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Post-Thanksgiving Roundup

Happy post-Thanksgiving, everyone! This Sunday’s Frugal Hacks post is on giving and misplaced frugality. It’s a reminder that while getting good deals on presents is certainly a useful pursuit, that shouldn’t negate the thought behind the present. A great sale on GI Joes doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to get one for your teenage daughter. That’s not even frugality.

Links you might find interesting:

Lynnae at Being Frugal is giving away a $500 Walmart gift card. That catch your eye? See her post for more details.

And speaking of that, Randall of Credit Withdrawal wrote an excellent reflection on Black Friday crowd that killed a Walmart worker. A lot of the awesome deals the shoppers were going for will probably be collecting dust in a few years. Life vs. $2 DVD you’re going to watch twice.

Ryan of Uncommon-Cents wonders how much we should rely on web-based services. This is a great question, since there are a lot of awesome web-based programs which you can use to store documents, handle your calender, etc. Most are free. But what happens if they lose your data or go out of business?

Bob at Christian PF suggests using up your gift cards from these stores that are in danger of bankruptcy. Even if their bankruptcy may not affect your ability to redeem gift cards, the ones that are closing locations may limit where you can redeem your gift cards. And think carefully before giving cards from these stores, to be sure your recipients can use them.


Ryan [email protected] November 30, 2008 at 1:51 pm

Thanks for the Link Love! I’ll miss Sandy too ::sigh::

Cath Lawson November 30, 2008 at 5:10 pm

Hi Mrs M – that’s a really good point on gift cards. I guess they’d become worthless if the store went bankrupt.

Talking of web based services, Seth Godin was just talking about some really great ones that are folding. They’re giving folk a couple of weeks to retrieve their data before closing. But still, if you were on vacation or something, you might miss that deadline.

Randall at CreditWithdrawal December 1, 2008 at 12:47 am

Happy Post-Thanksgiving!. And thanks for the linkey.

I just hope those people that were involved at the Wal-Mart think hard and long about what happened. No sale is worth trampling another human being for. : (

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