Today’s GIVEAWAY for Cyber Tuesday!


It’s Take Charge Cyber Tuesday here on My Pocketful of Thoughts.  What?  You’ve never heard of Cyber Tuesday?  It is possible I just made it up, however, nowadays the retail industry seems to make up their own rules when it comes to holiday shopping.  Black Friday started at dinner time at some stores this year claiming that they are trying to save lives.  So in the spirit of the holiday season, I have looked for a deal to make today special!


Earlier in the month I had the pleasure of announcing the Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty List and Giveaway that took place on their Facebook Page.  It was twenty opportunities for you to snag one of their great products for FREE!  The Rattle Rumble Push Toy was their last giveaway item this past Sunday.  Did you win?  

If you were NOT able to snag one of their twenty favorites, today is YOUR lucky day!  Today on My Pocketful of Thoughts we are teaming up with Melissa & Doug and giving ONE AWAY to a LUCKY reader!  YAY  Here’s your opportunity to cross another person off your holiday shopping list.

Just complete the steps in the rafflecopter. A winner will be announced on the My Pocketful of Thoughts FB Page and here on the blog next Tuesday.  Come back DAILY to tweet for more entries!  GOOD LUCK!
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The winner of this giveaway will be chosen by random.org. The prize should arrive within 15 days after the end of the contest and mailing information has been received. This is a sponsored post, but the opinions are my own! 

Until then,

PS if you’re looking where to start check out Ghost of Holiday Shopping for everything you need.

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Where Can I Start My Holiday Shopping?

This past Money Monday I shared with you My Naughty and Nice List.  So of course I want to know how is your holiday shopping going? Have you started yet? Are you almost done? If you haven’t started yet I suggest when you’re done with reading this post you stop by Monday’s post and check out how to start!  It’s making me nervous to even think about you waiting til the day before Christmas to start.  I know plenty of people who do though, so you’re not alone.

For me though I am a bit claustrophobic so I tend to make sure I’m done with my list by the first or second week of December!  Anything after that and you might get a homemade gift if I haven’t gotten to your name yet by that time.  This is actually not a bad idea if you share the same phobia of large crowds.  People tend to morph into mean monsters during the holiday shopping season.  If you do have to shop during the month of December, good luck to you!
Since I’m almost done, I thought it would be nice to share some ideas of what to get the people on your list.  This will come to you next week.  In the meantime I wanted to share an event you can look for in your neck of the woods.  It is the perfect spot to start your holiday shopping.  I love to stop at Holiday Shopping Events.  Its a great way to find some really great gifts for your loved ones and of course, yourself!  I normally have to travel all the way to NY to find a good one.  However, this year I’m in luck to have one closer to home.  In Connecticut, one of my dear friends is hosting a Holiday Shopping event in Norwalk, CT for the ladies.  If you happen to be in my neck of the woods I invite you to partake in the festivities!
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PNK Holiday tickets will be sold ahead of time for $10.00 and $15.00 at the door. Please email PrttynPnkSugar@gmail.com for more information!


If you’d like more information on this event be sure to like the Facebook Page PNK Sugar!  Tell her I sent you!  Have you ever been to a Holiday Shopping Event?  Share where you start your shopping below!
Until then,
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Eating out doesn’t have to be $$$!

Taco Loco Receipt after Groupon Voucher

It makes sense, to cut back on spending unnecessarily, if you’re feeling the crunch of the times.  Raises for most people are on pause, jobs continue to come or go, and prices on our basic necessities keep climbing to ridiculous highs.  Ten years ago I can honestly remember eating out almost every night and not worrying about the cost (my body suffered more than my wallet :/ ).  Today I think about eating out differently.  As I do with everything I spend money on these days, my first thought goes to how can I pay less.  With so many different programs out there it is hard NOT to save money on your favorite dining out experiences.  The photo on the left depicts my Groupon deal at a local Mexican Restaurant.  The deal was $12.00 for a $25.00 voucher good for Lunch.  I just cut my bill in half without even ordering anything!  My niece and I enjoyed a yummy meal and after tip I spent $5.33.  A total of $17.33.  I could have spent an additional $3.00 but we were running short on time.

Here are a few of the sites I have found to get deals:
groupon, restaurant.com*, living social, spotlight deals on OpenTable, the facebook page of your favorite restaurant and of course the twitter page of your favorite restaurant

Finding and using deals gives local businesses, well, business.  It gives you a break from the kitchen.  You can try out new locales you might not have thought of going to OR where you’ve always wanted to go to.  You might hear additional specials along the way that do not require a coupon or voucher.  You might find that most restaurants now feature a Pre-Fixe menu on certain days of the week to strum up hungry tummies. 

My only tip is that you read the fine print, ALWAYS before purchasing.  While you can find a CRAZY deal on you favorite restaurants, there is ALWAYS the fine print.  Some restaurants restrict what night it can be used, what time of day it can be used, specials and location restrictions, number of minimum guests, minimum amount to be used, and gratuity automatically added.  The point is you can go out for a night on the town without breaking the bank, with some planning before hand.

Where do you look for deals on eating out?

Until then,

*I find that restaurant.com saves the most once you catch their discount code deals (acquired from their facebook page) overall.

Now on Facebook!

“…I been gone for a minute now I’m back at the jump off… Goons in the club in case somethin’ jumps off…” What ever happened to Lil Kim?  Anyways, I have been gone for a little longer than a minute but now I’m back with a Facebook page.  Like the NEW My Pocketful of Thoughts Facebook Page, 25 Likes and I get a username.  Will you help?  Oh and stay tuned for all upcoming blogs!  So excited to be back!

Until then