Sunday, November 13, 2011

10 Days Until Thanksgiving

There are 10 days left until Thanksgiving is here. 11 until the day after-"Black Friday"-the day that we are told to shop, early and much! Will you be out in the stores? Online looking for bargains in your pjs-cup of coffee by your side? Or will you not get caught up in it at all?

We are on vacation, well really we needed to come to Arizona to look at property that my husband inherited near Lake Mead. We were able to get airfare using only loyalty points. The total cost for 3 round trip tickets was $15 for the fee. (NO baggage costs). The hotels that we stayed at cost us only approx $96 TOTAL for 7 nights using loyalty points. We love Southwest and Priority Club. I will have to write a post on how we did this, it took some planning and patience but it can be done. Food was strategically planned so that breakfast was offered at the hotels, and we ate a late lunch around 3pm daily, then only snacks in the evening. In one town we found a Fantastic quality steak and shrimp dinner for $7.77 which included mashed potatoes and salad! With 3 of us traveling this came to under $25 for the whole day!

It dawned on me today, while in Laguana Beach window shopping, that Thanksgiving is only 10 days away. The Christmas decorations in the shore front windows were the giveaway. It immediately brought me back to reality, the couple of dishes that I'd left in the sink at home, the stack of clothes on the corner of my bed that I had decided not to bring along. The artificial tree in the back room that needs to be brought out and decorated,  the wreaths that need made, the homemade gifts that need finished....the cookies that need baked. It will get done. I'm kind of looking forward to it. I hope it snows. I'll play Frank, Dean and Judy music and find myself in the holiday spirit.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Enjoy the season in all of it's glory!


* MS Clipart used above


  1. Nice work on the frugal trip! You're right - it can take some effort but it's worth it. Can't wait to see how you did it.

  2. Thanks HP. We are finally home and it is time to get in the holiday spirit. Have you been to Hawaii? Did you plan a frugal trip? We used points both airline and hotel. It was great! Glad to be back home and to get the preparations ready for the season. :)