Frugalicious Week….Finale @ Carly’z Corner

Now that Frugalicious week is coming to its end :(…I thought that we would go over ESTATE SALE vs GARAGE SALE.


“An estate sale or estate liquidation is a sale or auction to dispose of a substantial portion of the materials owned by a person who is recently deceased or who must dispose of his or her personal property to facilitate a move.” – Wikipedia.

The survivors of the deceased person may have no interest in the bulk of the personal belongings left, or may simply lack space to keep the belongings. In situations where the survivors cannot agree to the disposition of tangible property, a court may order the goods to be sold in an estate sale with the proceeds to be divided among the survivors. Such a sale and division may also be mandated in the will of the deceased.

garage sale, also known as a yard salerummage saletag salelawn saleattic salemoving salegarbage salethrift sale or junk sale, is an informal, irregularly scheduled event for the sale of used goods by private individuals. Typically the goods in a garage sale are unwanted items from the household with the home owners conducting the sale. The goods are sometimes new, like-new, or just usable.

So your everyday garage sale is quite different from your estate sale.  With an estate sale, the person conducting the sale, usually toward the final days of the event, can be highly motivated to sale the items.  If you are patient, the final day of the estate sale may be 50% off of everything that is leftover!

Remember to use your thrifty etiquette…..everything is negotiable, carry small bills (preferably $1 bills or change) and you will find that you have saved hundreds of dollars!

So I really hope that this week really motivated you to go out and search out some of these great thrifty places and get some great deals.  Use the tips listed and you will not be intimated and just think… are going green and recycling!!! Remember, another man’s trash is another man’s treasure :)…!


Happy Frrrreeee Hunting!



Travel Week – Day 3 @ Carly’z Corner

I know that planning a vacation can be taxing, but it doesn’t have to be.  You just need to give yourself time to do the legwork and find the resources that will give you the best deal for your $$$.

I am going to list a couple of reputable websites today for you to go to that will provide you with some great deals that can open to you a multitude of vacation options.

Website 1:    TravelZoo…..(although I have yet to use this one, yet!) It boasts of some great $$$ saving deals.  They offer not just local deals but you can find deals all over the world!

From the Travelzoo Newsdesk
$12.50 & up — Last-Minute July Fourth Deals up to 65% Off
By Elisabeth Barker
NATIONWIDE–JUNE 14, 2013– Travel and entertainment companies are cutting prices by as much as 65% to spur last-minute bookings for the long July Fourth holiday weekend.

Deals are available July 4-7 — Thursday through Sunday — as well as surrounding dates. Our team of deal experts found, researched and compiled a list of the best offers….read more

Website 2…….”Groupon“.

It stands for group coupons and I completely love this site.  Groupon posts deals for different businesses, anywhere from service oriented companies – such as hair salons, chem-lawn services to any product you think that you might want to buy, all at an extremely cheap discount.  The business offering the service or product sets a limit on how many coupons, at minimum, that it wants to sell before it will honor the deal!  This site has been hugely successful! I have purchased an accounting course, tickets to concerts and a sewing class for myself and my daughter (I have had no issues with my information being shared or stolen from this site)!

Today we are going to explore some of the amazing travel deals offered on Groupon.  Groupon offers local travel/vacation getaways as well as international. For example:

Aston MonteLago Village Resort – Lake Las Vegas, NV

Two-Night Stay with Drinks, Casino Credit, and Appetizer. “Combine Up to Four Nights”.

(Psst!, if you want to stay 3 nights, you can….turn a one night getaway into a weekend vacation all for $390!…Invite some friends and share the cost!…….airfare is not included)


Buy -Valued at  $189, Discount 32%, so You Save $60

What You Get

Two-night stay, valid for check-in Sunday–Wednesday

  • Option 1: $129 for stay for up to two in a Luna di Lusso studio resort-view room (up to a $189 value)
  • Option 2: $145 for stay for up to four in a Luna di Lusso one-bedroom, one-bathroom resort-view suite (up to a $229 value) 

Two-night stay, valid for check-in Friday–Saturday

  • Option 3: $150 for stay for up to two in a Luna di Lusso studio resort-view room (up to a $229 value)
  • Option 4: $165 for stay for up to four in a Luna di Lusso one-bedroom, one-bathroom resort-view suite (up to a $279 value)

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Limited quantity available
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Aston MonteLago Village Resort

3.77 out of 5
  • Lake Las Vegas, NV

    30 Strada Di Villaggio
    Henderson, Nevada 89011
    (877) 997-6667
    Get Directions


  • It is quiet, we had the pool every day to ourselves…some on site restaurants and shops. There is also a casino on site.

