Christmas is right around the corner and it is that time of year again when everyone is busy creating Christmas list and making sure to get everything that is listed on the list. Fortunately, Christmas is also the time of bonuses and incentives at work, which only means anyone who set out to surprise the special people in their lives with wonderful gifts come Christmas morning can easily do exactly that. Not most people have a regular, high-paying jobs that can afford to give them bonuses during the Christmas season, though, and it will really be quite disheartening for someone to think that he cannot afford to buy gifts for his children or his loved one on this very special holiday because his pocket will not allow it.
These days, saving money is a challenge. When you go out, there are many temptations to spend money even on unimportant things. We think these things could buy us happiness only to find that such kind of happiness is only temporary. Then, we only want and crave for more.
With Easter comes spring, bunnies, chicks, candy, treasure hunts, and . . .family pictures! In my family, we all dress up in our new Easter best and get our annual portraits. Sometimes dad is feeling especially frugal and so he’ll try to rig the camera for a nice family photo, other times we’ll chip in for a professional to take the shots, but either way we always need photo copies.
Our Christmas cards, birthday cards, photos for grandparents all come from our Easter prints and during this season there are lots of deals going on.
Through the long winter months I have been increasingly exasperated with how little light there is in my kitchen! Somehow, regardless of how many high-powered light bulbs I screw into the overhead fixture, the room remains shady and ill-lit, allowing who knows what germ accumulations to lurk undetected. Our home came with some under-cabinet lighting, which, when I remember to switch it on, takes care of lighting the sink and most counter areas. Under-cabinet lighting is usually not that difficult to install, so if you don’t have it already, check out someplace like Lowes or Home Depot. However, there are numerous places where under-cabinet lighting is just not feasible. For example, we have a little dining nook at the end of the kitchen with small leafed table that stubbornly resists all attempts at illumination.
One of my biggest laundry pet-peeves is pulling clothes out of your washer that are covered in lint from towels or rugs or anything else ill-advisedly tossed in the batch with them! The most irritating aspect of it is that it is nearly impossible to remove, without lint-brushing ALL of the items ran in the same washer or dryer batch. But who has the time to do 2-3 extra batches of laundry each week just to wash all your ‘might-shed-lint’ items separately?! I had resigned myself to the frustrating inevitability of this housewives dilemma (and invested in a stock of lint brushes), when I stumbled across these darling little fixits at WhateverWorks.com. Of course, I added them as a promotion on my Coupon Buzz Page: Lint Remover Balls
My husband and I just bought a new house last summer. By the time the dust cleared from all the unpacking, the detached oversized garage was a disaster area. Gradually throughout the fall and winter we have been able to sort, organize, line the walls with tubs, and clear a nice open space for him to have a workbench and to accomplish all his mysterious ‘man-projects.’ Unfortunately, we live in the Midwest, and the summer heat and humidity in an enclosed space becomes gosh-awful unbearable. Not to mention the difficulty of lighting. One helpful friend suggested cutting a hole in the back of the garage to install a fan and/or window. Not being to terribly enthusiastic about sawing into the siding, I have been busily searching for other solutions. Leaving the door up was an option for more light and air, but left the problem of flies and bugs and neighborhood cats slipping in. Oh, and squirrels and bunny rabbits too.
So I’ve finally managed to choose the location for the reception-which is a HUGE relief! Going into it I had no idea how in-depth the process can be! I just figured, see a pretty building, have a big party there. End of story. Well, all brides-to-be get a short ride on the delusional train-just make sure you don’t stay on too long! The whistle blew for me when I realized that most reception venues come with their own catering company, or at the very least a list of preferred or accepted caterers. The cheapest way is always to do your own food and drinks, but is extremely unlikely that you will find a place with a low enough rent that will let you do so without a catering license. Assuming that you can’t find that set-up, the following ideas can save you time and money. And of course, it is always nice to have someone doing the work for you on your wedding day. Visit www.theknot.com for a detailed list of wedding reception venues in your area, and some preliminary information on how much you should expect to pay there.
Who knew that choosing a wedding party would be such a convoluted process?? My fiance and I have been consistently surprised at the people to whom our wedding is a big deal, and the one’s who couldn’t seem to care less. We are constantly running into reactions that surprise us. For example, imagine our consternation when, after selecting our bridesmaids and groomsmen, we had one of them tell us that they’d have to wait and see how our wedding month went for them! On the other end of the spectrum, a friend we hadn’t seen in years informed us they would fly in from overseas for the event, and a casual coworker booked a return flight from their new position in a different city. The unpredictability of people’s reaction to your wedding is just one of the things that makes choosing your wedding party difficult.
Soon after I got engaged I started calling reception venues and trying to get the location for my wedding reception set. I got engaged right before Christmas, and I wanted to be able to choose the venue when my sister was in town over the holidays to look at them too. Unfortunately, I had skipped the essential step of finalizing a wedding date! Because my fiancé and I had not done our homework properly before I started looking at venues, I wound up wasting a lot of time. So, step one, before you start browsing through wedding gowns, picking out invitations OR looking for a reception venue, you have to decide when you are getting married.