplification was to go to 3 gifts. A want, a need and a surprise. It's been a lot easier around here!! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  11. Tweeted: jtcosby

    Check out the giveaway at It's Almost Naptime: mastercard $100 giftcard! 1 minute ago via web

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  12. Instead of serving a full Christmas meal, I serve appetizers all day long. This way I get to spend time with everyone else...instead of my stove! Also, I keep a tub of Christmas wrapping paper, a separate tub of everyday wrapping paper and then a HUGE tub for parties--filled with various cups, plates, napkins, cutlery, decor. Anytime I want to have an impromptu get together, I just go to the tub!

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  13. I love shopping online...It makes holiday shopping so much easier. In fact, I was done back in October... Bliss!

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  14. i read the official rules! :)

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  15. I tweeted:

    fannylooo

    Enter to win a 100$ giftcard at BlogHer! http://naptimegiveaways.blogspot.com/2010/12/fa-la-la-la-la-mastercard-marketplace.html

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  16. Would love to win! Who doesn't love good deals??

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  17. I wish I had a tip for simplifying Christmas. Amazon saved me this year. You can find almost anything, and who can beat free two-day shipping? Especially with two under two, I have ZERO motivation to go out and cart kids around, standing in lines and dealing with crowds at the stores.

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  18. I follow blogs like SouthernSavers.com and MoneySavingMom.com that show me where the great deals are! I'd love an excuse (like a $100 gift card) to try out Mastercard Marketplace. (I don't have a Mastercard!)

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  19. I did all my shopping online this year after having twins- too much work to pack them up and fight the crowds and colds. Plus- its exciting to get little "gifts" by mail several days a week! Thats a simpler Christmas for me. :)

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  20. I keep a running list on the computer titled "gift ideas" for every member of my family. I have sizes written down and throughout the year I add things as I hear someone mention something or as I see something I think they would like. Then, when the grandparents ask I have a list ready. It helps me remember things the kids would love!

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  21. I wish I had shopped online more. I do buy some things, but still end up having to get out in the craziness to pick up lots more gifts.

    As far as making things more simple, I really love giving gift cards. They're simple. My kids make a list, but at some point they really just want money (which is even easier). Gift-giving was so much easier when they were younger.

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  22. Overstock and Amazon were my tools for simplifying. I have to check out Mastercard Marketplace, too.

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  23. I can't wait to check it out the site. I'm all about discount shopping right now. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. We simplify Christmas by not worrying about extended family. Or Christmas cards. The only presents I bought were for my husband and two children.

    You know, reading that makes me feel like Scrooge. Oh well. Bah Humbug.

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  25. Love shopping online...if only I started a bit earlier. And then there are the flood of packages at the front door...and questions from the kiddos. Makes it fun!

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  26. I too discovered the wonders of online shopping this year! To simplify things with our kids' gifts especially, my mother-in-law and I buy what the kids ask for and then let extended family "buy" the gifts from us--that way we don't end up with a bunch of things the kids don't want!

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  27. Just posted about the giveaway...many Christmas blessings to you!
    http://amykategypsymomma.blogspot.com/2010/12/100-giveaway.html

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  28. Would love some after Christmas $$. Only thing I ordered online were some bottlecap keychains that were a fundraiser for Dube Bute in Ethiopia. Was nice knowing it was going to help our friend's son's village. Our Christmas morning breakfast is also cinnamon rolls (the easy ones in the dairy case). LOL
    Have a blessed Christmas.

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  29. We keep it simple. Which is simplified by the fact that our budget is tight. ;) Each kid gets 3-4 gifts tops. Our 3 children are 5 and under so I am not above buying that 65.00 dollhouse for 8 at a rummage sale. They don't care. They just want the toy.

    My favorite new trick of the year... Right before Thanksgiving Snapfish had a deal for Custom Photo Albums. Buy 2 get one free. For 50.00 we got some amazing photo albums for our out of state grandparents. I no longer have to search for the perfect gift for the grandparents who have everything. And they are thrilled because they get a good view of their grandkid's year.

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  30. I am loving online shopping this year! I can't imagine trying to do it all in stores!!

