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Holiday Shopping Tips

Here are 8 tips to help you save a little money this holiday season York Region

The holiday season is often described as “the most wonderful time of the year.” However, for many, it’s also the most expensive. While it’s virtually impossible to avoid spending entirely, there are ways to curb your lavish habits this Christmas.

Read ahead for eight easy tips for saving money this December:

Avoid extended warranties on electronics

Chances are, if you buy any type of electronic device in-store, you’ll be asked to buy extended warranty from one of the store’s sales reps. While extended warranties can come in handy, they can also greatly increase the cost of the item.

Unless you’re willing to increase your budget, you should say no to the extended warranties this Christmas.

Use LED lights

Unless you want to spend a small fortune on your electric bill this December, you should make the switch to LED lights if you haven’t already.

Yes, LED lights may have a higher cost up front, but you’ll easily make that money back from the amount of energy you’ll save.

Make sure you can pay off your credit card

Nothing is a bigger waste of money than paying interest on your credit card. Before making a purchase on credit this December, make sure you have the funds to pay it off by month’s end.

It’s also not a bad idea to pay for your gifts in cash, as it’s easier to overspend your budget when all you have to do is tap your credit card and forget about it.

Make your own ornaments

If you’re low on ornaments, there’s nothing wrong with making some yourself. If you have children, you can ask them to help out. You can even make it an annual tradition.

Don’t buy for yourself

Too many people make the mistake of spending on themselves when they go to the mall to do Christmas shopping. You’ll get enough from others this holiday season. There’s really no need to buy more for yourself – especially before December 25th.

Pay for gifts with rewards

If it’s been a while since you’ve gone travelling, you’ve probably saved up a decent amount of rewards points on your credit card. Now is a great time to cash them out for actual cash or to use them towards gifts.

Look for coupons

Before making any purchase, it’s good practice to look online to see if there are any coupons available. While you may just end up finding a bunch of expired codes, there’s always the chance of saving money just be taking the two minutes to do a quick search.

Embrace the potluck

Cooking food for 15-20 people can end up being quite expensive if you’re forced to foot the entire bill yourself. Instead of spending hundreds on Christmas dinner, ask friends and family to bring their own dishes to reduce the cost.

 

Christmas Shopping on a Budget

Our Christmas shopping tips for those on a budget

While almost everyone enjoys the Holiday season, many people also agree that Christmas shopping can make December a stressful month – particularly if you’re strapped for cash.

Fortunately, there are still ways to find great presents for your friends and family without having to spend a fortune.  Read ahead for some tips on shopping for Christmas presents on a budget:

Look for deals

Shopping online makes it much easier to compare prices across different stores. Instead of immediately buying an item off the first website you see, check a few others to see if you can find it cheaper somewhere else.

Certain websites will even offer discounts for first-time shoppers, so consider looking at stores you’ve never bought from before. You may also qualify for a discount if you spend a certain amount, so you could also save money by purchasing multiple gifts from the same site.

Use a cashback card

Using a cashback card can ensure you recuperate at least some of the funds you spend this holiday season. 1 or 2 percent back may not seem like much, but it can add up if you’re buying presents for a number of friends and family members.

Wait until the last minute

This may sound counter-intuitive, but many websites offer free shipping on the final week before Christmas. If you want to ensure you’re not buried by shipping costs, check to see if the store offers any deals closer to December 25th.

Skip the cards

Instead of wasting your money on a bundle of cards that will be immediately thrown out, make your own cards or skip them altogether. Many feel they’re a waste of money and will only add to your shopping bill.

Pick-up in-store

If you don’t want to spend extra on shipping, you can see if the site has the option to pick-up in-store. This will not only save you time when you’re at the mall, but it will also ensure that you’re not spending an extra $10-15 on shipping for every gift you purchase.

Buy small items first

If you start by purchasing your most expensive gifts first, you may feel obligated to spend more on others. Start with the cheapest gifts first and wait before buying the high-priced items. Chances are, you’ll end up spending a little less under this method.

Create a list

If you prefer to do your shopping in-store, make sure to create a list ahead of time. If you’re not prepared, you could end up doing a lot of impulse purchasing without even realizing.  Only go in stores you’ve planned to visit ahead of time. Otherwise, you could get distracted and get sucked into buying more.

