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New HomeGoods Store Opening November 10th in Columbia, SC

HomeGoods, the leading off-price home décor store in the U.S and worldwide, will open a new store in Columbia, SC on November 10th, 2022. The new store is located in Trenholm Plaza at 4840 Forest Drive, 9A. 

HomeGoods provides an ever-changing selection of high-quality merchandise at excellent values. With prices generally 20%-60% below full-price retailers’ (including department, specialty, and major online retailers) regular prices on comparable merchandise, the HomeGoods shopping experience is fun and inviting. From top brands and designers to exciting finds from all over the world, HomeGoods offers an inspiring selection in countless styles for every room of the house. 

“Our amazing values, brand names, and vast assortment make HomeGoods an exciting destination for shoppers,” states John Ricciuti, President of HomeGoods. “With a large variety of merchandise from around the world, customers will always find thrilling values in our treasure hunt shopping experience. We are happy to provide Columbia, SC with a new HomeGoods.”

HomeGoods merchandise departments include furniture, rugs, lighting, decorative accessories, kitchen and dining, bedding, bath, pet accessories, storage, workspace, outdoor, gourmet, wellness and more. 

GRAND OPENING: November 10th, 2022 from 8am-10pm

Local shoppers can enjoy the newest HomeGoods store opening on November 10th, 2022 from 8am-10pm. All stores, including the newest openings, have updated health and wellness practices to help protect the health and well-being of customers and Associates. To learn more, visit 


Location: Trenholm Plaza at 4840 Forest Drive, 9A, Columbia, SC, 29206.

Size: Approximately 23, 588 Sq. Ft., respectively

Regular hours: Monday-Sat 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. and Sun 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Store hours may shift. For more up to date hours and additional HomeGoods locations, please visit

HomeGoods expects to fill approximately 65 full- and part-time positions.


In celebration of its new store location, HomeGoods will contribute to the Columbia, SC community by presenting a $10,000 donation to Harvest Hope Food Bank. Harvest Hope is South Carolina’s largest food bank, providing over 20 million meals on average to neighbors in need across the Midlands, Pee Dee and Upstate. 


HomeGoods operates more than 846 stores across the country and is a division of The TJX Companies, Inc., the leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S. and worldwide. As of January 29, 2022, TJX operated a total of 4,689 stores in nine countries, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Austria, the Netherlands, and Australia, and five e-commerce sites. TJX's press releases and financial information are available at 

To shop HomeGoods online, visit and for more design tips, inspiration and more, visit us on Instagram at @homegoods, Facebook at, Pinterest at and Twitter at @homegoods. Shoppers can also share their online and in-store finds on social with #HomeGoodsFinds. 


The Fresh Market Launches “FREE PREMIUM CHOCOLATE MONDAYS” with Curbside Orders

The Fresh Market knows that Mondays can be tough sometimes so beginning August 30, all curbside order pickups will have one extra item-- a free sample of premium chocolate.  Adding a decadent layer to The Fresh Market’s recently launched “Friendliest Curbside Experience in America” program, The Fresh Market Personal Shoppers will provide each curbside guest a free sample of The Fresh Market’s new 0.3 oz square of Himalayan Pink Sea Salt Dark Chocolate. Combining The Fresh Market’s Chocolate Lovers Monday promotions with a free premium chocolate sampling at curbside pickups could transform Mondays into the best day of the week!

Launched in December 2020, The Friendliest Curbside Experience in America continues to meet guests’ needs and the latest chocolate treat sampling enhances the overall experience of grocery pickup. Surprising guests with a treat complements the curbside program’s successful foundation of having The Fresh Market Personal Shoppers to ensure quality and freshness, managers who double check and verify every order with their personal signature handed to each curbside guest, fast and efficient delivery to the car, and 100% satisfaction guaranteed on every item in the curbside basket.

Curbside orders continue to grow since launching nine months ago as guests appreciate the convenience and friendly customer service of the program. For the month of August, orders are up 28% and first-time orders are up 47% with the average guest rating of 4.7/5.  Providing the best experience for guests to shop at The Fresh Market, whether in store or through curbside pickup, continues to be at the forefront of the company’s commitment to provide impeccable guest service.

