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Our feast for two from a couple of Thanksgivings ago.

Whew, it’s finally here. I’ve been looking forward to Thanksgiving for so long that I can’t believe it’s here. I really need the 4 day weekend and will take the whole 4 days off from work and blogging. πŸ™‚


We have family coming in from out of town and Mrs. RB40 will be cooking the whole Friday and Saturday. I’ll help a bit, but I think it will be mostly her show this weekend.

Here are what we’ll be having on Saturday!

  • Big Turkey! In previous years, we usually just get a chicken or game hens because it was only the two of us. I’m in charge of this bird.
  • Sides – Stuffing, Brussels sprouts gratin, Butternut squash bread pudding, Roasted red or fingerling potatoes, and Julienned green beans & carrots. Holy Moly, that’s a lot of side dishes.
  • Sauces – Gravy & Cranberry sauce.
  • Appetizers – Goat cheese/pistachio stuffed dates, cranberry/cream cheese dip (with crackers), and black olives.
  • Desserts – Wine poached pear trifle, pumpkin bread, oatmeal & raisin cookies, S’mores, persimmons, and white fruitcake fudge.
  • Drinks -Sparkling cranberry drink, hot chocolate w/ peppermint sticks, and wine.

OK, this is enough food to feed a village! This list will probably be pared down quite a bit over the next couple of days. It will still be awesome though! How about you? What’s your plan this Thanksgiving?

Β Black Friday Shopping

black friday 2011

While Mrs. RB40 is busy in the kitchen on Black Friday the rest of us will go out and shop!!! Hahaha, just kidding. This year, we probably will all sleep in and hang out at home. Watch some football and play some video games, that kind of stuff. I need to buy some items though and I’m hoping to get them before Black Friday.

  • Space heater. Our 50 year old furnace is blowing room temperature air. I called a service guy and he said the “sequencer” is going bad and only one of the two heater coils is turning on. It will probably cost over $500 to fix the sequencer since it’s not being made anymore. I’d rather replace the whole furnace, but that will cost $3,000. Instead, we’ll go with an oil filled electric radiator this year. Our space is pretty small and I think two of these will be enough to keep us cozy in addition to our kotatsu table. I picked up the Pelonis heater from Home Depot today for $37. It’s working quite well so far.
  • Dishwasher. The 11 year old dishwasher in our rental home is about ready to go. It doesn’t drain very well and the tenants have been really patient with us so far. I saw a $299 Maytag at Home Depot today that looks pretty good.
  • External hard drive. I saw a 2TB external hard drive on sale for $80Β $70 in a Costco booklet. This wasn’t in the original plan for Black Friday, but our 1GB external hard drive is full. It was extremely useful when my PC hard drive crashed earlier this year so I think I will go ahead and get another hard drive to make sure our laptops are backed up as well. Seriously, if your hard drive crash once, it will be worth the price. I’ll probably drop by on Saturday to pick this up.

The rest of the weekend, we’ll spend recovering from the turkey coma. πŸ˜‰ Do you have a list for Black Friday shopping?

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank some of my blogging buddies who helped me so much this year.

  • Young and Thrifty – Thank you so much for including our blog on so many of your round ups. You’re one of our best referrals! Hope you are doing well in grad school!!!
  • Financial Samurai – Thank you Sam for starting and maintaining Yakezie, the biggest and best Personal Finance blog network on the internet. The forum always has an answer for me when I have any blog-related question. Yakezie is an indispensable resource for us.
  • Wealth Informatics – Thanks Suba for working on Yakezie and working with us. Hope you get some much needed rest and come back better than ever!
  • Buck Inspire – Thanks Buck for working with me on our joint anniversary giveaway. Here’s to a great 2nd year for us!

Some newcomers who are making a name for themselves and are great to talk to.

  • One Cent At A Time – Check out his latest post on How to be Rich!
  • My Broken Coin – Aloysa’s shopping addiction is very entertaining. πŸ™‚ She would get along just fine with Mrs. RB40 with their common love of shoes/boots.
  • 20’s Finance – Cory is relentless and writes great posts. See how he furnished his whole apartment for $600. He is expanding his online empire and will soon be able to retire from his day job! πŸ˜‰

Have a great Thanksgiving!!!!! Go ahead and eat too much turkey, it’s a tradition!

