Looking forward to Christmas brunch this year? Me too! I love the Holidays and food is a very important part of all the celebrating. After watching the kids open gifts, a yummy brunch is a great way to feel full inside and out. Prepare your brunch with love and the family will love it!
Maybe you are hosting guests and would like to have something to offer them as they wake up on Christmas morning.
I’m thinking of memories of Dad making his infamous pancakes, sausage scent filling the house and that special syrup reserved only for Holidays, Mom would whip up. This is making me hungry!
Christmas brunch is a special time to sit as a family and remember what the Holidays are all about. After spending money on gifts, decorations and Christmas cards, it is usually the last thing on one’s mind…to buy more food for the morning.
If you enjoy living a frugal lifestyle or the Holidays are hitting your budget hard this year, this post will help you come up with a great brunch, that will break your belt buckle and not your bank!
Let’s try to keep our cost down to under $12 for our entire Christmas brunch. (Remember brunch is breakfast and lunch, so that is $6 per a meal.) Here are some awesome food ideas that will wow and keep your loved ones, big and small, full all Christmas morning.
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You asked for more Target deals and you’ve got it!! (Well, it may have just been my mom because this blog is fairly new and she is the only one following me!! Thanks Mom!! Lol) Nonetheless, Target is having an awesome boot sale this Wednesday, December 14th only!!
All boots will be 50% off on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 only!! That’s right! 50% off!! If there is something you have been eyeing, get up early to shop because this is the time of year boots sell out!!
If shopping online, don’t forget to use EBATES and sign up for Target’s REDcard to receive 5% off all your purchases! Also, check out one of my favorite couponing sites for Target coupon match ups, The Krazy Coupon Lady! These ladies are awesome at finding you the best coupon deals! If you would like to hear more Target deals, please subscribe to my website! 🙂
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How did I become such a saver at CVS??? and make it into that 3% category of all CVS shoppers? Two words…. Extra bucks.
If you frequently shop at CVS then extra bucks are familiar; however, if this is not your store, let me explain how this works.
When shopping at CVS, many sale products listed in the flyer reward a purchase with extra bucks, which when redeemed act as cash for your next purchase.
HOW IT WORKS
There are several different ways to earn extra bucks. First things first, you must join the extra care club and use your extra care card when shopping. Each extra care card member receives extra bucks quarterly for shopping at CVS.
A costumer can join the beauty rewards club which pays quarterly. Spend $50 on qualifying beauty products and the customer receives $5 extra bucks.
USE THE FLYER
Another way to earn extra bucks is to buy products listed in the flyer. If you lean how to read the flyer, you will find items that qualify for extra bucks. For example, for one gallon of milk purchased, receive $1 extra buck. Another example is to buy 3 bags of a certain cookie and receive $5 extra bucks. The flyer is your key to finding these sales and earning more.
The flyer will also list extra bucks rewards for spending a certain amount on a product (spend $12 on soap and receive $4 in extra bucks).
Anyone feeling a little stressed out right about now? Only a few more weeks until Christmas and it is crunch time for gift shopping. We are looking at that time of the year when most of us break our budgets because we needed that last-minute gift.
Sure, buying ahead is great, but we don’t always know what to gift that certain someone and so we do what we humans do best, procrastinate!
YIKES! It is December 23rd and we need a gift for grandma…or our husband…or our neighbor that got us something and we didn’t get her anything. Sound familiar? What to do? What to do?
One option would be to crawl under a rock until Christmas is over; but that won’t solve anything.
All jokes aside, you’ve caught my gift giving guide early enough that there is still time to shop and leave those last-minute gifts as things of the past. If we plan ahead, we can keep away from the mall crowds, keep to our budget and keep our sanity.
Looking for some Holiday art projects to keep your kids busy? Unfortunately yucky weather awaits us. During this time most kids love to run wild all over the house. Therefore it is nice to have a project or two up your sleeve to keep them occupied. Then maybe after being cooped up, they will sit still for a while!
Fortunately there are many ways to entertain your kids that don’t involve screen time. Here are a few learning art projects I tried with my two-year old and four-year old this year!
The supply list is short…All you need is construction paper, markers and glue. (I love Target’s Up and Up brand for all of these). Cheap and easy!!
