I can't emphasize enough that being organized is the key to saving money.
I am sure that all of us were shopping sometime this week, either for food or for holiday presents, but I have to ask: Did you need everything? I have bought stuff that I already had in my cabinets. I didn't want to do that again so, for me, it was a weekend of organizing. I found items that I didn't remember I had. It also made me realize that I had more than enough stuff.
Please go through your closets and cabinets this weekend so you don't end up overbuying.
And speaking of shopping, have you tried consignment stores? Consignment shops, thrift shops and secondhand shops are getting more popular these days. It is a great way to get a new outfit without spending much money. So if you are buying a new dress, winter clothes or a present for someone, go out to these stores to get a deal.
Here are a few of Lexington's secondhand stores. If anyone knows of other stores with great deals, go to BluegrassMoms.com to share it with everyone.
■ Stephen Lawrence Ltd. 1200 South Broadway.
■ Lady Bug Landing, 171 Nicholasville Road.
■ Re-Kid, 2051 Richmond Road.
■ Plato's Closet, 2200 Nicholasville Road.
■ Second Sofa, 141 West Lowry Lane.
■ Goodwill Industries: 3640 Boston Road, 115 West New Circle Road, 1441 Leestown Road, 3101 Clays Mill Road, and 4740 Hartland Parkway.
■ Habitat for Humanity ReStores, 420 Southland Drive (home goods) and 1260 Industry Road (home appliances and building materials).
■ Salvation Army, 228 East New Circle Road (on Wednesdays, most items are half off).
Even Oprah Winfrey is getting thrifty. Here is one item on her favorite-things list: www.oprah.com/article/oprahshow/20081118_tows_holiday/2.
Enjoy some of the biggest names in music sharing their holiday favorites.
In other savings:
■ Get a cute earring case with a free o.b. tampon sample.
■ Free Stayfree sanitary pad sample.
■ Free Playtex Gentle Glide tampon.
■ Get a free sample of Playtex Sport along with a $1 coupon.
■ Free sample of Lipstock Chapstock.
■ Free Glow Stick, a popular safety product from CNBC.
■ Sign up to join Ocean Spray's Cranberry Club and receive a paperback copy of the Crantastic recipe book.
■ Nestlé is celebrating "Good Food, Good Life" for people managing diabetes. Free membership will give you coupons, a magazine, newsletters and other special offers.
■ Free Spain Gourmetour Travel Food and Wine magazine.
■ Enter to win a 16-ounce container of Velvet Milk Aloe Butter Mask, and for entering you'll receive a free sample of the Velvet Milk Collection.
■ Register for a free baby formula sample from Parent's Choice Milk Baby Formula.
■ Free sample of Whites Premium Dog Food.
■ Join the Snack Lovers' Club from Purina. Receive coupons, stories and be among the first to try the latest Purina Treats.