Holiday Shopping Tips

By Kedisha Jack

Holiday shopping is here and our heads are filled with getting the best deals on all these high gadgets, but don’t be fooled you might end up overpaying on these so-called fantastic bargains. You can miss out on deals by not doing your research. Here are some tips that can help you out on this shopping holiday.


START EARLY – Black Friday has turned into a whole month of deals and savings, and online retailers also regularly update prices throughout the event. You’ll need to keep track of the deals that lead up to Black Friday.

LOYALTY – Many stores have loyalty services that offer great deals to members first and then let them get more rewards when they buy. You’ll be getting great promotions, coupons, and discounts. You can even find out whether the products you want are in stock or eligible to buy online or for pick up at the store option, which saves you on shipping.

STICK WITH YOUR BUDGET – Decide before Black Friday how to spend your money. Try buying with cash this year to see whether you have self-control, and maybe if you are sufficiently disciplined, buy with a credit card that doubles the manufactured warranty, then pay off before any interest occurs.


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BE SOCIAL- Facebook and Twitter have retailers that will give out great deals and of course, it helps you share with your friends too. On your phone, you can also download apps that can price match and give you better deals then you get at the store. But be careful, There are some fake apps that say that they are a well-known retailer, so be on the lookout.

CREATE A LIST: Making a list helps you out, so you won’t spend blindly. Shopping without a list makes you sometimes overspend on things that are not necessarily needed, and there are times when you actually forget what you needed.

CHECK STORE POLICIES: Retailer somewhat tweak their return policy during the holidays. Some might extend and others will restrict and be sure to save your receipts because you’ll never know when you need them.

These are the common tips that you’ll need to know in order to shop through the holidays. If you have any tips, leave them in the comments below.

WhenToBasics: When to Celebrate Holidays

(Warning: This article is satirical. If you don’t know what that means, you probably shouldn’t read it.)

By Michael Mann

I am making this list because I have noticed people were having trouble telling when to celebrate holidays. On this article, I will explain when it is appropriate to celebrate the major U.S. holidays, Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Valentines Day, Thanksgiving, St. Patric’s Day, Christmas, and New Years.

Valentine’s Day


The symbol for marketi— I mean love.  Source: National Geographic Kids

Ahh, Valentine’s day, the one day of where you tell your significant other that you love them. Celebrated February 14th of every year, right? Well, you are, unfortunately, right. It should be celebrated every day. Why dedicate a holiday to tell someone you love them when you should do that every day of every year for the rest of your life? Same with Mother’s Day, if you love your mother, why not just tell her every freaking day that you appreciate her! I mean the only reason either of these holidays exists is so you give your money to companies to buy a useless trinket that your mother/significant other will forget about in a week.


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Easter is very easy to tell when you celebrate, it will be held on the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox, very simple people, come on, it’s so easy people!

Fourth of July

The only holiday where a 100 dollars gets you roughly 5 minutes of entertainment.  Source

Believe it or not, this is a very common misconception. Fourth of July is obviously celebrated, say it with me, ON THE 26th OF JANUARY! It’s the same day every single year come on people, what is so hard about knowing that we celebrate our country’s birth on the twenty-sixth of January, I mean people literally blow stuff up all night long.



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Pretty much everyone knows when to celebrate this, every single day of October except for the 31st. Like yeah, Captain Obvious here, but there are still a few people who celebrate Halloween only on the 31st. Weirdos.



Thanksgiving Turkey
Look at those eyes, he is practically asking you to gut him and (read this as Homer Simpson) fill him with a delectable, cornbread, pork sausage meat, onion, celery, salt, pepper, and other spices and herbs, mix. Source: Artsygal 13

A lot of people have been celebrating this day on the fourth Thursday of November. Well that is no longer the case. It has been changed to the 31st of February of each year, spread the word, even though I think everyone knows it already.


So good you don’t mind making the gingerbread people homeless, before eating them of course. Source: Eckert’s

And we move onto the absolute best holiday of them all, St. Patr… I mean Christmas. Lately, people have actually been celebrating this correctly from October 31st to December 25th. Props to you guys.

New Year’s Day

Yeah “happy.” Source: Happy Holidays!

