Enjoy A Family Thanksgiving Movie Today!

happy thanksgiving movie

First of all…  Happy Thanksgiving! 

happy thanksgiving movieI’m getting ready for my own Thanksgiving dinner (at my daughter and son-in-law’s home this year), so I’ve got to hurry here a bit.  Still, I wanted to pop in and wish you all well today. 

As a Thanksgiving gift and a tip on saving money, I’m passing this YouTube video on to you.

Did you know you can find FULL movies at YouTube?  

There you go.  Now you know.  Saving money can sometimes be as easy as learning to use the free or cheaper tools you have at your fingertips.  YouTube is most likely at most of your fingertips already.  USE IT!  

In fact, there are lots of holiday movies online, many for free.  

But hey, you really need to utilize YouTube much more thank I bet most of you have.  

Oh yea, and be sure to download the YouTube app on your Roku or other streaming media box if you want to watch vids online on your television.  You don’t HAVE to do that if watching movies on a computer works for you or if you have a computer connected to your TV in some other fashion.  

If you want to watch these on your big screen (TV at home) though, a streaming media device connected to your television is an easy way to go.  

Get 7 days of (no-commitment, non-cable Sling TV FREE with the purchase of a Roku Express Streaming Media Device from Roku. (Limited time only, so check the listing before you order to see if the free Sling trial is still offered) See here: Buy Roku Express.

I’ll tell you more about those things later… if you need more info on doing that. 

In the meantime….  

Watch A Family Thanksgiving Hallmark Movie here on YouTube.



If you watch the movie (at this link to follow or above), A Family Thanksgiving Movie from Hallmark, you’ll see some Hallmark Christmas movies on YouTube at the related video list at YouTube as well.  

What’s better than a Hallmark movie for Thanksgiving?  OK, a Hallmark movie for Christmas is.  But both are good!  



Have fun.

You’re welcome.

Happy Thanksgiving!

… And God bless you all.  


Chris Stevens

The New American Home @ padoozles.com 

8 Incredible Money Saving Tips for February

8 Incredible Money Saving Tips For The Month Of February

Save money this month with these great money saving ideas that are perfect for the month of February.

You’ll learn where the February deals are so you can:

  • Save money on tax software,
  • Save money on furniture,
  • Save money buying a house,
  • Save money eating out,
  • And a whole lot more!

We think you’ll feel all warm and fuzzy all over when you see the things you can do in February to save money.  If you can find some ways here to save on the February purchases you would need to make anyway or to get more out of your budget or planned expenses, we’ll feel all warm and fuzzy too!  Here we go!   

1.  Be on the lookout for drastic discounts on entertainment and recreational purchases right now.  

The winter is lingering at this point, but it’s not nice enough to do much outside yet.  The mass is getting antsy here, folk, and businesses know that!  

Cable and satellite companies want to give you something to do while you are still stuck indoors, and you’ll see some good introductory deals to grab your attention right now.  Now don’t get cable if it’s not in your budget, but if it is, or you want to find a competitor’s deal that will lower monthly bills, you’ll find some good lock-in prices and incentives right now.

You can also find some good prices and deals on season passes right now if you take the time to go to some websites of amusement theme parks, water parks, sports team sites, and fitness centers with gym memberships.  

Additionally, you’ll find outdoor sports gear like ski and snowboarding supplies and indoor fitness equipment like stationary bikes and treadmills on sale during February. 

Is that cabin fever getting better yet?

Another great recreational deal just got better in February too, and this one will give you savings all year long.  

Entertainment Books from Entertainment.com are now 50% off!  (Until February 13, 2015)

You probably already know that when you use these well-respected coupon books, you save money on eating out; on hotels, airfare, and travel; on movies, events, and attractions; and everyday things you purchase at many of your favorite local stores like Target, Office Depot, Gap, and Michaels.  

With one modest annual purchase of an Entertainment Book, you are saving money throughout the year.   Even at a regular price, this purchase adds up to fantastic savings.  Half off?  That’s even better.

Purchase Entertainment Books here: All 2015 Entertainment Books are 50% OFF with Free Shipping, only at Entertainment.com! (Valid 2/06/15 – 2/13/15)

Money Saving Tips

2.  Purchase hot-weather home purchases now before the warm weather really comes your way and prices begin to rise right alongside the temperatures.  This is true whether you are buying those items new or used.    

 First of all, if you see summer items like grills, lawn mowers, or room air conditioners on the shelves in February, before all the stores begin getting filled with summer items to sell to the masses, chances are you are seeing some left-over models that will have lower list prices on them than the newer models will have.  

Not only may these year-old models be lower priced than the new models will be, the stores may have lowered their list price even more to better guarantee this inventory off moves off the shelves to make room for new products coming in.  

