Deal of the Day Halloween 2008

Happy Halloween!

Special thanks to Money Saving Methods!

Special thanks to Money Saving Methods!

I saw this one over at MoneySavingMethods, a great source of deals.  I’m totally stealing it, and doing it myself as I need to order photos!

Some of the photo deals aren’t that good.  By the time you pay for shipping you may as well order from Costco.  This actually works out to be a great deal, especially if you are new to the site and have not yet gotten your 40 free prints from Clark Colorlabs.

You’ll want to register at  Clark Colorlabs first so you can get your 40 free prints.  After you register go ahead and begin uploading your photos.  Then you can get an additional 50 prints for 1 cent each.  So that means all you pay is 50 cents plus shipping for 90 prints!

The extra 50 for a penny each is good until November 5th.  Use coupon code PENNYAPRINT.

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Autumn is Good for My Soul

I love autumn. It’s a feast for the senses.

The leaves are so pretty they make me cry. The crisp air is wonderfully fragrant with the aroma of firewood burning.

I love the feel of the softest sweaters, and the way they keep me warm yet allow the chilly air to put some pink in my cheeks.

I love that there are corn maizes and pumpkin patches and gourds of all colors.

A BeThisWay original.

A BeThisWay original

I love high school football games, even when I was in the High School Marching band and had to wear three pairs of pantyhose to keep my legs warm. Hot chocolate never tasted so good…

I love making my Son’s Halloween costume, carving the jack-o-lantern and the taste of the pumpkin seeds.

A BeThisWay original

A BeThisWay original

I love the scratchy feel of the fallen leaves against my skin as I jump in a pile of them and watch as they float back to the ground.

And I love the depth of emotion I feel for our families as we celebrate Thanksgiving. The pumpkin pie isn’t bad, either.

I love autumn, and though I’m not experiencing some of my favorite fall traditions here in Florida, I do appreciate all of the gifts that autumn brings me here.

A BeThisWay original

Deal of the Day October 13, 2008

Pick up 50 4×6 photo prints from your local Walgreens for only $5 when ordered online. Use coupon code FALL4ALL when checking out. In other savings, coupon code EYESEE knocks 10% off any contact lens order through 10/18/2008. Photo coupon expiration unknown.

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Deal of the Day September 27, 2008

Rite Aid is giving away 25 digital 4×6 photo prints to everyone who comes in with their memory card and this printable coupon. Not only will this offer save you $7.25, it also saves on the ink and paper you would have used by printing your own pictures at home! Expires 12/31/2008.

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Deal of the Day June 26, 2008

Tired of paying $15 – $25 for getting your checks printed?

Wal-Mart has now ventured out into the check printing business and is offering many different designs with prices starting at just $5.95 for 150 checks. Also of special interest is their Photo Checks where you can upload a favorite picture of a treasured pet or family member to be printed on your checks. This offer is on-going and is most likely just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the services that Wal-Mart will eventually branch out into in their attempt to take over the world.

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Memories Are Best Kept In My Heart, Not in Drawers and Boxes All Over the House

I’ve learned something from going through all of the clutter at my Dad’s house. I don’t want anyone to ever have to sort through drawer after box after closet of my crap.

So, what am I going to do with all mine?

I have a lot. I’ve saved movie stubs and birthday cards and love notes and locks of hair. I’ve saved t-shirts and brochures and Playbills and candy bar wrappers.

And it’s not organized. There’s some here, and some there. Every once in awhile I’ll take a bunch of it and put it in a box or drawer. These things never go into scrapbooks or anything that would be able to be enjoyed by someone else. But really, who would anyway?

Then there’s my planners. I had saved my daily planners for about ten years, figuring it would be kind of cool to look back in later years and see what I’d done, where I’d been. Yesterday when we were cleaning out the garage I saw them and started thinking about them. Who is going to care that I had a doctor’s appointment on March 28, 2001? Really. I tossed them.

So I got the thought into my head to just get rid of all of the loose memorabilia, the random junk that will mean nothing to anyone but me. I may save a very few things that are very special to me, but they won’t be random pieces of paper or tickets to my 10th Styx concert. Those memories are best kept in my heart.

But not my photos. I’m not going to get rid of my photos.

But they did get me thinking some more. At my Dad’s house there is a closet and a large part of the garage that hold photo albums and scrapbooks and other memorabilia from my stepmother, and her mother, and my grandmother, and any number of older, deceased family members. What does one do with that? My stepmother obviously felt compelled to keep it, but she had no idea what to do with it all either, besides throw it in a closet. No one really wants it, but no one wants to toss it, either. I’d like my Dad to hold onto the stuff from when we were growing up, and his Mom’s stuff. But no one really wants the other stuff. It’s not my decision to toss it or not, and thank goodness for that.

So of course that got me thinking some more. Who is going to want mine?

I have a son. Boys typically could care less about these types of things. He’s not going to want them. Sure, his future wife will want to see and have pictures and some memorabilia of him growing up, but she’s not going to want mine, or my Dad’s.

So, I’m keeping my photos. And a little bit of my memorabilia. And a lot of his memorabilia. And someday, hopefully many, many years from now, he’ll go through it all and decide what he wants to keep, and what he wants to toss. I won’t mind.

All of the memories will live in my heart, and hopefully in his.

Deal of the Day March 30, 2008

Happy 70th Birthday, Dad!

For those of you who have coveted Photoshop and it’s incredible capabilities, here’s a freebie you must see.

Adobe has announced Photoshop Express, a free online application (nothing to download) that offers Photoshop’s most-used image features. Users also get 2GB of online storage for photos to boot. This is great for anyone who doesn’t want to fork over hard cash for the full version of Photoshop!

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