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  • SB @ One Cent At A Time November 23, 2011, 4:20 am

    I’ll not be shopping on black Friday. Going out for a short trip. Thanks for the mention

    • retirebyforty November 23, 2011, 10:07 am

      Good choice. πŸ™‚

      • Jon -- Free Money Wisdom November 24, 2011, 8:21 pm

        I flew out to visit my family in Seattle. I won’t be shopping, unless online. My fiancee is going to do some clothes shopping…but she is all the way in the south. Thankfully, this is the last major holiday we will be apart before we’re married. Holidays just aren’t the same without her around.

  • Niki November 23, 2011, 4:43 am

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • 20's Finances November 23, 2011, 5:44 am

    Thanks for the mention Joe. Enjoy Thanksgiving!

  • Roshawn @ Watson Inc November 23, 2011, 6:02 am

    I’ll be shopping online this holiday and will definitely enjoy the time off as well πŸ™‚ SB’s post was absolutely enlightening, so thanks for including it here. Happy Turkey Day!!!

    • retirebyforty November 23, 2011, 10:07 am

      Online is the way to go! Enjoy the time off!

  • Little House November 23, 2011, 6:56 am

    I love side dishes – they’re my favorite! I’m also looking forward to a 4-day weekend. I can sleep in! Of course, I have homework, but I’m ahead not behind which means I don’t have to spend the entire weekend writing papers. πŸ™‚ As for Thanksgiving, my event is small and quaint -just Mr. LH and I since I bowed out of driving anywhere due to school. Too much stress this semester to worry about traveling. And as for shopping, won’t be doing too much of that this weekend. However, our share drive crashed and we had to purchase a new external drive. Ouch. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • retirebyforty November 23, 2011, 10:09 am

      The side dishes are our favorite too! I don’t think we will be able to sleep in. Baby RB40 wakes up at 6:30am sharp every morning. πŸ˜€
      Sorry to hear about the share drive, at least it’s not the main drive.

  • Financial Samurai November 23, 2011, 6:58 am

    Eat well and happy Thanksgiving to you blogging buddy!

    Shinawatra 4 life! πŸ™‚


    • retirebyforty November 23, 2011, 10:09 am

      Are you related to Thaksin? Hahaha. My dad says baby RB40 looks just like him. πŸ˜‰

  • PKamp3 November 23, 2011, 7:13 am

    Let me know how the space heater/kotatsu combination goes – I’m probably going to start renovations in the sun-room this weekend (got audio on my BF list) but need to think about how to heat it.

  • My University Money November 23, 2011, 7:59 am

    Two TB for $80? That is a pretty good deal! These sales always make me wonder what the profit margins are throughout the year. Keep up the great work after you relax and unwind!

    • retirebyforty November 23, 2011, 10:10 am

      That is a great deal. The price keeps coming down. 2TB is perfect for a back up drive. The old 1TB drive gets full way too quickly.

  • Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter November 23, 2011, 9:03 am

    Happy holidays to you too. Hope you enjoy them. Looks like you got some good deals already. I might check out the sales on Friday online but there isn’t really anything I need so to speak.

    • retirebyforty November 23, 2011, 10:12 am

      I need to avoid looking at anymore advertising. πŸ™‚
      All the sales are too tempting, but I don’t want to go out on Friday at all.

  • Aloysa November 23, 2011, 9:18 am

    Happy Thanks giving to you and your family! Don’t forget to help Mrs RB40 in the kitchen. It’s A LOT of work to cook the feast all by yourself. Beaker knows it firsthand! lol Thank you for mentioning me. Means a lot!

    • retirebyforty November 23, 2011, 10:14 am

      She hadn’t cook for about 2 weeks so I think she’ll have fun in the kitchen. Have a great Thanksgiving!

  • 101 Centavos November 23, 2011, 10:54 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to all the RB40’s! That’s enough food for gross over-consumption, the way it should be. Feast like a Roman, and then lay on the couch in a comatose state.

    • retirebyforty November 24, 2011, 6:55 am

      I love it. We will feast like a Roman!

  • Andy Hough November 23, 2011, 11:24 am

    We have two Thanksgiving dinners to go to tomorrow. We are going to venture out on Black Friday to snag a flat screen TV to replace our old tube TV. Our intended destination is not in the main shopping area so I’m hoping it won’t be overly crowded.

    • retirebyforty November 24, 2011, 6:56 am

      You will love the new flat screen TV. πŸ™‚
      Have a great Thanksgiving!