Even if you know you are going to have to purchase these things but plan to do so on Craigslist or some other local buy and sell group, you will have a much better chance getting it cheaper now than when everyone else has realized they need the very same thing.  Supply and demand can really be seen in play when it comes to one person selling one item and lots of people wanting to buy that one item!  

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3.  Keep an eye out for good deals based on Valentine’s Day and President’s Day.

There will be sales galore on jewelry BEFORE Valentine’s Day as jewelers compete to offer treatment for that romance bug going around this time of year.  

(NOTE:  April usually boasts some pretty major discounts on jewelry as well.  Just tossing that out there so you know!)    

You’ll also see some good sales prices on perfume before Valentine’s Day.  It’s hard to find flowers discounted right now, so if you want something sweet smelling and you don’t have your heart set on giving flowers, maybe perfume would be the way to go instead.  Or maybe this is just the time to stock up on perfume!  

Candy will be there for thrifty shoppers AFTER Valentine’s Day.   You know, some of those cute little boxes of Skittles and stuffed animals might work quite well for Easter baskets.  Some of the chocolates might work quite well in a gift basket for Grandma on Mother’s Day!  

Then we’ve got President’s Day where you can easily find huge discounts on mattresses and furniture at most stores that sell those items.   

For those who want a good deal on used furniture this year, watch for the very first nice weekend after President’s Day to see if some people who just purchased new furniture then will put their older furniture out to sell.  These pieces of furniture may alternatively arrive at Goodwill the Saturday after President’s Day.  You might even find these new furniture buyers have placed ads on Craigslist right on President’s Day since they are home and trying to make room for their newly-purchased furniture collections.  

4.  If you are buying Turbo Tax or other tax preparation software and have not purchased it yet, you will most likely get a better deal on it this month than if you purchase it closer to April 15.  

As with everything else, if you know you are going to purchase it anyway, buy it when it is at its cheapest price instead of holding off and paying even more.   Being prepared and moving forward at the right time is one money saving tip I can not emphasize enough. 

If you have not yet purchased your Turbo Tax software, you can purchase it here to make use of Amazon’s offer to get 10% more money from your federal refund.  Shop Amazon – TurboTax – Get 10% more on Top of Your Federal Refund

5.  While December and January may be great months to purchase a house at a lower price, February may still yield a healthy list of desperate home sellers willing to negotiate a great price on a new home for your family.  

 Save Money on a House

Here’s the deal – Some of the houses that were put on the market during the winter months may still be on the market.  These sellers were motivated enough to put their house up on the market at a bad selling time to begin with.  If after the lean winter months (by lean I mean fewer buyers out and about) a house is still there, those sellers may be getting a little antsy.  

Add to the mix that spring buyers and summer-moving families are not quite moving about yet.  In fact, it may be at least a couple more months, and possibly longer than that, where sellers might expect to see activity substantially pick up.

This might be where the rubber meets the road for some of these sellers.  When you combine a motivated and possibly now slightly-frustrated seller with the thought of having to hold on to their listed house for an even longer period of time, it is possible you could be looking at some of the lowest list prices (and possibly most highly-motivated sellers) you will see before the spring housing market starts up in full force again.  

If you are going to be in the market to buy a house anyway this year, consider your ability to write a contract on a house in February.  If you are ready to fly anyway, jump out of the nest a little early, and take advantage of that worm.  

6.  If you are in college or plan to be in college soon, you should be applying to every college scholarship you can this month.   This may not save you money right now, but it will sure save money in college later!  

I don’t think many realize that many businesses and organizations still offer scholarships for college.  However, while there still are many of these available, you have to apply before the deadline for each one to be considered for them. 

What even fewer people realize is that the scholarship opportunities for this upcoming fall are quickly going to pass you by if you don’t act soon.  Many of the application deadlines have come and gone.  Many are still available, but you may start finding fewer and fewer to apply for after February.

If you are a parent, get that FAFSA done ASAP for your child!  If you are a college student returning to college or a high school senior entering college this fall, get your parents going on that FAFSA if it is not done already.  (Be nice guys, but you can remind mom and dad at least… or make sure they are aware of how important this is.)

Here’s a good place to get started on college scholarship searches:   http://www.fastweb.com/.   

7.  Plan dinner menus and recipes around food that is in season during the month of February or that is on event sales at your local grocery store.

You can save money at the grocery store and still eat healthy if you eat seasonally!  And yes, there are still seasonal fruits and vegetables in the winter!