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  31. Yes! We, too, simplified Christmas this year by shopping online! We love amazon prime! Here's to hoping I win! :)

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  32. We simplify Christmas by making it what it really is about...Jesus' birth! :)
    So it's not ALL about the gifts..my kids usually get maybe 1 gift from us (we cant usually afford more than that). But instead of telling them we can't afford it and making it sad..we let them in on the secret that it's not about getting gifts :)
    Wishing you a Mery Christmas! :)

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  33. Online shopping is the best!! It takes a brave person to fight the crowds in the mall! Merry Christmas :)

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  34. We've always simplified by following the Wise Men's example and only doing 3 gifts per child (plus one book). :o) And instead of agonizing over what to get people who truly don't need or want anything, we donate to the Salvation Army or give a goat/chicks/etc. through World Vision or something similar. No wrapping required!
    Nancy

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  35. I love online shopping! Its so much easier than battling the crowds and parking :) We are trying to teach our girls the REAL meaning of Christmas through traditions, giving, and fun handmade gifts!

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  36. We did the want/need/wear/read gifts for our kids this year. That simplified things quite a bit.

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  37. I love online shopping as well :) especially the no crowds part. once on black friday at target i got elbowed in the face over their free goodie bag with hand sanitizer and tissues. lame.

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  38. I'm starting a binder to organize my life. One tab for prayer/praise lists. One for finances. One for menus/to-do lists. One for my hubby. One for the kids. That's as far as I've gotten. But I think it will help to have all my thoughts collected and organized in one place rather than trying to maintain the million rabbit trails in my head.

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  39. I make one photo gift that goes to every parent/grandparent. That takes care of 9 presents in one fail swoop.

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  40. We simplify Christmas by having the adults draw names. You ONLY get a present for that one person. Of course, we get lots of presents for all the kiddos!

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  41. Drawing names is a must in our family of 13. And everyone gets one gift. they don't expect more - and they never seem disappointed.

    I love my MC and look forward to seeing what the Marketplace is all about.

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  42. We buy our son 3 gifts. Mainly clothes, toys, and then something he needs.

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  43. To simplify my Christmas shopping, I look at all the organizations that do something great for other people, and have stores, and buy something there for all of my friends. The stores usually have super cute earrings, purses, necklaces, everything a girl wants basically. This limits my shopping to online, which can be done during class, and there are only a few links.

    My email is bmont178@yahoo.com

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  44. CHRISTMAS CARDS: We all like to get them, and hate to send them... until this year! This year we used Send Out Cards. You upload pics, add text and sit back and relax because they are shipped for you from the factory... and they're delivered in less than a week! Heavy cardstock, glossy finish, quality + no licking, no labeling, no addressing, no stamping, no leaving home. It's beautiful!! And it's also usually cheaper... in our case, the price was about the same, but look at all the stuff we DIDN'T have to do! Lick, label, address, stamp, leave. That's a relationship built on love right there.

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  45. Just read a FB post this morning from a friend that helped simplify my Christmas at the very last minute, "if you have left most of the baking, cleaning, and wrapping until the last minute- Christmas will come with or without all the bells and whistles! Love on your family and nestle down in the loving arms of our God."

    Would love to experience some online shopping via MC!!

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  46. I always try to shop online as much as I can...I also set out a budget for my Christmas spending so that I don't loose track of how much I have to spend or have spent. I usually charge everything to one credit card to I know exactly how much and then pay it off...no Christmas debt for me! Merry Christmas! jkreutzer@gmail.com

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  47. Wow, I will have to check this out. I am not an online shopper, maybe one of these I will try. It seems a bit overwhelming to me....as though Walmart 2 days before Christmas is not. My husband's side of the family draw names by gift cards and then play a game with them on Christmas Eve, where you get to pick and trade gifts....lots of fun and much cheaper than buying for everyone!
    martiaho@comcast.net

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  48. There's nothing simple about having four little kids, at least not in my experience. However we buy things that are on clearance all year round and store them in our closet until Christmas. Its worked so far and saved us a lot of money!

