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How to Tackle Black Friday

 

Thanksgiving is coming up fast~! While it entails a feast of scrumptious food, it also indicates that amazing sales are on their way for Black Friday. You can get caught up in the excitement of the holiday week and rush of competition for grabbing the best-priced items; but, don’t be careless. A lot of stores will have price-cuts on their products. This is true. Yet, an item at one store may be seem to have a good price, but it can be even cheaper at a different store. There are a lot of considerations needed to be made before you head out into the cold to battle over shoppers for products.

Here’s a few tips on how to tackle Black Friday:

  • Do Your Research. Decide on what items you really want whether it’s something that you’ve been wanting for a long time or a gift for someone else. From there, look at the websites of the stores that have those items and compare prices. Also, check for what kind of sale each store has for Black Friday. Once you know where you’re going and what you’re getting, make a plan for where you’ll go first once you arrive at the mall.
  • Bundle Up. It tends to get colder around the end of November. Try to wear as many layers of clothing as necessary. You wouldn’t to catch cold after shopping. 
  • Go With Others. As the saying goes, “two heads are better than one”. It’s less lonely and more fun to go shopping with others, especially in the hullabaloo of Black Friday. You have a friend to help lookout for items you want and any dangers other shoppers may be throwing your way. Also, when you plan for your attack, your friend may have think of a better route than you. He or she could even spot a better sales deal that you accidentally looked over. 
  • Get There Early. In order to ensure that you get the items you want for the prices that Black Friday offers, you should arrive at your designated store or mall very, very, very early. A lot of people tend to go right after Thanksgiving dinner or two hours before midnight on Thanksgiving. It’s up to you to decide how much you want something.
  • Go to the Stores You Really Want to Shop at First. As a mentioned in the first point, it’s best to make a plan for your Black Friday shopping. Sometimes, you can’t make to all the stores you want to or its too late by the time you get. Thus, decide on which items you’re willing to miss out on and the items that you really want.
  • Always Ask If You Really Want It. Sometimes, we all get caught up in the thrill of shopping on Black Friday. It clouds our judgements and we may over-shop. So, you should always ask yourself whether or not you truly want/need whatever you’re buying on Black Friday. 
  • Be Safe. Plenty of accidents occur on Thanksgiving in the rush from attaining the best sales. Please, please, please be careful if you decide to shop on Black Friday. Never take a risk that could endanger you or anyone with you. A life is worth more than any item you can buy.

If Black Friday isn’t your forte, the sales offered on that day usually extends to the Monday after Thanksgiving which is called Cyber Monday because deals are offered on the websites of many stores. So, you can still buy items you want if you don’t go shopping on Black Friday. You can apply some of the points I made above to Cyber Monday if you decide to wait to that day to shop.

Happy Shopping~! 🙂

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Benefits of Being a Commuter

Whenever anyone mentions or thinks of college, images of living on campus flash through our minds like a panorama. Throughout out our entire lives, the idea of dormitories, campus parties, meal plans, etc. is thrown in our faces. People always say, “You have to give dorm life a chance! You’re in college!” Unfortunately, with the state of the economy and rising tuition prices, it’s becoming harder to live on your own–let alone in a dorm. Commuting to college has become a more financially-stable option.
When I tell people I’m a commuter, the minute expressions and silent comments indicate their surprise and pity. However, I love being a commuter. It could be because it perfectly fits my personality. Yet, I would never, even if I had the money, decide to dorm rather than commute. Some people have the illusion that commuters don’t do anything but study or don’t have any friends. That’s not true at all. I have plenty of friends and I’m on campus frequently (even past classes). I participate in a lot of clubs and stay to hang out with friends who are a mixture of commuters and residents. Loneliness is a misconception of commuting. There are many reasons why I decided to commute. I consider them benefits and here they are:

  •  Save Money. I don’t have to shell out any money for living at home. Dorms can cost a lot when you calculate all four years at college (add it to tuition, meal plans, textbooks, etc.). It can rack up. I work two jobs so I love saving where I can.
  • Can Go Anywhere I Want. Even if you have your driver’s license, you probably don’t have a car on campus or one at all. You’re pretty limited in where you can go. I drive out for lunch, shop at the closest mall, check out movies at the nearby theater, and more. No bus or taxi needed.
  • Don’t Have to Cook. I don’t have to a meal plan! More money in my bank and I can have home-cooked meals every day. Plus, it’s easier for me to watch my diet when I’m at home too. 
  • Don’t Have to Fight for the Laundry Machine. Never will I have to worry about walking down or up several floors with a laundry basket to find out that I cannot do my laundry because all the machines are taken.
  • Don’t Have Rules. There are certain times you can have friends over or stay out in a dorm. There’s no such thing at home. I come and go as I please.
  • Calm Drives. College can be very stressful. Having time to myself in the morning and afternoon when I commute from home to school or vice versa is nice because I can collect my thoughts or simply relax whilst listening to music.

 

These are only a few out of many reasons why being a commuter isn’t all that bad. You may or may not agree. However, there’s always pros and cons to everything. Commuting, in my opinion, has enough pros to convince me to remain as one.

 

American Horror Story: Unleashing the Terror

American Horror Story is a television show in which every season is set in a different place in America with a new plot and different characters (usually played by the same actresses and actors). It explores the darkness of humanity as it illustrates the horrors that people are willing to commit. It demonstrates the cruelty, greedy, selfish underbelly of human character. It’ll frighten you, but you can’t stop watching.