  • Hunter November 23, 2011, 3:42 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Joe. Don’t eat too much! I’ll be spending exactly zero on Friday, and that’s perfectly fine with me.

    • retirebyforty November 24, 2011, 6:56 am

      What would Thanksgiving be without overeating? πŸ™‚ Have a great Thanksgiving!!!

  • krantcents November 23, 2011, 4:50 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving. Aren’t you supposed to overeat?

    • retirebyforty November 24, 2011, 6:56 am

      Happy Turkey day!

  • youngandthrifty November 23, 2011, 7:37 pm

    Awe Joe and Mrs. RB40! I think I almost cried (seriously), it has been so great to read your wonderful posts, and I want to thank you for being such a good blog buddy!

    I’m surprised I’m one of your biggest referrers, but I’m very happy to hear that!! πŸ™‚

    That thanksgiving dinner looks delicious!

    Happy Thanksgiving and have a wonderful weekend with your family πŸ™‚

    • retirebyforty November 24, 2011, 6:58 am

      Thanks!!! Y&T sends traffic over in a slow and steady trickle. Other big sites sends a big spike and then they drops off.

  • Jeffrey Trull November 23, 2011, 7:55 pm

    No shopping for me on Black Friday this year. I’m not planning on spending much this holiday, so I’m not too concerned about trying to get the best deals and early sales.

    • retirebyforty November 24, 2011, 6:58 am

      It’s much nicer to sleep in and relax with the family. We’ll watch the parade on TV.

  • Jen @ Master the Art of Saving November 23, 2011, 10:37 pm

    I’m taking the easy route and getting the pre-cooked turkey dinner from Safeway this year. All I have to do pretty much is heat everything up, which is great for those who suck at cooking. I’ll also be hiding indoor from the terror of Black Friday, I’d be eaten alive.

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving. πŸ™‚

    • retirebyforty November 24, 2011, 7:00 am

      That sounds good to me too. We rarely roast a turkey so once a year is good. It will also keep the place warm with the furnace broken. πŸ˜‰

  • Evan November 25, 2011, 7:16 pm

    Happy thanksgiving buddy!

  • Squirrelers November 26, 2011, 2:01 pm

    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, and fun weekend with the family…and that you avoided spending money on Black Friday πŸ™‚ I planned (and posted on this) on spending zero, and ended up spending $15. Not bad at all, though it’s $15 more than last year and more than the $0 I planned on for this year. But, they were things that I absolutely needed for my kid, so it’s all good πŸ™‚

  • Jackie November 26, 2011, 2:03 pm

    Hope you had a good Thanksgiving. We ate way too much and had a relaxing day πŸ™‚

    On Friday, we went out and got a new dishwasher too. We ended up getting ours at Lowes. With their sale + a 10% off coupon we ended up paying about 25% less than we otherwise would have.

  • Untemplater November 27, 2011, 10:18 am

    I’m glad you are taking 4 days to unplug and spend time with family. It feels good to take a break and unwind. Your Thanksgiving menu sounds awesome! I bet you had a great one. I had all the traditional stuff and got in some Black Friday shopping myself for some practical things that I’d been putting off on replacing. That’s a great deal on that Costco external drive!! -Sydney

    • retirebyforty November 28, 2011, 10:38 am

      It was great to take the weekend off to spend with families. The thanksgiving meal was awesome and we have tons of left over to work on this week. πŸ™‚
      I didn’t make it out on Black Friday. πŸ™‚ Too many things to do.

  • Robert @ My Multiple Incomes November 27, 2011, 11:02 am

    Wow, how did you fill up a 1TB hard drive? I have a 360 GB one, and I am not even half full!

    • retirebyforty November 28, 2011, 10:39 am

      It’s a backup drive for 2 computers so it’s loaded with OS backup and all that junk…

  • Buck Inspire November 27, 2011, 3:18 pm

    Hope you had a happy and restful Thanksgiving! Thank you for reaching out out and joining forces for our blogoversary giveaway. You had an amazing year and here’s to an even better year two! I’m just trying to stay in the same ballpark with you. πŸ™‚

    • retirebyforty November 28, 2011, 10:39 am

      Hope you have a great year 2 as well!

  • Ella November 28, 2011, 10:02 pm

    Really informative articles!I enjoyed myself on thanksgiving day.And I did shop on that day.There were so many online coupon codes & Deals,and I bought what I need and saved a lot.Just share with you,recently I shop and save with CouponSnapshot. Like you site and your articles very much. Nice day!

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