- “The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.” ~John E. Southard
- “If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.” ~Robert Quillen
- “Gratitude is the best attitude.” ~Author Unknown
Attitude Gratitude: As we give thanks this holiday season, many of us are believing God for more and to go “Beyond” where we are right now, especially in our finances.
Close your eyes and picture your future. If you see yourself lonely, sick or slaving over work that you hate while barely making ends meet, then your life is headed in the wrong direction. Your vision for the future should match God’s plan for you—He’s already made preparations for your success. Today, you can begin to pursue the love, fulfillment, enjoyment and empowerment God has designed for you by adjusting your attitude and embracing the future God has planned for you. Your future is worth the effort it takes to change the way you think. This Thanksgiving—and all year long—begin to cultivate an attitude of gratitude.
“Happy are those who don’t listen to the wicked, who don’t go where sinners go, who don’t do what evil people do. They love the Lord’s teachings, and they think about those teachings day and night. They are strong, like a tree planted by a river. The tree produces fruit in season, and its leaves don’t die. Everything they do will succeed.” ~ Psalm 1:1-3
A Happy Ending: A Homeless Man’s Good Deed brings Further Blessing (CBN) “It really is a lesson to keep your faith in people, and that character exists no matter what the circumstances are… “Love bears up under anything and everything that comes and is ever ready to believe the best of every person…” 1Cor.13:7
When Dave Talley, an Arizona homeless man ran across a lost backpack containing $3,300 in it, he was faced with weighty moral decision. According to reports, Dave had gone through very difficult times—drug addiction and the loss of his home which had left him on the streets. An amount of money like that would go a long way for him. But Dave did the right thing. “Not everybody on the streets is a criminal,” he told reporters who caught up with him later. “Most of us have integrity and honor.” Dave brought the backpack to a worker for a homeless advocacy group and together they found its owner. “It’s not something I’d wish anybody to have to go through… There are a lot of things it could have taken care of. But, the fact of the matter was, it was not my money, I didn’t earn it.”
The owner of the backpack and the money—Arizona State University student Bryan Belanger—was amazed that it was turned in, it had been 5 days since he’d lost it and he didn’t expect to see it again. “This is the greatest thing I’ve ever experienced. It really is a lesson to keep your faith in people, and that character exists no matter what the circumstances are.” The student was planning on using the cash to buy a car. Bryan rewarded Dave for his good deed with an “undisclosed amount” of money, and Bryan says he will be volunteering at the local homeless organization.
Save Money: Black Friday Shopping Strategies for Big Savings (RD)
- First Things First: Be Prepared: The first rule of Black Friday and Cyber Monday: do your research and be prepared! It’s a great time to score some unbeatable deals, but not every deal is a real bargain. Don’t get caught up in the excitement of the deal: compare prices using sites like Pricegrabber.com and read product reviews on sites like ConsumerSearch.com to make sure you’re getting reputable products. If you have an Ipone or Android that compares prices across 20,000 retailers. All you have to do is scan the barcode and it will tell you if it’s worth driving across town for a cheaper price or ordering online to save money.
- Think Outside the Gift Box: Cassie and Alex Michaels, The Thrifty Couple, suggest that put together a practical products list. “A lot of people think Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just for holiday gifts, but if you look through the ads, you’ll see it’s the best time of the year to stock up on practical items for your home or office that might need to be replaced – vacuums, blenders, printers, hard drives and more.”
- Click To Save Big: “Online flash sales have really taken off this year,” says Mir Kamin of Want Not. “Retailers send out emails to their newsletter subscribers announcing timed sales that usually don’t last more than a few hours. Amazon, Lands’ End and Overstock.com will have tons of Lightning Deals. Prepare in advance by adding items to your shopping cart that you know you want to buy, and keep checking back throughout the day until the price drops!
- Save More In-Store: If you do decide to brave the crowds on Friday morning, there are a couple more helpful tips you should know. Jennie Sanford of Bargain Blessings says that some retailers will let you buy your items ahead of time and get them price-adjusted on Black Friday! That means, come Friday morning, all you have to do is bring in your receipt, and they’ll refund the difference between the sale price and the price you paid. But pay attention to the fine print and review the store’s price adjustment policy. Also make sure you are buying the exact same product that is in the ad, right down to the UPC and product number.
- For more smart spending tips, follow the 2010 Savings.com DealPros on Twitter at http://twitter.com/savings/su10, where they’ll be sharing their best finds throughout the day on Black Friday.