I don’t know about you, but I just love making personalized gifts for people during the holiday season. There’s something different about making a gift from scratch than buying it from a store. My family was really poor growing up so I got used to being very creative when it came to giving gifts. Now I see it as a fun challenge to come up with something unique and fun that the receiver will absolutely love. This year I made calendars for the parents and grandparents on both sides of the family.
I love taking pictures of my family, especially my 2 year old daughter. I really try to capture the emotion of the moment so that when I look back at the picture I can remember what I was feeling when it happened. I also try to take pictures that show the personality of the subject. When we had our daughter I wanted to make sure I recorded her life very well so that she would know how loved she was and what she was like. I think I’ve gone overboard with all the pictures I’ve taken of her, but I figure I’d rather have too many than not enough.
My husband and I recently moved back to the Northwest and are really getting in touch with our “hippie” selves. In fact, I now make my own bread, ice cream, jam and granola. My husband and I have tried really hard lately to make our lives more “green” and earth friendly. We figure if everyone just did a little better at reducing consumption and recycling what they can, the earth would be a lot better off. We also have a tradition of purchasing a new Christmas book each year to add to our family collection. So, this year we found a good book to go with our new lifestyle.
Every once in a while I’ll go through my coupon envelopes and I found some that were about to expire. They were for items I was ready to run out of. I used them when I went to the store and saved $16, in addition to the $15 I saved from store ads. I was pretty proud of myself.
Published Dec 13, 2008 - 2 Comments and counting
I printed up the list of ads combined with coupons for the store I was going to from the Grocery Game site my friend told me about and figured out which coupons I had that would help me get the best deals when combined with the ads. I couldn’t wait to go save some money. I took my shopping list clipped to my coupons and dove in. Between sales and coupons, I saved a whopping $45.00. It took a little longer than it usually does at the store, but that might have something to do with taking a toddler with me. It may end up being worth the bit of time it takes to coordinate my coupons and list.
Published Dec 13, 2008 - 1 Comment so far
There is not much else in the retail world that can compare to the excitement of Black Friday sales.
You may have been a part of it yourself. Maybe you stood in line in the cold at your local Target or mall to get a USB drive for $4 or some crazy-good deal.
And Cyber Monday, even…maybe you took advantage of those deals online that are so hard to pass up as well. But those days have passed already. It’s time to countdown to Christmas and you are running out of time if you haven’t done your shopping and you are running out of time if you haven’t gotten the kind of deals you were hoping for for yourself.
Published Dec 13, 2008 - 2 Comments and counting
Wow! What an amazing experience. We at coupon buzz have been working feverishly to launch the new site. Our original goal was to launch our coupon site sometime before Black Friday. Well, that didn’t happen. I suppose we could have launched but there would have been some key elements missing. Even now, with launch being imminent, all of the functionality won’t be there.
However, we’re pretty excited about what will be launched in a few short days. Here’s a quick list of the site features (the list will grow):
Published Dec 12, 2008 - No comments yet, your thoughts are welcome
It happens every year. I get all excited about what I may be for Halloween, as early as Spring or Summer. I will get crazy ideas about what the whole family could be as well and the ideas remain just that: ideas.
I procrastinate all Summer because, let’s face it, Summer is fun. Then I get sucked into the vortex of pre-Fall, with Back to School worries and new TV shows (yes, I watch a ton of shows) and things at work usually pick up with many fiscal years ending in Seotember, etc. The next thing I know, it’s time to go to the Halloween party and I have no costume. So if this happened to you, let’s promise each other we will be more prepared next year.
Published Nov 03, 2008 - No comments yet, your thoughts are welcome
Like most people, I have always viewed Memorial Day as just another day off from school and the start of the warm weather vacation season. It’s the time of year when I pack away all my winters clothes and get out my fun Capri pants and flip flops to wear all summer. Something happened some years ago that made me view this day a little different.
Published May 16, 2008 - No comments yet, your thoughts are welcome
Memorial Day is a day to reflect on those who have fought and perished for the good of our country. We are indeed deeply in their debt.
Most people take the 3-day weekend to celebrate in one of the greatest pastimes in America: the outdoor barbeque!
Whether it’s hot dogs, hamburgers, ribs or steak, millions of Americans like to launch their summer on this day by having a huge barbeque with friends and family.
Retailers take the opportunity to sell a lot of gas and propane grills and the myriad of accessories the weeks before this holiday, so you can make sure you have evertying you need for your long weekend.
Published May 02, 2008 - No comments yet, your thoughts are welcome