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Happy Homemade Holiday!

I’m starting to have a Happy Homemade Holiday.  If you’re like me, you’ve still got a little last minute holiday shopping left on your list. Here’s a thrifty gift idea that is not only unique, but fun and oh-so-aromatic to make. And, let’s face it, we all love it when someone makes something for us. […]

Oakland Museum’s Wild and Wonderful White Elephant Sale

In honor of the Oakland Museum’s upcoming wild and wonderful White Elephant Sale – here’s one from the archives.  It’s that wacky and wonderful time of the year again – the time when treasure hunters and donors alike line up in the cool morning hours to snatch the one thing they don’t have that they […]

City-Wide Garage Sales Are Upon Us!

Looks like city-wide garage sales are upon us.  One great way to enjoy this gorgeous weather is to venture out to your friendly, neighborhood garage sales.  My personal favorite is the city-wide garage sale circuit, and it just so happens that the city of Albany, right next to Berkeley, is having their annual City-Wide Garage […]

Back To School Bargains That Save The World

How can we save the world by buying back to school bargains? As I watch my neighbor’s kids pack up the car and head off to our fine institutions of higher learning like Stanford and Willamette, I can’t help but wonder just how much money is being spent at this time of the year on […]


When I want to get away for a little R & R, the first place that comes to mind is Calistoga in the Napa Valley.  Recently, I had some friends in town from So Cal and the three of us spent a lovely week-end up there.  I thought I’d share my money-saving tips for how […]

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Hear ye, hear ye!  (Sound of a bell ringing)…Thrift Stores everywhere are filled with tons of vintage and gently-used Christmas decorations right now.  Just yesterday, I happened into the Thrift Town in San Leandro where I found a plethora of Christmas goodness.  I found a hand-made vintage […]

Black Friday deals online a myth?

Are there really great Black Friday deals online? Word is that the average American will spend $704 shopping on Black Friday.  Doesn’t that seem a bit excessive to you?  Well, if you’re like me and you cringe at the thought of spending that much during the holidays, much less on one shopping day a year, […]

Let’s Talk Turkey Day

OK, let’s talk turkey day.  With the Thanksgiving holiday rapidly approaching, I know many of you are trying to figure out a nice, inexpensive way to make your holiday table sparkle.  Well, I have just the answer!  Head to your local thrift store!  If you need more dishes for those unexpected guests, mix and match […]

Deal-ing for the Holidaze!

The Today Show ran a segment about one dozen great bargain websites for holiday shopping, and I think it deserves a second glance.  Shop online for electronics, clothing, and accessories at the following sites.  There is also Fatwallet, which apparently everyone in the world already knows about.  Here is a reprint of Aseem Kishore’s list of really good […]

Champagne Get-Aways on a Beer Budget

While it’s true that I love thrift stores and all things thrifty, I am not into junk.  In fact, I will admit, I do have a penchant for the finer things in life, including travel.   For travel to be pleasant to me, some things high on my list include high thread count on hotel sheets, good food […]

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