Nonetheless, my favorite kid art projects incorporate learning. (I was a teacher for 13 years.) These three projects help teach letters, shapes and name recognition. Not to mention, your kids will have fun, fun, fun!!
Just follow these instructions below and you are good to go!! After completing, hang them up as Holiday decorations.
Looking for free things to do this Christmas/Holiday Season? The Holidays are such a wonderful time to show family you care!
Let’s be honest though…The Holidays can be super expensive too. Nonetheless, there are many fun activities for families that are low-cost or free. So even if you are on a budget, you can get into the Christmas spirit too!
Think about it this way…Spending time with your kiddos is way better than any fleeting toy of the moment that will be irrelevant the next year. The memories you make will last a lifetime, even after the toys have been donated. Furthermore, one thing you will always remember are those fun family Christmas traditions. (Even if they are frugal traditions.)
Christmas activities will hold a spot in your hearts for years to come…And the great news is these activities do not have to cut into your budget!
So I’ve done all the work for you and compiled a list of amazing family friendly activities that are very low-cost or free. Please use my list and enjoy!! Give your kids a toy or two, but give them the gift of time as well! Merry Christmas everyone!
FREE HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES
1. Walk through the mall to view the holiday decor – Have young kids? Bring the stroller & stop at the play area! Many malls go all out and have a lot of awesome picture opportunities as well.
2. Have a Christmas light hunt – Let’s pack up the kids, bring some snacks and hunt for the best Christmas light displays in town. It is always fun to see how all your neighbors light up their yards with pretty decorations. I still remember doing this as a kid in our old, beat up station Wagon! It wasn’t the car we were driving or that there were four kids loudly singing carols (I’m sure my parents loved that part), but the fact that we were together as a family!
Target is one of my absolute favorite stores! Those bullseye red circles send me into a shopping trans every time! Target not only has great products but the prices are great too!!
I actually do most of my grocery shopping at Super Target! You can’t beat the prices and quality….and with coupon stacking and gift card deals, savings are a cinch! Let’s not forget about my favorite app, Target Cartwheel!
The Cartwheel app. can save you tons of money! Most Target brands are always included in the app. If you check before you shop, you can score awesome deals on many other name brands products as well! Pair this with manufacturer’s coupons and Target’s coupons and you just got three discounts on one item! Yes, you read that correctly, three discounts!! (Four if you use Ibotta)
The best news is you can scan your own phone Cartwheel app at the self checkout! Just use the hand-held scanner! I love that!!
What is a split meal? Do you often cook dinners on a budget? If so, my split-meat meal idea is perfect for you! Make your spaghetti and tacos this week, using only one package of meat!
I started my split meals when my husband was buying our ground turkey from Costco. The packages of meat were bigger, so I would make two meals out of one meat pack! My two go-to meals for splitting are spaghetti and tacos! (Although you could do Chili and add extra veggies)
So my split meal is just that! I split the meat and drum up two meals with one meat package!
After a while I started doing this with the regular sized packs of meat, be it ground turkey or ground beef. I then realized I didn’t mind less meat in my spaghetti sauce and no one else in my family seemed to mind either.(Note: I’m feeding two adults and two children, ages four and two. If you have teenagers you may need the Costco size meat packs.)
So brown up the meat, split it into two pans and make your spaghetti sauce (I like to use Garden Combo Market Pantry Sauce) with half and taco meat with the other half. Serve up the spaghetti that evening and the next night, devour your delectable tacos!!
We love deals at iheartfrugal and Black Friday means you can score many, many great deals; however, many people do not realize, most of these deals, with the exception of door busters, can be purchased online.
One of my favorite sites for this is Target.com! Why? Because I have a REDcard and I get 5% off all of my purchases, even sales! I also get free shipping on everything on the site, although, Target has free standard shipping and free returns until December 21st (some exclusions) right now as one of its promotions!
My Black Friday Scores!
I got a Graco booster seat for $29.20 and a nice pair of Boy’s Cat & Jack boots for $18!! I also scored two cute flannel shirts to use for our Christmas cards for $6.99 each! I’m hoping you find many great deals on Black Friday and all weekend long!!
Here are some other great Target Promotions: ( sale running 11/27-12/3)