allyousummerfun13All You magazine’s “Summer Fun Special” issue is out, and bristling with manufacturer coupons just the way it is the rest of the year ($27.75 worth of Qs, to be exact).

What better way to use those discounts than a drugstore gift card?

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A satisfied life.

thOn Sunday we went to lunch with DF’s mother and her longtime companion. The most exciting part of the meal was the very large black bear that ran around in a field behind the restaurant until employees chased it away. The most interesting part was what his mother said about flowers.

She’d gone to a local nursery and was so taken by the blooms that she bought more than she needed. In fact, it’s been a long time since she bought anything she didn’t specifically need.

“It was nice to want something,” she said. “I haven’t wanted anything in a long time.”

That’s not because she’s clinically depressed or too impoverished to dream. It’s because she’s satisfied.

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th-1Note: This post was originally published on May 24, then removed due to a coding error. The offer is now good through June 3.

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Recently I declared that I hate shopping. Today’s kind of shopping was both fun and profitable.

This morning I noticed that the Shop and Earn feature on the Swagbucks rewards points site is offering double the points through Memorial Day weekend.

Although not much of an online shopper I took a quick look anyway – and found yet another Swagbucks hack, which morphed into several other money-savers.


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victorias-secret-fantasies-pure-daydream-valentines-day-mini-gift-setI wonder who makes up the fragrance combos for places like Victoria’s Secret? Is it the same person who writes the descriptions of these products?

Like the folks who give new names each season to basic colors of paint, fabric and cosmetics, these people have interesting imaginations.

I thought of that as I read the description of this week’s giveaway, the “Pure Daydream” gift set: Its fragrance is touted as “pearl orchid and pink currant.”

Anybody know offhand what those things smell like? Me either.

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