“Our guests compliment us on the great communication they share with the Personal Shopper throughout the curbside process, quick and friendly service at pick up and the quality food in every order,” said Brian Johnson, Senior Vice President of Operations at The Fresh Market. “We’re thrilled that our guests appreciate the level of customer service and extra touches our friendly curbside provides, so adding a chocolate treat to Monday orders is just a small gesture of gratitude that we know they’ll enjoy!”

Chocolate lovers and all guests can shop in the online store or download the mobile app on the App Store* or on Google Play*. For more information on The Fresh Market’s or to see what’s new, please visit

*Apple and the Apple Logo are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. Google Play, and the Google Play logo are trademarks of Google LLC.

About The Fresh Market, Inc.

Voted as the “Best Supermarket in America” by USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards,  and “America’s Best Customer Service 2021” by Newsweek and Statista,  The Fresh Market helps guests discover the best with time-saving meal solutions, unique ingredients, and delicious food for any occasion. From fresh produce and exceptional meat and seafood to signature baked goods and thousands of organic options, the specialty grocer has something to please every palate. The Fresh Market currently operates 159 stores in 22 states across the U.S., inspiring guests to discover new flavors and cook with confidence. For more information, please visit or follow the company on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Why We Love Shopping Sam's Club During The Holiday Season

Can you believe that 2020 is almost over? Despite this year being so different in regards to the pandemic, I try to keep things as normal as I can in our household. With the holiday season here and in full swing, I make sure I keep treats and goodies available for my family to snack on in between work and school meetings. My favorite place to shop each month is Sam's Club. 
Today's conversation is sponsored. All opinions are 100% my own as always. 

I love the fact that you can buy food and household items in bulk sizes which means you won't run out too quickly. When you have a family of 5, it's easy to run low on those staple items. Having all of us home so much means I need more items on hand and all of the savings I can get! Aside from the everyday items, we love browsing the aisles of Sam's Club for limited edition products, as well as seasonal goods. 

Sam's Club carries such an amazing variety of ready-to-give holiday gifts. It's my go-to place to buy wine and treats to give my neighbors every Christmas. The prices are unbeatable, and the variety makes it easy to find something for just about anyone on your shopping list. 

This year I am hoping to snag a few deals on small appliances and some new kitchen gadgets. I have been slowly replacing and upgrading some of my small appliances, so I stalk my Sam's Club app for the latest sales and promotions. I definitely take advantage of those Sam's Club Coupons to get even mores savings. 

Don't forget that Sam's Club also carries electronics, jewelry, dishware, clothing, gift cards and so much more. You will be able to mark off so many items from your holiday shopping list in no time, without breaking the bank. Make sure you check out Slickdeals as a resource for coupons, and to save money on your purchases. 

Do you shop at Sam's Club? What are you must-have items you buy each time you go? 

Working In a Grocery Store

From the outside looking in, working in a grocery store seems like a pretty simple job. Stocking shelves or icing cake all day may even look easier than your high-pressure job, but this career comes with its own struggles. Being an employee in a grocery store isn't all stocking shelves and cleaning food display cases; it's a lot of hard work and requires superb customer service skills. If you're thinking about joining the team at your local grocery store, there are a few things you should know and consider before applying for a position. 


The most important thing to accept if you're going into the grocery business is that you won't have control over your schedule. Most employees are able to get a somewhat stable schedule, but it can change at a moment's notice based on the store's or your department's needs. Additionally, don't bet on having weekends off. Weekends are the busiest times for grocery stores and often require all hands on deck, so if you aren't available to work on Saturdays and Sundays, it might be a problem. The holidays are another big push for grocery stores and usually require all staff to work as much as possible. This means long hours, weekends, nights, and early mornings to keep the store running. Some stores even refuse to let employees take time off during holidays, so prepared for that discussion if you're trying to plan a holiday vacation.


A calm, collected employee is the gold standard in grocery stores. Things can get hectic quick; you might spill heavy cream all over the bakery floor while a customer is yelling about a messed up order and your frustrated coworker keeps shooting you "can you believe this?" eyes. That's a lot to handle at once! Staying calm under pressure will help you to navigate the many stressful situations that can pop up when you work in customer service and with various raw materials. It's also important to remain positive and helpful because you're the face of the store with the customers. They'll come to you with questions, concerns, and problems, and you'll need to handle them respectfully and completely while reassuring the customer. If you're not a people person, working in this industry probably isn't the best fit for you.

Grocery store jobs may seem easy and care free, but they can be very stressful and require a certain kind of person to thrive.


