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Wanda’s Word on a Thrifty Holiday By: Wanda




Hey ya’ll!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving- or as we call it here in BlueBell, Planksgiving.  I ate so much turkey and stuffing this year, that I slept right through afternoon football and woke up with a cranberry sauce mustache at 4am the next day!  Luckily I was up just in time to make it out for the black Friday sales.  I love a good deal, and although I’m tiny I’m surprisingly strong when it comes to getting through a crowd for some $3 DVD’s.  Speaking of Holiday sales, this week we have a question from a local BlueBellian who seems to be facing an issue we’ve all felt before.  Anonymous from Bluebell writes:

“Hey Wanda,

     Every year my boyfriend and I tend to get each other several gifts for the holiday season, but this year I just don’t have the money to do it.  I haven’t really talked to him about it because I know even if I tell him not to get me anything, he’ll do it anyway.  What should I do?

Happy Holidays,

Anonymous BlueBellian”

Anonymous- you are asking the right girl for this topic!  Contrary to popular belief, it actually doesn’t pay that much being a waitress at the Rammer Jammer, so I’ve learned many ways to be thoughtful but frugal during the holidays.  One of the best things you could suggest to your boyfriend is not getting each other any gifts this season and instead going on a little get away as a couple.  This will be so romantic and it gives you the freedom to spend as little or as much money as you’re comfortable with.  How about a road trip to Biloxi or Galveston? Maybe you even have friends or family with a place you could use so you’ll save money on a hotel too.  I personally can’t think of anything better than a whole day on the road followed by a few nights out of town with Tom!  It sounds like your sweetie might be pretty set on getting you some kind of present so if you still want to get your boyfriend a small gift just to be safe, I’ve recently learned about the miracle of online shopping.  One piece of advice is to go shopping in the stores, write down what you like, then go online and find the best deals on those items. I hope you talk to your boyfriend anyway- let him know some of your concerns and who knows, maybe he’ll love these ideas too.  I hope I helped!

Big hugs,


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