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  49. I simplified this year by doing the same thing you did - online shopping. I got free two-day shipping on everything through Amazon, and got the majority of Savannah's gifts for free (after using my Swagbucks for free Amazon gift cards). Doesn't get much better than that! :) Merry Christmas, Missy!

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  50. Our Christmas tradition to keep it easy with our 3 kids is that each kid gets:
    Something you want, something you need, something you wear, and something you read. It is great and encourages our children to be creative! This year, our oldest "NEEDED" new markers :)

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  51. Keeping it simple, I shopped mainly online this year. I didn't know about Mastercard Marketplace, but will definitely look into it! I mainly shopped via the Discover card website, (ShopDiscover)to earn extra cashback rewards. After all shopping is done, we plan to have our rewards applied to our account to cut down our actual spending! Another bonus was shopping through this site at Walmart (5% back) and having it shipped "Site to Store"--FREE SHIPPING. I get groceries there every week, so all I had to do was swing by the customer service desk and sign for my already picked out gifts!
    Also, when it comes to wrapping, I try to package gifts together so that I only wrap a maximum of 2 gifts per person (we have a lot of extended family in town, therefore a LOT of gifts to wrap!). My husband and I do not exchange gifts. We request restaurant and/or movie gift cards for Christmas, line up the grandparents to babysit and enjoy a much needed night out--priceless!

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  52. How do I save and simplify Christmas? This past year my husband and I traveled a good bit, so we decided to buy gifts from our trips to San Fran, Yellowstone, LA, Vail, the Middle East, etc. So we got to Christmas this year and had done most of our shopping for our families because we'd bought them cool jewelry from outdoor markets at Fisherman's Wharf or tapestries from the Middle East (everything was SUPER cheap that we bought, but it is way cooler bc of where its from!).

    Yay Mastercard!

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  53. My tip is for getting your kids to eat carrots. Just in case you have trouble with that. Make them this, and ignore the fact that there is a boat-load of sugar in it:

    1 lb carrots
    1/2 cup melted butter
    2 eggs
    3/4 cups brown sugar
    2 T allpurpose flour
    1 t baking powder
    1 t vanilla extract

    1. preheat oven at 350.
    2. boil carrots until tender. drain.
    3. combine carrots with all the other ingredients in a blender, and blend away.
    4. pour mixture into a casserole or souffle dish and bake for 45 minutes or until firm (that whole toothpick coming out clean thing applies).

    serve immediately.

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  54. I try to organize gifts under the tree based on which side of the family they go to. That way I don't have to end up sorting through all the presents just to find a particular one.

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  55. I just LOVE to save money!! Thanks for the tip!

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  56. My Christmas had been very simple this year- I just shop from Noonday Collection! It has been awesome!

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  57. We know that the grandparents are going to go OVER THE TOP with gifts, so we just let them and scale back on gifts ourself!

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  58. I try (operative word here) to buy presents all through the year, or at least write down ideas when they come to me so it's not December 15th and I have no idea what to get for anyone! :)
    teacherkrista at gmail dot com

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  59. I keep an e-mail draft to myself of Christmas present ideas. When December comes, I have enough ideas to work off of and usually, the person completely forgot they mentioned something about it months ago and the present is a great surprise! Thanks for the giveaway!
    justloveethiopia at gmail dot com

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  60. To make my mornings run smoother I have most of my breakfast menu prcooked and frozen so that I can have breakfast made in the zap of a microwave- EX: waffles, pancakes, premade Mcmuffin sandwiches, breakfast burritoes, preccoked bacon and sausage, bisquits And I fill in with instant oatmeal, cold cereal and fruit cups or fresh fruit, yougurt. Sometimes I layout bowls of cereal on the table and put a cup of milk in the fridge so that the kids can pour their milk in the bowl and eat as soon as they wake up! I also set the coffee pot up and 1st thing I do is make a sink of water so that dirty dishes can be put to soak as they finish eating. This all make my mornings so much less stressful :)

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  62. Here is my tweet:
    http://twitter.com/MunequitaAcosta/status/18332977897414656

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  63. Online shopping, specifically Amazon.com. And I wrap the presents the same day they're delivered.