“New Year’s Day, wonder what stupid answer he’s going to give in hopes of making us laugh?” you may ask. Well, read on and find out instead of asking questions to yourself. We celebrate New Year’s Day on New Year’s Eve. Before you hate comment and call me an idiot (which you may do regardless), think about this. People party, waiting for the new year to come, and once it comes, guess what happens… THE PARTIES END. Seriously, all New Year parties I’ve ever gone to ended around an hour after midnight.

For those people who drink certain drinks (I won’t say what drinks in case a kid is reading this), you party until you barf, and then join in on the 10-second countdown, sometimes light fireworks, then party for maybe an extra hour. After it’s all said and done, you go home and sleep until 12:00 in the afternoon. You then spend the rest of that day trying to remember what happened the prior night and that’s it. No more parties relating to a new year until next New Year’s Eve.

If you’re wondering, yes, I actually think this list has some truth to when people typically celebrate holidays. Seriously, I can almost guarantee that you started to celebrate Halloween the second the clock struck 12:00 A.M. on October 1st.  Maybe you also decided to celebrate it on the 31st. Either way, this is all satirical, so as long as you got halfway entertained (or irritated), my job has been fulfilled.

Things Are Getting Spooky

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By Jacob Stone

It’s Halloween and you know what that means… It’s about to great real spooky up in here. Halloween is one of my most favorite holidays next to Christmas. It’s my favorite because of all the interesting costumes I get to see. I think Halloween brings the creativity out in everyone as they try to make the spookiest costumes and yards around. My favorite song in the entire world is actually Halloween related; it’s called spooky scary skeletons. I also love spookhouses because you guessed it…their spoooooooky, and they make you feel like you’re part of a full-fledged horror movie. I’d love to hear the reasons everybody else likes Halloween so don’t be afraid to share your opinions on the holiday.

Terrible Halloween Costumes

By Michael Mann

Halloween, one of the most joyous holidays for kids,  is a time where you can show how much you like someone/something by dressing up as them for one day a year (without looking like a total weirdo) and get rewarded with candy. You mostly come across really good looking costumes, but sometimes you may come across a horrible costume, which makes you wonder why someone would allow their kids to dress like that, this article will be showcasing my picks for the worst costumes of all time, in no particular order.

The Minion Costume

The minions are perhaps the most annoying yet loveable movie characters of all time, so of course, you’ll see a kid, maybe even an adult, dressed as one. Minions costumes usually look really good, but this is not usual…

minionsFor the low price of $26.48 you can be the kid made fun in the neighborhood for months after Halloween. I mean look at it, even the model has the, “why” look. How is this considered a costume, it looks like the kid is just advertising for the Despicable Me and Minions movies.

Road Kill

I have no words other than just why. Why would any kid want to dress as a possum with its organs hanging out with skid marks all over their body?

This is what I’m imagining the conversation to make this costume was like…           “Hmm… Halloween is coming and we need to bank on little kids wanting new costumes,” said the CEO, “what do kids like?”                                                                                         “Animals and driving,” said one of the yes-men. “So, why don’t we combine them?”         “Excellent idea, kids are stupid. Let’s create a road-kill costume.”


Ramen Noodle Costume


Yeah, this is a real costume selling for $32.87 at Walmart. This goes back to what I said about the minion costume. It’s an advertisement for a company that doesn’t even exist. Who would pay $32.87 for this? Usually, people would pay you to wear this! But as I mentioned earlier this is not usual. I said this list wasn’t in any order but this is the absolute WORST Halloween costume of all time.

There are many more horrible costumes that are inappropriate to put on this site if you want to see more just look up “horrible Halloween costumes,” and go through images, they’re plenty, trust me.  You’ll find them as soon as you search them. Seriously,  you will see what I mean. Search at your own risk.





Let’s Go Spookhousing!

By: Mabely Teodocio

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As you all may know October is coming which means Halloween, pumpkins, costumes, and SPOOKHOUSES! If you know what someone means when they say, “let’s go spookhousing!” Then you must know how much fun they are.

