Back in the “good ol’ days” there were kids and there were grownups. Kids spent their free time running around the neighborhood or engaged with their favorite toys and hobbies. Grownups went to work, and then they came home to clean or read the newspaper (or at least that’s what they did on popular television shows). Maybe mom was a member of the local bridge club and dad tinkered with the car in the garage on weekends, but that was about it as far as hobbies went.
With the rise of popularity in comic books, video games and everything once thought to be nerdy, comic book conventions have become an event that many people like to attend. More commonly referred to as Comic Con, Comicon or just Con, these fan based conventions are held around the world. Don’t let the name fool you, though. These shows are for more than just comics: they include all things pop culture. We have several cons hosted around the Valley.
We all love our pets. Yeah, they can drive us crazy at times (like when they ate that … fill in the blank here), but they’re a big part of our families. Adopting a pet is a big decision, and some are more expensive than others. A goldfish is going to cost less than a dog, for instance, but the reward of owning a dog is worth so much more than the cost. There’s something special about the wagging tail on a walk, the wet doggy kisses, or the snuggles on a cold night that these excited door greeters (and protectors) bring to a home.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could all get the best possible deal on what we’re buying WITHOUT having to remember, first, to bring along coupons and, second, which stores will price match or accept competitor coupons? Most of us are busy and have it hard enough trying to find the time to just go to the store, let alone searching the ads, planning out coupons and making the trip to multiple stores!
Luckily, a few of the larger retailers are helping us save – even when we don’t have time to coupon shop. Here are my favorite ways to save:
I don’t mean to complain, but sometimes it’s hard being a working parent. Even though there are two of us sharing the load, between our differing job schedules, drop-offs at the sitter, shopping so we don’t have to live on ramen, household chores and everything else, sometimes (a lot of times) I get tired. I’ll bet you do, too.