Here are some of the fruits you can find on sale in February:

Oranges, Tangerines, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Lemons, and Raspberries

Here are some of the vegetables you can find on sale in February:

Cabbage, Spring Onions, Celery, and Red Potatoes, Russet Potatoes, White Potatoes, Radishes, Spinach, and Cauliflower

Money Saving Tips for February

Do a web search for seasonal fruits and vegetables in the United States (or wherever you may live), and find out what seasonal fruits and vegetables are available to you at a lower cost in February.  Also check the grocery store circulars for sales.  If you see something coming up for sale over and over again at different stores in one given week, that’s probably an indication that it’s priced at a low seasonal price.

It’s good to save money now.  It’s even better when you can do something healthy for your family during the dead of winter.   

8.  Take advantage of the numerous national days and national holidays in February since these days spur stores and restaurants to offer coupons, promotions, and sometimes even free samples, free activities, and free food products.  

February is National Cherry Month, National Children’s Dental Health Month, National Grapefruit Month, National Heart Month, National Fiber Focus Month, and National Hot Breakfast Month.  There are probably some more national months or days out there as well.  

Now take a look at all the special days in February:


You know that these very smart stores and businesses like to have a reason to put something on sale to get people to notice them above the competition, so keep your eye out for sales that may correspond with the above national days, national weeks, and national months.

And for those of you who want to plan ahead to a special national day and to be prepared to move forward when the price is right, keep March 3, 2015 available for FREE PANCAKES AT IHOP 2015!  

Hey, I told you all above to be ready so you could move forward when you saw a good deal, didn’t I?  

See, sometimes I do know what I’m talking about.  🙂  

Hope you find yourself saving money with these great money saving tips for this month. 

If you know of other ways to save money in February or can tell us how to save more money than we have talked about here, let us know!  

Free Coffee This Month At Chick-fil-A!

Save money this month with free coffee at Chick-fil-A

Saving money this month just got easier.  It just got more fun too!  Chick-fil-A is offering free hot and iced coffee this month.  (February 2015).  Check out the details here, and start enjoying a great month of savings!

It’s time for some free coffee at Chick-fil-A!

What you need to know:

  • No purchase is necessary
  • Only one free cup of coffee per customer per visit
  • Promotion includes a 12-ounce cup of hot coffee or a 16-ounce cup of iced coffee
  • Chick-fil-A now serves Thrive Farmers Coffee, a premium, specialty grade coffee which Chick-fil-A just began serving at their Chick-fil-A locations late last year
  • The iced coffee is sweetened with pure sugar cane.  (Can I say yum?)
  • Free coffee is available all day long – During their hours of operation
  • Free coffee is available while supplies last
  • No substitutions please
  • Remember, Chick-fil-a is closed on Sundays

I am hearing talk that the flavor of Chick-fil-A’s Thrive coffee goes very nicely with Chick-fil-A’s breakfast items and compliments their lunch and dinner flavors as well, but you don’t need to order anything at all to get the free coffee.   

Save money this month with free coffee at Chick-fil-A

What you should also  know that you might not hear other places:

This great promotion is not only a way to help you save money; Chick-fil-A would like you to try their new specialty grade THRIVE Farmers hot or cold coffee. Only 10% of coffee can qualify for this specialty coffee designation, so they must have something really special there they want you to know about!


Each cup of Thrive Farmers Coffee helps provide funds to help support family farmers in Central America through the Thrive Farmers Network, a program which allows family farmers there to earn more money than they might otherwise.

Save and share at the same time. It’s a win – win!  

Here is a link to Chick-fil-A’s press release for this promotion:  http://press.chick-fil-a.com/Pressroom/LatestNews/PressDetail/freecoffee# 

You can find Chick-fil-A locations here:  http://www.chick-fil-a.com/Locations/Locator

The locator above includes phone numbers so you can call your local store for their specific hours of operation.

Chick-fil-A breakfast hours for most stores generally run between 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM, but do call your store before you go if you are not certain, and do remember that your free coffee this month is available during all Chick-fil-A hours of operation.

Here is the official Chick-fil-A website if you want to check them out a little more before you go:  http://www.chick-fil-a.com/

One more thing:

Here is a link to Thrive Farmers so you can see what you are supporting when you get a cup of coffee (hot or iced) from Chick-fil-A: http://thrivefarmers.com/

Are you going to make a trip or two to Chick-fil-A this month?   If you do, let us know how your trip went!  

Enjoy your February savings!



(H/T to Amy Chance for making sure I saw this great deal this month!  Thanks, Amy!)


Learn How To Save Money With America’s Cheapest Family

Learn How To Save Money

If you are going to learn how to save money, as in saving money on just about everything in life, then learn from the best.  Steve Economides, his wife Annette Economides, (their real last name) and their family of seven (five children) flourished on one modest income, and are smiling today because of it.  

They have been dubbed the name “America’s Cheapest Family”, and while they have accomplished a lot financially, they still wear that name with joy and pride.  