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  64. STAY HOME!!! lilitankersley@gmail.com

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  65. Get all Christmas shopping done during the summer, if possible! That's what I did this year (I was almost completely done before October) and it saved me a lot of stress!

    RyannIgarashi@gmailDOTcom

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  66. My Mom would get up so early and spend so much energy and time doing all of the food the day that we were getting together. We'd help when we got to her house, but she had most of it done. Mom's gone now, but we still enjoy all those same dishes she used to fix, only we each bring a part of it. This really helps me since gatherings are at my house.
    When I do have company over and do the whole meal I make sure all of the dishes are cleaned and the dishwasher is empty, before the guests arrive. That way, the plates, silver and glasses can go directly in the washer when we're done eating and make the kitchen stay without a lot of dishes piled in the sink. My guests tend to gravitate to washing and drying them instead of going to the living room to finish the evening if I don't. It's been said before but I'll say it again. Anything that can be made ahead like the day before, makes for a lot less stress the day guests arrive.

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  67. My tips to make Christmas easier=)
    1) Start early (every year I seem to start earlier!)
    2)Make lists! There are some really awesome printable lists available to print at organized christmas, life saving!
    3)Remember the reason for the season!
    Hope these help ya!
    Lethea B
    Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

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  68. I simplified Christmas this year with a 3-foot tree instead of an 8-foot one and I love it just as much!

    jvmwordsmith@comcast.net

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  69. Tweeted!

    http://twitter.com/#!/Jayne_Martin/status/18766454165868544

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  70. I have big feet and long legs. Weird sizes are much easier to find online!

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  71. Before I start Christmas shopping, I make a list of names,dollar amount, and gift ideas. Then I go shopping online.

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  72. My Tip: cook in advance (big batches) and freeze stuff! so helpful when you don't want to cook and you don't have to spend money eating out!

    an_original_username at comcast dot net

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  73. I tweeted!

    http://twitter.com/#!/HavensTwit/status/19290812512739329

    an_original_username at comcast dot net

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  74. To simplify things as our famiy grew larger, we scaled down our gift giving and saved the money for things we could do together as a family, like ice-skating, etc.

    winit6 at hotmail dot com

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  75. One way to simplify things is to shop year-round for Christmas gifts. It's easier to do this for the adults on your gift list than the kids, but if I see something I think someone would like I try to pick it up.

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  76. Drawing names instead of buying for everyone in the family is a great way to save shopping time and money!
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  77. tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/KerryBishop/status/19395028833013760
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  78. We try to do family gifts from the grandparents and aunts and uncles. Generally they will put all the money they would spend into one gift like a playset or bikes or trampoline or they will get them an experience gift like season passes to a theme park or wildlife park. It really helps cut down on the # of presents they get and then the boys get something that we probably couldn't have afforded easily.

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  79. I did all my Christmas shopping this year online which saved me time and gas!

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  80. http://twitter.com/#!/susan1215/status/19439426945945600

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  81. We love to eat Shepherd's pie at christmas--can be cooked ahead so very little stress on the celebration day!


    thanks!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

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  82. Christmas gifts are always on my mind throughout the year. If I run across a great deal I'm sure someone would like I snag it and hoard it until the holiday. This greatly reduces the amount of crazy running around when trying to find gifts for everyone.
    chainmail (at) iwon (dot) com

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  83. I tweeted about this
    http://twitter.com/The_Sunshyn/status/19504428688089088

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  84. We keep Christmas simple. It was the first year my 22 month old truly understood the JOY in it all..and learned who baby Jesus was.

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  85. I simplify Christmas by picking up gifts throughout the year when I see something on sale that's perfect for someone on my list.

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  86. We had the 1st ever no gifts Christmas at my mom's house. We're all grown ups now and we really don't need anything ore than the love form our families at Christmas.

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  87. Planning ahead is everything. I find making meals in advance and freezing them for busy weeknights is so helpful!

    gina.m.maddox AT gmail.com

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  88. http://twitter.com/#!/CrazyItalian0/status/19549401026400257

    tweet
    gina.m.maddox AT gmail.com

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  89. I shop all year long online and get great deals, free shipping and no Christmas shopping stress. Love it!!

