Thrifty Things Friday #49

Hi everyone!

thumbnailCASKHNIROkay, we have a different type of post today. Next Thursday, March 15 is The Thrifty Groove’s 3 year anniversary! Wow! I never would have thought that just sending out some posts about good deals to friends and family would have turned into a 3 year anniversary!

3rdThis blog has changed so much over the past three years. One thing that has never changed is it is all about being thrifty!

Since my life is always changing, it seems to get reflected here as well. Which I now realize that this blog has turned into a journey of a small part of my life. It is fun for me to go back and see the different directions and interests I was involved in.

It has been a fun journey and I look forward to blogging for years to come.

We “meet” so many new friends through blogging. We share all kinds of tidbits of our lives with each other. It becomes a huge circle of friends.

I want to thank all you wonderful TTG followers and email subscribers. Your kind comments and emails often keep me blogging. We all have those moments when we just think, “Oh, I just don’t want to do this any more.” And then you get a wonderful or very thoughtful message from one of your online friends and it can change your mind.

thumbnailCAUK77T0 So as a Thank You for being part of this journey with me, I want to give back a little.

I thought long and hard as to what would be a good giveaway. And since I am about the thrifty I knew shipping heavy gifts via mail was so NOT thrifty. And since I love magazines and I think most of you do as well, I decided to give a year magazine subscription as a giveaway!

But wait! there is more! (that was my best infomercial voice LOL) Since this is my 3 year anniversary, I am going to have 3 winners!

Here are the details…….

  • For the next 3 weeks, on TTF party, I will announce a winner. So, on the 15, 22 and 29 of March, a new winner will be announced.
  • You can choose from any of the magazine subscriptions below. And it doesn’t matter if someone else already chose that subscription, you can still choose it.
  • If you are a winner, keep in mind that magazine subscriptions generally take 8-12 weeks to begin.
  • This is a personal giveaway. It is not sponsored by any company, just me.
  • I tried to select a large enough variety of different magazines so everyone finds something of interest.
  • If you win, I will need your name and mailing address so I can order the subscription as a gift for you.
  • This is only opened to US residents. I am so sorry that I couldn’t find an international magazine company. I spent 4 hours online trying to figure out how to include all my International friends. The cheapest magazine subscription I could find that would ship oversees was $72.00! YIKES! I just could not afford that.

Sound fun? I hope so!

Okay, so how do you enter this giveaway………

  1. Be a follower of The Thrifty Groove. Leave a comment to let me know you are a follower.
  2. If you join the Thrifty Things Friday linky party and you have a link back to this party on your post,  you get a second entry. Leave another comment.

That’s it!

All the comments (entries) on this post will be used to select the first giveaway winner. Next week’s party, we will do this all over again and select the second giveaway winner. The following week’s linky party will be the third chance to win.


I will announce the first winner on next week’s TTF party. This giveaway will end March 7 at midnight. And then another giveaway will begin the following day. Does that make sense? If you are not sure about how this giveaway is working, do not hesitate to drop me an email and I will try my best to explain it better. LOL

Since this post and the next two are going to be pretty long due to the giveaway, I am not going to do any features. You guys are already having to deal with a big honkin post! LOL

Okay, here are the magazine selections I have chose for you….

betterhomes&gardensBetter Homes & Gardens: (12 issues)

Better Homes & Gardens is a magazine designed for husbands and wives who have a interest in the home and family. In each issue you will find articles and information on gardening, interior design, food, health, shopping, do-it-yourself projects, recipes and much, much more. A great magazine!!

countrysbestcabinsCountry's Best Cabins: (8 issues)

Country's Best Cabins focuses on milled log homes. Country's Best Cabins helps consumers fulfill their dream of living in a log home by providing them with all the information they need to properly design, buy, build, maintain and decorate their milled log home. Each issue features articles, helpful columns and beautiful color photography

elleElle: (12 issues)

Elle is designed for the contemporary, fashion-forward woman. Each issue brings the reader all the latest in fashion, beauty, entertainment, food, health, fitness, travel and personalities. Elle is a perfect lifestyle magazine for women.

familycircleFamily Circle: (12 issues)

Family Circle is a great magazine for the contemporary woman with a family. This magazine keeps you up-to-date with a variety of modern issues. Articles focus on financial planning, food, beauty, fashion, health, recipes, family activities and much more.

garden&gunGarden & Gun: (6 issues)

Garden & Gun is a Southern lifestyle magazine that's all about the magic of the new South – the sporting culture, the food, the music, the art, the literature, the people, and the ideas. Garden & Gun represents a celebration of Southern lifestyle at its best. Garden & Gun espouses a strong conservation ethic that grows out of its connection to the land, and it reveals the beauty of the South. Each issue offers lush photography and top quality editorial. Garden & Gun is the soul of the South!

harpersbazaarHarpers Bazaar: (10 issues)