Benefits of Shopping at an Online Italian Grocery Store

There is something special about Italian food. While there are many foods from around the world that are delicious to eat, there is just something about Italian food. Perhaps it is the love and passion that goes into making the food that makes the flavors burst in your mouth. Every bite makes you feel like you have been wrapped in love and warmth. Not everyone was blessed with an Italian grandmother to feed us, but that does not mean we cannot get the best food available. This is when an Italian grocery store can be the best thing ever. Not only do you have access to an Italian grocery store, but you can order online. As if you have not been convinced already, here are some more benefits to ordering Italian food online.

You can get all of your favorite foods and spices delivered directly to your door. You never have to leave the comfort of your home to get all the items to make your favorite Italian dish. There may be items and spices that you just cannot find at your local grocery store. Ordering online allows you to have access to all of your favorites quickly and easily. Another obvious benefit is you do not have to stand in long lines to purchase your items. Many Italian grocery stores are small or packed full of amazing items and you want to see them all, but so does everyone else. When you order online, you do not have to compete with anyone else looking at the same items. You do not have to get jostled or feel rushed while browsing. You can take all the time you want.

While there are many items that catch your eye while walking through the store, you probably do not need most of them. Something about being in the store will entice to make that impulse buy. Not to say that it cannot happen online, but the chances decrease when you are online. You do not have to walk through the check out area with all of those chocolates or something else that tempts you. When shopping online, you are more likely to stick to your list. Since you do not feel rushed you are less likely to may an impulsive decision because you can take all the time you want to think about it. You are able to shop anytime you want, even if it is the middle of the night. You are not subject to the hours that the store is open. 


3 Reasons You Need Quality Gaming Merchandise

Gamers and non-gamers wish to buy quality products that would give them the best experience that they are looking for. Playing video games is one of the hobbies that knows no age. It is addictive. Whether an individual is playing or watching, they need to be as comfortable as possible. Websites like provide gamers and non-gamers with quality merchandise such as gaming chairs, phone cases, and mouse pads. 

Why is it so important to use high-quality gaming merchandise? Below are just a few reasons to consider. 


One of the main reasons you need to buy quality gaming products is the comfort required during gaming. Gaming can be addictive, and as a result, people tend to spend a lot of hours enjoying the activity. If you are planning to sit down for hours, then you will need a comfortable chair. Such a chair would also help protect your back. A substantial number of people no longer play games for fun. They play games to make money. Such makes the gaming environment their office. Every person wishes to work in a comfortable office, and the gaming environment is no exception. As well, the mouse pads need to be of good quality to guarantee comfort. Non-gamers might also want to watch their friends as they play video games. Hence, they also need comfortable chairs to prevent them from straining their backs. 


Quality gaming products are a guarantee that the item would last long. The gaming merchandise, such as mouse pads and phone cases, tends to be used for long hours. This means that they are prone to get damaged easily. The solution to this problem is buying good quality products that are meant to last with heavy use. Regardless of how frequent you use them; they would remain in good condition for a long period. Some gaming merchandise such a PSs and chairs tend to be costly. Hence, you have to invest in a good one to avoid buying them now and then.


Given that some gaming products might be expensive, it is necessary to focus on quality to ensure that you get quality for your money. There is no need to purchase an expensive product only to break down within a short period. Before you decide what to buy, it is necessary to do a lot of research to ensure that you buy a good quality product. Checking reviews and comments is one way of ensuring that you buy quality gaming merchandise. 

If you are a gamer, you need to identify your needs before purchasing gaming merchandise. There are plenty of gaming items out there that one can buy. However, the products come in different types, qualities, and prices. Therefore, it is necessary to purchase one that suits your preferences and budget. You do not want to spend a lot of money on a product that won't last long or one that doesn't really accomplish what you're looking for. You can look for reviews of a particular product before buying it. As a result, you will end up buying gaming merchandise that perfectly matches your preferences. 


Get Great Deals on Black Friday at Target

Can you believe that next week will be November already? Despite the craziness of this year as a whole, it still seems like time has raced by so quickly. My kids mentioned last week that we have to start pulling our winter holiday decor out of storage soon, and I got excited and nervous at the same time. I am so ready, yet not even remotely ready at the same time. 

One thing that I am looking forward to is Black Friday shopping. This is definitely the best time to get the greatest deals of the year. I plan my gift-giving list according to sales, coupons, and promo codes as much as possible. This year is obviously a whole lot different when it comes to shopping in store, but it doesn't mean you can't pull it off with some planning and extra safety measures lined up. 