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

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  90. Tweeted here too

    http://twitter.com/gmissycat/status/19550597401288704

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

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  91. simplifying Christmas: log each years gifts on notes you keep in socks drawer so you can keep track of what to shop for or not to buy again.
    hlee99 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  92. simplifying mornings: keep all breakfast items in one sector of refrigerator
    keeping track of spare socks: put orphans in one place of drawer. some day they match up.
    eugeniewu (at) gmail (dot) com

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  93. I can't say I practice this officially, but giving away some toys in the process of preparing for or putting away new Christmas toys always helps keep things sane. And goes along with developing a giving heart in the kids...

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  94. This I so much fun and a great treat for the winner,

    Wburley@bellsouth.net

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  95. Simplifying Christmas--get sick. You can stay home and nobody will miss you, since they are so glad you are not "spreading the love." This did occur in our family, and it was actually a cozy, relaxing day in the end (although I did miss someone cooking for me). Here's my blog where I posted about the contest: http://realnaturalmoms.blogspot.com/2010/12/seventy-first-step-christmas-cheer.html

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  96. Lists, lists, and more lists. Don't go to a store without one! It makes shopping faster and helps you avoid impulse purchases.

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  97. Shopping online is one way to simplify my life during busy holiday season.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  98. http://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/19634081595662337

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  99. Shop online- that's where all the best deals are- plus no long lines
    rmartinclarke @ gmail.com

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  100. http://twitter.com/#!/rsmc1/status/19640392722948096

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  101. Secret Santa seems to be the key after surveying some friends. My family does not do Christmas gift and that makes life SO MUCH EASIER.

    themudphudgirl at gmail

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  102. One way I simplify Christmas is by preparing early. A lot of times I'll start decorating and shopping before Thanksgiving even starts.
    hmhenderson AT yahoo DOT com

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  103. tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/HendyMartin/status/19710593405558785
    hmhenderson AT yahoo DOT com

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  104. I really love shopping online because I have horrible pain and have a tough time shopping. I can have items delivered to my door and it is a huge help.I can visit so many stores within a matter of minutes ,save gas and keep my pain level down!!
    Thanks
    matternu@gmail.com

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  105. tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/velvet1116/status/19760469304680448
    matternu@gmail.com

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  106. Online shopping.

    MCantu1019 AT aol DOT com

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  107. I start my shopping early in the fall. I find things one at a time on sale. That way I can enjoy the holidays without worrying about shopping or how I can afford it.
    marcia.goss@gmail.com

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  108. Tweet.
    http://twitter.com/#!/mgoss123/status/19824565286871040
    marcia.goss@gmail.com

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  109. Well, I pin my socks together with a safety pin.
    pbjmama(at)gmail(dot)com

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  110. buying online is my biggest way of saving time. plus, I get some original gifts that way.

    lauren51990 at aol dot com

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  111. Buying online simplified Christmas soo much. Also, in my extended family, we draw names - then we only have to worry about a few presents.

    melduke26 at gmail dot com

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  112. do all your shopping online, and put a limit amount to the gifts

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  113. tweet:
    https://twitter.com/gvwys/status/19880944932495360

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  114. If you have little kids and want to save space and yet ensure all those jigsaw puzzle pieces don't get lost or mixed up, zip each puzzle into individual ziploc bags and just cut ouot the picture for your kid to use as ref. Throw out the bulky boxes

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  115. Tweet!
    http://twitter.com/#!/EverydayVibrant/status/19904095603134465

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  116. Pick a gift limit and cost limit...and follow it! Simplifies things because you know exactly when you are done or how much more you have to buy.

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  117. I don't do any shopping or prep for Christmas until after the 15th of December. It makes it easier because I am not trying to make everything perfect!

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  118. Amazon has had some great Christmas deals!

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  119. Shopping online saves a lot of time when you don't want to brave the snow and crowds.

    karin56381 (at) gmail.com

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  120. We simply Christmas by relying on others to take care of things. They may not do it perfectly, or how we want, but it makes it more relaxing!