Stay within your budget

Write down how much you’d like to spend on each person ahead of time. If the item is considerably over your planned budget, don’t buy it.  It’s really that simple.

Happy Holidays York Region!

 

Back-to-School Tips for Parents

Week 2 Back-to-School Tips for Parents

September is not only a good opportunity for your children to get back on track after a long summer of relaxed bedtimes and long sleep-ins, but it also gives parents the chance to get into a good routine.

Now that back-to-school season is officially underway, here are some helpful tips that will make your life easier as a parent over the upcoming 10 months:

Catch-up daily

At the end of each school day, you should ask your children about any new assignments, forms, or field trips to avoid any last-minute surprises.

Asking your children what they learned each day also helps ensure that your kids are engaged in the classroom and don’t waste their time daydreaming.

Wake up earlier than your kids

If you want to ensure you’re not rushed in the morning, you should get ready for your day before your children are awake. Once your kids are up and about, you likely won’t have any time to get ready yourself and will just feel overwhelmed if you try to do both simultaneously.

Ask for a supply list

While some teachers will provide them, you should ask each teacher for a supply list early into the school year. This way, you can be assured that your children have everything they need when they walk into the classroom.

Create a homework schedule

To avoid procrastination, you should set up a time slot every day for homework. Even 30 minutes every day can ensure your children are on top of their schoolwork.

Even if their teacher hasn’t assigned any homework, they can still use this time to work on a future project or read a chapter of their textbook.

Stay on track on the weekends

Just because the school week ends on Friday doesn’t mean your children should be staying up well past midnight and sleeping in until noon once the weekend rolls around.

In order to ensure that everything runs smoothly on Monday morning, you should try your best to stick to your weekly routine during the weekend. This means making sure your children go to bed at a reasonable hour and get up early in the morning.

Volunteer

If you want to see how your kids interact with both their teacher and other students, you should sign-up to volunteer in the class room or on field trips. This can also give you the opportunity to bond with other parents and bounce ideas and concerns off one another.

Get to know the teacher

If you want to ensure your child is getting the most out of school, it’s important that you develop a relationship with their teacher.

In addition to attending parent-teacher interviews, you should try to have discussions with the teacher on a bi-weekly or monthly basis to hash out any issues and see if your children are reaching their full potential.

 

 

 

5 safety tips for back-to-school driving

School is officially back in session and students will be excited, which means the roads and sidewalks will be crowded with children. Stay alert!  Since there will be an increase in pedestrians and vehicles on the road compared to the last two months, you should try to be extra cautious on your morning commute.

Here are some tips for staying safe during back-to-school season:

Watch out for new drivers

If you live near a high school, you’ll likely be sharing the road with a number of drivers who recently got their license. Since new drivers aren’t as experienced, they’re likely to make more mistakes behind the wheel. As a result, it’s important that you practice defensive driving techniques so you’re ready for anything that lies ahead. Make sure you’re wide awake before stepping into your vehicle in the morning.

Take it slow in school zones

It may be frustrating to drive just 40 km/h in a school zone, but you have to remember that the decreased speed limit is there for a reason. You’re probably used to dealing with taller pedestrians and could therefore have difficulty noticing a small child crossing the street if you’re travelling at a normal speed.

It should be noted that you could face a serious fine if you speed in a school zone, so it’s not in your best interest to speed through no matter which way you slice it.

Watch for crossing guards

Always be on the lookout for crossing guards whenever you’re driving near a school. Most crossing guards fortunately wear bright-coloured vests, so they shouldn’t be particularly hard to spot.  If you see one crossing the road, you must come to a complete stop and only proceed once everyone is safely across and the crossing guard has lowered their stop sign.

Always stop for school buses

If you see a school bus with its lights flashing, stop behind it and don’t try to pass it. Children can be very unpredictable crossing the street, and may not walk in front of the bus like they’re supposed to.

Be patient and wait until the bus driver has turned their lights off before proceeding. Too many children are victims of car accidents because other drivers aren’t careful around school buses.

Leave a little earlier

Since the roads and sidewalks are likely to be a lot more crowded in your neighbourhood, it’s not a bad idea to leave your house 10 minutes earlier to avoid feeling rushed.

