Discover Frugal Ways to Save Money for the Holidays

I know the holidays scream money; trust me, I know. Here are some of my tips to save money during the holidays. Pick which ones work best for you and wisely save your money this holiday season. These are some of my tips that I have done first hand and really have helped me to save better.  

  1.  Christmas Cards.  I used to have to send them and create a fun and meaningful theme each year. I sent out more than I received. Each year, I got less and less. So now, I don’t do them. They took a LOT of time to do. Not to mention, they can cost a good amount of money. (Maybe around $50+ including stamps!)  We have actually decided to only send to immediate family members custom kid art work; they seem to appreciate that more.
  2. Holiday Dinner.  Potlucks or buffets are much less expensive than the traditional sit-down dinner. There is nothing worse than being the cook and not being able to interact with guests. The bigger thing though is saving money if you have ever hosted any holiday dinner you know how quick it all adds up. This cookbook has so many great ideas for a potluck so when people ask you what to bring, you can provide a great answer.
  3. Stick to cash.  I know how easy it is to bring out the plastic this time of the year. Figure out how much you spend each year, and start a dedicated Christmas savings account in CASH! (Remember those?) You will be happy; something about cash makes it easier to manage and budget cash flow. This is a great way to hold onto that cash!
  4. Family Fun.  I know you want to do many different activities (all of which cost money). Find one or two with expenses that you want to go to, and attend. Forget about the other items and have movie night from Netflix or Amazon.
  5. Have a cookie swap.  Each guest brings a favorite Christmas cookie, and you swap with others. This way you don’t have to bake all these cookies and do all the work, and of course spend all the money. You even have a variety to choose from now, so you can enjoy something different.

There are many other ways to save money this holiday season, but these are my five favorite practices that we do each year. Don’t forget to budget for gifts and stick to it. Happy Shopping!

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SPRING GIFT IDEAS UNDER $30 FROM ETSY

When gift shopping, you want something personal and one-of-a-kind, but above all affordable. Etsy is the perfect place to shop for custom, handmade and affordable gifts. To help you find unique gifts this spring, Etsy’s editors created a list of top Spring Gift Ideas – and they are all under $30.

Here are three of our favorites.

Custom Leather Keychain

If you share a special quote, place or memory with someone, these handmade genuine leather keychains can be customized with a name, geographic coordinates or words of your choice. It is a great option for the men and boys on your shopping list.

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Marble Pendant Necklace

Geometric and modern, this marble pendant necklace can be personalized with a first initial. It can be dressed up or down and offers just the right amount of shine and glamour to any outfit. Show a girlfriend how much you care with this chic gift that is sure to charm and inspire.

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Rose + Citrus Scented Candle

Candles are a great gift option for friends, neighbors and coworkers. These rose and citrus candles are hand poured in Vancouver. Clean burning, sustainable and entirely natural, these candles are free from phthalates and petroleum. Each is shipped in a cloth gift bag.

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The Best Gifts For Mother’s

Mother’s Day is a fun time for all mom’s! We all need to feel special and pampered, we need more than one day with all the hard work we do. Most of the times people find themselves wondering what to get their Mother for Mother’s Day, we have put together a list for you.. You’re welcome. We are the hero and you can get all of these in time for Mother’s Day! 

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The Perfect Gifts For Any Occasion

Every now and then I enjoy to buy cute things for no reason. I love to be able to have some fun accessories for my house, my husband always laughs because he doesnt care for this stuff, but it is what makes my style. 

I also love when I find super cute accessories because I purchase them and save them for various events through out the year. Sometimes I enjoy to mail my clients some thank you gifts so I stock up these super cute accessories.

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SHOP KITCHEN MUST-HAVES FROM HOUZZ

Houzz has a wide selection of the latest gadgets to keep your kitchen running smoothly.

Here are a few of our favorite finds we couldn’t live without.

Bamboo Cutting Board with Tray 

Keep the fruits and veggies you slice and dice on the counter (and not on the floor) with this innovative cutting board. Its convenient sliding tray collects food and allows for easy transference from the cutting board onto your pot, pan, or plate.

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Herb Scissors

Cutting fresh herbs just got a whole lot easier with these multi-blade herb scissors. Fresh herbs are cut five times more quickly with this tool, so no more pulling at your plants with the risk of disrupting their pots.

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Salad Spinner

Wet, soggy produce is a thing of the past with this salad spinner. Spin and clean lettuce, vegetables, and fruit in a snap with minimal effort.

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SHOP BIRTHDAY TREATS AND TREASURES FROM THINGS REMEMBERED

Make it a birthday she’ll remember with a thoughtful gift from Things Remembered. Whether you’re celebrating your mother, daughter, or friend, Things Remembered has an option she is sure to love.

Here are a few of our favorite birthday picks.

Sterling Silver Infinity Bracelet

This personalized sterling silver bracelet is timeless. The stunning piece features repeating infinity icons with pave accents around the chain and an engravable heart icon for you to personalize with a name, monogram, or special birthday message.

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Happy Birthday Mug

For the coffee or tea fan in your life, this colorful birthday mug is sure to make an impression. Made of durable ceramic, this generous mug features a front plate to engrave her name, monogram, birthdate, or special birthday message.

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Cream Confetti Tray 

This stoneware tray is the perfect addition to the birthday girl’s nightstand or dresser. With an engraving plate in the center and gold confetti heart decals, this tray can store all of her jewelry and baubles for years to come.

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