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Fun, Frugal, Family Activities During the Holidays and How to Find Them

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Every Christmas, my mom would pick out a holiday performance for the family. Over the years, we have enjoyed some real gems and endured some truly boring events. But I can’t blame my mom for getting us together and trying to cram some culture down our throats. I want to do the same thing for my family, but I’ll admit that the price of just one Nutcracker ticket makes me cringe. It’s a challenge to find inexpensive holiday activities for the entire family. Although $25 per ticket sounds frugal, Read more […]

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My 2014 Black Friday Shopping List

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Where will you be after the turkey has cooled off and the football game is on the TV while the chef is closing her eyes after a hard days’ work? Watching the game? Snoozing? Or … shopping? Fortunately, my favorite deals start long before Thanksgiving. On Sunday, at CVS and Walgreens, where I plan to stock up on toothbrushes and candy for stockings, and pocket a few bucks by leveraging some coupons. In order to make a few bucks, you have to pair the freebies with coupons. There are a lot Read more […]

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Staples November 23: 20% off Everything in the Bag is Back!

Staplers, I’m simultaneously posting both the deals starting on Sunday and those on Black Friday. That way, you can compare whether it’s a better deal to buy the item you’re eyeing before or on Black Friday. This is especially important if you’re looking for a computer, because there is a $100 off coupon starting on Sunday, but on Black Friday that coupon disappears and is replaced by a free (after Rebate) Kindle worth $79 at the most. There are two reasons to wait until Black Friday for your computer Read more […]

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STAPLES Black Friday: Free Holiday Cards, Paper, and Software

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Staples stores open at midnight on Friday. Are you going to be there? I’ll admit: Staples is not going to be my first stop on Black Friday, and I’m not going to sacrifice precious sleep hours to get anywhere at midnight, but you bet I will stop by for a few deals. First and foremost, with any Black Friday purchase, Staples is giving away 25 personalized 5×7 holiday cards. The first 350 customers to make a purchase on Black Friday will get a coupon for 25 free holiday cards, sized 5×7, flat, Read more […]

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What Should You Buy on Black Friday?

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Do you shop on Black Friday? Cyber Monday? Thanksgiving?!  I do; and I am not alone. 66 million Americans shopped online on Black Friday in 2013. But I don’t usually stick to just Black Friday. I’m out the Sunday before (CVS and Walgreens), on Thanksgiving itself (Michael’s, CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid), and on Black Friday (Rite Aid, Staples, and Lowe’s). I will admit that Reese’s Pieces were not on my original list, and neither were Glade plug-ins. But stocking stuffers were Read more […]

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A Holiday Card Deal that Can’t Be Beat! Quantities Limited.

Staplers, did you miss me? It’s been a whirlwind week here at the Stapler Household, where we welcomed our newest member. We are completely in love, and totally overwhelmed! So, I’m popping onto the site to give you a quick heads-up on a limited-time offer that honestly can’t be beat. Last year, Staples offered 50 holiday cards for $5 on Black Friday. This year, they’re doing it a little bit differently and offering them through Groupon. It’s a better setup than the Black Friday deal, because Read more […]

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Taming the Holiday Spending Monster

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Now that it’s November, it’s time to come to grips with the fact that the holidays are just around the corner. If you are under a mountain of debt, or a mountain of toys that your child doesn’t play with, you might be considering “cutting back.”  As you know, since cutting back on our gift spending, we were a lot happier as a family. You might find yourself in the same situation, but don’t take my word for it …  I met Jackie recently at a conference and was so impressed with their debt Read more […]

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November Net Worth Check-in: October was a good month :)

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The good news: Shortly after posting our October update, we made a $2,000 payment to a student loan! Such an awesome feeling. I really hope we can annihilate the next loan before the end of the year. Our emergency fund ($3500) and maternity leave savings ($1500) would wipe out the loan, and I am sooooo tempted to just dump them in there. But I like having our savings security blanket. If we still have the same amount of savings in our accounts in late December, though, I might just do it! Read more […]

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Cake Decorating Class: Worth it? Or Waste of Money?

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One hour before Little Stapler’s third birthday party, I was a mess of buttercream, sweat, and tears. I was in the middle of an ugly cry because I couldn’t decorate the cake the way I had imagined. My mother, husband, and son witnessed the breakdown. It was my mom who snapped me out of it. She said: Your son is turning three. He’s just happy to have cake! Sure enough, there was Little Stapler, completely confused by my crying but enchanted by the birthday cake that was in his honor. Realty check Read more […]

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Staples October 26: 15% Off Almost Everything

Staplers, if you missed the 20% off sale, you can still grab great deals with this week’s 15% off coupon. It has some limitations (not valid on computers, Epson, Canon, or HP ink or toner, and some other items). But there is a lot that is not excluded — namely, clearance. You may be able to score a great deal on high-quality backpacks for next year. Staples coupons this week, which you can print out online, starting on Sunday:  $75 off laptops and desktops regularly priced at $399 Read more […]