Many drivers get into trouble when they begin to stress about being late and don’t exercise the proper caution behind the wheel. Leaving earlier can help to eliminate the fear of being late. Instead of stressing, you can concentrate all your thoughts and energy on the road ahead.

Final word of note… remember that children are unpredictable.  That unpredictability is only heightened by the excitement of their first days at school.  Be safe and alert.

 

NewRoads Automotive Group joins the York 9 Football Club as their official Automobile Sponsor!

The NewRoads Automotive Group is the Official Vehicle sponsor of the York 9 Football Club.  York 9 shares a similar philosophy as ours where a “unified group will always be more successful than a team of individuals”.

York 9 fans

York 9 Chevrolet Camaro

York 9 fans

 

This group of 9 separate municipalities including Aurora, Georgina, King, Markham, Vaughan, East Gwillimbury, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, and Whitchurch/Stouffville create a domain that houses 1.3 million people and growing rapidly.  York Region is forward thinking, as are its 9 distinct municipalities.

York 9 Camaro

York 9 FC

NewRoads recently attended the Under 17 International Soccer Cup hosted by Toronti Azzurri at York Universities York Lions Stadium.  Teams included Uventus F.C., Peel Halton S.A., York Region Select  (sponsored by York 9 F.C.), and defending champions Toronto F.C.

York 9 football club

York 9 FC York 9 FC

All teams made an incredible effort and demonstrated excellent sportsmanship and respect for the game.  Toronto F.C. maintained the championship title with York Region F.C. coming in second and Juventus receiving the consolation.

York 9 football game

Congratulations to all the participants, organizers, volunteers and the The Canadian Premier League  community for a terrific event and a special thank you to Krysti Clarke from York 9 providing our NewRoads Community Crew with great seats and York 9 Swag!

To learn more about the NewRoads Community Crew and where you might find us next visit www.newroads.ca/community

Soccer tickets NewRoads sponsors York 9 FC NewRoads sponsors York 9 FC NewRoads sponsors York 9 FC

 

Show Jump for Heart

Show Jump for Heart supporting the Heart & Stroke Foundation and Southlake Regional Health Centre Cardiac Care Program

The NewRoads Automotive Group were proud to support our local community at the Show Jump for Heart this past weekend. Show Jump for Heart is a not for profit organization with proceeds benefiting Heart & Stroke Foundation and Southlake Regional Health Centre Cardiac Care Program.

The host committee members are equestrian enthusiasts who are dedicated to improving equestrian sport in Ontario and raising funds to support cardiac and stroke research and treatment.

In first place in the grand prix was Neil Badcock of King City who not only participated in the event but also has a personal connection to the cause after undergoing a heart valve replacement surgery not too long ago. The equestrians who attended strongly support the cause and hope to bring more and more people every year with their passion for the cause.

A wonderful time was had by all including our President and CEO Michael Croxon and his wife Sharon Croxon who were in attendance. “We had never experienced Show Jump before it is was spectacular” Michael Croxon said.

Congratulations to all the participants, organizers, volunteers and the equestrian community for a terrific event and a special thank you to Janise from www.lifewithhorses.ca for these incredible images.

To learn more about the NewRoads Community Crew and where you might find us next visit www.newroads.ca/community

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Crossfit Crossout Cancer Newmarket

This was the 3rd annual CrossFit to Crossout Cancer and the 3rd year that the NewRoads Automotive has been a sponsor.

I started this fundraiser after my wife had a scare with Cancer. I decided to ask Krystine Wanless-Ross (co-founder) to help me put this all together. This year we had a goal of $36,000 and we raised $39,565 for Southlake Cancer Foundation. Over the last 3 years we have collectively raised $102.751 for Southlake.

Crossfit Crossout Cancer Newmarket

Each year CrossFit to Crossout Cancer brings athletes and spectators from all over. This year we had athletes participate from Lindsay, Scugog, Belleville, Keswick, Newmarket, Aurora, Toronto, Bradford, Orangeville and London, Ontario.

Without sponsors like the NewRoads Automotive it is very difficult to reach the goals that we set and we hope to have them back again next year!

