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“No Shopping” Month Continued…

by Jamie Sanford on February 8, 2011

“No Shopping” month was implemented in my house in January. My husband and I both had birthdays in December and of course there was holiday gift spending, which all adds up to feeling spent in more ways than one. So it was decided that we would not make any purchases deemed frivolous in January. Obviously we have to eat and whatnot, so we spend money on that, but I’m talking more about the little things, like iTunes purchases, little Amazon purchases, etc.  While I obviously love shopping online, the ease with which we can spend money makes for a lot more spending than if we were forced to go to the mall every time I wanted to buy music or anything else.

Maybe Santana is dealing with "no shopping" month too.

So the month went by, and I won’t lie, I had to keep reminding myself that I wasn’t spending any money in January, and I know that it is largely due to the fact that I get what feels like 25 emails a day from sale sites like Ideeli and Gilt.  Plus, I was writing posts for the Daily Wishlist, which requires a lot of online browsing.

Either way, it’s now February 7th and with the exception of ordering OPI Black Shatter online because I can’t find it anywhere in stores and the Mumford & Sons album, I haven’t bought anything.  I have some Ideeli credit to use but nothing has appealed to me.  I also used a store credit I had in January, but I figured that it didn’t count.

Cocktails counted as food. Right.

I did also go out with friends during “no shopping” month, but that doesn’t count either.  1, I would have needed to eat or drink something during that time anyway, and 2, I don’t go out so much that it’s eating up a major portion of my income.

Anyway, it was pretty telling.  I noticed a difference in my bank account for sure, and that was a good feeling.  The downside of this is that I enjoyed the savings so much that I don’t want to buy things that I need! I’m desperately in need of new snow boots and I love a number of boots in the Sorel collection, but I find myself not wanting to spend my money on something unless its really fun – and while these are some of the chicest snowboots I’ve seen, they are not that fun!

I know I’m not the only person who has been trying the shopping diet in January, I’ve read about a few others doing it too!  I know I’m going to need to pick up some things for my wardrobe in the next few weeks so I’m going to have to deal with it, but I think this gave me a big reminder of how I probably don’t really need as much as I might think.  That item that looks cute or intriguing right now is probably not as fulfilling as you might think.

So, would anyone else be game to try to curb their spending for a month? I think I’m going to try this out a few times a year, I think it would be a great way to save some extra cash for a specific purchase or event.

If you’ve tried a shopping diet or “no shopping” month of your own, please share in the comments.

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The Vampire Diaries

by Jamie Sanford on February 7, 2011

The 3 stars of The Vampire Diaries which airs on the CW on Thursday nights.

At this point, I try not to watch too many new shows because I don’t want to watch any more television than I already do.  However, in the fall of 2009, I recorded the first episode of a new show called The Vampire Diaries, because I am into Twilight and I’ll try out other vampire stuff.  (Surprisingly, I watched the first season of True Blood and wasn’t super into it.)

Here’s the trailer for the pilot episode of the show:

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It gets so much better than that.

The best part about getting sucked into The Vampire Diaries is that my Twilight-hating husband likes it too!  He started watching the show with me from behind his computer but soon enough, he was actually sitting on the couch, watching it with me.  This never happens but with this show, you need to watch.  They don’t mess around, every episode has big things happening.  There are no “throwaway” episodes here.  Plus, the major trio of characters (well, there are 4 if you count that Nina Dobrev plays 2 characters) are all hot and the boys have their shirts off a lot.

Anyway, I would almost not recommend watching new episodes of this show.  I would say go get this DVD of Season 1 of The Vampire Diaries right now.

This DVD set of The Vampire Diaries, season 1, is available from Amazon for $38.99.

Season 2 won’t end until May, but if you really want to catch up after watching season 1, then you can watch episodes on demand from Amazon for $1.99 an episode.

Let these hotties draw you in to this show:


Are you already watching this show? If not, have I piqued your interest?

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100 Films in 2011 – Top Secret and Penelope

by Jamie Sanford on January 3, 2011

So, part of my blogging resolutions for 2011 is to write more content.  I’ve decided to put more content of a personal nature here, since I think it all ties in to what I post here.

I’ve watched 2 movies in the last 2 days, and it occurred to me that with the advent of Netflix instant watch, I could easily watch 100 films in 2011.

It is so on. I’m going to try it out.  I mean, if Jenny can put out the effort to come up with 365 outfits, I should definitely be able to get my act together to watch 100 movies.  Naturally, I will document all of the movies I watch here on the blog and will link to information on watching or purchasing.

#1: Top Secret (available on Netflix to watch instantly)

Top Secret

Top Secret is only available from Amazon Sellers.

Top Secret was a movie that my husband wanted to watch – how is it that I have no memory of this movie even existing?  Starring a young Val Kilmer, it’s a very Naked Gun-esque comedy – not surprising since it had the same creative team.  It was pretty good. I would recommend watching on Netflix and not buying the DVD.

#2: Penelope (available on Netflix to watch instantly)

Penelope

Penelope is available for $11.99 from Amazon.

I caught Penelope during the very beginning earlier tonight, and I had been interested when I heard about it but never got around to seeing it.  I really liked it! I am a big fan of Christina Ricci and she was great and I enjoy fairy tale-type stories and this fit the bill. I think the story has a good message and would definitely buy the DVD for a young girl.

98 movies to go.

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2010 Recap – Technology, Food & Drink

by Jamie Sanford on January 1, 2011

Technology
Obsession with Twitter and Facebook continued and deepened. Enjoyed other things like Manage Flitter, FourSquare and MailChimp.

Twitter Profile 12-31-10

Twitter Profile 12-31-10

Food & Drink
Arizona Diet Green Tea, Noodles, White Russians, Mom’s Eggplant Parm, Stove Top Stuffing, Thanksgiving x 2. Meal of the year goes to dinner at Bern’s in Tampa, in September. Had 2 disappointing meals to celebrate milestones at restaurants that were great in the past but now sort of suck.

White Russian

Terrible Blackberry photo of my New Year's Eve White Russian.

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Crime Scene Scarf, Great Winter Accessory

by Jamie Sanford on December 27, 2010

You might have heard that we’ve had some snow here in the Northeast.

Will after opening the front door.

My husband, at the bottom of our stairs last night. Note that there is a foot of snow piled on the porch, and that my beautiful wreath is now a snow sculpture.

So, the office is closed today and I just talked to a friend on Google Chat and she told me that she received this scarf for Christmas and I love it.


It’s crime scene tape, but a scarf!  I love it.  I think that scarves are one of the best ways to jazz up your winter dressing situation – most of us tend to own black coats so colorful scarves are the way to go.  I have a big collection of colored scarves, mostly due to lots of contributions by my mother-in-law and others, everyone who notices that I wear scarves a lot tends to buy me another scarf!

Anyway, this one is really fun and fabulous, and is a practical gift to give but with such a fun twist that no one would mind receiving it.  The Crime Scene Tape Scarf is available from the Crime Scene Store for $16.

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