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Best Posts of 2012 on SamiCone.com

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Can you believe it? It’s New Year’s Eve 2012! Before 2013 got here, I thought it only fitting to share some of my best posts from the following year.

It’s also interesting for me to take a look back and see what I wrote that actually resonated with you all 😉

I suppose it shouldn’t come as a surprise to discover that most of you were looking for deals, especially when it came to travel deals & fashion deals.

Best posts of 2012:

It seems your favorite stores to shop at were:
*Banana Republic (especially the Banana Republic Outlet)
*Gap
*Macy’s
*Michaels
*The Children’s Place
*Old Navy
*Coach Factory Outlet
*Vera Bradley
*Pottery Barn Kids
(Did I miss any of your favorites? If so, let me know in the comments below so I can keep my eye out for deals there in the coming year)

When it comes to traveling, it’s obvious that many of you share our family’s love for Disney and maximized your trips by visiting my Disney Deals & Tips page. I was proud to able to bring you a sneak peak of the new Art of Animation Cars Suite – the latest resort on Walt Disney World property.

We also love Opryland (did you see my Opryland Christmas Must-Do post?) and was glad to see so many of you grab those ICE! ticket discounts! I was also surprised to see how many of you were looking for different ways to save at Medieval Times, but it helps that they have locations all across the country too.

I was also humbled by how many of you followed along the rough road we faced this summer as we discovered my Father-in-Law was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the begining of June and then ulitmately lost his battle with brain cancer on August 26, 2012. (You can follow the entire story of Dad Cone here). I learned so much from each of you, especially when it comes to generosity and hospitality, and compiled it all to share with others in my post “How to help when someone dies“.

You also love getting out and about with your kiddos…especially when it’s free! Lots of you went to the free Lowe’s Build & Grow workshops and the Home Depot free kids’ workshops each month.

Of course, it looked like you all had fun with your family at home too because so many of you checked out my Top 6 Frugal Family Tailgating tips!

You also celebrated along with our family’s milestones and seemed to appreciate my efforts at entertaining because you showed up on Pinterest when I posted about the American Girl McKenna gymnastics birthday party I threw for Kariss! I was also proud of my crafting skills when I made homemade Valentine’s Day photo cards with the kids.

If you’re looking to keep the celebration going, you’ll want to check back later this week to see how we plan on continuing the celebration into 2013!

In the meantime, keep up the saving and sharing! You can get a jumpstart by checking out my Top 10 Tips to Control Spending Habits in the New Year.

I’d also love for you to keep up with my on my favorite social media sites:
*Follow me on Facebook,
*Tweet me on Twitter and
*Pin with me on Pinterest!

Here’s to a happy & healthy New Year for each of you! Don’t take a minute for granted…