Tea For Two…Make That Twelve

I really enjoy tea. What’s better than a hot cup of tea on a cold winter day? I’ll tell you what’s better: getting an amazing deal of a bundle of tea!

We are well into January and I am still finding incredible deals on Christmas close-out items. Found this “Twelve Teas of Christmas” package deeply discounted at Ross Dress For Less.

Your eyes are not deceiving you. That markdown price tag really says 49 cents.

Looks like Christmas has been extended past the twelve days for me and my family. Perhaps it will be for you too. Keep checking stores like Ross, Big Lots, and others. There are still after-Christmas bargains to be had!

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Jewelry Bargain at Walgreens

I never thought of shopping at Walgreens for jewelry, but that is just what my daughter did when she bought me this wonderful bracelet.

This bracelet is made for Walgreens and is very reminiscent of much more expensive jewelry made by Pandora.

As you can see, Walgreens normally sells this bracelet for $7.99, however it was discounted for less than that.

It was on sale for $2.39 plus $0.23 tax, bringing the grand total to a mere $2.62! That’s a whole lot better than paying full price for Pandora and you still get the same great look. Plus it has a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Now that’s a blessing!

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Big! Lots! Clearance Haul

If you look carefully, every Big Lots store has a clearance section. It may be one whole row or it may just be half a shelf, but it’s there. When you find it you might find some amazing deals like these…

Nutrition bars originally priced at $2.00 then $1.00 and now marked down to 25¢!

Full-size bags of potato chips for 50¢!

Larabar chocolate mint truffles for $1.00!

Organic toaster pastries for 50¢ a box!

Kind Kids chocolate chip bars for 50¢! (So good my son and I had to open them up on the way home!)

Carr’s Table Water Crackers for a mere 25¢ a box! (Think how much you pay for them at Safeway or Lucky’s.)

And Christmas chocolates for only 10¢ a bag! I found these in the same section as the Valentine’s Day candy at my local Big Lots store. Talk about a sweet deal!

Big Lots clearance sections aren’t only for food items. You’ll also find gadgets, home decor, and more there. So the next time you visit your nearby Big Lots be sure to scout out their clearance section. You’ll be glad you did!

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A Little After Christmas Clearance Bliss

Happy New Year! Thank you, Target. I am enjoying my Christmas clearance candle 80% off. This was originally $5, marked down to $1.09 including tax.

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50% to 60% Off at Forever 21

I got a nice T-shirt for our son at Forever 21 a week ago for half off. Normally $4.98, I got it for $2.49 plus tax. But if you go now this week they have prices slash as low as 60% off for many items. My husband went back and got two more shirts for our son. This is too good a deal to pass up! Jump on it before it goes away!

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It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

Yes technically Christmas has come and gone, but in our house the Christmas festivities keep going. A week into January we still have our decorations up, we’re still listening to Christmas music, and we’re still full of the Christmas spirit. So I decided the other day that we should bake some Christmas cookies.


Many of the stores have Christmas cookies at clearance prices now which is a great bargain. We could have some, but where is the fun in that?


I had our daughter bake a batch of sugar cookies and I decorated them with icing. You know what? We had a blast.


It just goes to remind me that we should keep that Christmas spirit – that notion of peace on earth, good will towards men – in our hearts all year round, not just in December.


Maybe if we did the world would be a better place.

So as far as I’m concerned, Christmas isn’t over until I say it’s over!

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Donations, Charity, And Good Works

It’s a gift we give ourselves really. The gift of letting go of what we do not need in order to give to others. It takes time to sort out piles of items we want to keep or donate. But once the deed is done there’s a shift in our thinking, our being. Some people experience a “lightness, a weight being lifted” that continues to grow. It’s the opposite feeling of a shopping high or a successful hunt for the perfect black dress. By releasing and removing clutter, worn out items, unused shoes or clothing, you are freeing up room in your physical and spiritual home for a prayed for goal or a surprise blessing. Don’t sabotage yourself with second guesses about keeping anything that causes hurt or a distance between you and God or your loved ones. The Bible is against idol worship for good reason. Your Heavenly Father wants you to have healthy, positive, peaceful relationships as much as it is possible. You can’t do that if you are living in a fantasy having unrealistic expectations about items everyone but you are willing to admit will never be used by anyone in your house again.

Thank you to Goodwill and The Salvation Army for accepting donations from furniture to clothing to shoes and even vehicles. I pray in 2020 you make the decision to not let the month of January go by without making donations a part of your New Year’s resolution.

Take care and God Bless!

 

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Having 2020 Vision

At the stroke of midnight we say goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020. The year that just passed was a rough one for me and my family with various illnesses and setbacks. But rather than dwell on the hardships and heartaches we’ve just been through, it’s important to fix our eyes on what lies ahead: the blessings and opportunities of a new year. Even if we are still going through struggles, the new year may bring resolution to them.

So let’s make sure we have 2020 vision as we move into the new year. Not looking back at what was, but looking forward with purpose and determination toward what lies ahead that God has called us to.

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3:14 (NASB)

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Free Birthday Ice Cream Cones From Baskin Robbins

You can buy ice cream at pretty much any grocery store or even at Target or Walmart, but there is no ice cream quite as delicious as Baskin Robbins especially if it’s free. Sign up for the Baskin Robbins reward program and you can get a free ice cream cone during your birthday month, plus other deals, discounts, and giveaways throughout the year. I got two free cones for my birthday…and they were oh so good!

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How Merry is Your Christmas?

Can I be real with you? Christmas is not always a perfectly pleasant time for me and my family. We often get hit hard with life’s struggles at this time of year. The enemy likes to attack us during this season: unexpected bills, car accidents, illnesses, leaky roofs, appliances breaking down. We’ve seen it all and then some. But I always have to remember that this is also the time of year that God likes to bless us. Sometimes He blesses us through our struggles, sometimes He blesses us in spite of our struggles, and sometimes He blesses us because of our struggles. No matter what, God is always able to bless his people if we put our hearts in a place to receive his blessings. Instead of focusing on our troubles and becoming fearful, angry, or bitter about them, we need to focus on God in the midst of our troubles and bring our cares and concerns to Him, trusting that He is able to deliver us from or deliver us through it all.

This Christmas has had its share of issues, but my family and I chose to count our blessings rather than number our woes. We spent a nice quiet day at home together. We cooked a good meal which we all enjoyed. We listened to fun Christmas music that wasn’t the same old song versions that play on the radio every year. No one was sick with a cold this year (a rarity in our house). And everyone had a gift to open under the tree. Regardless of the external factors that could have made our Christmas blue, we chose to have a Merry Christmas instead.

How Merry is your Christmas?

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