This year we plan to hit up those Target Black Friday Deals, especially for their tech deals. Since most of us are still pretty much at home all day, electronics and leisure wear is where it's at! My son has become quite the gamer, so I hope to get a crazy good deal on gaming headphones. I might even go ahead an make purchases for his birthday next year and hide them away. He will be turning 13, so gifts will start costing a whole lot more! 

Since Black Friday 2020 is unlike the previous years, you have to plan your outing carefully. Make sure you bring your mask and hand sanitizer above everything else! I also highly suggest a small cooler to keep in your car for bottled water or juice. Snacks are a must if you start to run low on energy. If you are one to overheat easily like I do, be sure to dress in layers. You do not want to feel faint in a store! For added safety, it's best to shop in pairs, so grab a shopping buddy and make it a fun outing. Oh, and don't forget to double-check those promo codes and coupons, especially from Slickdeals. 

Of course, there is also online shopping for those who prefer the privacy and quiet with solo shopping. No matter which way you choose to shop, this is the best time of year to score the lowest prices on toys, electronics, and more. I am hoping to find some small kitchen appliances for myself this year. Now I'm getting excited about my Target shopping trip! 

So what's on your holiday wish list? Are you planning on venturing out on Black Friday? 

Reasons To Try Online Grocery Shopping

In the world today, everything moves a mile a minute. It's like the universe is on hyperdrive, and humans are along for the ride. With all the world's responsibilities, sometimes it feels like there isn't enough time in the day. Shopping online for clothes and other household items saves time, but you could save even more time by shopping for your groceries online, too. It may sound scary to think about someone picking out your produce, but there are many added benefits to visiting Good Market and giving online grocery shopping a try.
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1. No more struggles with kids. 

What should be an in-and-out trip can end up feeling like a marathon when you have to bring your kids to the store. They want to try everything and are mesmerized by the simplest snacks. To make it worse, it's so hard to say no when they see something they want, even if you had no intention of buying the item. Online grocery shopping takes away the ticking time bomb of how your kids may respond during a grocery store visit. You can spend time with them doing activities they actually enjoy and still come home to fresh food everyone loves.

2. No more frustration. 

Don't you hate it when you walk into the grocery store, and it's totally redone? Now, the milk is where the meat should be, and you're all turned around trying to check the items off your list. Instead of getting caught off guard with store renovations or struggling severely to find the one item you need for your cheesy potatoes, online shopping takes away this added stress. The people who work at the store know where everything is and can get every item you need, without making you tenser. Leave it to the experts, and you'll end with everything you ordered and none of the frustration.
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3. No more impulse buying. 

Standing in line waiting to check out is probably the worst part of shopping because you end up with 10 more items than you intended. Whether it's the chocolate bar or tabloid magazine, impulse buying is a serious issue. These extra purchases add up and can cost you a lot of money in the long run. However, when you order your list online, there's no temptation to buy what you don't need. Your wallet will thank you.

Trying something new can be scary, but it may lead you to something you never knew you needed. Online grocery shopping will give you more freedom to enjoy the things you love and multiply your valuable time.

4 Things to Consider When Buying a Watch

In the days of cell phones, some may wonder why you would even want or need a watch. Watches can be much more discreet than a cell phone. Picture it, you’re in a gathering or meeting, and you need to see what time it is. Pulling out a phone is far more apparent and could be off-putting to others. However, a glance at your watch can go practically unnoticed by others. Another reason you may want a watch is when you may not have a place to keep a phone handy, a watch strapped to your wrist will be easy access to check the time. So now that you’ve decided to buy a watch, here are four things to consider before you make that purchase. 
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1. Function

The function of the watch is essential. Will you be using the watch for business or sports? Do you need a divers watch like the Luminox 3051 Navy Seal that can withstand water and increased pressure? Or are your needs more along the lines of what a smartwatch might provide?

2. Design

Hand in hand with function is the design of your watch. Watches come in a variety of styles, ranging from leather or canvas straps to the expandable steel mesh straps that stretch around the wearer's wrist for a perfect fit.

3. Movement

There are three basic types of watch movements. Manual, automatic, and quartz movement are the most common. Manual is where the wearer must manually wind up the watch, so it keeps accurate time. An automatic watch movement is one in which the motion of the person wearing the watch, keeps the watch wound. Finally, a quartz movement is based on an internal battery and a quartz crystal to keep the watch running.

