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Frugal Finds: Shopping Sales and Goodwill

I usually do my after Christmas shopping within a week after the holiday, so I was a bit late. My year didn’t start as planned, and I had to wait until everything was set before I could have my much needed girls day and do some shopping. Things are pretty well picked over at this point, but I was still able to find some good … Continue reading Frugal Finds: Shopping Sales and Goodwill

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How I’m Saving Money this Holiday Season

The Holiday season can be expensive to get through, and I don’t have all the money in the world. I look for ways each year to save money, starting right after the previous Christmas. After the Yule and Christmas celebrations, I saved all the gift bags, wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, gift boxes, and tags to reuse the next year. Some members of my family also … Continue reading How I’m Saving Money this Holiday Season

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Plans for My Christmas Money

I was talking to my mom the other day and the topic of gifts came up. My parents are giving Christmas money again, and I told her I already know what I am doing with the money. I’m stocking up on food, and maybe some cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items depending on how much I get. But definitely food. You never know what curve … Continue reading Plans for My Christmas Money

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Kohl’s Shopping Trip – Free for Me

I work at inn, in an area with a lot of businesses to shop at. The inn has many, many guests that come down from Canada, for whom we are all grateful. When our Canadian guests shop at Kohl’s, they aren’t usually here to enjoy the benefits of the Kohl’s Cash they receive. Some people leave these for the housekeepers. Others leave them with whomever … Continue reading Kohl’s Shopping Trip – Free for Me

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Holiday Tag Ornament Sets Using Sharpie Extreme Markers

I don’t know about you, but for me crafting is a way to de-stress. Creating melts away any negative feelings, allowing me to relax and enjoy what I’m doing. It also is a good way to acquire gifts and decorations, as well as home decor. When the Sharpie team contacted me about coming up with projects for my wrapping needs, I was already thinking about … Continue reading Holiday Tag Ornament Sets Using Sharpie Extreme Markers

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Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas Using Sharpie Extreme Markers

Okay everyone, it’s time to get crafty for the holidays. The Sharpie team recently contacted me, wondering if I wanted to get crafty while using the Sharpie Extreme markers and I, of course, said yes! I love doing crafts, and had just begun to think about what I was going to do for Yule and Christmas. Yup, we celebrate two holidays, and both are very … Continue reading Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas Using Sharpie Extreme Markers

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Use Thrift Stores to Save Money

I do a fair amount of shopping at thrift shops. As a matter-of-fact, most of what I bought for the baby shower I threw for my daughter and son-in-law came from thrift stores, and when Little Man is growing out of another size clothing, that is where I head with a list from my daughter. I buy as much of my own clothing as I … Continue reading Use Thrift Stores to Save Money

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Is it Okay to Pick up Gifts at Yard Sales, Thrift Stores, Etc.?

I love yard sales, thrift shops, clearance sales, flea markets. I always find gems when I visit, and save so much over the price of new-bought items. I am a frugalista, how about you? When buying from thrift shops and flea markets, you are reusing other people’s stuff. This means that it is not going into a landfill, and someone local is earning money. Both … Continue reading Is it Okay to Pick up Gifts at Yard Sales, Thrift Stores, Etc.?

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Frugal Holiday Finds

For me, holiday shopping starts as soon as Christmas is over. I begin by picking up clearance items for the next holiday season. Wrapping paper, ribbons, gift bags and boxes, tins, goody bags, small stocking stuffers, holiday cards, and more. Last year I picked up quite a bit, including a 4-pack of holiday pencils for .49, 7 packs of holiday pins at .25 each, and … Continue reading Frugal Holiday Finds

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After Christmas Shopping at Walmart

I managed to get in some more after Christmas shopping. Walmart is having a 75% off all holiday items clearance sale, and I took advantage while doing some grocery shopping. They were pretty well picked over, but I did find a few gems I thought I would tell you about. If you have a few dollars to spare this month, you might consider running over … Continue reading After Christmas Shopping at Walmart

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After Christmas Deals at Kmart

Have you done any shopping for next Yule or Christmas yet? It is a good idea to do as much as possible now, during the after Christmas sales. By doing so, you will save money on next years needs. Decorating, storage, wrapping, and gift needs can be picked up now. I did not get to do as much after Christmas shopping as I usually get … Continue reading After Christmas Deals at Kmart

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Holiday Decorations for Children to Make

Most children love crafts, and will enjoy cold, rainy days spent inside with their family making ornaments and memories. When the children were little, we used to have their cousins and the neighborhood children over to make different craft items during the holiday season. They all had much fun. And when Skye and Zowie were young teenagers, I used to allow them to have friends … Continue reading Holiday Decorations for Children to Make

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Frugal Decorating Ideas Using Bulbs

Christmas bulbs can be picked up just about anywhere affordably, and used as is or decorated. Hung on a tree, or used elsewhere as decorations, bulbs will come in handy. Look in dollar stores, or use what you have on hand. Or, to save a bunch on bulbs that are a bit fancier, wait and purchase them just before Christmas or during the after Christmas … Continue reading Frugal Decorating Ideas Using Bulbs