The show is created and produced by Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy (who happen to also have created the musical television show Glee). It is broadcasted through the FX channel in the United States. The anthology series began airing in 2011 with relatively positive critical reception. It has been nominated and won many awards including the Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and People’s Choice Awards.

Thus far, the show has completed three seasons and is airing its fourth. Here’s a brief run-through of each one:

American Horror Story: Murder House

Synopsis: American Horror Story: Murder House takes place in 2011 and follows the Harmon family: psychiatrist Ben, his wife Vivien, and their teenage daughter Violet, who move from Boston to Los Angeles after Vivien has a miscarriage and Ben has an affair. The Harmons move into a restored mansion and soon encounter the home’s former residents, the Langdons – Constance and her two children, Tate and Addie – and the disfigured Larry Harvey. Ben and Vivien try to rekindle their relationship, as Violet, suffering from depression, finds comfort with Tate. The Langdons and Larry frequently influence the Harmons’ lives, as the family discovers that the home is haunted by the ghosts of anyone who has ever died on the property.

 

American Horror Story: Asylum

Synopsis: American Horror Story: Asylum takes place in 1964 and follows the patients, doctors and nuns who occupy the Briarcliff Mental Institution, founded to treat and house the criminally insane. The wardens who run the institution include the stern Sister Jude, her protégé Sister Mary Eunice and the founder of the institution, Monsignor Timothy Howard . The doctors charged with treating the patients at the asylum include psychiatrist Dr. Oliver Thredson and the sadistic scientist Dr. Arthur Arden. The patients, many of whom claim to be unjustly institutionalized, include lesbian journalist Lana Winters, accused serial killer Kit Walker, nymphomaniac Shelley and alleged murderer Grace Bertrand. Briarcliff’s inhabitants are routinely subject to supernatural and scientific influences, including demonic possession and extraterrestrial abduction.

 

American Horror Story: Coven

Synopsis: American Horror Story: Coven tells the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America. Over three hundred years have passed since the turbulent days of Salem and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction. Mysterious attacks have been escalating against their kind and young girls are being sent away to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves. Wrapped up in the turmoil is new arrival, Zoe, who is harboring a terrifying secret of her own. Alarmed by the recent aggression, Fiona, the long-absent Supreme, sweeps back into town, determined to protect the Coven and hell-bent on decimating anyone who gets in her way.

 

American Horror Story: Freak Show

Synopsis: American Horror Story: Freak Show begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.

At the moment, the television show is broadcasting its fourth season, American Horror Story: Freak Show. It airs every Wednesday at 9:00pm central time.

It’s a great show so give it a chance if you’re into horror drama. 🙂

Catch Up on the Latest Bestsellers (Books)

It seems that the older you get, the less time you have to read what you actually want to read. When you do get some time, you’re a little lost on what to read. Don’t worry! 🙂

Here’s the Latest Books on the Best Sellers’ List:

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Synopsis: After searching for her mother, who has disappeared, for more than 10 years, a woman employs a psychic and a detective.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Synopsis: The lives of a blind French girl and a gadget-obsessed German boy before and during World War II.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Synopsis: A painting becomes a boy’s prize, guilt and burden.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Synopsis: A woman disappears from her Missouri home on her fifth anniversary; is her bitter, oddly evasive husband a killer?

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Synopsis: In this fable, a Spanish shepherd boy ventures to Egypt in search of treasure and his destiny.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Synopsis: The first volume of the series featuring an 18th-century Scottish warrior and a World War II-era nurse who has been sucked back across two centuries to be at his side; first published in 1991.

Deadline by John Sandford

Synopsis: Dognappers and a murdered reporter draw the attention of the Minnesota investigator Virgil Flowers.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Synopsis: A woman who, as a child, was spared when her mother and sisters were murdered begins to reinvestigate the case against her imprisoned brother.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Synopsis: Who will end up dead, and how, when three mothers with children in the same school become friends?

The Orphan Train by Christina Baker

Synopsis: A historical novel about orphans swept off the streets of New York and sent to the Midwest in the 1920s.

There are plenty of other novels out that you can potentially read! Be sure to take a look in a bookstore, library, or any of these sites (synopsis of all novels are credited to The New York Times):

 

Upcoming Movies

Mid-terms are practically over! What a better way to celebrate than to watch some spectacular upcoming movies! So, gather your friends, family, or go by yourself (if that’s how you flow) and head to the cinemas!

 

Here’s a compilation of some potentially entertaining, thought-provoking, and/or thrilling films:

Before I Go To Sleep 

Release Date: October 31, 2014

Synopsis: “A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her.”

Horns

Release Date: October 31, 2014

Synopsis: “In the aftermath of his girlfriend’s mysterious death, a young man awakens to strange horns sprouting from his temples.”

Interstellar

Release Date: November 7, 2014

Synopsis: “A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.”

Big Hero 6

Release Date: November 7, 2014

Synopsis: “The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.”

The Theory of Everything

Release Date: November 7, 2014

Synopsis: “A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.”

Foxcatcher

Release Date: November 14, 2014

Synopsis: “Based on the true story of Mark Schultz, an Olympic wrestler whose relationship with sponsor John du Pont and brother Dave Schultz would lead to unlikely circumstances.”

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Release Date: November 21, 2014

Synopsis: “Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage.”

The Imitation Game

Release Date: November 21, 2014

Synopsis: “English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing, helps crack the Enigma code during World War II.”

There are more movies you can definitely check out. Here’s where you can look up upcoming films (synopsis of movies are credited to IMDB):