Bargain Hunting at the Local Scrapbook Store

The cost of scrapbooking can get high and even out of control. With all the new gadgets and tools and papers and products, it is easy to let it get the best of you and allow your hobby to take control of not only your life but your budget too. And if you don’t have anywhere nearby that you can purchase cheap supplies and your only option is the local scrapbook store, this can put a bigger damper on your budget. Scrapbook stores can be expensive. So how do you bargain hunt at the local scrapbook store when all the … Continue reading

More Frugal Stocking Stuffers For Under $1.00

I love getting things for less, and there are so many wonderful stocking stuffers that are available for a dollar or less. Use your creativity and imagination and you will easily fill up a stocking on little or no money. Chapstick/Lip Gloss – Chapstick works for boys or girls and is particularly useful this time of year. What girl doesn’t totally love lip gloss? You can get lip gloss for under $1 at your local dollar store or discount chain. Bookmarks – The glory of a bookmark is that you can easily make these yourself. Watch for articles coming soon … Continue reading

Frugal Stocking Stuffers Under $1.00

Perhaps your budget doesn’t warrant a $5.00 window on stocking stuffers, and instead you need to keep your costs down further. That’s fine. There are dozens of ideas for cute stocking stuffers, and remember – check out the dollar store, because that is the first place you will find loads of great items. In the meantime, here are a few ideas to get you started. Samples – Free Samples and the smaller trial sized and sample sized bottles of lotions, shampoos, conditioners and other items are perfect for stocking stuffers. They are typically under $1.00 or even free. Candy – … Continue reading

Monday Layout Challenge: The Dollar Store

Hope your week was great and that you got plenty of layouts completed. We are back for another week, in the Monday Layout Challenge. Did you get your pet pages done last week? I did an adorable layout of my new puppy and his funny way of falling asleep after a bath when he’s all wrapped in a towel. I will try to upload it soon. I am doing the weekly layout challenge for several reasons. One, I want you to get your photographs out of storage devices and onto your layouts, and two I want to help you brainstorm … Continue reading

Hanging Out in the Scrapbook Store (2)

Face it, scrapbook stores are overwhelming, especially if you’re not very familiar with how it all works. In fact, every store is different, so its impossible to predict a stores layout or what they will have. All four of our stores carry totally different stuff. In an earlier article, I discussed the first couple parts of a scrapbook store, and now I will continue on with more. Sample Layout Area Sample layouts are usually posted in various locations at any scrapbook store. Often they are created to increase awareness of a class or crop. Two scrapbook stores here locally, actually … Continue reading

Hanging Out in the Scrapbook Store (1)

Have you ever entered a scrapbook store and been totally overwhelmed? Where do you start? What products do you need? How do you decide what works for the pictures you want to scrapbook? Let’s hang out in a scrapbook store and see how it all works. Window Shopping While you can window shop at a scrapbook store, I will warn you now, that it is not the same. Yes, new products will be shown, and often layouts and big gadgets that the store wants you to purchase, but it is not a good place to start. The Front Door Seems … Continue reading

Tales From Our Sue-Happy Society

Human beings are strange creatures and if you don’t believe with me, wait to you read this blog. A Connecticut man is claiming that he had a heart attack because he was given an ill-fitting hairpiece that didn’t match his hair color. But, wait, there’s more. According to news reports, the man, who survived the attack says he is now planning to sue the wig shop. A local newspaper reports that Paul Lewis suffered a heart attack soon after refusing to pay for the hairpiece that “was not only the wrong size but also the wrong color.” He told a … Continue reading

My Struggle with Rain Checks

Does this scenario sound familiar to you? You make a special effort to go to a store to purchase an item that is on sale for a great price. Unfortunately, once you arrive you realize that the item is out of stock. When this happens to me I not only feel a bit frustrated, but I almost feel cheated, especially if I would not have gone to this specific store otherwise. Grocery stores do have an ethical solution to this, which is of course the rain check. They will give you a slip of paper stating the item and its … Continue reading

Dollar Tree Stores Inc. Toy Jewelry Recalled for Lead Poisoning Hazard to Children

March 23, 2006 Release #06-118 Firm’s Recall Hotline: (800) 876-8077 CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772 CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. Name of Product: Dollar Tree Mood Necklace and Ring, Glow-in-the Dark Necklace and Ring, and UV Necklace and Ring Units: About 580,000 Importer: Dollar Tree Distribution Inc., of Chesapeake, VA. Hazard: The recalled jewelry contains high levels of lead, posing a serious risk of … Continue reading