4. Materials

Depending on the function and design of the watch, they will be made up of different materials. Ceramic watches tend to be more robust and are chosen for their scratch and heat resistance. Steel watches are suitable for moisture and rust resistance. Finally, watches made with titanium tend to be stronger and lighter than other watches. They are resistant against salt, water, and acids that may be present. Titanium is also hypoallergenic so that it may be the best choice for those with sensitive skin.

Buying a watch doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Take your time to find the right watch that fits your style, function, and material needs. With so many choices out there, you’ll hopefully find your perfect watch.

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Get Your Last-Minute Holiday Shopping Done With Ease At BI-LO

This is a sponsored post in partnership with BI-LO. All opinions are my own.

In case you haven't realized it, we are in the final days leading up to the winter holidays. It feels like it was December 1st yesterday. If you still haven't done any shopping or need to grab some last-minute items, be sure to stop by your local BI-LO for some great deals on everything you need. Whether it's a party tray for the office potluck, or gift wrapping supplies, BI-LO has you covered with their amazing sale prices. I was browsing around and found so many goodies! Check out some of my finds.

Flowers or plants are always a great last-minute gift for co-workers, neighbors, teachers, or for the hostess with the mostest!

Check out these BI-LO Holiday Deals: 

Stay Healthy + Receive a FREE Ham

The flu has been on the rise recently and no one wants to be sick during the holidays. From now until Dec. 24, all BI-LO pharmacy customers can receive a FREE Smithfield Butt or Shank Portion Ham when they receive a no-cost* flu shot at any in-store pharmacy. *With most insurance plans. See pharmacy for details.

Need a Quick Meal? Deli Meal Deals may be the Solution!

BI-LO has Great deals on convenient deli party platters, dips and spreads, grab-and-go entrees and sides, fresh salads and more!

Gift Cards & Last-Minute Gifts

Get the gift that keeps on giving with THREE TIMES the BI-LO Reward points when you by gift cards for your friends and loved ones…and maybe even yourself!
Exclusions:  All BI-LO gift cards, Visa cards, Mastercards, American Express cards, reloadable cards and prepaid debit cards.

BI-LO also has great deals on last-minute gifts including the Garth Brooks Legacy Collection that includes 7 Vinyl LPs & 7 CDs and was just reduced in price today to $39.99! This would be a great gift for your favorite country music fan.

BI-LO also has great stocking stuffers, holiday bouquets and much more for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

Giving Opportunity

Looking to give back and make a difference to those in need? Now through Dec. 24, BI-LO is inviting customers to “Give A Little, Feed A Lot” to fight hunger in our communities by purchasing a $5 prepared bag of non-perishable food items or by rounding up grocery totals at BI-LO store registers. Each donation and $5 holiday bag purchased will be distributed directly to member food banks in the Feeding America® network.

Holiday Hours for Last Minute Gifters

If you need a last minute gift or ingredient for your favorite dish, BI-LO will be open for modified hours on Christmas Eve!

  • Christmas Eve/Day: All BI-LO stores and liquor stores will open at their normal hours until 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve and will remain closed on Christmas Day. In-store pharmacies will close at 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve and remain closed during the Christmas holiday. 
  • New Year’s Eve/Day: To celebrate the New Year, all BI-LO stores and liquor stores will be open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at their normal hours and will close at 10 p.m. (or regular close of business, if earlier). In-store pharmacies will close at 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and will reopen from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on New Year’s Day
I think many people sleep on the idea of last-minute holiday shopping at the grocery store. There are so many great grab-and-go options. Of course it doesn't hurt to rack up those BI-LO Reward points. Find a BI-LO near you. Thank you so much for stopping by today. Happy Holidays to you all!

How to Find the Perfect Mattress: The 3-Step Buying Guide

While just the thought of visiting a furniture store may seem a bit daunting, realize you have more options to buy a new mattress, sofa or end table than ever before. Thanks to the likes of warehouse clubs and online furniture retailers, finding these and other essential items at a fair price doesn't have to cause you undue stress.

And if you do a little homework and follow the right steps, you'll quickly be able to find and buy a desirable new mattress that meets your needs. Here are three steps to help narrow down your search.

