I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving with your loved ones and were able to celebrate the many things you are grateful for.
We had a great Thanksgiving as we traveled to the north part of the state to eat dinner and spend the night with my Dad and Step-Mom. I was very thankful that the whole family could be there. My brother and his wife are on a visit from the Chicago area, and my sister was off work all day. We were able to take a family picture with all 10 of us in it! (I wish I could share it, but my sister has the pictures since I am still without my good camera right now)
If you decided to brave the black friday sales, I hope you got everything you were after. I’m not a big shopper (I like shopping from my laptop), so I just slept in a little and enjoyed my visit with my family. I will admit that I did make a run to Best Buy with my sister on Thanksgiving night for a TV she wanted. Nobody wanted to go with her, so I went to keep her from having to go alone. I’m pretty sure I will never do this again (but I do love you Amanda) as it seemed ridiculous to get in line outside to get a ticket that guarantees you the TV, only to stand in another line inside for well over 2 hours waiting to pay for it!
We spent our weekend by visiting a local festival, relaxing, cooking by fire and visiting the lights at a nearby botanical garden (we have a membership). It was not only a pretty frugal weekend, but it was quite a bit of fun! I mean who doesn’t like festivals, food, bonfires, s’mores and Christmas lights?
Today I did do a little shopping with some of the great Cyber Monday sales that were taking place. I made sure to use Ebates to earn a little extra cash while shopping online. If you have never shopped through ebates before, I highly recommend them as a great way to earn back a percentage of what you spend at many online merchants. Don’t worry if you forget and get a cart full of purchases. Log into or sign up for an Ebates account and search for your store. When you click on the link through ebates, your items will still be in your cart. So far this year I have earned $54.78 through ebates ordering things online that i was going to be ordering anyways. You can still use coupon codes just like you would any other time.
*I do get a bonus for each person I refer to ebates that makes a qualifying purchase, but I promise I do highly recommend Ebates and use it regularly.
I have my lists for each girl made out and I try not straying from them, because it will only lead to over spending. Each year we tend to get a little more simpler with our gifts, decorations and plans, but we get a lot more back to the real reason for Christmas, so I tend to try to keep this in mind when thinking about and planning for Christmas. It’s amazing how much these things can lower your stress levels.
I’m enjoying this last week with my brother and sister in law at our house, seeing some great sights, and cooking some great food for them. I hope to send them home well rested, well fed and with loads of pictures and new recipes!
Before I go, I wanted to tell you about a product I recently purchased and fell in love with. It could be just the gift idea you were looking for! Not long ago I went to a craft fair and purchased a couple bars of goat milk soap from Windrift Hill Soaps, hoping that the soap might help with the dry skin problems I have this time of year. I also have sensitive skin and allergies to perfumes and strong scents, so I was weary of many of the soaps at the craft fair. I thought these soaps might be great for me because the scent was not so over-powering and artificial, but more natural smelling.
Now all I can think about is getting some more of this soap! I recently used the last bit of the last bar, and I can say I love this stuff. The scent is great, it doesn’t make me itch and it seems to not dry me out like many soaps do. I had purchased 2 bars of the Montana Huckleberry and the girls each purchased a bar, but I can’t remember what scents they got. So if you think this might interest you, take a minute and check out the site. I think you will enjoy their product just like I did, and I’m not being paid or reimbursed to tell you that
How was your Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday?
making a habit out of living frugal…..
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