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  121. I tweeted too!

    http://twitter.com/#!/benny8484/status/20003848512872449

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  122. SOCKS are a BIG PROBLEM in this house as well!!!!!
    DAMN those socks! where are they!>>?????
    - Daddy Rich
    daddyrichispoor@gmail.com
    Happy New Year!

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  123. To simplify Christmas my parents and brother and I (and spouses) stopped giving presents to each other. Instead we put money in a fund to save for a family vacation that we'll all take together some day. It's so much easier and less stressful! Thanks so much for the giveaway!
    maddiemb (at) comcast (dot) net

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  124. Here's my tweet - http://twitter.com/#!/shala_darkstone/status/20081758938599424
    maddiemb (at) comcast (dot) net

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  125. To do lists on the white board right next to the calendar in the kitchen...help keep us on track.

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  126. If I could tell you a way to simplify keeping track of spare socks (that the dryer ate) I would patent that! I simplify by making lists and following them.

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  127. My tweet: http://twitter.com/njhhb/statuses/20149312449150977

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  128. If you want to make it through the holidays be sure to have a little protein - all day.
    Don't skip (healthy) breakfast. Protein will
    keep hunger pains at bay.

    scoopster(nospam)at yahoo dot com

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  129. Tweeted the contest
    http://twitter.com/LuigiFranco/status/20163963442434048

    scoopster(nospam)at yahoo dot com

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  130. I make is simple by shopping online, I love it! I just recently started shopping online, in fact last Christmas was the first time. This year though, I was all about it! I got all my shopping done in one day - amazing lol!

    Thanks!
    fineinsanity {at} live {dot} com

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  131. I tweeted it too!
    http://twitter.com/mom2anutball/status/20201815479943168

    fineinsanity {at} live {dot} com

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  132. Seriously broke and need this!! So many bills due and not enough to cover them. Hope I get lucky here!! Thanx for posting this giveaway :o)
    dukier44 ((at)) live dotcom

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  133. We simplify christmas by shopping at places like dollar general or family dollar. Extended family gets christmas cards.

    nickieisis3atgmaildotcom

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  134. http://twitter.com/NICKIEISIS3/status/20218775701823489

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  135. You could pin your socks together which no one in their right mind would have time for! I use a garment bag, like one for delicates, and I put all of our socks in it. That way, all the socks go in, all the socks go out. No midnight snacks for the dryer!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  136. My tip for mornings is get up before anyone else and get your chores done; then get everyone else going
    bepoia(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  137. I'm with you - online shopping saved me boatloads of time and energy this year. I also did a lot of prep the night before for the big Christmas feast, and that made things a lot easier.

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  138. Tweet: http://twitter.com/coriwestphal/statuses/20279695534727168

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  139. I simplify by doing as much of my shopping online as possible, and get it done and wrapped EARLY!

    shanna.elizabeth@hotmail.com

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  140. http://twitter.com/ShannaEAnderson/status/20311506415521792

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  141. i tweeted here:

    http://twitter.com/#!/bellows22/statuses/20327115614330880

    debbiebellows[at]gmail[dot]com

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  142. i did most of my shopping online and wrapped them as they came in! It was a great timesaver and I wasn't left wrapping gifts late at night on Christmas Eve!

    debbiebellows[at]gmail[dot]com

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  143. Entry #1 tweet http://twitter.com/sodahoney/status/20372957398306816

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  144. Entry #2 blog http://sodahoney.blogspot.com/2010/12/check-out-mastercard-marketplace-and.html

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  145. simplyfy Christmas morning by getting all of the grandparents to come HERE...so we don't have to drag the kids toys everywhere!

    scottorbsmith at gmail dot com

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  146. Christmas will never be simple. Socks are a nightmare - my trick is to throw them all in a laundry basket and everyone digs through the basket when they need socks.