Here’s what we have today:

What was once a frugal life out of necessity has become a life of riches in so many ways.  Fortunately, the Economides are willing to speak about their life activities and lifestyle choices and are here today to teach us all a lot.  

Here’s where they started:

Steve and Annette Economides got married in 1982.  Steve was making $7.00 an hour, and Annette, who was not working at the time, became a new mommy by their first anniversary one year later.  It seems as if they weren’t thinking of their life as one of a financial journey then.  They were just trying to get by.  

However, Annette figured out some good ways to stretch a paycheck, and the two not only lived comfortably, they were soon thriving.  They learned to live on a modest income even with five children.  They purchased their first home with 15% down and paid it off in nine years.  They realized at some point just how many money saving tips they had incorporated into their lives throughout the years.  

Their first financial influences:

Steve and Annette seem to have been greatly influenced by Larry Burkett, the founder of Crown Financial Ministries and most likely one of the big influences of many of the big name Christian finance names of today.  I’m sure you will see they would readily testify that their greatest influence came from Jesus Christ himself though.  

What their life was like:

They have been given all kinds of labels from frugal to tightwad, but don’t let those labels deceive you.  As Annette says quite frequently in media appearances, she learned to stretch money until it begged for mercy.  Did they go without necessities?  I would say no.  Did they go without wants?  Yes and no.  They went without buying with credit, at least for the most part.  With the exception of mortgages, they figured out how to make expenses manageable and then manage money so well that they had money to purchase things along the way, many nice things.   

Learn How To Save Money

Was their life one you might enjoy living?

I can’t answer that.  I can tell you that I think most people would feel very comfortable with their lifestyle once they got the hang of it.  I also think many people would feel very happy if they could figure out what the Economides have learned to do.  

What do I think The Economides (America’s Cheapest Family) could teach you?

Among so many other things, they can teach you how to save money on groceries and other everyday purchases and services, how to save money for a mortgage, how to build a savings account even on a small income, the best way to save money for a vacation, how to teach kids about money, and how to make good choices every single day.   

They are also great teachers of budgeting and money management.  

It seems as if they could help anyone learn how to budget too.  Annette says that even those who find it hard to budget can learn to budget by just setting SOME budget categories to start out as they learn.  

Gas, for the most part, she says, is what it is.  Water payments are what they are.  Insurance is also pretty set from month to month.  

Budgeting for recreation though?  That’s a different story.  

Recreation is one area that is easy for new budget-aware families to start working with.  Note:  She never said do without fun.  She said this is an area that is easy to learn budgeting and an area where a family could begin to cut some expenses and discover the joys of saving money monthly almost immediately.    

Groceries?   Oh yea.  

She believes there is definitely a chance to create positive movement in a person’s finances there and a good place to start a budget process.  The Economides have written a book titled “Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America’s Cheapest Family: Includes So Many Innovative Strategies You Won’t Have to Cut Coupons”.  Go here to see their book on how to save money on grocery shopping.  (Amazon)  

Why do I like them so much?

To start, I believe their understanding of how hard it is to learn how to start budgeting makes me see how ‘real’ these people really are.  They don’t put you in a place where you feel overwhelmed to start.  They step back to the beginning and walk you through those first really, really hard steps.

I also love the philosophy they seemed to have instilled in their children.  All of their kids, now adults, have grown up with a financial discipline that was, and still seems to be, natural to them.  They do not feel as if they have “gone without”.  Instead, they enjoyed their childhoods and are now enjoying adult lives with the valuable knowledge, insight, and financial enjoyment (yes, I put financial and enjoyment together) they discovered as they were growing up. 

For me too, I love how they ALL view purchases a “treasure hunts”.  As I heard their oldest daughter say once, “Who doesn’t enjoy a treasure hunt?”  

Well, I believe all if not at least most of us love a good treasure hunt!  I’m just glad my last treasure hunt took me to The Economides, America’s Cheapest Family, who wants to help us all learn how to save money now.  

You’ll be inspired.  

-Chris Stevens


The Economides Money Saving Resources You Can Learn From:

America’s Cheapest Family on the Web:  Money Smart Family

Steve and Annette Economides and Family on YouTube:  America’s Cheapest Family on YouTube

Also check YouTube for “America’s Cheapest Family” and “Money Saving Family” and “The Economides” to catch them on other folk’s channels.  

Also on Amazon:  

America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money: Your Guide to Living Better, Spending Less, and Cashing in on Your Dreams (Amazon)

The MoneySmart Family System: Teaching Financial Independence to Children of Every Age  (Amazon)

And don’t forget from above:

Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America’s Cheapest Family: Includes So Many Innovative Strategies You Won’t Have to Cut Coupons  (Amazon)  

Hope you enjoy learning how to save money with America’s Cheapest Family!  

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