20 Reasons to join Rue la la

Rue la la is a type of “deal of the day” site like Woot, except there is more than one item for sale. In fact, there are many items for sale in “boutiques” that are open for 2 days each. Every day at 11am, Rue la la opens 3 or 4 boutiques (and the boutiques that are two days old close).

Rue la la gives a $20 credit when you create a new account. I thought a free $20 was 20 good reasons to join. They continue to give credits when you refer people to their site, so make an account using the Rue lala link on the right side of this page and we both win! 🙂 Think of it as the potential for a really cheap Christmas present for someone.

I waited for probably 3 weeks, checking the boutiques most days. Some items are WAY out of my price range, and other items are under the $20. I decided to make my purchase one day when I saw these Robeez shoes:

These shoes are the only Christmas present Evelyn will be getting from us. They cost me 3.95 after the $20 credit and I think they are ADORABLE.


Frugal (Beautiful) Wrapping in 1-2-3!

I have a thing for beautifully wrapped gifts. My desire to make presents beautiful could be one very expensive habit, but I’ve found ways to make this obsession very inexpensive. Here’s how I worked my magic this year:

1) Offray Ribbon Outlet
For you local readers, the Offray Ribbon Outlet is located at 857 Willow Circle in Hagerstown. I go to the ribbon outlet once or twice a year and spend about $15 for two or more bags of ribbon. The outlet has a bunch of 10/$1 boxes as well as larger spools of ribbons in all sizes, shapes, colors, and patterns. They also have tissue paper, gift card holders, etc. at a serious discount.

This last visit, I trimmed a small square off of every roll of wrapping paper (Christmas and otherwise) I had so that I could buy ribbon that matched. I also stick to buying whatever is CHEAP! If you sign up for their email list, you will get coupons (usually 15% off your entire order) to use in the store.

2) After Christmas Sales
I never buy wrapping paper before Christmas. I always buy wrapping paper after Christmas and store it for the next year. Even though I bought wrapping paper after Christmas last year, I decided to use all of the “leftover” wrapping paper from previous years. This year I won’t have to buy wrapping paper at all – I will use the rolls I still haven’t used for this year. Also – I tend to avoid wrapping paper that’s really “Christmasy” (I just made that word up). Usually I buy plain Christmas colors or subtle silver, gold, or creme patterns. That way I can use it throughout the year.

3) Using Free Business Cards as Gift Tags
This year I took advantage of a special offer at Kodak Gallery in October. They were offering 50 customizable “mommy cards” for free. I read a comment on one of the blogs that I frequent where someone suggested using these as gift tags. I thought that idea was brilliant! So, I uploaded this picture (from the brilliant Hoffer Photography) on the front of the card:

The back of the card says:


With love,
Sam, Leslie, and Evelyn Gates

If you want to take advantage of a great deal like this, go grab some free business cards at Vistaprint. You can see the gift tags at work on my presents – I love how they look!