If you’re looking for material, or need inspiration, for projects to keep you sane during these dog days of summer, head over to Bolt Fabrics this weekend for their clearance sale! Everything in store is 15% to 65% off (though a little bird tells us some fabrics may be more than 65% off!) now through closing on Saturday, including deep discounts on ready-made pillows, like these perfect poufs made from Texas tea towels.
This 4th of July weekend, let’s celebrate the best hidden gems and big-deal American wine producers by drinking local, independent, small-batch wines or supporting a local winery in your home state. (Fact: No matter where in the US you live, there’s at least one winery in your state!) Not only will you probably save some major bucks, you’re also reducing your carbon footprint by choosing wines closer to home AND you’re contributing more back into your local economy with every dollar spent. Win, win, major win. ‘Merica!
Austin Passbook is like 12 of my favorite things in one: buy one, get one free (BOGO) deals to get out & explore ATX with a friend, whether you live here or just want to have one hell of a vacation, at primarily local, independently owned businesses, AND for each sale, Austin Passbook gives 5% back to HAAM — health insurance for local musicians, who keep Austin a vibrant creative hub and make it such a cool place to be. Find out where to get & use yours this summer!
Whenever I can, I always prefer to get my coffee fix at a locally owned cafe, but sometimes when you’re traveling (and Yelp fails you) nothing is better than a reliable, consistent go-go juice from Starbucks. Especially with a Groupon.
Back when I first started writing about budget living in 2001, Cyber Monday was a big deal for smaller, “indie” online shops and e-commerce startups (like Amazon, ha!) trying to stand out against brick and mortar.
When I was a cub reporter trying out for the features department at the Portsmouth Herald back in December 2000, the city desk editor gave me what he thought was going to be a super dry assignment, seeing if I could get blood from a stone: Go out and interview the “curmud
Meloday Beattie famously said, “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” And Thanksgiving should be about food, family, and being present, not buying presents – or as Matt Walsh wrote so perfectly for the Huffington Post: If You Shop on Thanksgiving, You’re Part of the Problem.
Every Thursday night in the 80s, after my dad picked me and my siblings up from school in Lexington to spend the weekend with him up on Spring Hill, we would stop for fettucine alfredo at Mike’s or Happy Meals & the underground playground at McDonald’s (now the Starbucks) in Davis Square.