Harper's Bazaar is a magazine for women who love fashion and beauty. For the sophisticated woman with exceptional taste. Each issue of Harper's Bazaar brings you information on fashion and beauty, entertaining, travel, health and fitness, arts, finance and so much more. Harper's Bazaar reports on issues and interests relevant to the lives of modern women. A very informative and insightful magazine. You'll look forward to each and every issue.

ladieshomejournalLadies Home Journal (12 issues)

Ladies Home Journal is designed for all women. Each issue of Ladies Home Journal features articles and information on modern family life, relationships, celebrity profiles, tips on health, beauty and fashion, real-life stories and fiction, interior decorating, dozens of recipes, as well as money and career management advice. Ladies Home Journal is a magazine that covers all the issues important to women

loghomelivingLog Home Living: (12 issues)

Log Home Living is a guide for people who live in log homes or are interested in building one. Features profile families and celebrities living in log homes, decorating ideas, building plans, and design tips. Learn about the past, present, and future of this unique industry in this monthly magazine

marieclaireMarie Claire (english): (12 issues)

Marie Claire is published for the modern, independent woman interested in sex, romance, shoes, lingerie, diet, guns, war.......just a grab bag of hot issues for the modern woman. Marie Claire proves that beauty magazines don't need to be all fluff and no substance. Each issue explores the passions and events that shape and intrigue today's woman. Articles cover fashion, beauty, celebrity gossip, fitness and relationships.

oldhousejournalOld House Journal: (6 issues)

Old House Journal is the absolute authority on homes of every era. Each issue of Old House Journal explores hands-on restoration techniques, practical guidelines on architectural styles, historical overviews, homeowner stories and more. Old House Journal is devoted to restoring and preserving old houses. Repair, restore, update and decorate buildings of every age and architectural style - from the earliest Colonial-era homes to gingerbread Victorians to Arts & Crafts bungalows and mid-century modern rach houses - in a fashion true to their home's architectural heritage. You'll find how-to articles, beautiful photography and first-hand restorer accounts that show the reader how to tackle any restoration project - from kitchen and bath upgrades to sash window repair to choosing period-appropriate paint colors. You also find information on historical precedents and modern-day replacements for a range of old house parts including doors, lighting, hardware, flooring and tile plus they keep you up-to-date on all the tools you need to get the job done! Each issue of Old House Journal will also serve as a valuable resource of ideas for anyone looking to build new homes with classic architecture style. Whether you just love old homes or you're restoring, rebuilding or just want to make your home look old, Old House Journal is for you!

outdoorphotographerOutdoor Photographer: (10 issues)

Outdoor Photographer is written by the world's leading landscape, wildlife, sports and travel photographers. Outdoor Photographer emphasizes the practical use of the camera in the field and looks at the modern photographic world by encouraging photography as part of a lifestyle. Outdoor Photographer motivates the reader to make use of equipment and their talents in conjunction with recreational activities. Each issue features advice that you will use to improve your photography skills, evaluations of the latest equipment available and portfolios of stunning photography.

shapeShape: (12 issues)

Shape is an essential read for active contemporary women who are interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This monthly magazine delivers immediately useful techniques and stimulates a deeper understanding of fitness. Top experts from diverse fields of exercise, nutrition, psychology, and beauty join forces with journalists to make each issue a complete how-to manual for a healthy lifestyle

wholelivingWhole Living: (10 issues)

Whole Living (formerly Body & Soul) brings you the best in whole living. Whole Living will teach you how to live a healthy, natural life. Learn how to relax, eat right, treat your body right, destress, exercise for your health and so much more. Each issue is filled with features, columns and departments that help readers explore natural, holistic health and wellness, personal growth, the environment, spirituality and social change. If you are looking for a healthier way of living, this magazine is just for you!

Well, there are the 13 choices I came up with. Did you see one that you would like to win? I hope so!

**please remember to link back to this party on your post! I am also extending this week's party until Wednesday evening**


Okay, party time!


  1. Hi lovely lady.
    Thanks so much for hosting your sweet Link party. I would love to win "" Better Home an Gardens !!
    I do follow you and have you on my sidebay.. I hope you have a wondeful week.
    XXOO Diane

  2. I would like to have outdoor photo mag. I do follow you and I enjoy coming here when I have a change to.

  3. This is a fabulous idea for a giveaway...something we would ALL love! I would enjoy Whole Living! I'm sure I could learn a lot! Thank you! I'm a follower and a friend! ♥♥♥

  4. Wow! So many choices. I like a bunch of them! Great giveaway! I am a follower

  5. Hi there, this is my first time here and I am loving it! I linked up to your party, thanks for hosting! Can't wait to look around some more! :)

  6. I am a follower please put me in for the magazine giveaway I will have to chose one if I win they are all so good.

  7. Wow three years! Congrats! I am so glad when I started blogging I found you and The Thrifty Groove! I am a loyal follower! I think the magazine giveaway is a great idea! Postage rates are making giveaways harder to do for me also. I can't decide between Better Homes & Gardens or Family Circle! hugs, Linda

  8. Congrats on 3 years, that's amazing! I'm a follower and joining in Thrifty Friday this week. I think a magazine subscription is a great giveaway gift, and your selection is fabu!

