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i6a.n~ 12 DA.c 13. 2001 .Ouad City H~mld Wm. E. Vallance photo as they drive past his reel in the Ouad City area. Snowman, reindeer, icicles lights, colored s Mike Lambert checks the ligMs on his holiday greeting that addresses motorist in Pateros. With only eleven days left until Christmas morning, the holiday decorations are abond lights and Christmas trees are a few of the holiday decorations treating sightseers. By 2001 holiday survey shows that The holiday shopping season is in average American plans to spend 37% full swing. How are you coping? less on holiday gifts this year-- $773, Budget-challenged? down from $1,220 last year. Create a plan you can live with. "'We're seeing people get more Haveyoudevelopedabudget?Know vigilant about paying down debt. For who's on your gift list? If you are like some, it's a mission," Rhode said. more than half of us, youhaven't done While some Americans are paring either of the above. Only one person in back on shopping, that's not the story six actually budgets for spending, forall.Otherstmntoshoppingtobring according to Consolidated Credit normalcy to life and to help soothe Counseling Services. There's still time them in these uncertain times. to make a plan. "Despite cutbacks and job layoffs, It looks as if we won't be spending people may have the urge to be more quite as much this year. Steve Rhode, extravagant, charging up their credit president and co-founder of cardsforgiftsandentertainingtobring, a nonprofit agency that joy and a sense that life is going to be counselspeoplein financial crisis, says OK," says Howard Dvorkin, president that more people are hoiding on to their of Consolidated Credit Counseling cash. Services, a nonprofit organization that The past three years, his organization helps people solve money management has polled Americans around the and debt problems. holidays to gauge spending plans. The "We want to let people know that they can still have a happy holiday without overspending and potentially making their financial situation worse come January." EXCAVATION, Inc. How alxmt you? Are you that one in blanche, so don't eve try! Makealist six who plans and saves for the ofgiftrecipientsanddecidehowmuch holidays? Or do you fit in with the rest you want to spend on each person. If of us who just punt and end up paying off the holiday bills just as the fireflies are lighting the sky in the summer? Here are some tips to help you make it through the rest of December without overspending. Make a spending plan There's still time to set a realistic plan of how much you can spend on all your holiday purchases. Make a list of everything you usually buy, from the gifts to food to entertainment to travel you're unable to spendas much on gifts this year, prioritize for whom you really want to buy gifts. Then communicate your plans to family and friends, says Adam. "If you tell them you won't be exchanging gifts this year, then you won't feel embarrassed if they purchase you a gift." You want to be able to pay off your holiday expenses within three months after the holidays, four at the most. Track your spending expenses, and tally the costs. You've made a spending plan --- .If you don't budget and set aspeciftc great! But if you don't keep track of all dollar limit, then your spending grows ytur purchases and make sure y0 i're andgrowsandgrows.InJanuaryyou'll Staying within youx budget, you've be horrified by how much you've wasted your time. Write down spent," says'Mart Adam, a certified everything you spend on holiday financial planner in Boca Raton, Fla. clothing, cards, postage, wrapping "And, don'tgetlockedintothethought paper and decorations, reminds the that how much you spend measures Consolidated Credit Counseling how good of a person you are." Services. "Don't forget that these Know your limits holiday expenses add up and need to be Not many can afford to shop carte tracked on your budget." POTTY WAGON 689"2482 / 689-2455 eve A snowy day and slick roads rompted a lot of parents to bring their child car seats in to an inspection clinic sponsored by the Brewster Police Department and Okanogan County Traffic Safety. Brewster Police Sergeant Tim Rieb said the officers inspected 15 seats in two hours, more than they inspected in a four-hour clinic last fall. Seven seats were found to be defective. Rieb said in most cases, that means the seat has been involved in an accident or is more than five years old. It's risky to use a car seat that's been involved in an accident. "They're certain to go through one, they're not certain to go through two," Rieb said. An accidentputsalot of strain on a car Brewster Police seat, like it does on a car, and there's no way to tell how the seat would react to additional strains, he said. A car seat that' s more than five years old should be discarded just because of age, he said. "After five years of a kid sitting in them, they're not as strong." That's why it's important, when buying a used seat, to know where it's been. Rieb said he would not recommend buying a car seat at a yml sale or tlwifl sto,unless the fom owner knows its history. But families can use seats for additional children in a family--as long as the parents know the history. "Know where it came from." There are a lot of new seats that are well made, in all price ranges, he said. But no matter how well it is made the seat has to be installed properiy to doits job. And in a lot of cases the seat isn't installed properly. In fact, the estimate is that more than half the car seats in the country are not installed right. Some seats are easier to install than others are--but it's tough to tell ifa seat will be easy, to install in any given car until the parents try it, Rieb said. Some seats come with a video demonstrating "After five years of a kid sitting in them, they're not as strong." - Tim Rieb installation techniques. Rieb said he would "highly recommend" that parents watch it. The whole principle of a car seat is that it will stay in place during an accident. The seat has to be snugly installed and the child has to be snugly installed in it. An adult should be able to slide one finger between the seat belts and the child, Rieb said. Room for two fingers is too much room. The seat is too loose in most cases where it's not installed right, Riebsaid. In an accident, the car stops but things inside keep moving, unless they are straPlmJ down. If the straps are Ioose,'+it gives that seat a chance to get a good tun." Child safety seats are required for children up to Sargeant three years of age; children under one year of age must have a rear-facing seat. Booster seats are required to children up to seven years of age, said Douglas County Sheriff's Sergeant Rick Halterman. Parents who not sure if the seat is right for their child should look on the box. All of them have age 'and weight recommendations, Halterman said. Parents should avoid the temptation to add exWa bi kets or scat pads, sm -bought little ftilly things," said. The seats are not designed for extra padding. Okanogan County Deputy Laura Wright, the county' schild safety officer, helped inspect car seats at the clinic. Jim Rice of the Tonasket Police Department and Glenna Brown, Tonasket, and Andrea Asmussen of the Oiuanogan County Fire District No. 5 Ambulance crew also assisted. Most police departments have a child safety officer who is usually willing to answer questions, Halterman said. A list of child safety officers can be obtained by calling 1-800-BUCK-L-UP, which also has information on "any question whaler" about child safety seats, Halterman said. Margie Brammer in dance production Margie Brammer, daughter of Bob and Karin Bmmmer, Brewster, plays a toy soldier in the Child n's Dance production scheduled for December 14 in Omak. She has studied ballet for three-years and tap for one year. Margie is a student in Connie Becker's kindergarten. Selected Christmas Cards & Envelopes 699 .e.a 1699 1788 188s 4999 599 vo,lmal/ Universal Rmm~ Kit 4' EZ Pre-nt Pine Tree 10-Cup Coffeemaker ll0V CO Alarm 12-Volt Jump Starter 2-Pc. 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