Friday, December 29, 2017

TGIF #3

Last Friday of 2017, what?

Thriftbooks.com - This is my favourite place to buy books, hands down. I mean, I love amazon for new and kindle books obviously, but for used books, this website wins. It doesn't have everything, but I'd say 90% of the time I find what I am looking for, and under $5. They have coupons for new users, and a reading rewards program - every time you spend $50, you get a $5 reading reward. I don't want to look at how many rewards I've gotten because then I would see how many times I have spent $50 and I don't want to. Cheap books, if you want them, off you pop.

Grateful - that 2017 is almost over. Bye Felicia.


Interesting - I got some gift cards for christmas as I'm sure you did too, and I was curious to see if people were savers or spenders, so I asked on Instagram stories. At first it really looked like the savers were going to win by a landslide, then it evened out. I asked because I am a must spend immediately even if I don't need anything kind of person and I simply do not understand people holding on to them.. like at all. You have free money to spend, why aren't you spending it? But anyway, it was pretty close. Interesting. I wish I was a saver, but nope.


Food blogs - I do not exactly follow any food bloggers, like daily or weekly or whatever, but when I am searching for recipes (via pinterest, of course) I find myself opening recipes from these 4 blogs over and over. I like easy, simple, tasty, mostly healthy recipes. I've made several from each of these blogs, some once or twice, some a million times.
- Budget Bytes - favourites are black bean burgers and curried chickpeas
- Minimalist Baker - favourites are falafel and mediterranean baked sweet potatoes
- Amuse Your Bouche - favourites are mushroom stroganoff and veggie burritos bowls
- Pinch of Yum - favourites are creamy garlic herb mushroom spaghetti and 5 ingredient chicken tikka masala.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend and a safe new years eve.

Are you a saver or spender of gift cards?

22 comments:

  1. I was one of those 'savers' on your poll, but part of me is wanting to spend them now, even though I don't need anything. But I am trying to be better about only bringing things in that I NEED because I am feeling like I have so much stuff, so I am trying to keep that urge to spend spend spend at bay. Since I got my library card, I haven't been buying books, but if I find any great ones I want, I am definitely going to check out that site!

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  2. I'm such a spender with gift cards. I so wish I was a saver. I had $30 to Amazon burning a hole in my pocket that I had to wait until after Christmas to buy so that I didn't wind up buying something from my list someone else had already got me. I kid you not, after presents were opened & all that jazz Christmas morning I got on Amazon & spent that money. On a lamp & a coffee mug! Both things I had wanted, but neither things I needed desperately.

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  3. Helloooo 2018! Let’s do this! I actually think I accidentally voted on that poll... I spend right away unless there’s like a big project and Home Depot needs to wait a bit or something. Otherwise gift cards burn holes in my pocket! Happy new year btw!!

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  4. If it's items, I'm a spender.
    If it's food, I'm a saver.
    That said, people I know seem to hate gift cards, which sucks. I LURVE gift cards. To me it says, I thought of you but I know you'd rather pick out your own shit. That's the best gift to me.

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  5. I still have gift cards from,3 years ago... I just forget about them.
    I use up my Starbucks cards though 😉

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  6. I love your TGIF format but I feel like it was a huge mistake to introduce me to that thrift book site... I have NO control when it comes to inexpensive books.
    I am a saver, but only if there isn't something I really want. If I have something in mind, I'd spend the gc right away. We typically spend food ones immediately ;) Haha!
    Hope you have a happy new year!!

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  7. I've never checked out Thriftbooks, but I could see how that could be dangerous! I'm usually a saver when it comes to gift cards, but I did actually spend the one gift card I got this year on Christmas Day, so maybe I am more of a spender, haha.

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  8. I've found some great recipes on Budget Bytes. I need to focus in on meal-planning this year (but who DOESN'T say that each January? :)

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  9. I'm a saver ... I try to wait for good sales to get more bang for someone else's bucks. Then I end up with loads of gift cards that have less than $2 on them and too inconvenienced to try to use them up. I need to though - might make my wallet lighter. :) Not even going to click through on Thriftbooks ... too much temptation!!

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  10. I am generally a spender when it comes to gift cards, although I do try to get the most for my (or their) buck. I don't necessarily have to spend it the moment received, but it's unlikely to stay in my wallet for longer than a month, unless it's to some place I really don't frequent. I got one of those this year. I'll use it eventually but it's not an immediate spend for me. All those recipes look so good and I am going to check them all out. I'm trying to eat a lot healthier these days, especially after indulging heavily at Christmas! Thriftbooks looks fantastic and some place that I should probably avoid because ... cheap books. I wish I had more space for books! And money. :D

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  11. To the people who hold onto their gift cards, teach me your wayssss!!!

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  12. If you like food blogs, girlfriend, you need to read Closet Cooking! His recipes will go straight to my butt, and I'm okay with it haha happy nearly New Year, friend!

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  13. Love love budget bytes.

    I'm a saver of restaurant gift cards and a spender of store gift cards usually.

    Thank you/damn you for thriftbooks - I hadn't heard of it.

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  14. Oh thriftbooks, that could become dangerous! I am someone who falls in between with giftcards, meaning sometimes i feel the need to spend them ASAP but others i can hold on to, especially if there is something I have in mind i want down the road. I think i put saver in your poll though as Im striving to be that way unless I need something in that moment. I got a $50 target GC on christmas and used it the day after on necessities like shampoo, conditioner, so at least i was practical? I did buy a holiday table cloth that was 50% off though for next year Haha.

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  15. Yay for food blogs - One of my goals is to cook more in 2018. I'll definitely be checking that out. I've got a Target giftcard and I plan on spending that shit immediately.

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  16. We would like to extend the best wishes from our family to yours! May the New Year bring only good things to all of you!
    Ryoma.

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  17. I have to check out Thrift Books. Thanks for the tip! Cheers to 2018!

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  18. I like budget bytes, but I just followed like 10 whole 30 food bloggers for January. Ugh. I so need this reset! I haven't heard of Thriftbooks but I am totally going to have to check it out. I went to a used bookstore yesterday and they had audiobooks on CD. I got a Janet Evanovich one I haven't heard of for like $6 so I was excited. I have never actually done cds, I always have audiobooks on my phone. I am all about cheep books. And I am totally a spender!!!! MUST SPEND MY FREE MONEY RIGHT MEOW!!!

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  19. When it comes to gift cards - I usually almost always spend them sooner rather than later because I'll forget about them.

    But money? I always save. Totally checking out Thrift Books!

    Happy New Year, girly!

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  20. My natural tendency is to save gift tokens but that has led to me forgetting about them and them expiring (the horror) so now I have to force myself to spend them asap. Of course, when you have money to spend, you can never find anything you want. Or is that just me?

    I am bored of all my usual recipes and also looking for more slow cooker things due to extreme heat so I'll be checking out those recommendations...

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  21. I have found it's best to try to spend gift cards as soon as possible as otherwise I end up forgetting about it and then it expires or goes missing!

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  22. Hope you have a good 2018! I spend gift cards almost immediately. I wanna make sure I don't lose or forget about them first. I've never heard of Thriftbooks but will have to check them out. I enjoy reading.

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