I canít believe itís August already. It will be Christmas season in a few monthsí time, and I havenít even completed my shopping list yet. Who will I include? Who will I leave out? I do know that the number of people in my list will be more conservative this year, given the economic woes the world is experiencing.
Not that Iíll be less generous. I have this reputation for being one of the most extravagant gift givers in the neighborhood, and I wonít allow that to be tarnished just because I am feeling the pinch of a weakened dollar. Besides, giving a lot doesnít mean spending too much. One only has to be creative with his or her purchases.
Thatís why Iím keeping myself in the loop, and working hard to find whatís hot out there. It helps to know where Iíll get the best value for my money. As usual, Iím doing all my research on the Internet. No use window shopping all over the town on four-dollar-a-gallon fuel. Itís a lot more convenient sitting in front of my computer anyway. Today I received a newsletter from Cooking.com. They were advertising 40% off of a selection of their bestselling recipe books, and I know that my sister-in-law Kate Ėa total control freak in the kitchenĖ will just go crazy if I gave her one of those for Christmas. Iíve saved the message and moved it to my To Buy Next folder.
Iíve also been copying, pasting, and saving coupon codes for a bunch of possible gift items that I might purchase online. Iíve learned that being thrifty pays off Ė literally. Thatís why, if I can, I avail of the promos and discount offers that take a few more cents, a few more dollars, off of each item. Just last week, while looking for a bottle of wine for a dinner party I was about to attend, I managed to find high-quality Chardonnay being sold at a bargain price. I bought several bottles within the next few days; better to stock up for the season, I thought, before the coupon codes expired.
I am also Googling heavily to have an idea of what I am going to get myself Ė or what I might subtly suggest others to get for me. I started by typing ďPink Nano, 8 gigabytes". There are an awful lot of good deals, all of which I have bookmarked and saved in My Favorites folder. Most of them promised free shipping, and another indicated that part of the sale will be used to fight AIDS victims. I am going to drop a hint to my best friend Stephen and tell him itís high time we make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate. If I have to be more direct Iíll just mouth off the coupon codes.
Anyway, my dear diary, I must sign off for now. I ought to start working on my list; time is ticking fast.