Frugal Gift Idea — Chocolate Covered Pretzels

I am not much of a baker.  Instead, Emily and I did some holiday “baking” by making chocolate covered pretzels.  There is no measuring required, and they are always delicious.  Wrap in cellophane bags and tie with ribbon for a great (and frugal) gift! To make chocolate covered pretzels, you will need: 1 bag of […]

Frugal Gift Idea — Festive Winter Journals

Emily and I enjoyed making these winter journals.  They are so simple to make, and they came out looking great!  To make the journals you will need: Pretty paper (I used snowflake print, but any pattern will work.) Plain marble notebook Exact-o knife — DO NOT LET CHILDREN USE THE EXACT-O KNIFE!! Book binding tape […]

Give Green Holiday Gifts — For Free!

This holiday season, promote a better environment with these green gifts that help reduce waste.  The best part — they are FREE! Stop Junk Mail —  Junk mail uses a tremendous amount of resources.  Use CatalogChoice.org to create an account for the recipient to pick which catalogs are of genuine interest, and CatalogChoice will work […]

Frugal Gift Idea — Handpainted Block Print Kitchen Towels

Looking for another great frugal gift idea?  Try these cute kitchen towels!  You and your kids will love making these, and they turn out looking great.   To make these, you will need: Plain white flour sack towels (these can be purchased at Target for about $1 each) Fabric paint Holiday stamps (snow flakes, holly, […]

Frugal Gift Idea — One Day Carbon Free

Visit BrighterPlanet.com to find out how you can give the gift of being carbon neutral for a day, for free!   From the site: Forget fruitcake. This year, you can spread your holiday cheer by giving presents that contribute to the fight against climate change. Give the gift of carbon neutrality for a day — […]

Fabulous Frugal Gift Tags

Emily and I spent some time this afternoon making these great gift tags from last year’s greeting cards.  To make the gift tags, you will need: Some old greeting cards — Many of the ones we received last year had no writing on the inside left, so we used those. Hole Punch Ribbon – I […]

More on Thanksgiving Leftovers

Getting tired of turkey yet?  Give your leftovers some fresh appeal with these great recipes: Paula’s Home Cooking — Includes recipes for Pumpkin Bars and Turkey Pot Pie. Leftover Cranberry Sauce — Mix with Cream Cheese for a great bagel spread. CD Kitchen — Easy recipes for leftover turkey. Turkey Casserole Recipe — Uses leftover turkey and […]

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! Don’t forget to get your entry in for our coupon giveaway, and be sure to check out my recipe for Turkey Chili to use up those leftovers. Have a great Thanksgiving money-saving tip to share?  Leave a comment and tell us about it.  You will automatically be […]

Thanksgiving Leftovers

Making the most of your Thanksgiving leftovers can save you money, and there is no reason why leftovers should be boring.   Here is my all-time favorite turkey chili recipe.  It’s so easy!  Make a batch of corn bread to go with it, and you have a fabulous post-Thanksgiving meal to use up that leftover […]

Saving Money on Thanksgiving

Since the cost of food as risen, Thanksgiving dinner could cost you 6% more this year than previous years.  Here are some of my favorite ways to save money on Thanksgiving, while having a festive dinner the entire family will enjoy. Kid Art — Try not to spend money on decorations for your holiday table. […]

Save Money on Airfare and Travel

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Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year, and it is rapidly approaching.  Traveling does not have to be a huge expense with these money saving tips. You can enjoy a relaxing vacation, even while on a budget.  Here are some great ways to travel without breaking the bank. When to Book […]

Frugal Gift Idea — Learn to Knit

My MOMS Club recently got together at a local cafe for a knitting class, and we had tons of fun.  The kids played and watched some television while we learned how to knit.  It actually got me thinking about homemade Christmas gifts.   A great way to save money on gifts this year is to make […]