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black friday survival guide

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So you’re taking on Black Friday shopping for the first time. It does get a lot of hate: all these people who have to work rather than spend time with their families, the gross display of American consumerism, blah blah blah. There’s some truth to the arguments, to be sure – but Black Friday in my family is just as much of a tradition as the Thanksgiving day turkey. Lots of great memories from it as well – like the year I was sick with pneumonia and still insisted on going out, and promptly passed out at the outlet mall, or the year I was on crutches and wheeled around Walmart (full disclosure, these were the same year, but still.)

Over the past ten years that we’ve been attacking the stores, we’ve gotten pretty good at getting in and getting out with minimal damage – to ourselves, others, and our bank accounts. If this is your first year heading out, or even if it’s not, here are some of my best survival tips! Read more…

November 24, 2016

My Last $100

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Good morning and welcome if you’re a new reader! My first guest post at When Life Gives You Lemons… Add Vodka on advice I wish I could beat into mini-Desi went live this morning. If you are new, check the sidebar for links to follow me via RSS or on Bloglovin!

I’m a devout reader of The Billfold and I love their recurring features, including My Last Hundred Bucks. My last $100 is embarrassing in that I splurged on something I almost never do. I think in my life I’ve done this now five times, and only paid for them myself twice. These are always in the list of “ways to cut costs and save money every month!” and as a result I was stunned by the number of people who consider this a monthly necessity! Figure out which one it was:

  • $37, pedicure
  • $40, groceries*
  • $24, oil change


    Pretty, but really not worth it.

Well, it would have been harder to pick out in a different week, but groceries and oil kind of cancelled out the surprise factor 🙂 I had a dream on Friday night about having a pedicure. I couldn’t shake the feeling, and thought it would relax me, so Sunday afternoon I headed out for one. It was alright, but I regret wasting $37 on it. Live and learn.

The oil change was a secret shop I’ll end up being reimbursed for next month.

Groceries has an asterisk by it because I’m pissed about how high it was. I had projected my spending for that trip to be roughly $25… clearly, I failed. Original retail was $100 and I know I should still be pleased with that 60% savings, especially in a haul that was very focused on meat and gluten-free foods, but I still missed the mark. Bummer. Eating healthy is so expensive, but I’ve been gluten-free for a whole week now. I’m not noticing a lot of difference in the way I feel, so I probably will not make a point to continue it. Now if I could just strip myself of this newly discovered sugar addiction…

Where did you drop your last hundred bucks?

July 3, 2013

Influenster Review: Palmolive Fresh Infusions dish soap

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I was so excited when I got my first offer from Influenster! I didn’t even think that I had qualified, since after I filled out the survey they said I’d hear back in two weeks, and I didn’t – until I came home one day to find a box on my doorstep with a Palmolive sticker on it.

When I opened it, I found three full-sized dish soaps from the new Palmolive Fresh Infusions line along with a stack of $1.50 off coupons and instructions. The scents were Lime Basil, Lemon Thyme, and Ginger White Tea. I smelled the Ginger White Tea first, because it sounded like I would love it (and it’s pink,) but I didn’t really at all like it. I’m not sure if it was just blah and no scent, or if it was really just bad. I like strong smelling things. This is the one I gave to a friend, and she likes it. It’s good for her “mommy” nose since strong scents aren’t kind to her right now. Next I smelled Lemon Thyme, which is a great lemon-y scent, exactly what you’d expect. It smells really fresh and clean, and is a great scent to match any other lemony-fresh cleaners you might have. Lime Basil was the last one I opened, and the one I liked most, but wish it was a better green shade.

IMAG1012The scents we kept on our sink

We’ve been using them for a couple weeks now, and they cut through grease really well. They smell nice and work like any other dish soap, but I’ve noticed that they make my hands a lot smoother and soft, which is nice – anything to help out in the dry winter weather. I really recommend them! You can pick yours up at Walmart.

If you’re interested in being an influenster and getting to try out cool products, let me know! See what other influensters thought of Fresh Infusions on the review page.

Opinions are my own, but I did receive this product from Influenster for a review.

January 24, 2013

Lunch on Qdoba!

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I’m working out of town all this week on some really weird shifts – so I’m super excited about this deal to feed me this week. Visit to print coupons for free chips and queso, buy one get one free entrees, or a free queso burrito! (For more detailed instructions, hit their Facebook page.) If you have a college ID, show yours for a free drink!

July 22, 2012