Christmas Decorations in a Shopping Mall.

How to Have a Successful Black Friday

Christmas Decorations in a Shopping Mall.

While there’s a lot of craziness going on during Black Friday sales, it’s often the first time to see the season’s holiday decorations.

 

It’s the biggest shopping day of the year and it’s right around the corner. How can you avoid too much bustle and traffic and cash in on the deals? Follow this advice for a successful Black Friday.

 

Plan Ahead

For the best Black Friday results, you’ll want to do your research ahead of time. Learn what sales are where and during what time. Then, prioritize. Much to many a shopper’s dismay, no one can be two places at once, so you may have to choose. Unless, of course, you can rely on teamwork and follow the next bit of advice.

 

Split Up

Half of the fun of Black Friday shopping can be going with a group. However, desperate times call for desperate measures, and if there are two bargains you don’t want to miss, split up to make both sales. Afterwards, you can rejoin over a relaxing coffee break and celebrate your successfully efficient plan.

 

Make the Bad Parts Fun

No one is particularly fond of waiting in long lines or driving in chaotic traffic. Keep the spirits high by coming prepared for these conditions. Bring a fun playlist to listen to in the car and some magazines or game books to look at while waiting in line. Pack a few snacks, as well. No one likes a “hangry” shopper!

Girl holding candy in a pumpkin with the words - trick or treat

Halloween Car Decorations: Inspiration & Ideas

Girl holding candy in a pumpkin with the words - trick or treat

Make the most of Halloween by not only dressing yourself in costume, but also dressing up your car.

 

Decorating your car is a fun way to celebrate Halloween and show off your creative side. Whatever kind of car you drive, we’ve got Halloween car decorations’ ideas for you.

Decorating Trucks and SUVs

SUVs and trucks offer a lot of versatility when it comes to car decorations, because these are the cars you can make whole scenes within the trunk or bed. You can turn your truck bed into a graveyard with headstones and skeletons, for instance, or go a little more cheerful and create a seascape or pumpkin patch. There are all kinds of options, so check out some of these cool ideas!

Decorating a Car

If you drive a sedan or something smaller, you can still set up something in your trunk, or you could decorate the outside of the car. Some people get car-safe paint to spill over their hood in imitation of blood, with fake arms and chunks of flesh to really set the scene.

And since Pokemon is so hot right now, think about attaching ears or tails to your car to represent your favorite, like many do with reindeer horns during the holidays! A flaming tale on your red car for Charmander or a shell strapped to your blue car’s roof for Squirtle would definitely impress the neighborhood kids when they come by for trick or treat.

Back to School Car Maintenance

Back to School Car Maintenance to Complete Before the Semester Starts

Back to School Car Maintenance

Get your car in tip-top shape before you go back to school!

 

It’s that time of year again: back to school season. And as you know, with back to school season comes back to school car maintenance. So, before you start the school year, you will want your car to be in top shape.

Here is a list of some routine maintenance to keep in mind:

  • If your car is due for an oil change, now is the time to make an appointment.
  • Consult your owner’s manual to discover the optimal tire pressure, and see to it that your tires match that amount.
  • Make sure that both your air conditioning and heating are working properly, especially if you haven’t used one in a while.
  • Fill up your windshield wiper fluid reservoir with fresh fluid.
  • And lastly, consider stocking your vehicle with a first-aid kit if you haven’t already, as well as some fresh water.

To meet with someone in our service department or, of course, to take a new vehicle out for a spin, contact us anytime at Jimmy Michel Motors.

Holiday Travel Tips For the Season

Family Traveling

Planning instead of procrastinating is key to our holiday travel tips.

Thanksgiving has come and gone which means Christmas is right around the corner. After that is New Year’s Eve. That means many people will be traveling. Traveling during the holidays doesn’t have to be stressful, not if you take these holiday travel tips from us here at Jimmy Michel Motors, anyway!

  1. Don’t Procrastinate. Procrastination will only lead to stress. If you put off booking a flight until the week before you need to leave, you may not get a flight at all. Avoid putting off packing as well or you’re more likely to forget something. Lastly, make housing arrangements before arriving at your destination. Dropping in on your in-laws isn’t the best way to gain their favor.
  2. Travel Early or Late. When booking a flight, schedule for either early in the morning or late at night. Most people tend to fly during the middle of the day so by booking at either of those times, you’ll face less crowds. That means a smoother time going through security and making it to your gate on time.
  3. Plan Ahead. If you’re only bringing clothes in your bags, consider mailing them to your destination. Many airlines charge extra fees for every bag checked. That number can run into the hundreds if you aren’t careful.

Where are you headed for the holidays?

Alternatives to a Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! For families all across the country this means there will be a picture-picture roast turkey as the dinner centerpiece. But, what can you do if you don’t like turkey? Here are some great and delicious alternatives to a Thanksgiving turkey.

Thanksgiving meal

The bird doesn’t have to be the word with these alternatives to a Thanksgiving turkey

  • Pork. If your family prefers pork, there are numerous ways to cook it that will not only be delicious and crowd pleasing.
    • Crown Roast of Pork. For a dish that is truly the centerpiece and more than picture-worthy, try a pork crown roast. With just a little bit of preparation, you can enjoy this majestic dish.
    • Slowroasted pork. With this method, you’ll have meat that is so tender it is falling off the bone. Add some fruit, like cranberries or kumquats for a delightful fall feast.
  • Poultry. Even if you don’t like turkey, you can still have other poultry for Thanksgiving.
    • Perfect Roast Chicken. You can still get that traditional look of a roast turkey, but on a smaller scale with a chicken. And, since it’s smaller, it won’t take as long to cook.
    • Cornish Game Hens. These tiny birds have a delicious rich flavor. These would be ideal for a small group Thanksgiving and you could cook one bird for every one to two people.
  • Non-meat. If your family is vegetarian, try these meat-free options for a wonderful Thanksgiving meal.
    • Butternut Squash and Sage Lasagna. This delightful pasta dish uses fall flavors for a wonderful combination.
    • Wild Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna. Another great fall dish that will surely wow your guests is this lasagna packed with flavor.

What is your preferred main dish for Thanksgiving?