1. Consider the Level of Firmness You Need

For most people, the quality of sleep they get every night largely depends on the firmness of their mattress. Of course, some prefer either a softer or firmer mattress, or something in between. The firmness level is set by the tension of the springs or in the overall make of the mattress, such as whether it's made with memory foam or has a pillow topper.

All these factors and features affect the feel of the mattress, so it's important that you test out a new mattress before buying one. Lay down on different mattresses on the sales floor at a furniture store like Jerome's to determine the most ideal option.

2. Set a Budget

Buying a new mattress can be costly. So, before you head to the nearest mattress retailer, determine a rough estimate on how much you're willing to spend on a new one. For a new, high-quality mattress that will last you a decade and meet your comfort and sleeping needs, plan to spend at least $1,000, according to Consumer Reports.

After determining a price range, you can more easily narrow down your search and make finding the right mattress an easier process. And while there are certainly any number of cheaper options on the market, know that they tend to be rated lower for quality and longevity.

3. Choose a Mattress Type

Determining your ideal mattress type will largely depend on the level of firmness you desire, your budget and any special features you may want. For instance, a memory foam mattress is a great option if you require more firmness and want to wake up with less stiffness and pain in your back. However, these types of mattresses can be one of the more expensive options, especially if you choose the Tempur-Pedic brand.

Meantime, hybrids are a new type of mattress that are manufactured with a combination of memory foam and coils, and they tend to be a lot more cost-effective than a traditional memory foam mattress. Conversely, if you’re looking for a softer option, pillow-top mattresses offer an extra layer of cushion to provide more comfort over the coils of the mattress.

Other mattress types offer extra features like superior cooling properties to create a cooler mattress than traditional memory foams, as well as adjustable folding features that allow you to sit up comfortably in bed.

Investing in the Right Mattress for You

In selecting the most ideal mattress, understand your options and take inventory of your needs. Ultimately, the one you desire most will fit at the intersection of your budget and your sleeping needs. Once you have an idea of which option will best serve your needs, visit a mattress retailer in-person in order to compare and contrast different options to ensure you select the right one.

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How To Make The Most Out Of Shopping On Black Friday

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Intellifluence. All opinions are 100% my own. 

It is absolutely crazy to think that the holiday season is practically here already. I tend to try to get a list made of all of the upcoming events, and make a gift list for friends and family. Of course it is super important to set a budget and stick to it. One of the best ways to purchase holiday gifts is by taking advantage of Black Friday 2020 deals.

For years, I have always made Kohl's my number one stop for gifts. I would make sure I previewed the Black Friday deals ahead of time, so that I could make a categorized list. Kohl's always has extra coupons and savings, especially at specific times for Black Friday.

I have been able to purchase most everything on my list at Kohl's including clothing, accessories, pajamas, holiday decor, and gift wrap. The prices are so good, that I can be extra generous with my gift-giving. It's also a great time to stock up on clothes for the winter. I have found that the Black Friday prices have always been better than those lowest prices of the year sales.

A few things to keep in mind if you are heading out to do your Black Friday shopping:

  • Be organized. Bring your list and stick to it. Don't forget any paper coupons you might have. 
  • Carry cash in several places, not just your wallet
  • Use the buddy system. Do not shop alone! It's important to have a family member or friend with you in case things get too overwhelming. 
  • If you are headed out in the early morning hours, eat breakfast or bring some snacks in your bag. Include some bottled water. 
  • Wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers. It is easy to get overheated in busy stores, so layers are essential. 
  • Carry a cross body style bag so that you can monitor your wallet, cash and credit cards more closely. 
  • Keep your phone handy in case you have to do some quick addition of your purchases so there's no surprises when you get to the register. 
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Black Friday shopping can be a fun experience if you are with the right people. I have always enjoyed the thrill of the hunt for great deals with my husband. He is super patient and helps me narrow down choices, and carries my bags. If you plan on heading out on Black Friday, make sure you stop at Kohl's. If in-person shopping isn't your thing, you can always shop online. Either way, happy shopping! 

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Shop Using Shipt Delivery From BI-LO (Giveaway)

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Shipt + BI-LO. All opinions are my own.

Hi guys! You might have caught a post I posted a couple weeks ago regarding BI-LO partnering with Shipt delivery service, to bring your groceries and household items straight to your door. It's so convenient being able to order your groceries from your office, sitting at soccer practice, or from the comfort of your home.

