November 2010

DIY Shaped Crayons


I love giving gifts.  Much to my husband's chagrin, my generous spirit has often outweighed my budget.  A long time ago, long before I was married and had kids of my own, I started giving gifts to all the children in my life.  It started with just my nieces and nephews, and then, as a [...]

Supporting LWSL

I have had several readers ask me recently whether I get paid to do this, and what they can do to help support Living Well, Spending Less.  The simple answers are a.) not yet and b.) keep reading!  I am so flattered that you like my little blog.  I love writing it and my only [...]

Decking the Halls (& Kimono Cards Giveaway)

My favorite thing about Thanksgiving weekend is not the food, though I have to admit, the food is really good.  But nothing tops the day after Thanksgiving, when box upon box of Christmas decorations comes down from the attic.  We listen to Christmas music and feast on leftovers while decorate the tree, put up lights, [...]

Cyber Monday

I don't know about you, but my email inbox has been flooded this morning with Cyber Monday offers from online retailers.  If you are looking for a great deal and were, like me, far too lazy to venture out on Black Friday, you may want to check some of them out. By far my favorite [...]

Sunday Shopping 11-28-10

I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday weekend!  Mine has been spent enjoying a lot of family time, putting up Christmas decorations, & fighting off a cold.  Aside from that last one, it has been a very fun and relaxing few days spent almost entirely at home.  Even so, I did manage to [...]

The Perfect Gift (& TKI Designs Giveaway)

Black Friday, Schmack Friday.  Who needs to wake up at 2am to fight the crowds when you can find the perfect gift at the perfect price while sitting cozily in your pajamas in the comfort of your own home? By now you know that this year I have been searching for handmade, unique, & [...]


This week I have been working on teaching Princess what it means to be thankful. Trying to explain the concept of "thankfulness" to a four-year-old has made me think a lot about how much I have to be thankful for. I am thankful for my husband, who works hard every day to support his family, [...]

Walgreens Black Friday Shopping (& Weekly Shopping Link-Up)

I woke up this morning with a full-blown cold, but I couldn't bear the thought of missing out on the Walgreens Black Friday sale.  Thus, I bucked up, took a big dose of DayQuil, and headed on over.  Unfortunately my head was in a bit of a fog from the medication and I ended up [...]

CVS Black Friday Shopping

If you like free stuff, you will love the Black Friday deals happening at CVS!  The ad was active as of 9pm this evening, so I couldn't resist my chance to hot deals ahead of the crowds.  I could've easily walked out of there spending less than $5 for over $100 worth of stuff, but [...]

Healthy Teeth are Happy Teeth (& radius toothbrush giveaway)

I was cursed with bad teeth.  Despite daily brushing, every time I go to the dentist, without fail, I have at least one cavity, and usually two or three.  My last visit, three weeks ago, I had seven.  Seven cavities.  I didn't even know I had that many teeth left to get cavities in.   [...]

Holiday Shopping Deal & Black Friday Preview

This may come as a surprise (or maybe a disappointment) to some of you, but I'm not a huge fan of Black Friday.  I absolutely loathe large crowds of people, and eight years of working in retail was enough to make me avoid the mall at all costs at any time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. [...]

Christmas Card Making (& Craftin’ Crystal Giveaway)

About a year ago, when I finally got fed up with paying 5 dollars apiece every time I went to Hallmark, I started making my own cards.  Unfortunately for everyone who receives them, my homemade cards really aren't pretty--an awkward combination of scrapbook paper & some sort of greeting card appropriate vellum sticker sentiment.  Passable, (if [...]

Sunday Shopping 11-21-10

I plan to hit both CVS and Walgreens later this week to take advantage of their awesome Black Friday sales, but I did make a quick trip to CVS today to grab a few gift items (and milk!). Here is what I got: At CVS I spent $35.37 for $178.57 worth of groceries and merchandise, [...]

Feeling Lucky (& Whired Whimsey Giveaway)

I have to be honest, I am feeling a little stressed about Christmas shopping this year.  We have a lot of extra people spending the holidays with us, and my role as "Santa" means I have a lot of stocking to fill. I normally love finding special and unique gifts for each person on my [...]

Beginner’s Guide to Coupons (Week 8)

Congratulations! If you have made it this far and followed along each week of this Beginner’s Guide to Coupons series, then I have great news: You are officially no longer a beginner! All this crazy couponing stuff that seemed so complicated and overwhelming at the beginning should be starting to come a lot easier and [...]

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