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  147. ours was simple. we were at our in laws this year. I did most my shopping online and it went pretty smoothly. amypugmire@live.com

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  148. i tweeted. amypugmire@live.com
    http://twitter.com/1amypugmire/status/20536952579170304

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  149. my tip for simplifying everything is getting rid of the clutter that bogs us down. I used to be really good at that :D now, not so much :-(

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  150. The biggest thing that helps me simplify my holiday shopping is to do it throughout the year. Any time I find a good deal on something for someone I shop for, I get it right then and just save it. By doing this, I rarely have any holiday shopping to do once the holidays arrive!
    Angie
    one 4 earth at aol dot com

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  151. I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/#!/FotoMacro/status/20557409009270784
    Angie
    one 4 earth at aol dot com

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  152. I can NOT stress enough the importance of lists in keeping my life simple and as stress free as possible. Without making list of what to buy, where to go, what to do, coupons I have, etc., I would be a mess! LOL
    Scott
    nynekats at aol dot com

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  153. my tweet http://twitter.com/#!/RePurrPussed/status/20574270363013120
    Scott
    nynekats at aol dot com

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  154. We kept Christmas simple at our house too. Just some homemade stuff and fun games! Emily
    emilyandjonny at gmail dot com

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  155. I HAVE A SPECIFIC SOCK DRAWER & TURN THEM INSIDE OUT WHEN FOLDING (LOL) kytah00@yahoo.com

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  156. TWITTERED ALSO http://twitter.com/#!/kytah00/status/20595841995636736 kytah00@yahoo.com

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  157. Ahhhh...simplifying Christmas morning would be making overnight cinnamon rolls and setting the coffee pot the night before!

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  158. OOOOOHHHH! How fun are you!!! Growing up, my mom always cooked a huge meal at Christmas - just like Thanksgiving. It was always delicious but she spent all day in the kitchen. We simplify Christmas by having a yummy breakfast made the night before and Taco Soup and Cornbread for lunch. That way, the kids can stop to eat when they get hungry and momma can relax!

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  159. Simplify Christmas shopping by buying gifts online and having them gift wrapped for you.

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  160. http://twitter.com/#!/CarmaSez/status/20661270260744192 tweet

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  161. To simplify Christmas, only do what you love. Bring out only what makes you happy. Go to the programs and events that you enjoy. It only happens once a year and that is your chance to go-so go!

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  162. My best tips for simplifying Christmas are...keep the holiday dinner to the tried and true recipes...have the recycling bin nearby to toss wrapping paper and packaging into...and finally, don't stress out over the little things!

    rawrms at gmail dot com

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  163. Tweet tweet!
    http://twitter.com/livelovelynn/status/20674512701890560

    rawrms at gmail dot com

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  164. I simplify by going to other people's house. Thanks for the contest.

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  165. blogged: http://slehan.blogspot.com/2010/12/win-100-from-blogher-and-mastercard.html

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  166. Girlfriend, I have 5 kids and spare socks are a constant battle around here. I have discovered that File 9 works well. File 9 = trashcan. Trust me - the match will NEVER be found ever ever be found again. You can look for 10 years and never find it. Simplify your life by tossing the spare......


    mrssquigg @ gmail.com

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  167. Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/mrssquigg/status/20695210195419137


    mrssquigg @ gmail.com

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  168. I try to preempt the lost sock problem by buying about 928347923 pairs of identical socks. That way, I can lose some and still have pairs of matching socks (though not necessarily in multiples of two).

    eemoody77 at gmail dot com

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  169. I tweeted!

    http://twitter.com/#!/FakeGradSchool/status/20710057364688897

    eemoody77 at gmail dot com

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  170. My tips for saving money, Is I use competitors ads, that way I can get what I want at one store for the price of all the other stores, saves money and gas from driving around town to many stores
    sweokgrl@gmail.com

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  171. My tweet
    sweokgrl@gmail.com
    http://twitter.com/bdiane34/status/20791992304803840

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  172. My tip for simplifying gift giving is to have catagories - my kids get 3 gifts, one books, one electronics and one clothes/accessories. It makes picking gifts easy.
    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

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  173. I blogged
    http://lunaj14568.blogspot.com/2010/12/mastercard-overwhelming-offers.html

    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

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  174. I love shopping online. There is a double thrill. You get the thrill when you order it and then when it arrives.