Fun, Affordable Get-Togethers: New Years’ Eve

Get-togethers are a great deal of fun. Hanging out with family and friends aids in strengthening bonds, and helps you to destress at the holidays. There are many options for get-togethers on new Year’s Eve that will be enjoyed by all who attend. Do not go over board on the number of guests, or the refreshments being served. I have only 1 idea for this … Continue reading Fun, Affordable Get-Togethers: New Years’ Eve

Fun, Affordable Get-Togethers: Christmas

Get-togethers are a great deal of fun. Hanging out with family and friends aids in strengthening bonds, and helps you to destress at the holidays. There are many options for get-togethers before Christmas that will be enjoyed by all who attend. Do not go over board on the number of guests, or the refreshments being served. Candy Making Day Pepper mints, toffee and chocolate covered … Continue reading Fun, Affordable Get-Togethers: Christmas

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Fun, Affordable Get-Togethers: Yule

Get-togethers are much fun because you are able to spend quality time with family and friends. You are given an opportunity to visit and destress from the hectic sabbat season. There are many options for get-togethers before Yule that will be enjoyed by all who attend. Do not go over board on the number of guests, or the refreshments being served. Mulled cider is always … Continue reading Fun, Affordable Get-Togethers: Yule

Feature Article: Christmas Decorations and Wrapping Supplies for Five Dollars and Under

by Sheila Buck When you are decorating and wrapping gifts while on a strict budget, it is important to be able to purchase the supplies you need for a reasonable price. If you shop your local Family Dollar, you can find many good quality choices for your holiday decorating and gift wrapping needs. If you are looking for good deals this holiday season, you can … Continue reading Feature Article: Christmas Decorations and Wrapping Supplies for Five Dollars and Under

Feature Article: Affordable Gifts Children can Make

By Sheila Buck Gift giving is a major part of birthdays and holidays. On these occasions, children like to give gifts to their friends and families. Purchasing presents can become expensive, and not all families have a lot of money to spend. The following is a list of gifts that children can make that are easy and affordable. Cards are simple to make and the … Continue reading Feature Article: Affordable Gifts Children can Make

Be My Valentine

Valentine’s Day is not far off. It is time to start thinking about what little gifts you will be making for your loved ones and decorate your homes with. Here are some ideas to get you started. Paper conversation hearts to hang as decorations. Paper hearts with family members’ names on them to hang as decorations. A shoe box or file folder valentine holder for … Continue reading Be My Valentine

Homemade Drawstring Bags

These are easy to make, and can be made any size that you like. Materials: Fabric Yarn or thick string Needle and thread Measuring tape Scissors Fabric pen Measure fabric two twice the length you need, plus and extra inch or two, and mark. Measure fabric to width desired, plus 1/4 inch. Cut the fabric out. Sew the two sides together, like sides together. Sew the … Continue reading Homemade Drawstring Bags

Dear Frugal Diary 1/4/2010

The holidays went well. Most of the gifts that we gave were baked in our own kitchen. We gave a friend in need a care package of food and personal hygiene items. And we also made candles again. This year, we have enough candle materials to make them to give as birthday gifts as well. We had a simple Christmas meal with family: A very small … Continue reading Dear Frugal Diary 1/4/2010

How to Reuse Toilet Paper & Paper Towel Tubes

These tubes can also come from items such as wrapping paper, food wrap, etc. They can be reused for many things. I will share some ideas with you, and then you can share some with all of us in the comments. Feed electronics cords through them to clean up areas behind desks and entertainment centers. Store holiday lights in them. Cut them to size and … Continue reading How to Reuse Toilet Paper & Paper Towel Tubes

A Project and a Recipe

Hope you are all doing well. One of the things that I did for the holidays was make tied-fleece pillows for my nieces. They loved the pillows, even though they were made from recycled materials. The gifts went over well. I did not have to pay anything to make these. Yesterday, I had some Christmas leftovers to use up. We made an interesting lunch with … Continue reading A Project and a Recipe

Take Advantage of After Christmas Sales

Hello everyone! Hope your holidays went well. I have been spending less time blogging and more time with family, but I have some ideas for upcoming information. Here is an article that I recently added to another blog. It is about after Christmas Shopping and really applies to everyone. Hope that you enjoy it. Shannon Continue reading Take Advantage of After Christmas Sales

The $100.00 Holiday Gift Challenge

Katy, over at The Non-Consumer Advocate, is issuing a challenge for everyone. Do you think that you can acquire everyone’s holiday gifts for $100.00 or less. With the economy the way that it is, I believe that we will be trying to get as far below that as we can – in our household. Please visit her site at http://thenonconsumeradvocate.wordpress.com/2008/10/25/the-100-holiday-gift-challenge/ for more information. Shannon Continue reading The $100.00 Holiday Gift Challenge