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Post Holiday

The holidays were a wonderful mixture of work, relaxation, gratefulness, family time, frugality and indulgence.  It was GREAT and I am both thankful it has wound down and also that the next time is only 363 days away.  Can’t wait!

This year, my cousin had a Christmas Eve cocktails and appetizer reception at her home so that we could all be together to celebrate.  The usual family and friends that would ordinarily get together at my house on Christmas Day were otherwise engaged with travel, personal projects and so on this year.

I used coupons and sale shopping to buy some of the presents and food for the holidays.  Target Cartwheel, coupons.com, JC Penney coupons, an Ollie’s Army coupon and Aldi grand reopening coupon rounded out the discounts.

Mirror Image made out on Christmas big time…as usual. This girl…she likes STUFF. Her haul included VR goggles, clothes, money, Lindor Truffels (when did that become a Christmas wish?  She was begging for those for weeks), jewelry and more.

Christmas lunch was fabulous, too.  The good folks at Aldi one again provided a luxurious feast – broiled lobster tails, roasted duck, salad, roasted brussel sprouts, standing rib roast, dinner rolls.  Thank goodness I can get this stuff from Aldi or this kind of menu would not be affordable.

Here is a giggle – one of my presents was a Fit Board from my cousin.  This is timely considering the menu that I mentioned above.  I need it and am looking forward to using at the start of the new year in relation to my weight management goals!

More importantly than the STUFF though, is the LOVE.  I am so blessed.  Overall good health, a family that loves me and let’s me cook for them and all the other blessings that would take too long to write.

Next step post holidays, my trip to Seattle to see my sister get married (we leave tomorrow); sign up for some life enrichment classes at the local community college; The Great Water Challenge of January 2017.

Life is actually NEVER boring…

Happy New Year!

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For This I Am Thankful


Thursday, I will be catching some early morning Black Friday sales at Rite Aid (FREE ear buds, people!), enjoying the annual Thanksgiving service at my church and getting down to the business of eating, a little later in the day.

So, I thought I would share my gratitude today, instead.

  • My health and health and insurance…for this I am thankful
  • My family and my place in it…for this I am thankful
  • My own Mirror Image…for Her I am thankful
  • My job and manager…for those I am thankful
  • My passport…for this I am thankful
  • Travel rewards and points…for this I am thankful
  • The opportunities to give and serve others…for these I am thankful
  • Honorable Police…for them I am thankful
  • Dedicated garbage collectors…for them I am thankful
  • Patience…for this I am thankful
  • Forgiveness…for this I am thankful
  • The election is over…for this I am thankful

Have a marvelous Thanksgiving and a Happy Black Friday!

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day – The Thrifty Way!

Pooh Piglet Valentine

Valentine’s Day has come and gone.  Here is how the Thrifty Image household spent our Valentine’s Day:

Happy Valentine’s Day to me! I started the day by walking the 70 pound German Shepherd in the 5 degree weather at 6:30am. Crazy cold weather makes me walk faster which is just fine with the Thrifty Pooch.

Half hour later, Thrifty Pooch is eating breakfast while I take a shower to warm up and get ready for Church.  Mirror Image is still sleeping so I sneak her Valentine’s present into her room.

Mirror Image is slooow to rise but is groggily thankful for the Valentine’s Day socks and the massive box of Sugar Babies I got her. She wanted to have some of the Valentine’d Day cake she had made the night before for breakfast. I scratched that idea.

Off to church we go!

After Church, we ventured back to the Dollar Tree.  This is my 3rd visit since Friday.  Since it is tax-free weekend in Maryland, I decide to buy the organization baskets sooner for the sun room project rather than later.

Once home, I made Mirror Image several vegetarian dishes to counteract the MASSIVE amount of Valentine’s cake and candy she ate at Sunday School.  We enjoyed Parmesan Roasted Broccoli and Corn Avocado Salad.  She also had green peas and a green salad.

Mirror Image handed me a homemade card and later, we enjoyed the The Princess Bride 2 and some yummy oven baked ribs I made for Mirror Image because she LOVES them and they are unbelievably AWESOME. Oh, and she ate MORE cake.

Then a walk around the block for the Thrifty Pooch and me and we returned to a warm inviting home where we wound down for the night — with the adult of the house enjoying the Walking Dead premiere.

It doesn’t take a lot of money to celebrate and enjoy Valentine’s Day. For me, it means being with the people I love, sharing the food I love and showing love.

How did you spend (or save) Valentine’s Day?

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