Use ‘Slice’ to Keep Track of Online Shopping

I love discount online shopping.  In fact, some days I worry I’m addicted to it. I’m a member of the popular deep discount  “members only” clothing and home goods websites Gilt Groupe, Rue La La, Haute Look and One Kings Lane.  I say “members only” with a smile, because anyone who signs up becomes a member. Every day, and twice a day during the holiday shopping season, these sites send me emails highlighting items that are discounted 50 percent or more. …

Anti-Black Friday? Celebrate Buy Nothing Day

I saw this great cartoon the other day. “Black Friday: Because only in America, people trample others for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have.”  Funny, but true. Now don’t accuse me of being a humbug. I like to celebrate the holidays just as much as anybody else. Although when it comes to gift giving, I do prefer a somewhat more measured approach than is apparently the American norm. I like to think of the …

Nursing “home”

What do you think of when you think of a nursing home? A massive cafeteria with uninteresting food? Drab walls and long fluorescently lighted hallways? Well, there is a project that hopes to change all that – Here is an article from the Washington Post today that I found very hopeful – because after visiting my great-grandmother for years as a child in a very conventional nursing home, even I knew something didn’t seem quite fair about her “home.” The …

December Already…

We’ve made it to the last month of 2009 – can you believe it? You’ll be happy to know that my Thanksgiving road trip went smoothly and I was home with plenty of time to spare for Thanksgiving breakfast. And now on to holiday shopping and preparing for the holiday season! My mission this month is to get the perfect gifts for my friends and family without breaking the bank…I’ll keep you updated on my progress. Here are a few …

Holiday Shopping Already?

Have you started your holiday shopping? I have – only because my budgeting technique this year is to spread out my gift buying! There’s an interesting article on AdWeek’s Web site this morning called “Don’t Count on Grandma this Xmas” that cites an AARP Bulletin poll on spending this holiday season. The survey conducted among AARP members showed that 34% of those 50 and up expect to spend less on the holidays than they did last year – and only …