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Shopping? Or Left Overs? That Is The Question

Oh my.

I was so wiped out from hosting the family Thanksgiving dinner that yesterday I was in my pajamas until 3 in the afternoon!  We were ALL in our pajamas until 3 in the afternoon.

Rob does such a spectacular job with cooking the turkey, the stuffing's (1 sausage, 1 oyster) and delicious mashed potatoes while I get the house ready with cleaning and decorating.  Our house is so tiny I can't imagine how I would do with a larger house.  (But I'm willing to try!)

In years past I've headed out on Black Friday with gift ideas in mind. This year however, I found ways to take it easy using my handy-dandy iPhone, and with a on-line coupon site that will not only help me save money, but provide meals for those in need at the same time.  Terrific!

To begin, I downloaded an app that will help me find the best deals for just about everything on my list, Black Friday or not.  (Have I mentioned how much I love my iPhone ;-> )

RetailMeNot:

With the app RetailMeNot, available for iPhone and Android, you will find the best deals at all of your favorite stores.  Target, Bath and Body Works, Aeropostale, Kohl's.  The list goes on and on.  With the use of this app you have the ability to save big right at your finger tips.  And a great thing is, the RetailMeNot app is free!  They also show savings for restaurants, museums and hair salons. So while you're out and about and need a point in the "saving direction" use the app RetailMeNot.    

Save1.com:

With the on-line coupon site Save1.com use one of their coupon offers from over 30 categories and help a hungry child at the same time.  Save1.com provides offers ranging from apparel to groceries to travel to weddings and many things in between! Save1 receives a commission and with a portion of that money they provide a meal for a hungry child through a feeding partner. To this date they have provided over 95,000 meals.  Save1.com is a site to bookmark on your toolbar.

Since my girls didn't have their Wish List organized by Black Friday I didn't feel like roaming the malls and knew I could find good deals another day.  I've never been one to stand in line for the insane early bird deals, too stressful.  My mom and I would head out around 7:00 or 8:00 am, like civilized crazy shoppers, and join the masses in the parking lots.

Every year we would do our best not to get angry at someone who made a poor choice like; taking a parking spot that we had been waiting for or, taking the whole stack of towels or board games and dumping them in their cart while we stood watching with our mouths open at the GALL of taking them all.  Did they really need all of those games?

Oh well.  Not this year.  I just couldn't bring myself to deal with Black Friday shopping.  I just needed to stay in my p.j.'s and remember the wonderful day I spent with my wonderful family.  (And eat the rest of my sister's delicious fruit salad that she so generously left behind.)

So, what about you?  Did you brave the holiday shopping crowds?  Or did you stay home, eat leftovers and know that you will still find saving another day, like me? ;->


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