Only 13 days 'til tax day!!!
The filing deadline for the Form 1040 is April 17th this year thanks to the weekend and a the Emancipation Day holiday! There are always tons of tax day deals so stay tuned as the day gets closer and I will post a list of restaurant and other miscellaneous 4/17 deals.
25% off at TeasEtc
Teas Etc is giving 25% off your entire order for today only with the promo code: LOVE. I recommend the Chai and the Meyer Lemon! http://teasetc.com/
I've been sick...
But thanks to tons of tea, vitamin C and some cold medicine I’m feeling much better. I just found out that one of my favorite bloggers, the Pioneer Woman, has a show on Food Network. I like her because she lives on a ranch, cooks in cast iron, and has a huge garden. Also, every recipe that I have tried from her blog has been awesome-especially her monkey bread (see Christmas morning...
I Love Groupons!
One of my colleague’s purchased a $50 groupon for Blue Water Bistro in Greenlake for $20 and it expired this week so she gave it to me since she wasn’t going to be able to use it! Nick and I got Thai wings, spinach salad topped with blackend salmon, a bbq chicken pizza and a giant Tollhouse cookie topped with ice cream for $49.72! The entire thing only cost us a $10 tip!
Bacon Peanut Brittle-genius!
A colleague brought this to the office a few weeks ago and I am not exaggerating when I say that I nearly ate the entire container! She said she found the recipe in the newspaper and had to try it. I’m so glad she did because it made a great addition to my holiday treat boxes. It sounds strange but trust me, it’s awesome. Even the skeptics gave my “baconator brittle”...
12 Days of Charitable Giving
If you read my recent article about charitable giving then you know one of my favorite tax exempt organizations is the Seattle Humane Society. Here is an exciting link! http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2011/12/18/12-days-of-charitable-giving-humane-society-for-seattleking-county/
Chai is definitely one of my favorites. Truth be told, I prefer it to coffee (sshh…don’t tell Seattle). http://www.teasetc.com/details.asp?prodid=0107
"Tis the Season for Tax Deductions
Here is an article highlighting a few of my favorite organizations and briefly explaining the charitable deduction for individuals. https://www.kcba.org/newsevents/barbulletin/BView.aspx?Month=12&Year=2011&AID=article10.htm
Don't be Fooled!
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/organic-authoritycom/supermarket-marketing-tricks_b_1101868.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009#s510761&title=Understaffed_Checkout_Lines Here’s an article about some of the psychology used in the grocery business. Interesting about the dollar signs.
Teas Etc Order
I got 3oz of Meyer Lemon black tea and 3 oz of Coconut Almond green tea (these were my two favorites of the ones I tried earlier this fall) for 30% off plus I had a $4 credit so I got everything for a total of $16.84 including shipping!
It's a birthday celebration! →
Happy birthday to my friend, Beth, owner, CEO and friend extraordinaire at Teas Etc! She is offering 30% off everything with the promo code BIRTHDAY plus free shipping on orders of $60 or more. Holy moly! Based on my previous posts you all know how much I love Teas Etc loose leaf tea and now this great deal to boot! Stay tuned over the weekend and I will let you know with which items I decide...
Is the amount that I spent on groceries for October. Per my earlier post, I was hoping to spend less than this and come in under budget but I came in right at my budget, without a cent to spare. November is the last month before our December Hawaii trip so I am going to work really hard at spending only $100. This should be interesting!
A coupon for coupons
I print some coupons from the internet but I get most of my coupons from the Sunday newspaper. It is a little annoying to pony up the $2 for a newspaper that I am not going to read (I get my news from NPR or the WSJ online for free). I have found a few hit or miss alternatives to paying for the coupons. First, the coffee shop next door to my apartment is full of folks who actually read the...
Mushrooms at the Seattle Public Library
My friend, Paige, told me about this event at the Green Lake Branch of the SPL. Next Tuesday (10/25) there will be a talk about wild mushrooms. Entry is free. Here is a link for more information. http://www.spl.org/locations/green-lake-branch/glk-events-at-this-branch
Tap the Rockies
Coors Light has a $6.00 rebate available right now when you buy a 12 pack of beer and any salty snack over $3.00. All you have to do is write your name and address on the form on the side of the 12 pack and mail in that form with your receipt (circle the beer and snack purchases) and the UPC from the 12 pack.
Avocados and Red Peppers
Sunrise Market on 65th has avocados for only $.69 each and red peppers are 2 for $1.00. Dinner tonight will be burgers with avocado and white cheddar cheese and fresh herb salad with red peppers and Balsamic vinaigrette. Delicious!
Morels, chanterelles and porcinis-oh my!
I love foraging and I love wild mushrooms-especially morels. There is nothing better than some fresh morels sauteed in real butter in a cast iron frying pan. The Puget Sound Mycological Society is hosting a wild mushroom show next weekend (October 15 and 16). The cost is $10. I am planning to go on Saturday afternoon since the Michigan Michigan State game is on at 9am pacific (go Spartans!). ...
Is the amount I spent on groceries for the month of September! Let me back up a bit… I operate on a grocery budget of $150 per month. As you have seen by previous posts, we are not eating pizza rolls and drinking Mt. Dew everyday (no offense Totino or PepsiCo). Since I have been given the opportunity to go to The Hawaii Tax Institute annual tax CLE (continuing legal education) seminar...
Seattle Restaurant Week
Seattle Restaurant Week comes around twice each year. Once in the spring and then again in the fall. It’s a magical time where you can hit up the swankiest joints in town without completely emptying your wallet. 3 course lunches are $15 and 3 course dinners are $28. I can’t wait to meticulously review the menus and decide which places to try this time. If you try any of the...
Northwest Tea Festival
Next Saturday and Sunday (Oct 1 and 2) is the NW Tea Festival. It should be delicious and fun, the best part is that it’s free! There is a suggested donation of $10. If anyone is interested in going let me know. My friend, Beth (from Teas Etc), has a friend who is teaching the tea and chocolate pairing workshop. I am going to try to attend that event on Saturday. There is an $8...