Black Friday is officially tomorrow here in the USA – someone forgot to tell the retailers, or the majority of them colluded to start the deals today – and earler – on Thanksgiving (although I am sure they will have a heck of a lot of them tomorrow).
That also includes Amazon, as they have really started rolling out the deals. Get your Christmas shopping done from the comfort of home, and avoid the long lines at the stores in your area. You can check out the Amazon deals if you click here or type http://smarturl.it/amazonbfriday into your web browser. If you click this link, you will also note Kindles and Fires have been significantly discounted, also.
Speaking of Thanksgiving, I have a lot to be thankful for and I appreciate each of you – I hope all of you have a great day today, don’t eat so much that you get uncomfortable, and hopefully you get to spend it with your friends and family! As for me, I’m with my family smelling the turkey cooking away…
The Thanksgiving Challenge Update
Last week, I sent out an email for the blog’s annual Thanksgiving challenge: while we are celebrating Thanksgiving here in the USA there are, unfortunately, millions of people who have no idea where their next meal will materialize let alone what will they eat on Thanksgiving Day.
This year marks the fifth year I’ve run a promotion around Thanksgiving, where 100% of the net proceeds (sales less Amazon’s percentage of the take) is donated to a charity. So from now through the end of the month, if you purchase the title mentioned below I will donate 100% of the net proceeds to the East Texas Foodbank. These people can stretch a dollar – they can make just $1.00 feed 8 people, and have a mission of feeding children and the working poor throughout 26 counties in East Texas: in fiscal year 2014, they provided 20.2 million meals.
Let’s talk about the economics: the book is priced at $2.99 in order to maximize Amazon’s commission structure. At $2.99, that puts the commission at 70% (Amazon only pays authors 30% of the sales price if it is priced at $2.98 or less). To make the math simple, if you purchase the book you will feed 17 people. I hope I am writing a big check to the East Texas Food Bank – as of today, the blog’s readers have now purchased over 2,000 meals!
So, what’s the book? I thought I would combine a food payoff with a food winner with a small Kindle book of my own personal recipes for authentic Tex-Mex beef and chicken fajitas. Yes, I’ve won a couple of contests with it (DizzyDean used to say something to the effect of “It ain’t bragging if you can do it.”), and they taste damn good if I do say so myself. Don’t settle for some store-bought concoction when you can have a little fun making it yourself. To compliment the fajita recipes, I’m also including easy-to-make recipes for pico de gallo, guacamole, and marinated onions. It’s no frills, easy to read and follow.
Can I count on you?
If you’ll click the link above, for less than the price of a Starbucks you can provide 17 meals to people who would otherwise go hungry. We have a vibrant community here, and I think our collective efforts can help a lot of folks.
If you do purchase the book, I appreciate it – I’ll give a final update on where we stand at the end of the month.
Thanks, and enjoy your Thanksgiving Day!