What do moms really want for Mother’s Day? I can tell you what I want as a Mother’s Day gift–the same thing I want on any holiday, and that is this–the opportunity not to have to cook dinner or any meal that day. My husband could bring me breakfast in bed or he and my […]
When it comes to holiday gifts I bought this year, about half were gift cards. With regards to the gifts I received, about half were gift cards. According to the National Retail Federation, I’m like a lot of Americans–nearly 59 percent of us have requested to receive a gift card this year for the holidays, […]
(I’ve updated this popular post from 2013 to include 7 places where it might be possible to get a discount on your cup of coffee when you bring your own cup–good to know if you are giving or have received a reusable coffee mug or tumbler as a gift or stocking stuffer.) Starbucks is hardly […]
Free Shipping Day usually occurs one week before Christmas, give or take a business day, to account for free shipping getting there on time. This year, Free Shipping Day will be held on Friday, December 18th. Free Shipping Day is the last day that online retailers can offer free shipping and guaranteed delivery by Christmas […]
It’s December, which means it is that time of year–to hand out holiday tips. If you’ve been wondering how much do I tip at the holidays, don’t stress: I’ve put together an easy-to-understand list of holiday tipping etiquette based on the most common people you’re likely to tip at the holidays. Hope this helps you […]
Because of my experience as a gifts and etiquette expert, there are two times of the year when people start writing to me for ideas on teacher gifts. This happens right before the December holidays and again in May or June, right before the end of the school year. Parents want to know the etiquette […]
Every year restaurants and retailers roll out deals that let you earn free gift cards when you buy gift cards or allow you to get cheap gift cards–half off or more. In 2015 I’ve found 26 such free gift card and cheap gift card offers. Hurry, though, as many of these offers are good through […]
I’m all for using last night’s dinner leftovers for today’s lunch as a way to save money. But if you’re still holding onto holiday leftovers from Thanksgiving, you need to toss everything now! The maximum amount of time most leftovers are good for is four days. If you’re wondering how long you can keep Thanksgiving […]
Here is some advice to help you avoid plumbing problems on Thanksgiving, courtesy of my partnership with HomeAdvisor.
Last year, I was able to get my family’s 18-pound Thanksgiving turkey for free by cashing in the supermarket points that I’d earned in the past few months. According to the tag still attached to the turkey, I should have paid about $20 for this mainstay on Thanksgiving. But instead I got it for free […]
Here are some reasons why using cash back for holiday shopping can save you big bucks. In fact, I got all of my holiday gift cards for free, thanks to cash back benefits.