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                                                       Last Minute Traveling Advice
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                                                       Looking to fly somewhere for the holidays? If you haven’t booked a flight yet don’t
                                                       despair.
                                                       This year, the cheapest fares for the holidays aren’t going to the travelers who
      stAff                                            booked months in advance. Experts say they’ll go to those who can take advantage
                                                       of some last-minute deals. In previous years, the rule was nearly always the same:
                     Grady Gibbons
Community Manager:
                                                       Travelers who booked earliest got the cheapest fares and those who waited generally
Assistant Manager:  Fekisha Collins
Leasing Consultant: Vivian Parker
                                                       faced higher prices.
Service Manager: Ben Sullivan

Service Technician: Kendrick Champion                  Airfare search site Kayak predicts for Christmas travel this year, you should get the
Grounds: Sil Carver                                    cheapest flights if you book during the first week of December.. The average ticket
Courtesy Officer: Melvin Jordan                        price for travel around that time is about $433, which represents savings of about
                                                       six percent, on average. In July, when many planner-types started locking down
                                                       their winter plans, prices were as much as 27 percent higher than normal. For late
 MAke online                                           December travel, the deals are even better. The average winter holiday flight price
  PAyMent                                              has dropped by five percent over the last month. Of course, most travelers don’t
      CliCk HeRe tO gO tO                              want to risk waiting for a good deal over the holidays and risk not being able to
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                                                       afford a trip altogether. Airlines say that demand is solid, which means that a plan to
www.columnsapartments.com                              put off a ticket purchase could always backfire. But it can be worth taking a chance.
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                                                       Finally, when booking your flight remember that Tuesdays are generally the
MAintenAnCe                                            cheapest days to book; Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to fly, followed by
 ProbleMs?                                             Tuesday and Saturday. Early morning flights are generally the cheapest and provide
     FOR NON-eMeRgeNCy                                 an extra bonus during the holidays: they tend to be on-time more frequently too.
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 Pina Ghoulada                                                     How to Make the Holidays More Affordable
recipe from Hershey’s
Ingredients                                                       Save on Entertaining
     •   1 bag Hershey;s Kisses brand                             If you’re having a dinner
     •   Candy Cane Kisses                                        party, opt for a buffet.
     •   1/2 cup butter, softened
                                                                  Sit-down dinners are more
     •   1 cup granulated sugar
                                                                  time consuming to prepare
     •   1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
     •   1 egg                                                    and are more expensive.
     •   2 cups all purpose flour                                 Instead, host a brunch—it’s
     •   1/4 teaspoon salt                                        up to 40 percent cheaper than dinner, since foods
     •   1/4 teaspoon baking soda                                 like French toast and crepes are generally low-cost.
     •   2 tablespoons milk                                       Or think about throwing a party where you serve
     •   Red and Green colored sugar
                                                                  just appetizer-type bites and sweets. You’ll save at
Directions                                                        least 30 percent on the overall bill by skipping the
Preheat over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove wrappers from      entrée altogether.
candies (approx. 35 pieces)

Beat butter, sugar, vanilla, and egg in large bowl until          Save on Flowers
well blended. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; add      Stretch your holiday budget with arrangements
alternatively with milk to butter mixture, beating until well     that contain greens, like fir, pine, and juniper.
blended.
                                                                  They’re wonderfully aromatic and seasonally
Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in red and/or green colored   appropriate, and they can be half the cost of fresh
sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.                           flowers, since the trees grow in most states and are
                                                                  therefore readily available. Plus, they will probably
Bake 8 - 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and
                                                                  last around three weeks or more, compared with
cookies are set. Remove from oven; cool 2 to 3 minutes. Press
candy piece into center of each cookie. Remove from cookie        flowers, which wilt after five to seven days.
sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Yields approximately 35
cookies.                                                          Save on Wine
                                                                  People tend to stock up on wine and spirits at the
                                                                  closest store, but it may not have the best deals.
 Penguin Feet Craft                                               Go to wine-searcher.com (an inventory database of
                                                                  several thousand stores nationwide) and enter the
What you’ll need:
                                                                  wine’s name and your ZIP code to find the cheapest
    paper
                                                                  retailer in your area.
    black, white, and
    orange paint
    paint brush                                                   Save on Mailing Gifts
    glue                                                          Shipping rates are often determined by three
    googly eyes                                                   factors: a package’s size, weight, and destination.
                                                                  So if you can fit something into a small box, you
Directions:                                                       could spend less. Use a small to midsize flat-rate
  1. Paint your child’s foot black and stamp on the               U.S. Postal Service priority box ($5.20 to $11)
     paper. Allow to dry.                                         to send compact, heavy items (up to 70 pounds).
  2. Using your black paint, paint some wings on                  To keep any shipment as light as possible, use
     your penguin                                                 inexpensive packing peanuts or popcorn for
  3. Using your white paint, paint a body on your                 cushioning instead of paper, since they’re almost
     penguin                                                      weightless.
  4. Paint on an orange beak
  5. Glue on 2 googly eyes
Calendar             Acceptance of using Portals to pay rent has been overwhelming. We are so glad that we have
             been able to provide this convenience. Rolling out this service, however, we have discovered that the
             payment of rent via credit or debit card creates a significant additional cost for processing. Effective
             January 1, 2011 there will be a convenience fee if you choose to pay your rent via credit or debit card.
             No convenience fee will be charged if you use ACH to pay your rent via Portals.

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