These Christmas shopping tips don’t take much effort, but they can save you a bundle on all your holiday shopping this season!
It was December 23rd. Hubby and I had spread piles of gifts all across our bed. We wanted to be sure we had all of our bases covered. We carefully counted the number of gifts in each pile. Looks good! But, wait…what happened here? This one child seems to be coming up short.
We counted again, hoping we had somehow missed something. But, no. It was certain. One child was being shorted compared to the others.
Last week was an exciting milestone. With week number 100 of the 5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week series on the books (er, blog), that means there are 500 money saving tips in that series alone! It’s fun to know that our family is still finding creative ways to save money. Even better is that we get to share them with you.
In case you missed it, there’s some exciting news that comes along with this milestone! I’m compiling all of these tips into one easy to read e-book. I’ll be rolling out more details soon, but you’ll definitely want to be one of my subscribers when the book launches. (Hint, hint!) You can do that here.
Inside: Everyone wants to spend less on Christmas giving. Convince family, friends, and coworkers to have more fun while giving using these gift exchange themes!
The giving season is upon us again, and that can mean a lot of spending. Gifts for family, friends, coworkers, teachers, and more are probably on your list.
Like most of us, you want to simplify your gift budget this Christmas. And if you can get a whole group of people on board with the idea…all the better! Most people are relieved to have fewer things to buy, so it should be easy to get everyone at work or at the family gathering to buy into the idea.
If you really want to sell them on the idea, have a fun gift exchange theme in mind. Themes make the party more fun than ever! It doesn’t have to be the same old ideas. Let’s look at some different gift exchange themes so you can find the right one for your gift swap group.
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I know that I don’t often share deals (outside of Fridays) here, but I knew you would want to learn about this one. If you’re thinking about Christmas gifts, why not grab a canvas print of a family picture for that loved one?
A canvas print feels much more special, and even more so when it’s a special photograph.
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Two years ago, I decided to start celebrating the ways our family saved money each week. Not only did this give my Hubby and me the motivation to keep working hard to pay off debt, but we hoped that sharing our money saving ideas would inspire our readers to save more, too.
The first few weeks, I wondered if I could really write about these things week after week without becoming boring and repetitive. But over time, I realized that with the changing of the seasons, the years, and the way we do things, there’s always another way you can save money.
Based on the number of people who have read these posts, I’d say you feel the same way. You want to save money for the things that mean the most to your own family. It’s so nice to have a whole community of savers in one place!
Last weekend, we attended my Dad’s retirement party. People wrote ideas for his bucket list, and I couldn’t resist having a little fun with the cherry pie I made (Dad’s favorite!).
I’m so happy for him. After all, my parents are absolute whizzes when it comes to pinching a penny. After years of being responsible with their money, my parents are able to retire without the debt that so many others still have.
I’m keeping that in mind when we make our own money goals!
Inside: Curious about how Walmart Christmas layaway 2017 works? Find out what makes it a great alternative to putting another holiday on plastic!
Remember the days of the blue light special? Back then everyone seemed to use layaway programs to help them afford Christmas gifts. Over time, more people began to use credit cards instead of dealing with the hassle of layaway programs.
But layaway still exists! And it’s actually a fantastic way to avoid debt this Christmas. Given all the scary statistics about Christmas spending and compounding debt problems (read all about that here), you should be doing everything possible to avoid pulling out the card this season.
It probably won’t surprise you to learn that the best layaway program I’ve found is at Walmart. They will set you up with a program with no extra fees. That’s much better than what your average credit card company will do for you!
Grocery shopping is a mindful process for the frugal. I’ve shopped at a bigger chain for years, because between coupons (they often send me coupons for $20 off my purchase!), discounted gas, and deal stacking, it’s worked great for saving my family a ton of money.
But lately I’m starting to wonder if I wouldn’t be better off finding the time to shop at Aldi instead. Is it just me, or are grocery prices climbing again?
I’ll let you know how this goes and if shopping Aldi is a money saver for our family of 7. I have shopped at Aldi in the past, but it hasn’t been my “go to” grocery store for years. So if you’ve got any hot Aldi tips, leave a comment!
Inside: You’ll love the bargains you can find in this list of cool things under 10 dollars! Give them as gifts or enjoy a guilt free splurge!
Whether you’re ready to make a little splurge on yourself or you need a gift idea that fits into your budget, you can’t go wrong with anything on this list of cool things under 10 dollars!
Get the most bang for your buck and find some unique ideas. You’re sure to find something here that matches that gift exchange theme your group set up this year!
Inside: Do you want an apple cinnamon french toast casserole that isn’t too eggy and won’t make you wait until tomorrow? This recipe perfectly starts your day!
Apples bring us together. People have their favorite foods, sure. But there aren’t too many people that don’t love a good apple recipe.
What’s not to love? The scent of apples baking can take you right back to your favorite, most cozy memories.
This recipe is amazing, because it’s simple…but oh, so good! You’ll hate waiting while it bakes. But don’t worry. It’s worth the wait!