Ambrosio Benudiz, Founder

Southlake Cancer Foundation Crossfit Crossout Cancer Newmarket

Southlake Foundation presentation – Crossfit Crossout Cancer

Jerseys for Humboldt Broncos

NewRoads Automotive Group joins the movement #JerseysforHumboldt Day

It was not too long ago that our NewRoads Community Crew dawned sturdy denim supporting a great cause. I am proud to say we also united with thousands of communities for #JerseysforHumboldt Day sporting team jerseys or a green ribbon.

Jerseys for Humboldt Day

On Thursday, April 12 it was suggested by hockey parents to have #JerseysforHumboldt Day that started in British Columbia and quickly spread across Canada and beyond. We at NewRoads decided to do the same and encouraged everyone to wear a jersey on Thursday. We also asked for a $5 donation from everyone and the NewRoads Automotive Group would match the total donations.

Humboldt Broncos Day

“It is impossible for any of us not to have heard of the tragic events in Saskatchewan this past week involving a junior hockey team called the Humboldt Broncos. Sixteen young people lost their lives in this tragic accident. As a hockey-loving nation, the tragedy is, quite understandably, reverberating across the nation.” NewRoads President Michael Croxon said
It is amazing what can happen when a community comes together and can inspire a movement.

Humboldt Broncos Day

We are very grateful to everybody in the community whose continuous support allows us to continue our mission of giving back to the community and helping people find NewRoads.
To learn more about the NewRoads Community Crew and where you might find them next visit. newroads.ca/community.

Humboldt Broncos Day

Sticks Out For Humboldt

 

World Down Syndrome Day

NewRoads gets their Denim on for World Down Syndrome Day

On Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 join the NewRoads Community Crew while we get our Denim on for World Down Syndrome Day. Dozens of NewRoads Employees, Friends, Family, Neighbours and Customers are invited to join us by choosing to ditch the suits and heels and create a “fashion statement” by wearing clothes made from the sturdy cotton fabric known as Denim.

Why denim, and what’s the fashion statement?

Denim is not something many of us have the opportunity to wear to work. Giving a chance to employees to wear jeans to work for a great cause promotes an excellent work environment. One of the many things I love about working at NewRoads. We encourage fun in our work while supporting our community and its many causes.

World Down Syndrome Day

All people with Down syndrome must have opportunities to contribute to the community and live valued lives, included on a full and equal basis with others, in all aspects of society. People with Down syndrome can and do bring so much to the community, wherever they live around the world when given the opportunity.

#Jeans4genes

#Jeans4Jeans World Down Syndrome Day

100% of our proceeds raised will go to Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network (DSDN). DSDN supports families with current information and real-life accounts of life with Down syndrome during the prenatal, newborn, and early childhood phases. The DSDN is committed to creating unbiased, family-centered discussion of Down syndrome within the medical community in order to cultivate a culture of acceptance and inclusion for those with Down syndrome at all stages of life. http://www.dsdiagnosisnetwork.org

Down Syndrome Day

It is indeed amazing when a sturdy cotton fabric known as Denim can inspire change. We are very grateful to everybody in the community whose continuous support allows us to continue our mission of giving back to the community and helping people find NewRoads.

To learn more about the NewRoads Community Crew and where you might find them next visit. newroads.ca/community.

 

NewRoads free skating East Gwillimbury

Family fun day skating at the East Gwillimbury Sports Complex

It was a fantastic day at the Family Fun Day at the East Gwillimbury Sports Complex!  Families came out to learn about and book summer camps at the Health and Active Living Fair. There were presentations from dozens of community groups, sports teams and clubs, plus great information from the Emergency and Community Safety Services.

Family Day Fun Skate

The NewRoads Ice Rink hosted try it programs and demonstrations for hockey skills ages 3 to 5, ages 6 to 10, ringette along with sledge hockey and speed skating demonstrations.

There was also an excellent BBQ provided by the Mount Albert Lions Club, pick up ball hockey, maple syrup, face painting and free family skating sponsored by NewRoads and Atlas Landscape.

Hockey in our DNA

From all of us at the NewRoads Automotive Group, we would like to thank all the volunteers, the Town of East Gwillimbury staff, and our incredible community who came out to enjoy all the fun on Family Day!

To learn more about the NewRoads Community Crew and where you might find them next visit. newroads.ca/community.

Short Track Speed Skating

Family Day Fun Skate