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How I Saved Money This Christmas
This Christmas I was on a very tight budget as I’ve been trying to save $5,000 for a 35-day trip to Europe. Saving for my trip has proven much harder than I had anticipated because of the holidays. By this point, I wanted to have saved $4,500, but I’ve only saved $3,000. I managed to save $3,000 by REALLY limiting my Christmas budget. Here are
How Much Did You Spend on Christmas?
I’m scared to think about how much we spent on Christmas this year. I’ve avoided looking at our credit card bill, which we’ve been capping at $2,000 each month, because I knew we were going to go over. Way over. I tried to save money on Christmas gifts this year – but with a new baby in tow, and a lot of family coming to
Overspending By 130% For Ugly Christmas Sweater Party!
I thought I was being such a bargain babe by shopping for an ugly Christmas sweater party at a thrift store, where clothing prices top out at $5 per item. But I ended up overspending by 130%!!!! Egads, as my grandmother used to say. Here’s how I overspent at the thrift store.
Homemade Holiday Crafts for $5 Each!
Every year my best friend’s Mom has a huge party the Saturday following Thanksgiving. Not only does she make some of a huge amount of food (there were 15 different appetizers this year!) but she also sets up a holiday craft table that I end up showcasing on my tree or in my living room. The best part is that all of these holiday crafts
Holiday-friendly, Fancy, Frugal Side Dishes: Five Under $10
It’s crunch time! Holiday parties, holiday potlucks, and the big giant Christmas meal itself. If kitchen-sense eludes you, and you usually find yourself at the door with a bottle of wine in lieu of an appetizer or side dish, you’re not alone. But there’s hope! Especially for the recipe-challenged among us, I’ve dug up some simple, frugal side dishes sure to wow a crowd, and
Are Gift Cards Good Christmas Gifts?
My extended family has always given gift cards and cash as presents – gifts that were much more valuable to me than even a beautiful piece of jewelry or outfit would have been. I have used this money to fund my frugal travels. I never thought the gift cards weren’t thoughtful gifts. The relatives who gave me general purpose cards would normally write me cards
Should You Buy Your Boss a Christmas Gift?
I recently read the article “Should You Buy a Holiday Gift for Your Boss” on TheBillfold.com. Before reading this article, I had no idea that buying your boss a Christmas gift was uncommon. My Dad owns a small auto parts store in Rhode Island and has always been very close with the staff. Every year my Dad holds a holiday party and the staff get
Animated Gift Cards From Amazon
Ugh. I dread the hours it takes to put together a thoughtful gift. But I also love finding the perfect gift for my extended family and friends. What a bind. This year I may send out electronic gift cards, like the animated ones below that are for sale on Amazon. Check out the cute stuff they have! Electronic gift cards are a great idea for
How to make a wreath for under $10
Let’s just put this out there—I am not crafty. Pinterest gives me panic attacks and feelings of inadequacy, so you can imagine my surprise (at myself) when I (voluntarily) chose to make my own wreath this holiday season. What the WHAT? A homemade wreath. How hard can that be, right? Well…right! This coat hanger rag wreath was easy and under $10. Doesn’t get any better
7 Frugal and Fast Christmas Decorations
There seem to be two camps of holiday decorators… those who already own seven bins of decorations and put them up the day after Thanksgiving (or right after the turkey’s carved), and those who have great intentions, but somehow the month always seems to zoom by. Since it’s almost two weeks into December, if you’re reading this looking for frugal Christmas decorations, you must be
Early Childhood Toys that are Worth the Money
There are literally thousands of early childhood toys and games. Most of them are not worth the money, but a few are fabulous and well worth the money. As I stated in my earlier article on 10 Family Games that are Worth the Money, “I determine whether a family game is worth the money by seeing how many hours it is used.” Let’s face it
10 Family Games that are Worth the Money
For decades my family traveled from all over the country to get together for the holidays. My job was to bring a great new toy or game that would entertain a group of people, of various ages and interests, for many hours. Here are 10 toys and family games that are worth the money because of the hours of laughter and togetherness they create. I
How to Make Mini Christmas Elves for Less!
I fell in love with the mini pinecone Christmas Elves for sale on Etsy – but not their price tag. One set of three is selling for as much as $34! Another set of five is selling for $45! Now, I’m not a professional crafter and my homemade Christmas ornaments are not perfect. But I think the money I’m saving makes up for any imperfections.
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