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A spook-house is a fictional haunted house, whose theme changes every year, and it involves many actors covered in makeup and blood that are there to “spook” you. There is usually a trail you follow, and along the way, actors jump out of nowhere and scare you. In some, they even make you sign a contract where it says that they can scare you by touching you; however, in most spookhouses, that is not the case.

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Every year a few spookhouses open up around Southwest Missouri. Many people from around here, go to these events with their friends and family. As a matter of fact, our school usually creates their own spook-house here in the county! Many people come to get spooked by the students involved in Project Graduation.

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The Twisted Forest

This one is mine and many of my friends’ favorite. This is located in Joplin, Missouri. You start off in a room in which you watch a trailer of the theme that it has that year. Last year, it was about a cannibal family, and this year it will be a freak-show theme. Then you begin to walk the twisted forest, literally. Along the trail, you encounter and have to go through many different buildings. All of them are different. They open this Friday, the September 29. General Admission to this Spookhouse is $25. If you are a big fan of scary stuff and like getting spooked, then I recommend you to go to this one, but don’t get lost in the woods!

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Nightmares Haunted House 

This one is in Bentonville, Arkansas, it is the highest rated haunted house in the area. It all started with a family who enjoyed telling scary stories on a hayride. They began getting more people involved, and it soon turned to 200-300 people going every weekend. You start off on a scary bus ride that feels like a roller-coaster because of the crazy bus driver. During the ride, there is a movie playing, and then eventually,  you arrive at the haunted house. Last year, their theme involved clowns. They have yet to make it clear what their theme is this year, but I’m sure it will be great! General Admission to this spookhouse is $20. Want to ride the scary bus and experience the haunted house?Opening day is also this Friday!


Easter Sunday


Easter Sunday is almost here so get your bag ready to pick up some plastic eggs and eat chocolate bunnies. The reason Americans celebrate this will probably surprise many people but not all. Many Christians celebrate this to celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection on each Sunday. The Sunday people celebrate this celebration is based on the ecclesiastical approximation of the March equinox. Like we all know in the U.S people hide eggs and children compete to find the most plastic eggs. Of course not just the U.S celebrates this Easter Sunday, countries such as Brazil, Hungary, France, Spain, Sweden, Greece, Italy, and Germany celebrate this too. Although they may be celebrated differently to what we know as the Easter we are used to. Customs all around the world are really surprising. In Hungary boys sprinkle perfume, cologne or water over a young woman’s head, and ask for a kiss, in Spain 52 different religious brotherhoods parade through the streets manifesting the crucifixion, in Sweden children dress up as Easter witches wearing long skirts, colorful headscarves and painted red cheeks and go from home to home in their neighborhoods trading paintings and drawings in the hope of receiving sweets, In Bulgaria they don’t hide eggs they throw them, they organize  egg fights  and whoever comes out of the game with an unbroken egg is the winner and assumed to be the most successful member of the family in the coming year. All around the world there are all traditions that differ from us. Easter Sunday should be a day to have fun and be with the ones you love just like any other holiday we celebrate.


St. Patrick’s Day


By Jarely Rea

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here, just around the corner of March. The day everyone dresses in green and looks for a four-leaf clover most of the day. You’ll be surprised to hear that the first parade ever recorded was not in Ireland, but in the U.S in New York city. With a sizable amount of Irish immigrants in the mid-nineteenth century, the celebration became widespread throughout the country. What began as a religious day for a patron saint (from Ireland) has become an international festival celebrating Irish cultures with parties, dances, special foods, parades, and the color greenWhat’s been celebrated for about 400 years ago has again become a worldwide celebration.

This celebration is meant to celebrate a missionary that converted most of Ireland’s people  to Christianity somewhere around the fifth century. This man was born in Britain to a wealthy family around the end of the fourth century, and at 16, he was taken prisoner  by a group of Irish raiders and transported to Ireland where he spent six years in captivity and where he worked as a shepherd outside alone away from other people. Isolated and lonely he turned to his religion for comfort where he became a devout Christian. It’s believed that he would dream of converting people to Christianity. St.Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over the world in all parts of the world. You’d be surprised to hear some of the countries that celebrate this custom including: Canada, Italy, Scotland, U.S.A, New Zealand, Spain, England, Greece, Japan, Australia, Argentina, and of course Ireland too.