Holiday traveling tips

Posted by DirectBuy

Nov 21, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Holidays are meant to be spent with family, and despite the ice and snow, many people will brace the cold weather to travel home for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s with their loved ones. Whether you’re flying across the country or driving on a short day trip, here are some helpful holiday traveling tips:

  • Plan for the worst: Always be ready for the unexpected. With bad weather delaying flights and clogging up highways, it’s smart to prepare an alternate route and pack plenty of entertainment and snacks to keep yourself or the kids happy and satisfied.
  • Avoid checking bags: Take the hassle out of flying by packing light for the holiday weekend. Avoid having to wait for luggage after a flight, too! Make sure to pack at least a change of clothes, medications and important documents in your carry on, just in case the airline loses your luggage. Pro Tip: Ship all of your gifts.
  • Avoid peak days and times: If you’re driving, try to leave early in the morning or late at night. If you’re flying, avoid booking flights on peak days like the day before Thanksgiving.
  • Properly equip your car: Winter driving can be dangerous, so it’s important to keep a winter safety kit in your car in case of an emergency. Your kit should include an ice scraper, jumper cables, tow rope, sand to aid in traction, blankets, flashlights and a car charger for your phone.
  • Proper luggageThe right piece of luggage can make all the difference during your travels. From wheeled luggage to garment bags, DirectBuy has a large collection of luggage to fit your needs.

DirectBuy offers a wide array of products, from home appliances and furniture to electronics and home décor items. Learn more about all of the benefits of membership by visiting your local club or by calling 1-800-320-3462. Share your holiday traveling photos with us on Facebook!

 

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Thanksgiving 101: Tips for hosting a Thanksgiving feast

Posted by DirectBuy

Nov 20, 2014 4:46:09 PM

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner for friends and family can be stressful. As you plan an extravagant meal for multiple guests, remember to prep your kitchen and clean your home. Enjoy a stress-free Thanksgiving by following these helpful party-hosting tips:

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Topics: holiday entertaining

Best cookware and serveware to have handy for Thanksgiving dinner

Posted by DirectBuy

Nov 14, 2014 9:00:00 AM

It’s the holiday season and that means homemakers are scrambling around the house to tidy up for guests. If you are hosting Thanksgiving or Christmas, chances are good that a large dinner will be involved.  The right cookware and serveware can make your life a lot easier, so after accounting for pots and pans, cutlery, utensils, cutting boards and everyday kitchen essentials, here’s a rundown of the specific cookware and serveware items you’ll be happy to have this holiday season.

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Spruce up your home for Thanksgiving with these simple décor additions

Posted by DirectBuy

Nov 13, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Before you put up the Christmas tree and snow graces the streets, celebrate the fall season just a little while longer by placing beautiful Thanksgiving decorations around the house. Thanksgiving décor creates a harvest-like environment for your Thanksgiving meal. Whether you’re celebrating with friends or family, a collection of seasonal decorations is sure to set the tone. Here are a few decoration ideas:

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Topics: holiday entertaining

Get ready for Thanksgiving with simple kitchen prep

Posted by DirectBuy

Nov 12, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and that means it's the time of year for family gatherings and crammed kitchens. Instead of scrambling at the last minute to make room for Auntie Carol’s special gravy, set aside some time for pre-holiday kitchen prep and you'll have a stress-free and memorable holiday.

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Topics: kitchens

How does DirectBuy’s Travel Program Work?

Posted by DirectBuy

Nov 11, 2014 4:30:00 PM

Our latest offering to members is the DirectBuy Travel Program, which provides members amazing deals on vacation packages, movie tickets, resort stays, spa treatments, cruises and much more! 

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Topics: travel

Learn how to clean a bathroom from the toilet to the grout

Posted by DirectBuy

Nov 7, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Although the bathroom is where you go to clean yourself up on a daily basis, it’s also one of the most germ-filled rooms in your home. It's important to clear soap scum from the shower, wipe toothpaste dribbles from the sink, and scrub away grout stains and grime from the toilet bowl as often as possible. Achieve a deep clean and learn how to clean a bathroom without grossing yourself out with these tips.

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The history of Black Friday

Posted by DirectBuy

Nov 6, 2014 9:30:00 AM

On Black Friday, crowds of shoppers flood to retail stores at 4 or 5 in the morning to receive significant discounts on commercial goods. Since the late 19th century, the day after Thanksgiving has been the official start to the Christmas and Christmas shopping season. In fact, there was once an unwritten rule barring retail stores from advertising holiday sales prior to Thanksgiving. Although the advertising has since changed, the day after Thanksgiving still marks the official start to the shopping season.

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Is free shipping really free?

Posted by DirectBuy

Nov 5, 2014 11:37:00 AM

Many online retailers offer free shipping as a perk to entice shoppers to place an order, but what does it really cost the average consumer? The Wall Street Journal recently addressed this issue and found that numerous retailers have raised the minimum purchase needed to qualify for free shipping. Among those retailers are giants like Amazon, Best Buy and Gap.

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Top home improvements you can make during the winter

Posted by DirectBuy

Nov 5, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Don’t let the cold weather keep you from making game-changing home improvements. Winter is a great time to truly focus on your home’s interior, make updates and change the look of rooms where you’ll spend the most time during the season. Whether you’re adjusting to an empty nest or looking to create a more comfortable room where your kids can play and the family can relax, here are some of the best home improvements you can make this winter.

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Topics: home improvement

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