Well, I have some other exciting news! One lucky Mom Files reader will win a Shipt membership valued at $99. You will have the convenience of getting same-day delivery from BI-LO. Enter below!

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This giveaway is open to BI-LO customers only and ends on November 17, 2019. For BI-LO locations, please visit Must follow rules in Rafflecopter. One winner will be chosen randomly. Mom Files is not responsible for any lost or stolen prizes. Good luck!
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How BI-LO Delivery By Shipt Saves Busy Families Time

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Shipt + BI-LO. All opinions are my own. 

Do you ever find yourself at home browsing recipes on Pinterest, and you find the perfect dinner or dessert recipe that you actually have all of the ingredients for? Yeah, me either. I always seem to be off by one or two ingredients. It's hard for me since I do not have access to a vehicle during the day, so this means waiting until after 5:30 before any of the working adults get home. By that time, it's too late to try to put dinner together after getting to and from the store.

I am so grateful to live in the age of technology where you can get just about anything you need, sometimes as quickly as you need it. Thankfully Shipt grocery delivery service is available for the days I can't get to the store right away. Shipt is a membership-based service that you can join with an annual or monthly subscription, and you can cancel at any time. I'm thrilled that they now deliver from BI-LO stores.

Right now if you become a new Shipt member, you can get 2-weeks of same-day delivery free, and receive a $20 credit on your first order from BI-LO! Who doesn't want FREE groceries? Now all of those recipes that I want to make can actually happen. Shipt grocery delivery is not only convenient since you don't have to leave your home, but it helps prevent all of those unnecessary purchases. I can't ever seem to not have that urge to buy things that are not on my list for a variety of reasons. Also, not having to make a trip to the grocery store is a huge time saver, especially for busy families.

I was super excited to make my first order from BI-LO using Shipt. This just happened to be one of those times where I seemed to have run out of so many of my kitchen and household staples at the same time. Also, since it is the baking season, I stocked up on a few baking supplies so I won't run into the issue of not having all of the ingredients for a recipe. But you know what? If I do run out it's no problem! I can just log into my Shipt account and make a quick delivery order, and receive my items in as soon as one hour. As long as I keep my order $35 or more, my delivery is free.

I feel like once you get Shipt delivery, there is no turning back. I enjoyed receiving my groceries from BI-LO, and I look forward to placing my next order. My Shipt shopper alerted me via text when she made it to BI-LO and asked if I needed any additional items. She shopped my order, and as soon as she was done, she texted me to let me know she was on the way to my home. You can start your Shipt account online or through their free app available through your phone's app store. Don't forget to take advantage of their special promotion to get your $20 credit to shop at BI-LO.

So now the question is which dessert or entree do I make first? I guess the next thing I need to work on is my meal planning. That's definitely not my favorite thing to do, but at least I can grocery shop in my pajamas! If you have any questions about BI-LO delivery by Shipt, leave me a comment or send an email. Thank you for stopping by today!
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Winner's Choice $25 Gift Card Giveaway

The holiday season is here, and I wanted to give you all the opportunity to win a little something for yourself. After all, it is the season of giving! One winner will have the choice of one $25 digital gift card from Amazon, Sephora, Starbucks or PayPal cash. Enter below, and good luck! 
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This giveaway is open to everyone worldwide since gift card will be delivered digitally, and ends on December 7, 2018. Must follow rules in Rafflecopter. One winner will be chosen randomly. Mom Files is not responsible for any lost or stolen prizes. Good luck!
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Get An Early Start On Your Holiday Shopping With Our $100 Fall Giveaway

I can't believe that we are nearing the end of October already. I always say that once November comes, you might as well kiss the year goodbye. The time goes so quickly and the holiday season gets into full swing. I am not ready! Are you ready? In the event you're ready to get some early holiday shopping out of the way, we have a great giveaway for you. I've teamed up with a group of fabulous bloggers to give you the chance to win $100.

It's so easy enter. Check out the details below. 

How to enter: There are 10 Instagram accounts. Follow one or all but the more accounts you follow the more entries you’ll receive. If you’re already a follower of an account, claim that entry! This giveaway starts October 20 at midnight EST and ends November 4 at 11:59 PM EST. Entrants must be USA residents and at least 18 years old. One winner will be randomly selected from all qualifying entries and contacted via the email they provide. The email will come from joannegreco at gmail. The winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. The prize is $100 in Paypal or Amazon online gift card, winner’s choice.
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