    Willbeck, TripAdvisor, 5/30/13

  • Oh what a wonderful place to visit! …The rooms are beautiful and the Aston is very close to village, no vehicles are needed, just a short walk to everything fun.

    Hillary L, TripAdvisor, 5/2/13

Mediterranean-Style Resort with Free Shuttle to the Las Vegas Strip

In the neighborhoods surrounding Lake Las Vegas, colorful stucco villas and palm trees line cobblestone streets with names such as Rue Du Rivoli and Strada Di Villaggio. The entire area feels like a Mediterranean village—complete with pedestrian-only piazzas that lead to cafés, international restaurants, and boutiques with hand-blown glassware—even though it’s actually located about a half hour from Las Vegas, in southern Nevada. Just like in Venice, you can ride in a gondola on the manmade Lake Las Vegas. Aston MonteLago Village Resort sits in the midst of this Mediterranean charm, where it overlooks the lake’s sparkling waters and the craggy desert hills beyond.

Steps away from the resort, Casino MonteLago is located in the western part of Lake Las Vegas. The casino has a number of slot machines, electronic table games, and genie lamps that take quarters; you can try your luck here with the casino credit included in this Getaway. To head to the big city, hop on the resort’s free shuttle to the Las Vegas Strip.

In the evening, retire to your Luna di Lusso resort-view studio or one-bedroom suite. Each has a private, furnished balcony that looks out over the resort as well as a small kitchen or kitchenette.

Henderson, Nevada: Thriving Suburb Close to the Vegas Strip

A Las Vegas suburb, Henderson is conveniently close to the Strip but also far enough away to be an escape from the bustle. named it a top family vacation destination, highlighting the city’s culture scene, which includes area art galleries and outdoor symphony concerts. At the Clark County Museum, visitors can trace southern Nevada’s history via a timeline exhibit. The museum campus also has several historic buildings—including a decades-old barn and a wedding chapel—as well as a walk-in mining trail.

You’ll find the Hoover Dam, one of America’s Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders, about 20 miles northwest of town. Take the guided tour if you want to learn more about the dam’s history and get a look at the inner passageways. Nearby Lake Mead hosts all sorts of watersports, including kayaking and fishing, but the bulk of the lake’s recreation area consists of mountains and valley with trails for hiking.

Henderson’s shopping scene is another draw: the town features one of the most popular malls off the Strip, Galleria at Sunset. The two-level shopping center houses more than 140 shops and five department stores. But Galleria really stands out because of its Southwestern-themed decor, including fountains, palm trees, and a topiary of animals in the food court. Alternatively,The District at Green Valley Ranch offers an outdoor shopping experience with a pedestrian-friendly promenade that’s lined with boutiques and restaurants. There are also ample opportunities to relax here with a lushly landscaped central park and a grassy courtyard where musicians play live on Friday and Saturday nights from May through October.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

Included in all options:

  • Two drinks and a $5 gaming credit at Casino MonteLago (up to a $17 value)
  • One appetizer at Sonrisa Grill (up to a $12 value) 

Policies and Fees

Book by: 8/9/13
Travel by: 9/30/13


  • Blackout dates: not valid 7/4–7/6, 8/30–9/14, or 9/26–9/29
  • Cancellation policy and fees: 48-hour cancellation notice required or fee of applicable one-night stay up to the amount paid for Groupon applies
  • Taxes: 13.1% tax not included
  • Additional fees: $23/day resort fee not included 

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Two outdoor swimming pools, one heated
  • A hot tub
  • Free shuttle to the Las Vegas Strip
  • Daily breakfast (extra fee)
  • Free fishing permits
  • Fitness center

We Stand Behind Your Getaway

So here are two resources that you can go to help you plan a great vacation on pennies!

Happy Frreeeee Hunting!