Frugal Gift Idea — Pretend Play Sets

Out of all of the games and toys Emily has, she seems to enjoy playing pretend the most.  I try to encourage this as much as possible because pretend play is one of the most beneficial types of play for a child’s development.  Child psychologists claim pretend play helps increase creativity, memory, fine motor skills, and […]

Frugal Last Minute Gift Idea for Kids — Doorway Puppet Theatre

Emily seemed to enjoy this frugal activity the most of all the gift ideas I have covered this week!  Today’s project is a Doorway Puppet Theatre, and she played with it all afternoon, so I am very excited to share this with you!   To make your own doorway puppet theatre, you will need: 3 […]

Frugal Last Minute Gift Idea for Kids — Make Your Own Cinnamon Ornaments Kit

Today’s frugal last minute gift idea for kids is a Make Your Own Cinnamon Ornaments Kit!  Kids love to make their own creations, and this is a great way to get them actively involved in decorating the tree.  The ornaments have the added benefit of acting as air-fresheners and will keep their fragrance for up […]

Frugal Last Minute Gift Idea for Kids — Homework Organizer

Today’s frugal last minute gift idea is a homework organizer made from an empty granola bar box, and some empty baby formula tins!  This is a great gift for school-aged kids, and will help to keep them organized too!   To make these fabulous desk organizers, you will need: empty boxes (cereal boxes, granola bar […]

Frugal Last Minute Gift Idea for Kids — Bird Watching Kit

Every day next week I will be posting a series of projects to make last minute gift ideas for kids.  You won’t want to miss any of these!  These projects are frugal, and can be made with items you would already have in your house.  Here is a little preview of what to expect. Today’s […]

What to do with one leftover (and overripe) banana

Being frugal frequently means coming up with creative ways to use leftovers to avoid throwing food away, but when I realized we had just one overripe banana I was not quite sure how to use it up.  Most recipes for banana bread call for 4 or 5 bananas, and even banana muffin recipes usually call […]

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 […]

Frugal Activity — Paper Dolls

MoneySavingMom recently featured a post on the McCall paper dolls, so I printed some out for Emily to enjoy.  Here she is playing with the January 1996 Betsy with two outfits — pajamas and ice skating.  She enjoyed the maze as well.  Great frugal fun!  You can download the entire series here.