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Home Living : December 6th 2011
HLW - HOME LIVING: WEST, Tuesday, December 6, 2011 1 TIS THE SEASON TO BE PREPARED HOW TO AVOID CHRISTMAS FUSS Janita Singh Be prepared and Christmas will be much less demanding. GET SMART Be a smart shopper and you'll not only to save money but stress. Start with the basics -- a shopping list to guide you through this silly season. Shop around Look through advertisements, flyers and brochures. Don't wait until a week away from Christmas to shop. Many pre-packed products can be bought now. Each time you do a normal grocery shop, buy few Christmas items on your shopping list. Shopping at discount shops is a smart way to save on things like decorations and household items. Second-hand shops also have good bargains. Food and entertainment When planning Christmas lunch or dinner, keep it simple. Have lots of fresh fruit drinks or fruit punch. Keep the food simple and casual. Cakes and biscuits can be prepared in large quantities ahead of time. So can dips and dressings. Outdoor barbecues always go down well. With a main course and lots of sides and salads, your food should be sorted in no time. PARTY SEASON CHRISTMAS brings with it cheer and challenges. Entertaining friends and family adds to the pressure. While we cannot avoid the fuss associated with Christ- mas traditions, we can be better prepared. Have a plan. Start with a list, work out a budget and make a few rounds of the shops and supermar- kets for ideas on entertainment and to check specials. Look at your home. It's time to get everything in order. Replace and revamp everything you may have neglected in the year. This is also a good excuse to invest in some new furniture or change those curtains and blinds. Add new cushions, rugs and throws for a fresh look. Before taking up any Christmas decorating projects, think of things that will make your guests feel right at home. If you have people over for Christmas lunch, ensure there is adequate seating. Add seating arrangements all over the house -- large floor cushions are a good investment for all those entertaining occasions. But your home is already too crowded, throw out anything not needed or pack and store away items from the last few seasons. Once you have worked out space, get on to your decorating projects. Christmas decorating can be as simple or as elaborate as your imagination. Seen any great ideas? Tell us at email@example.com SHOP WISELY Make informed and smart choices when shopping this festive season. Keep in mind not only what you're buying but the policies on refunds, warranties and guarantees. Always keep receipts. HAVE A GREEN CHRISTMAS This year think of ways you can have a greener Christmas. Wrap presents using recycled paper or brown paper bags and add a more vintage look to your present. Bake homemade treats as gifts. LIGHT UP THE HOUSE In addition to lighting your Christmas tree, go the extra mile and showcase some lighting on windows and outdoors. Outdoor decoration is an excellent way to get the whole family involved. Specialists in the manufacture, supply and installation of aluminium windows and doors Sydney wide Free no obligation measure and quote PHONE 9623 5611 Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.betaview.com.au 2176010i 1/3 IAN CUBITT S CLASSIC HOME IMPROVEMENTS MULTI-HIA AWARD WINNERS l LICENCE NO: 66902C CONCEPT DESIGN | COUNCIL APPROVAL | CONSTRUCTION | GROUND AND 1ST FLOOR EXTENSIONS Open 7 Days | 152 Russell Street, Emu Plains | www.classichomeimprovements.com.au BUILDER OF QUALITY EXTENSIONS Designed and built for your lifestyle 1300 721 150 2150313 1/11 ALL AREAS 9838 9090 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Lifetime Warranty www.justforyouwardrobes.com.au DESIGNED TO SUIT YOUR BUDGET Timber Coloured panel Painted Mirrored Sliding p Hinged Built-inWardrobe SPECIALISTS JUST FOR YOU WARDROBES PTY.LTD Y Lic. 185684C 2174088K wk5 MANUFACTURER DIRECT QUALITY PRODUCTS AT TRADE PRICES 2/52 Alfred Rd, Chipping Norton (opp Mack Trucks) CALL TODAY 1300 302 822 www.maverickrollerproducts.com.au ROLLER SHUTTERS L Domestic Roller Shutters L Shopfront Roller Shutters L Pergola Roller Shutters L Heavy Duty Extruded Shutters L 10 Year Written Warranty L Fast Professional Installation by Qualified Tradesman L Reduce Heating & Cooling Bills L Deter Burglars L Reduce Noise L Storm Protection FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Lic No 196633C WE SERVICE MOST BRANDS OF SHUTTERS 2123814i 17/5 Showroom & Factory: Fax: 77 Larra St, Yennora 9632 1399 Specialising in Shopfront & Domestic Roller Shutters SAVE $$$ - FACTORY DIRECT PRICES Master Lic:408646770 Roller Shutters Shopfront Shutters Stainless Steel Doors Automatic Garage Doors FREE MEASURE & QUOTES Call 9632 1111 www.burwoodshutters.com.au 5% OFF YOUR LOWEST GENUINE PRICE Window Shutters Safety Doors Window Grilles Automatic Gates 2061737i hlw wk15
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