Archive for November, 2007

Christmas Shopping

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Free shipping at Neiman Marcus when you order online with the code “WINTER”.

I only shop at Neiman when I find something classic at the right price and which I know I will be willing to wear for several years . Last week I went to Neiman’s at the International Mall in Tampa and found a gorgeous black jumper (Vince brand) – originally priced at $210 and reduced to $129 – that looks adorable with black leggings and my new Puma boots. I will probably play a game of seeing how many different ways I can disguise my little black dress with cashmere sweaters and blouses that are already at hand’s reach in my closet. My guess is that only my best friend “E.” will notice that it is the same piece in a new presentation.

If you stay away from the trends and poorly made clothes, you can actually save a lot of money by investing in a few quality pieces that give long-term enjoyment.

These boots are made for walking!

Monday, November 26th, 2007

I had been waiting for 2 years to find exactly the right boot – a pair that is comfortable, stylish, goes with most of my clothes and is affordable. Finally, I found them where I least expected them, in a Puma athletic shoe store. They look great with pants and short dresses.

Here are the same boots, available from Zappo’s:

Pizza for Pennies

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

I was reading on the Yahoo News today that a surprising number of families order pizza on the day after Thanksgiving. I guess people figure they devoured enough healthy food like carrots and yams on Turkey Day to justify following it up with a Junk Food Day. Sure it tastes good, but how do you feel a few hours later? Even if you have the metabolism of a horse, you are still out the twenty bucks you paid the pizza boy.

How about preparing “pizza” that is on the pennies budget? First take some pita bread, tortillas, or chapattis (the flat round bread that the Hunzas eat) and lightly toast it in the toaster oven. Take the toasted bread and spread pizza sauce over the top of it. Now add any of your favorite toppings (salami, anchovies, green or red peppers, cooked hamburger, mushrooms, green onions, or even some of that leftover turkey), pile on the grated cheeses, and broil it in the toaster oven. I guarantee it is more delicious than the delivery pizza and it tastes even better knowing that you didn’t spend that twenty spot!

Live on Pennies

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

The purpose of this blog is to help you dress, dine and live well on the money you have. Every day there will be some tip to help you do this. And, when this reminds you of your favorite money-saving trick, feel free to discuss it with us.

Today’s tip: Package the Thanksgiving leftovers well before putting them in the refrigerator or freezer. Wrap the leftover turkey in individual packages and freeze. That way, you aren’t obligated to eat turkey every meal for fear of spoilage. You can even wait a week between turkey recipes!


Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving to you and all the readers!!!