Nov 232010

In preparation for the big feast upon us, we will all be creating our annual food items that are quintessential to our families meals.

This is a friendly reminder to grocery shop early and get it all at one time, you do not want to send your husband out for items he is not familiar with!

Happy Thanksgiving Y’all!

 Posted by at 3:24 pm
Nov 202010

Picture an item, similar to above, on your doorstep around Christmas.

Scenario: Door bell rings after dark, “Ugh, another solicitor, don’t they see the sign that it’s not allowed here?” So you send the husband to the door to do the talking. He opens the door and slams it back like a blast of ice is charging towards him. “WHAT HAPPENED?!” He says, “I think it’s for you and I SWEAR I didn’t see anything!”

What a bummer, but I still wrapped it up and stuck it under beside the Christmas tree. At least C didn’t know what it was.

So picture my amazement this year when I get B’s birthday present in the same fashion. I am really glad it was during the day, I don’t like when there aren’t surprises under the Christmas tree for my family. Here is what I did with this years gift as soon as it got in the door:

I cannot confirm, nor deny, if this is the actual package in our house, but I can confirm that the brown paper color is pretty dead on.

Have you ever received an unwrapped gift that spoiled (or almost spoiled) the suprise?

 Posted by at 10:51 am
Nov 082010

CoinStar and Borders have teamed up for a great promotion, just in time for the gift buying season.

Go to any CoinStar location between now and November 24, pour at least $5 worth of cold hard change and the system will generate a $5 off $25 in-store purchase coupon at the bottom of your receipt. The coupon is vaild at any Borders, Borders Express or Waldenbooks. You must be a member of Borders Rewards in order to use the $5/$25 coupon, it is quick and easy to do so here.

If you have $20 in change, your $25 purchase from Borders will be free!

 Posted by at 10:38 am
Nov 022010

My mom and I are on countdown to the most fantastic shopping event in Houston.

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of Houston Ballet’s Nutcracker Market; Texas icon and former First Lady Barbara Bush will be cutting the ribbon to officially open the market. This extravaganza is comprised of over 300 vendors from around the United States and Worldwide, showing and selling their wares.

A few booths on my “To Shop” list are:

  • The Round Top Collection
  • Paul Michael
  • The Savannah Bee Co
  • The Royal Standard

The Nutcracker Market benefits the Houston Ballet Guild and Scholarship fund.

The Details:


Reliant Center
One Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054


Thursday, November 11, 2010 10 AM – 8 PM
Friday, November 12, 2010 10 AM – 8 PM
Saturday, November 13, 2010 10 AM – 6 PM
Sunday, November 14, 2010 10 AM – 6 PM


Advance tickets at Randall’s are $11.00.
Tickets at the door are $12.00, here is a $1 off coupon.
Half-price admission 3 hours prior to closing.
Children under 5 are free.


Parking at Reliant Center is $10.00.

 Posted by at 7:55 am
Oct 292010

I have already started, have you?

I actually started in July when Target had their annual toy clearance. I spent a little over $100 and 90% will be donated to Toys for Tots and Angel Tree. I have to save some as birthday presents for a few special kiddos.

You need to check out BlackFriday for previews of the after Thanksgiving sales. I know it’s pretty exciting to drive around on Thanksgiving to try and find a station open to purchase the sales papers, but this is so much more efficient! Currently the Ace Hardware, Toys R Us Toy Book, Kmart Toy Book, WalMart Toy Catalog, True Value and Harbor Freight and Tools ads are posted with MANY more to come within the next couple of weeks.

One of the sites I use for Christmas shopping, that you need to check out, is This site lets you track price info about an item you want to buy using its URL. Right now I am casing two large items on,, and another site. But that isn’t all folks, this site also allows you to keep track of a purchase after you buy, so if the price goes down, and the company has a price protection policy (usually 2 weeks to 30 days), you will be able to get the difference back! Amazing! I have already been notified of price drops on each item already, but there has to be better deals coming!

Is there a holiday shopping idea or tip you would like to share? Leave a comment!

 Posted by at 10:24 am
Sep 212010

We had such a great weekend! We had our annual (immediate) family reunion in New Braunfels, Tx at Schlitterbahn.

Our girls had a lot of fun, here is a before (mid-morning) shot:


And here is their after shot:

The water was SO cold, but that was to be expected. We rode almost every ride once, we did not make it to the original three tube shoots for fear of hypothermia; nobody likes blue lips and black toes.

All in all it was another successful year at the Bahn and we are already planning our trip for next year.

 Posted by at 11:41 am
Jul 152010

From one frugal person to another I thought it would be very beneficial to make a public service announcement.

TARGET IS HAVING THEIR ANNUAL “GET THE OLD TOYS OUT OF HERE” CLEARANCE on the LAST Thursday of July in which a boat load of toys will be marked up to 80% off. Think birthdays, Christmas and summer holiday fun, and not limited to your own child.

I have already been cruising the aisles to make sure they are starting to mark things 30%, this usually means they will continue to mark down to 50% next week and 75% the next.

My sweet baby girl is not too into toys anymore, so I’m on the hunt for cool board games she can play with her friends when she is here.

You let me know if you are on the look out for any toy and I will see if I can grapple it with my loving little fingers.

I WILL BE THERE 8AM ON THE DOT JULY 29TH. If I could get a special pass to join the 5am stock crew, I most definately would!

 Posted by at 6:43 pm
Dec 072009

I feel so selfish, I have not let you in on this sweet giveaway schedule that Dave Ramsey has posted on his website.

Every day he is giving away something new, so you need to visit every day to get a new chance. Today is $3,000, how much would that help with your emergency fund, debt snowball or 3-6 months expenses… not to mention Christmas shopping if you’re complete on the previous three steps!

 Posted by at 7:27 pm
Dec 012009

A few years ago, I was really upset with Lowe’s for advertising “family trees” rather than “Christmas Trees”. It seems retailers all over this country are getting more PR sensitive when it comes to Our Father and his most precious Son, Jesus, especially during the Christmas season. My thought – if it weren’t for such and AMAZING occurrence, this whole Christmas, wise men, gift giving thing wouldn’t have even started in the first place.

There is a great website that was sent to me by Focus on the Family, it is called Stand For Christmas, where Christian’s are able to gather their thoughts on where to shop now, and in the future, in relation to how they are promoting, or demoting, the Christmas holiday.

Merry Christmas to all my friends and I wish you all a prosperous season!

PS – Lowe’s DID offer an apology for their mistake.
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