LOMBARDIA

Venue: Bergamo, Milano, Varenna, Belaggio Lens: Nikkor 50 mm f/1.4 Music: J-Ax – Maria Salvador (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yrtpl9aDDrk) This spring, for Easter weekend, I travelled to Italy in order to visit a modern art exhibition in Milano, the capital of Lombardy. Apart from the exhibition (coming soon in a separate art post) we had time to visit […]

via Weekend in Lombardia — kirilson photography

New York LAGUARDIA (LGA) Airport

American Airlines customers will enjoy an improved experience at New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA) starting December 9, 2017 when the carrier consolidates its operations to one terminal. Upon the move, all American flights from LGA will be located in Terminal B. Since December 2013, flights have been split between Terminals B and C. This consolidated […]

via American Airlines to consolidate operations at New York’s LaGuardia Airport — World Airline News

Holiday Shopping This Year?! Tips!

Holiday Shopping?! Quick Tips on Saving this Year Friendly Reminders

Start saving Early. There’s no better time than the present to start saving money for the holidays. No matter when you start saving, think about opening a holiday savings account that you can deposit money into all year. 

Set a realistic budget. Figure out exactly how much money you have to spend. And don’t forget to factor in wrapping paper, holiday cards and postage. The little extras that are often forgotten are just the things that can throw your entire budget off track if you’re not careful.

Make your holiday shopping list. After your budget has been set and you’ve started saving, it’s a good idea to create a list of everyone you intend to buy for. Don’t forget to include items like hostess gifts for parties you’ll attend, a gift for your boss and that family gift exchange you’re included in year after year. It also may be smart to purchase a few small gifts for surprise visitors or a last-minute party. Once you’ve made your list, keep it handy so you can refer to it often. The list will help you stay on track and keep you from forgetting anyone. 

Do your homework. There’s nothing worse than buying a gift at full price, only to see that another retailer is selling it cheaper. Before you hit the stores, do your homework and compare prices for the gifts you know you want to buy. From newspaper ads to online shopping that offers free shipping and other holiday deals, do your research and create a “plan of attack” to help your money stretch.

Count down to the holidays. There’s no better motivation to get your holiday shopping done on time than to make a countdown to the holidays and put it somewhere you can see it. That way you’ll always know exactly how long you have to finish shopping and get gifts wrapped and sent, if needed.

Get a head start. It’s much easier to make smart choices with your money when you’re not waiting until the last minute to shop. Procrastinating only promotes rushed shopping, overspending and buyer’s remorse as the guilt of going over budget sets in. So, get a head start and begin your holiday shopping early enough to take your time and make smart choices.

Be thoughtful. When in doubt about a gift to give, get creative and be thoughtful. Think about your most cherished gifts throughout the years. They’re probably some of the most thoughtful gifts you’ve received. For instance, a scrapbook of shared memories or an appreciation book may take a little more effort or time, but they’re certainly thoughtful and creative. And they’re often less expensive, too.

If all else fails, give a gift card. If you’ve had trouble finding the perfect gift or you simply run out of time, give the gift that everyone’s sure to enjoy. A gift card is the ideal gift for anyone on your holiday shopping list. 

Make a payoff plan. If you were able to save some money throughout the year to help lighten the financial burden when the holidays roll around, great. If not, make a plan to pay off the money you’ve spent once the new year arrives. It’s important that you set a financial strategy that works for you and your budget.

Ready, set, shop. After you’ve made your list, set your budget and done your homework, you’re ready to shop until you drop. It’s a great feeling to hit up the stores you need and start checking items off your list. And remember, the holidays are a great time to take advantage of price-match guarantees, free shipping and other end-of-year deals. 

These holiday shopping and savings tips are sure to help you slow down and enjoy the holidays for what they’re meant to be – a special time to spend with your loved ones. Avoid holiday hassle by finding a bank that offers the flexibility you need to help keep all of your finances in order - during the holidays and the rest of the year.

Happy Holiday Shopping!!!

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Venice on a Budget

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Boy, this has been a long time coming! I planned and executed my first solo trip, first weekend trip, and first excursion to Venice, Italy in January of this year and am just now getting around to this post. Whoops. Venice is one of those places that everyone with the means and motive should absolutely go to visit someday, […]

via Venice, Italy: A Budget Guide — Sweater Giraffe Travels

Seafood Lover?

Here are ways to achieve sustainable growth in aquaculture to meet the demands of protein and population.

via 4 Ways We Are Achieving Sustainable Growth In Aquaculture — When Women Inspire

Art, Architecture, Barcelona

Everyone who is interested in arts and architecture, should definitely visit Barcelona! Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí and Antoni Gaudí are all amazing artists and had a tremendous impact on Barcelona’s tourist industry. Today, I will be sharing with you my favourite places and museums in Barcelona, where you can take great photographs and enjoy creative […]

via Barcelona’s famous artworks – 72 Hours in Barcelona #2 — Aperture