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Taking a Break This Week

I have decided to take the rest of the week off from blogging. There is a lot going on in my life and I could really use some extra time this week. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!! See you next week, Monday, December 1. Thanks for your support!


November 24, 2008 at 10:16 pm Leave a comment

Deals This Week: 11/23-11/29

CVS at Coupon Cravings

Wal-Mart at The Centsible Sawyer

KMart at Mommies with Cents

Rite-Aid at I Heart Rite-Aid

Walgreens at Mommy Snacks

Target at Attention Target Shoppers

Giant (PA) at Moms Need to Know

November 24, 2008 at 4:38 pm 1 comment

Preparing for Black Friday

Some people simply love shopping on Black Fridays, and of course, others avoid it at all costs. Personally, I enjoy a little bit of shopping, and I have even been to stores that were not super crazy on Black Friday.

If you are planning on going shopping on Black Friday, I have a few suggestions to make your trip more organized and hopefully less stressed.

1. have a plan – if you are going to various stores or malls, decide what order you want to go to them. If there are certain early bird sales, make sure you plan to go to those stores first. Know what gifts you are looking for, and how much you are going to spend. If you end up buying several extra items, that even though they are a great deal, were not on your list, you may be not saving yourself any money.

2. take a drink and snacks – most shoppers do not want to spend extra time standing in line for food or drink while they are Christmas shopping. Take your own drink and snack, if you think you will get hungry. This will save you both time and money.

3. wear layers of clothing – depending on what climate you live in, this may or may not apply. If your area is cold, you will probably need a jacket, but most stores will probably be warm, if not hot, because of all of the customers shopping.

4. expect the unexpected and avoid stress – with so many people shopping on Black Friday, there will be fewer parking spaces, long lines, grouchy employees and customers, and stores may run out of certain items. Start out with a good attitude and try very hard to keep it up while you are shopping. Perhaps you will be able to brighten the days of other customers and employees.

5. check the store’s website – perhaps websites will have the same items for the same price. It may be worth your while (and sanity) to shop online, instead of in the busy stores.

6. start checking out the ads now – there are quite a few websites that are already posting Black Friday ads. You can start planning where you want to shop now, which will give you more time on Thanksgiving day to relax and enjoy your time with family and friends.

Here are some websites with ads for Black Friday. (I assume most will have the same information, but each site is organized and set up differently and some have commentaries about the sales.)

Do you shop on Black Friday? What is the best deal you have ever gotten on Black Friday? What are you planning to buy on Black Friday this year?

November 22, 2008 at 8:35 pm Leave a comment

Internet Coupons for NY and Co, Ann Taylor, and Avon

Here are a few coupons I have found recently. I hope they will help you save money.

New York and Company: Use code 9490 to save an extra 30% off, now through Sunday, November 23, 2008.

Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor Loft: 30% off as many purchases as you like, plus receive free shipping. Use promo code FRIENDS, now through Sunday, November 23, 2008. Free shipping with $10+ purchase. Use promo code GOBBLE. Expires Monday, November 24, 2008.

November 22, 2008 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

Dave Ramsey’s Top 10 Christmas Shopping Mistakes

If you plan to go Christmas shopping this weekend, you may want to read this article. Dave Ramsey shares 10 common mistakes people do when shopping for Christmas gifts.

November 21, 2008 at 10:40 pm Leave a comment

In The Shadow Of The Sun King – Book Review


In The Shadow Of The Sun King is Golden Keyes Parsons’ debut fiction novel, published by Thomas Nelson. This historical fiction novel is based on historical fact, as well as the author’s family history.

In The Shadow Of The Sun King takes place in seventeenth century France and focuses on the conflict between the Huguenots (French Protestants) and Roman Catholics, the latter being the state religion. Even though a law was passed to recognize the Huguenots, it did not always guarantee them safety. King Louis XIV allowed Huguenot hospitals and schools to close, and forced the Protestant children to attend Catholic schools, many of which were kidnapped from their families and sent to schools or convents without the parents approval or knowledge. Times were not easily for Huguenots who choose not to convert to Catholicism.

This heart-wrenching, action-packed story is about Clavell family, mainly Madeleine, the mother, several family members, and some of their servants, who are all French Protestants.

Parsons did a wonderful job illustrating the physical and political landscape in which this story takes place. And by adding a brief glossary of the common French words used in the book, it was very easy to look up the meanings to gain a more complete understanding of the story. A Historical Perspective is also included, giving a short background of the time period when the story commences.

This is the first book in the series called A Light to Darkness Novel. The author is currently working on the second novel, but it is not clear how many novels will be included in this series.

November 20, 2008 at 4:04 pm Leave a comment

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Check out these great deals, articles, and giveaways!

Free Pillsbury Coupon Booklet

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November 19, 2008 at 10:35 pm 1 comment

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