I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We certainly did. I have a four day weekend thanks to the holiday. We're not big on the whole after Thanksgiving shopping though. So the next few days will be spent doing some things around the house and just enjoying hanging out. :)
We do plenty of shopping for Christmas, but most of it is done online after spending time surfing around for the best deals. We're pretty good when it comes to spending money. We always do our homework and make sure we're getting the most for our money. And whenever we can take advantage of saving money we're all over it. Here's an example, the gas station where we like to get our gas has a rewards program. We used to only take advantage of gaining points via our gas purchases at the pump. Not anymore. They also offer gift cards and when you purchase a gift card you also get extra reward points. So now, we can get the points from the gift card in addition to the points we gain when we actually use it at the pump. It sounds trivial, but it adds up. There are several different gift cards we could exchange points for, but we pretty much always use it for free coffee. For every month's worth of gift cards we buy (which we'd spend anyway on gas) we get about 7 free coffees. Not too shabby and a nice *free* treat for us.