The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


November 25, 2013

Shoppers are hunting for bargains

Budgets tight, they say

HUMMELS WHARF — A shortened shopping season won’t trouble Christmas buyers this year.

What most are concerned about is finding ways to save money in a tight economy.

Some, like Andrew and Amy Allvord, of Hegins, participate in a “Christmas Club” offered through their credit union. This program lets them regularly put aside a part of their paychecks, which is saved for the Christmas season.

“The year before, we budget out what we’re going to spend,” said Andrew, while shopping at the Susquehanna Valley Mall. On the Allvords’ shopping list are gifts for their two children, 2 and 4.

Newlyweds Adam and Amanda Hockenbrock, of Selinsgrove, aren’t looking to spend as much this year because the holidays are closely following their October nuptials. They are still on the lookout for a food saver, which can vacuum seal bags to preserve freshness. They received one for their wedding and liked it so much they want to give one as a gift.

Harrison and Loni Briner, of Dalmatia, are looking to spend less this year due to their extended family. Loni Briner is one of six children, which means they have had to buy gifts for 12 nieces and nephews on previous Christmases.

“We’re having a big Christmas party instead,” said Loni.

She and Harrison Briner will still be buying for their parents and grandparents, as well as their 2-year-old son and 7-month-old daughter.

This was the family’s first time at the Susquehanna Valley Mall in two years. Loni Briner prefers to do a lot of her shopping online these days, but wanted to save money on shipping costs.

Justin Moore and Jennifer Hilsdorf, of Sunbury, are budgeting for a move to New Jersey, which is cutting into both their time and finances for holiday shopping.

“I’m mainly a procrastinator anyway, so I was planning on going late,” Moore said.

They’re putting money into a savings account to cover the move, but are still picking up gift cards for family members. They like to see their friends over the holidays, so like the Briners they plan on holding a party to have a chance to see all of them.

The couple is looking for one gift for themselves, though, one of the newly released PlayStation 4 video game consoles. They’re expecting that to be a tough item to find, Moore said.

Ellice Fullam, of Mifflinburg, who was at the mall with Brandon Moore, of New Berlin, is looking to save money through online retailers.

“I’m looking at a lot of deals online,” such as Cyber Monday offers, she said.

For her parents, she’s looking to buy a dishwasher.

“They haven’t had one in 20 years,” she said.

Also on her shopping list is her 2-year old niece.

“I’m a nice auntie. I like to buy the loud, obnoxious toys for her,” Fullam said.

Christmas isn’t as exciting a holiday for Fullam any more, but she has a lot of fun watching her niece get excited about it.

n Email questions or comments to

Text Only
  • 1obamanew.jpg Conflicting rulings on Obamacare

    A federal appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama’s health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who have bought policies.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • bearden9.jpg Bail reduced for Bearden

    Jasmine Bearden, who was arrested earlier this year on criminal attempted homicide charges for the alleged abuse of her six-week old baby, had her bail reduced in Union County on Tuesday morning.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • US airlines scrap Israel flights

    Two U.S. airlines cancelled all flights to Israel until further notice, after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport.

    July 22, 2014

  • 1flag.jpg Mysterious white flags appear atop Brooklyn Bridge

    Someone has replaced two American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge with mysterious white flags.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • bass22.jpg Mifflinburg honors its national fishing champs

    MIFFLINBURG — More than 50 friends, fans and relatives gathered in front of Mifflinburg Area High School on Monday night to celebrate the homecoming of juniors Nick Osman and Garrett Enders, newly crowned winners of the BASSmasters National High School Championships, held last week in Tennessee.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Newport official succeeds Snook in $94G-a-year post

    Newport School District’s director of educational services is slated to be hired tonight by the Midd-West School Board to fill the vacant director of curricular and instruction position.

    July 22, 2014

  • Report: Retaliation by supervisors common at VA

    A pharmacy supervisor at the VA was placed on leave after complaining about errors and delays in delivering medications to patients at a hospital in Palo Alto, California.

    July 22, 2014

  • $5,000 added for M-W restroom work

    The bill for the Midd-West School District stadium restroom renovations continues to rise to the consternation of at least one board member.

    July 22, 2014

  • Today's editorial: Dubious achievements in press secretary-ism

    Ryan Shucard, press secretary to Valley Congressman Tom Marino since May, recently posted on LinkedIn that he was excited and ready to elevate the congressman’s legislative profile — which Shucard did last weekend (but not in a good way) when he got himself arrested for bringing a pistol into a federal office building.

    July 22, 2014

  • Danville train diver left hospital 4 days before suicide

    DANVILLE — The young man who killed himself by diving under an Iron Heritage Festival passenger train underwent treatment in mental health facilities as recently as four days before his death, according to Montour County Coroner Scott E. Lynn.

    July 22, 2014

The Daily Marquee

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.