    Happy New Year!!

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  175. We like to "DO" all the Christmas things, but many of them are still available after Christmas, so we get in a lot more activities by seeing the lights at the zoo and other things after Christmas rather than squeezing it in before!

    Melissa79atyahoodotcom

    mhooker

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  176. I like to get thing ready the night before. I set the coffee maker up, get the next days clothes out, make sure the oj is made, etc. And most Christmas shopping is done on line.
    cjwallace43 at gmail dot com

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  177. http://twitter.com/cjwallace43/status/20881541114626049
    cjwallace43 at gmail dot com

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  178. Best thing for simplifying a big day, is make sure you have everything you need for multiple meals. At night, set out clothes, coffee, and anything else you'll need for morning. -- Email address is in my Blogspot profile.

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  179. On christmas we get up at 8 am and after kids brush teeth and wash faces open presents and then we start cleaning up the mess while their opening gifts and get breakfast started so after lunch we can go visiting family
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  180. tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/ChelleB36/status/20885054280433664
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  181. We do almost all our shopping online. We find we get better deals, especially on electronics. Would LOVE to win!
    saflym at hotmail dot com

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  182. I prepare breakfast the night before and bake it while the kids are opening their presents Christmas morning, then we stay in our cute Christmas jammies all day while traveling to all the grandparents houses.

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  183. We just got married and moved this year so we decided not to give each other gifts for Christmas since we really need to save money. Only love here! This Mastercard would be a nice surprise for my husband!

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  184. I used my husband's google name by accident above. Sorry! :)

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  185. My advice to simplify is to let the little stuff go..don't worry about perfection :)

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  186. make sure you have a list of everyone to buy for and an idea of what they may or do want. It makes shopping so much easier!

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  187. This year I laid all of the kids gifts out in the order I wanted them to open them. We didn't buy as many this year and it was important to me that our 2 open them one at a time and in a particular order. It worked great! :)

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  188. http://twitter.com/#!/247mama/status/20898897102635008

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  189. I'm a little behind the times in that I still use an old-fashioned paper calendar/planner that I keep in my purse. Anytime during the year when I see something I think someone would like as a Christmas gift, or when my husband or kids say "I'd like to have one of those", I write it down in my planner. Then at Christmas time (or birthdays, or whatever) I have a ready-made list of things they really want, and don't have to try to figure out what I'm going to buy!

    Just visited Mastercard Marketplace for the first time. It looks awesome! Would love to win the giftcard!

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  190. I simplify Christmas by shopping year-round. Whenever I see a great deal on something someone on my list will like, I pick it up. It makes it much less stressful when the holidays arrive.
    nbalogh522 at gmail dot com

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  191. tweet
    http://twitter.com/maybaby522/status/20912050301575169
    nbalogh522 at gmail dot com

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  192. We keep Christmas simple but only buying our children a few gifts. Less money spent, less to store, everyone wins!

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  193. I did all of my holiday shopping online this year, saving lot of time and lots of stress!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  194. I made a shopping list for each person in my handy-dandy notebook, and did all my shopping in 2 big trips. Exhausting trips, but that way I kept track (in my notebook) of how much I spent on each person. I also made sure to get an equal number of gifts for each kid-you know they count!

    Melanie

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  195. I use Amazon Prime for free 2 day shipping and do all of my holiday shopping through Amazon. It's easy to keep track of what I've bought and what I have not bought through my Amazon account and I can always get a great price. And, who doesn't love free shipping?

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  196. My tip is to have the family write a list and actually use it... meaning then I know what to get and we keep in touch with the other folks to make sure no duplicates are purchased.
    acs0427 (at) yahoo.com

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  197. I read the official rules...
    acs0427 (at) yahoo.com

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  198. I have no wisdom about mornings, socks or simplifying Christmas. Or how to keep a highchair clean. I'm the one who needs some serious direction!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway and your wonderful blog! :)
    Katie

    Katieannehayes(at)yahoo.com

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  199. I also read the official rules for a second entry! :)
    Katie
    katieannehayes(at)yahoo.com

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