It’s been fun to spend a few days Christmas shopping over the last couple weeks. I started a week ago on Monday and went on a full blitz yesterday – stopping at 19 different stores before I was done. Today I’ve been wrapping and watching a couple cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies (check out this funny Hallmark Christmas movie drinking game). When we exchange gifts with … Continue reading Thrifty Thursday – Christmas Gift Challenge
I recently wrote about our travel plans in early retirement and the advantages of traveling off-season. A friend of mine said that the three best times to travel were in January/February, May, and September. This is when rates may be as much as 20-30% cheaper than the times when most people can fit in trips between work & school schedules.
I thought it was good advice and it certainly proves out when you look at this chart from yourfirstvisit.net which Continue reading “Thrifty Thursday – Best Times Of The Year To Travel”
Here’s a great deal I found out before leaving on our recent vacation: through our local library, I can download dozens of magazines to my tablet without any cost. We were leaving for our recent cruise and I looked into downloading a book onto my iPad. That’s unusual for me, as I am more often reading magazines and newspapers than full books. Short attention … Continue reading Thrifty Thursday – Free e-Magazines To Check Out
Our family has taken quite a few cruises over the years and I am always amazed at how often folks pay big bucks for excursions through the cruise line companies. This is a key source of revenue for cruise companies, but not really necessary for most ports. Our last trip was a good example. We were on a Scandinavian cruise and porting for the day … Continue reading Thrifty Thursday – Cruise Ship Excursions
I’m excited to have put in a pre-order for the new Apple Watch. Mr.FireStation is a bit of a gadget-guy, but even so, at $399 it is about 4x what I have ever paid for a watch of any sort. I know people who wear the luxury brand watches that cost thousands of dollars, but I’ve always resisted shelling out that kind of money. Until … Continue reading Thrifty Thursday – Apple Watch Bands