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December 2008

ShopWiki: A Revolutionary Way to Shop

Have you heard about ShopWiki? If not, you're in for a real treat. But, before I expand on all that is offered, I would like to share something with you first. Considering we're in a recession, my New Year's resolution is to save more money. So, I've been developing a plan to spend less for items I buy. That's where ShopWiki comes in.

You see, I was doing a little holiday shopping last week (weren't we all??). I was looking for a stand mixer for myself. I recently created a recipe for Monkey Bread that is absolutely to die for! I'd share it with you, but my plan is to sell my mouth-watering creations to local restaurants and bakeries. If all goes according to plan, I hope to eventually open my own bakery.

Anyhoo, while searching for the various types of stand mixers, I ran across the ShopWiki website. What's cool about this place is it provides an abundance of info on just about any product known to man. Even better, you can easily find out who is offering the best price.

Before I discovered ShopWiki.com, I thought KitchenAid was the only company who offered the type of stand mixer I was looking for. Much to my surprise, I discovered there are several manufacturers including DeLonghi, Hamilton Beach, Jenn Air, KitchenAid, Sunbeam and Westbend.

Using the information provided at ShopWiki, I decided to invest in the KitchenAid Artisan Series. Although I originally wanted the pink stand mixer, I went with Empire Red because it is so incredibly sleek looking.

KitchenAid Stand Mixer Empire Red 

The beautiful thing about ShopWiki is the fact that they provide listings of all the stores that carry the product you are looking for. In my case, I discovered that this gorgeous KitchenAid stand mixer was sold at Home Depot. Honestly, I wouldn't have even considered shopping for mixers at Home Depot. I'd be more inclined to go to Williams-Sonoma or Cooking.com.

I swear there was some Divine Intervention going on because the day before I went on my shopping quest, my husband had received a $200 gift card to Home Depot from one of his relatives. Being the wonderful husband that he is, he gave me the gift card to purchase the mixer.

I've been whipping up my gourmet monkey bread for the past two days and can't wait to give these tasty treats to my neighbors and friends. Thanks to the KitchenAid, I can easily make my own bread dough -- the main ingredient in this decadent treat.

In closing, I highly recommend using ShopWiki before you head out the door. Doing so helped me make an informed decision and saved me a lot of dough (no pun intended!).

One more thing... Be sure to check out the Food Guide at ShopWiki. Here you'll discover a wealth of information on chocolate, cheese, spices, oils, vinegars, meat and much more. Once you spend a little time perusing the pages, you'll never have to worry about what to serve for dinner again. ShopWiki has definitely become my favorite place to shop and I'm certain it will help me achieve my savings goals for 2009.

Happy Holidays!!