  9. I linked up to Thrifty Things Friday! Hugs, Linda

  10. I very Happy Congratulations on your 3rd year anniversary!! I am so happy to be able to link up to show my finds and more than that read about everyone elses!!

  11. Happy almost anniversary. How generous of you to offer the magazine subscriptions. I'd love to win one. Thank you for the chance.

  12. Congratulations on your 3 year blogiversary!! What a very generous giveaway!

    Jocelyn @

  13. Congratulations on your anniversary! Wow, three years! That's very cool!.

    Thanks, too, for hosting Thrifty Things Friday. I look forward to it every week.

  14. Hi Diann,
    Congrats on your upcoming Blog Anniversary! This is my first time joining you for your TTF party. I happened to have vintage teacups in my post this week so I've linked up. Thanks for hosting and have a lovely weekend.


  15. Happy Blog Anniversary! Have been a follower for ??? your thrifty finds and ideas! I would enjoy "Whole Living" if I were lucky to win:)

  16. Great giveaway - Who doesn't like getting magazines in the mail?

    I'm a follower.

  17. Love it, I have been a follower for three years I think..time flies. Always like looking at what you have posted. Thanks for the giveaway and congrats
    on the three years anniversary! I would like either LHJ or Marie Claire if I should win.

  18. Congratulations!! If I won I'd like the Shape magazine

    tiramisu392 (at)

  19. Thanks so much for hosting! And what a great giveaway! I am a follower.

  20. I linked up so I get another entry. Oh yeah! Thanks! And congrats on 3!

  21. I am a follower, and I did link back. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  22. Hi Diann, I'm a new follower. I'm on my third month of blogging. Hopefully, mine will be as successful as yours!

  23. Diann, Thanks for hosting! I've joined the party and linked back to you!

  24. Of course, I'm a follower! And I subscribe via email too. I don't know if it's Blogger or my computer or what but I have such difficulty leaving comments. I hate it 'cause I read your emails and want to post.

    Anyway, you are very generous to offer this giveaway!

  25. Diann, Congratulations on your blogoversary! You do a great job on your blog. Thanks for such a generous giveaway, too. I have been a follower for a long time and would love to enter your giveaway. My choice would be Marie Claire.
    Thanks again, Beth

  26. I am so impressed with your blog!!! I find it truly inspiring and full of creative ideas. I would love to be chosen to receive a magazine as they too enrich my life with ideas that can be replicated. May God bless you as you celebrate this milestone. You are such a generous person to be personally sharing with us.
    Because of God's grace,

  27. Congrats Diann! Great job on three years! I was actually going through my reader today and reading all the blogs I follow and happened on your anniversary post! So, I thought I would come help you celebrate! Thank you for hosting! I am a follower and I linked up! Nice giveaway!
    Thank you!

  28. i'm already a follower...
    very nice giveaway ;)

  29. Diann,
    Congrats!! You know I am a follower and I linked up my post about my yard sale and flea market transferware!!

    Thanks so much for posting!!


  30. I'm a follower and would love to win a new magazine subscription. Thanks for this generous giveaway!!!

  31. Best Wishes Diann on Three Wonderful Years!!! I look forward to reading your blog for many more years!!! I am a follower. I think that your Giveaway is just simply Wonderful.
    Take Care :-)

  32. I have those "why do I do this" moments all the time...glad you are here to share with us! Magazines are my favorite things on the planets (OK, a bit of an exaggeration).

  33. Wow, what an accomplishment! Happy blogiversary! And thanks for hosting Thrifty Things Friday...such a fun party. xoxo ~Heather

  34. Happy Blogiversary. We share the same Blogiversary date. Tomorrow is Beyond the Portico's one year blogiversary. I Love the Thrifty Groove and party here all the time. I am already a follower and would love to be entered in your anniversary giveaway and would love to win a subscription to Better Homes and Gardens magazine.

  35. Hello Diann. I'm back to let you know I've linked up my posts to Thrifty Things Friday with a link back to the party. Please enter me for a second chance to win a subscription to Better Homes and Gardens magazine. PS...Thanks for hosting such a great party each week. I am a frequent linker!!

  36. Happy Anniversary!
    I am a follower and a fan, but seriously, there is a magazine called Garden and Gun???


Thank you for taking the time to comment! I love to hear your ideas. If you ask a question, I will answer it here in a comment back to you. Please check back! Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful day! Diann :)