Are you already enjoying all of Valentine's sales going on everywhere? It's the day of, so some of them won't be going on until tomorrow or the day after. That's okay; save a few dollars and wait for tomorrow. It will be worth it! Every year I shop at Target the day after Valentine's Day. I limit myself to $4 or $5 and still get a bunch of stuff!
Are you more likely to support a company if it's independently owned? How about if part of its proceeds help to fund a cause you support? Both are true for me and when I ran across a video about a young woman who has sold hundreds of homemade bath bombs, with 30% of her proceeds benefiting diabetes research, I had to take a look!
Buzzfeed comes up with some pretty cute lists and this list of 32 things Things That'll Make You Say, "Why Don't I Own That Already?" has some adorable ideas for Valentine's Day. Yes, I know that they use affiliate links sometimes but who cares. If they have cool stuff with a good deal, we should check it out.
The last thing I bought on Amazon was a cat scratching post! I had a gift card from someone and my cats are tearing up my beautiful new pleather furniture from my parents (they moved and it was too big!) so hopefully it works as a solution. Meanwhile, Amazon has several great Gold Box deals today if you want to check them out!
If you're looking for a cozy and filling meal this winder, Noodles and Company might be the place to go. They are having a Winter Pasta Party every Wednesday from now until spring and given that this blogger's kicking carbs right now, it's a hard temptation to pass up! Not only is it a flavorful, fun experience with weekly themes and several pastas to choose from, but it's also a great deal at $10 per person for endless pasta.
Have you completed all of your holiday shopping yet? If you're like many shoppers you're still looking for those perfect gifts. When I'm shopping last-minute, I usually go for a Groupon, especially if I know the person would love an experience. From wine tasting to car racing to even room smashing (yes, it's a thing!), there's always something interesting to buy. It also means the person doesn't get more "stuff" but an experience instead.
No matter what size you are, it can be a pain to shop for something that truly fits well. Studies have shown that sizes might as well be random as much as they vary by brand. Plus sizes can be especially hard to come by, especially if you're looking for something cute and modern. Sure, places like Lane Bryant and Torrid have plus sizes, but they are often pretty expensive.
Recently the blog 5 Dollar Dinners popped up on my radar (I believe it was through Erin Chase's book) and I am so grateful for this resource! Each week Chase shares a wide variety of recipes, sales notices and other great tips to help people save money and remove the thought work required to meal plan and shop. It's SO helpful to have recipes already mapped out to follow when you live a busy life and Chase knows that. I signed up for her blog updates in my blog reader and have used tips at least on a weekly basis since!
From Craigslist to Groupon, ebay to Amazon, online shopping has really changed the way we spend our money. In many ways, it's awesome: we can get good deals, free shipping, site to store pickup and plenty of other perks. On the downside, it has led to the drop of local business support and flea markets, the former being pretty important and the latter just being plain old fun.
If you're in the market for a cheap computer, you can get a Chromebook today for less than $200. It's a super fast little machine that you can easily take with you and stay up-to-date on your tasks or watch videos with quick streaming.