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How to Win a Chaos-Free Holiday
By: Cindy Wendland
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It’s time to finish your Thanksgiving food shopping. We like to shop at Woodman’s. Woodman’s is a local supermarket chain in Wisconsin and Illinois that solely focuses on providing the widest variety of grocery items at the best prices. When you need that unusual item, it can be found at Woodman’s. As we were browsing the aisles, we found some special treats and a way to have a chaos-free holiday.

Woodman’s offers a wide variety of ethnic foods. There were many Swiss cookies that were new to us that we will try another time. We love the Walkers Shortbread Scottie Dog cookies. They made it into our cart. We also picked up some lefse to ship to our sister in Texas for her Thanksgiving meal. The best way to describe this Norwegian food is to call it a potato tortilla. Delicious!

One thing we have found with our holiday get-togethers is that people enjoy taking home some leftovers. Especially if they haven’t prepared the meal, they appreciate taking home a little of the turkey and stuffing or sweet potato bake. For this we usually buy new Ziploc containers in which to put all the leftover food to share. Leave it to the makers of Ziploc, S.C. Johnson, to have us covered with fun holiday colors and shapes. 

The Ziploc container displays were already picked over with at least five days to go until the next holiday. Fortunately we found some lovely green containers that suited our needs. For us the containers are one of our traditions and a must on our shopping trip. If that is not the case for you, you may be pulled in by their promotion. They are offering a chance to win $10,000 for a chaos-free holiday and other instant prizes. Sign us up! Or rather, enter online at Holiday.Ziploc.com.

On the website, we entered our basic contact info; watched a video on making Santa hat appetizers out of bananas, strawberries, and grapes; and found out we were not an instant winner. But, we are entered to win a chaos-free holiday. Those words (chaos-free) are so strong and appealing, especially during a hectic grocery shopping trip preparing for a big meal. Ziploc keeps us organized and has fun doing it. Being chaos-free is a great marketing approach. Take that idea, make it your own, and offer it to your customers.

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About the Author
Cindy Wendland has a background in marketing and finance. She is the creative director for an online men's health magazine, BrainBrawnBody.com, and she gets to write their leisure/travel blog. She is also a web designer helping her clients with online community engagement, websitesbywendland.com. Prior to her web years, she worked in pharmacy consulting.
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