Nov 172017
 
Tips for Getting the Most Out of Black Friday Shopping

Tips for Getting the Most Out of Black Friday Shopping

When you go Black Friday shopping, keep these guidelines in mind for making your best decisions.

Buy Discounted Gift Cards

The website Raise sells gift cards at a discount, which gets you free money that you can use during your shopping trip. Stock up and take full advantage.

Sign Up for Mailing Lists

The best coupons get sent out behind the scenes to subscribed customers. By signing up for mailing lists, you not only get in on the ground floor for exclusive deals, but you’ll be the first to get the best deals with coupons.

Make a Shopping List—And a Plan

When you make your shopping list, make sure you’re also prioritizing which gifts you need the most, have backup plans in case they’re sold out, and know where to get the best deals on what.

Price Check Before You Buy

While you’re out on Black Friday, have your list in one hand and your phone in the other so that you can quickly and easily check the prices of the same product in other stores. Online retailers may often offer the best prices, and some stores will even provide price matches if you can compare their in-store price to that of an online outlet.

Shop Online

If you’re not one for the Black Friday rush, stay home and take advantage of deals online instead. Cyber Monday is becoming every bit as big a time to grab deals as Black Friday, and you don’t even have to leave your couch to save.

Watch for Late-Shopper Deals

Are you a late sleeper? Retailers want you shopping all day long, so many will offer new deals later in the day.

Use Reusable Shopping Bags, Not Carts

It’s hard to maneuver with bulky shopping carts, so make use of reusable bags instead. This makes you more limber and less cumbersome, like a lean, mean shopping machine.

Follow a Budget

This is a big one. No matter how good a deal is, you should be staying under budget. Don’t let your eyes get bigger than your stomach or you will have a heck of a credit card bill to reckon with at the start of 2018.

Black Friday shopping can be overwhelming, but if you have a plan, like Hurlbert Toyota suggests, you’ll feel much better about your decision to brave it.

Jun 172016
 

Summer is in full swing. If you’re a parent, this means you are probably spending a lot of time in the car heading from one summertime event to the next. Here are a few summer essentials for your car to make sure your summer rolls smoothly on.

summer essentials for your car

Vehicle Must-haves

  • Sun protection. The summer rays from the sun can be brutal. Keep a stash of sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats in your car to prevent you and the kids from getting burned.
  • Window shade. Nobody likes climbing into a sweltering car after a hot day in the sun. Use a window shade in your front window to block some of the heat and help your car cool off faster.
  • Water bottles. Keep a stash of reusable water bottles in the car to keep everyone hydrated. Add a few cardboard juice boxes in case you can’t find a water fountain.
  • Heat resistant snacks. Kids seem to be perpetually hungry, especially when they’re running around playing all summer. Keep snacks, such as graham crackers, granola bars (without chocolate), nuts, and other foods that won’t melt in your car.
  • Paper towels. You’re going to need to clean up a spill at some point, so be ready by keeping a roll of paper towels in your car.

What are some of your summer essentials that you keep in your car?

Apr 152016
 

family hiking trails near Epping, NH

Are you an avid hiker in the Epping, New Hampshire area, or new to the hobby? Luckily, we have some of the best hiking trails in the region! Thanks to TrailLink, there are ratings and maps for most of the trails present. Pick the distance that you would like to hike, and see which ones will give you the greatest views of the Epping-area natural landscape.

  • Amesbury Riverwalk – Essex, MA
    • This 1.3 mile hike is perfect for a relatively short walk through the wooded area along some former rail lines. With a rich history, this is a great stop to feel connected to the past!
  • Conway Branch – Carroll, NH
    • Between summer hikes and winter snowmobile-riders, this path is usually pretty busy! All 21 miles are very active when there is a ton of snow, which just makes it more fun.
  • Eastern Trail – Cumberland & York counties
    • With free parking areas near most entrances, this enormous trail system can lead to some amazing journeys. The entire network is 2,900 miles, so you can definitely pick whatever distance you feel like hiking that day.
  • Windham Rail Trail – Rockingham county, NH
    • Scenic only begins to describe this hike – the views are great, abundant wildlife, and historical 19th-century sawmill. It’s just about 4 miles long, so it’s great for a morning hike.

Remember, whenever you’re hiking, stay safe at all times. Hike with a buddy, and don’t forget to bring snacks and water! Even a short hike can take a lot of energy, so it’s best to be prepared. Always follow the trail rules, like not hiking while it’s dark – it can be very hard to see the hiking trails, and you don’t want to get lost!

Feb 192016
 

parking lot safety tips

Going to the store can be a hassle. Once you make it through the aisles to find everything you need, finding an open checkout lane can be difficult if the store is busy. Before all that, though, there’s the hassle of finding a parking space. While you should be focusing on driving, looking for an open parking space usually takes priority once you enter the lot. We here at Hurlbert Toyota have a few parking lot safety tips to help you both as a driver and a pedestrian.

  1. Make Yourself Visible. Making sure other drivers can see you is a priority, especially in the dark. Wear bright colors and try not to walk between cars too often. When driving, keep an eye out for pedestrians as they can often come out of what seems like thin air.
  2. Slow Down. While you may be in a rush, you’ll have to spend more time at the store if you hit (or are hit by) someone or something. Avoid an accident or injury by obeying the speed limit (10 to 20 mph) and keeping yourself visible.
  3. Back In. Pulling forward is many times easier than backing out. As a result, it’s smart to back into a space or pull all the way through. Doing so will give you better visibility when it comes time to leave the store.
Nov 202015
 

Whether Thanksgiving will be hosted at your house or you’re travelling, it tends to be a stressful time of year. If you want to help lessen some of that anxiety, here are a few tips on how to have a stress-free Thanksgiving.

How to have a stress-free Thanksgiving

  • Play it safe. If you love to cook, you might want to try some adventurous new recipes, but everyone is expecting the classic dishes like mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and turkey. And, when cooking a new recipe, you never really know how it’s going to turn out. Just stick with what you know and everyone loves for a classic Thanksgiving feast.
  • Delegate. You really don’t have to do all the cooking by yourself. Ask guests to bring their favorite dishes, or you can even request a specific dish for them to make.
  • Work ahead. Make as much food ahead of time as you can. Bread and pie crust can be made weeks ahead and kept in the freezer, and you can always make your non-refrigerated pies a day or two in advance. Be sure to clean out the fridge and freezer so you have plenty of space.
  • Plan. Make sure you know how many people are coming and when, and make sure you make a schedule for what you need to cook, when.
  • Take a break/ask for help. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a break. Thanksgiving will still be there even if you burn the rolls. And, don’t forget that there are plenty of people who are likely more than willing to lend you a hand.

How will you handle your holiday stress this year?