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Frugal Friday: Budget Friendly Stocking Stuffers

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Forgive me while I take the next few installments of Frugal Friday to talk about Frugal Christmas. I realize that not all my readers celebrate Christmas, so please indulge me just a wee bit. I think many of my suggestions for saving money at the holidays will transfer to any gift giving and celebrating that […]

Fun Advent Ideas for Families

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The days of December mark the season of Advent, a time of anticipation of Christmas. This season in the church calendar mimics the anticipation of the Jews awaiting the arrival of the Messiah, over 2000 years ago. I love Advent as it gives me an opportunity to take a deep breath, to remember WHY we […]

URS: The Last-Minute Thanksgiving Inspiration and Advice Edition

Well, tomorrow in the wee hours of the morning, I’ll be loading sleeping children into the ol’ minivan and hitting the road before {may the Lord will it} the other 5 million Southern Californians driving on I-5 on Thanksgiving Day. Until then, I thought I’d open up this URS for last minute inspiration and advice. […]

Last Minute Thanksgiving Helps

Martha Stewart Thanksgiving Cookbook

The best laid plans some times go awry. Or perhaps life has been so crazy recently that you’re finally getting a chance to take a deep breath before the holidays begin in full force. I know that for me sometimes these big events can sneak up on me. In those moments I find myself wishing…. […]

Whatcha Doin’?

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This week is full of plans for people. Maybe you’re putting together a big Thanksgiving feast. Or getting ready to shop ’til you drop? Perhaps you’re heading out of town on a family road trip. The FishFam? Well, we’re hitting the open road at the crack of oh-my-gosh-it’s-too-early-to-be-alive. We haven’t seen the paternal grandparents since […]

Shop Wisely! Black Friday Deals

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Shopping from home last Christmas. I think I’ll do it again! I have always loved the day after Thanksgiving — for the leftovers and the great deals to be had. In years’ past I’ve often hit the stores on Black Friday without a clue as to where I was going or what I was getting. […]

Shop Wisely! ShopAtHome – Online Discounts and Cash Back

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Our first online Christmas order arrived today. {Shhh! I ordered FishBoy5 is Chargers’ jersey from Kohls.} I love to order online because you get such a bigger selection than in the store. And if you go through an online coupon website, you can maximize your savings. I’ve told you about Ebates. Well, there is another […]

Travel Kits for Families

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Getting ready for a trip? With the holiday season upon us, families find themselves packing the kids, the dogs, the food, the presents, and a partridge in a pear tree into the family mobile and heading out on the open road. Traveling with children can be a wonderful experience. But, it can also be worse […]