Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Here is the second BSG holiday gift guide. There will be a third one next week and the following week will be the stocking stuffer gift guide. Some gift ideas will be included in the newsletter. Plus, as I’m still getting a dozen e-mails a day regarding bargain gift ideas, I’ll be putting them on Twitter. If you don’t follow me on Twitter yet, it’s www.twitter.com/budgetsmartgirl
Okay, here’s the second list.
For the Photographer…the person who prints a lot
I fit into both those categories and here’s something that caught my eye. The Epson Stylus NX415 delivers fast print speeds and flawless photos every time. Boasting a large 2.5-inch LCD screen, built-in memory card slots, and PictBridge™ compatibility, the easy-to-use all-in-one effortlessly prints stacks of borderless photos up to 8.5”x11”, without even turning on the computer. I checked prices on this one, the lowest I found was $69.95, but definitely check the Internet and your local electronics store.
Two Books of Interest
These caught my attention immediately.”The Frugal Foodie Cookbook,” a cookbook written by successful author, baker and busy mother, Lara Starr. She writes her cookbook with busy moms in mind and those interested in cooking on a budget. Best-selling author BJ Gallagher writes “It’s Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been”. This book is a great gift for those who are making a life change and need a hand to hold while doing it. Maybe a great gift for someone who lost a job in 2009 and thinking about what to do next!
Side note:both these authors will be visiting BSG site next year for an interview and to share more tips with us.
Save Time…some your legs
Are people psychic or what? So many people send gift suggestions for items I need! I often head upstairs forgetting that I was supposed to bring the towels from the dryer or the can of tomatoes from the pantry. The other scenario, I’m carrying too much and have to make two trips. The One Trip Tote is my answer. Give this to any busy lady for Christmas and I’m sure she’ll love you www.onetriptote.com $37.95
Don’t Make a Budget
You know I would never tell you to do that, but Ken Robinson author of Don’t Make a Budget: Why it’s So Hard to Save Money and What to Do About it has some useful tips if you are struggling with your finances or can’t figure out what you’re doing wrong. Seems like a perfect addition to the Budget Smart Girl bookshelf. Ken will be chatting with me in the New Year and I’ll be sharing his tips and advice with you on the site. He’s agreed to give BSG readers a discount on the book, it normally costs $20.50 with shopping but he’s offering $15 for the book with free shipping. At the check-out you’ll need to enter BSG1 for free shipping and BSG2 to buy the book at $15. Ken said the offer is good until 12/31/09 and he can only offer free shipping in the continental www.dontmakeabudget.com
When I was young, Avon just sold cosmetics, but now it’s sells…well just about everything. As I like value for money…and as getting something nice for yourself whilw you’re shopping for others is nice too, this one made it to the list.
Avon has a camcorder that is easy to use for just $79.00. It has Auto-focus lens, built in 128MB flash memory expandable up to 4GB (memory card not included), mass storage, built in microphone and LCD Display. There are 11 user friendly applications: 1. Camcorder 2. Digital Camera 3. Photo Album 4. MP3 music Playback 5. MP4 Video Playback 6. FM Radio 7. Games 8. Calendar 9. e-Book 10. Voice Recorder and 11. PB Web Camera. It’s only $79.00 with any $20.00 beauty purchase. www.avon.com
Side note: I’ll be featuring ways to earn more income in 2010 and chatting with an Avon representative who’s going to give us some insider tips and share her experiences of working with the company.
Okay, here’s another jewelry gift and best of all they’re giving BSG readers a 25% discount. Enter the code BUDGET during checkout at www.ChicGemsEtc.com or by phone at 888.801.8265. This offer cannot be combined with other offers, has no cash value and can only be used online at Chic Gems or by phone. Offer expires 12/31/09.
Some of my favorite gifts are ones I can use well beyond the holidays, things like bubble baths and soaps. Check out the good stuff at this site…and while you shop the site, you can also listen to relaxing music! www.aftertherayne.com
Okay, that’s it for today. The third and final gift guide will be posted on the site next week. Now I’m off to sort through the holiday decorations.