Month: December 2016

Christmas Budget Brunch – Yummy & Frugal

Christmas Budget Brunch

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!

Are you on a budget this Christmas? Try my Christmas Budget Brunch and enjoy saving money and eating well with your family this year. #Christmas #Christmasmenu #Christmasrecipes
Christmas Brunch on a Budget! Enjoy!

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.  #makingmehungry

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. This brunch will easily feed six hungry mouths.  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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Play the drugstore Game at CVS and Save a Ton

Saving Money at CVS

Play the drugstore game and save a ton!

What is the drugstore game? Saving a ton at your favorite drugstore. When we think about saving money, most of us do not think “drugstore” as our go-to place. In fact, just walk into any given drugstore and you will find products with a high markup and you can usually find said products much cheaper at your regular grocery store or big box stores. Yet, if you play the drugstore game, you can not only save on groceries but toiletries and household products as well, and sometimes get your favorite products for next to nothing or free.

For the purpose of this post, I am going to teach you how to save at my favorite drugstore, CVS. However, you can play the drugstore game at other big drugstores such as Walgreens and Rite Aid.

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Ultimate Budget Gift Guide

Is 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.

Ultimate Gift Giving Guide
Find all of your Holiday gifts on a budget!

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.

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Easy, Frugal Holiday Learning Art Projects for Kids

Easy & Frugal Holiday Learning Art Projects for Kids

Looking for some frugal Holiday art projects to keep your kids busy? Unfortunately, snowy, cold weather is coming and during these winter months, most kids (especially mine) love to run wild all over the house.

We live in Michigan so we are no strangers to snow and below freezing weather. There are times, we are cooped up inside and are literally going stir crazy. Therefore, it is nice to have a project or two up your sleeve to keep your babies occupied and give you a break from the constant energy a bubbling toddler can fill your life and house with. Nonetheless, art projects will give you a break from chasing them from room to room for a while!

Easy Holiday Kid's Crafts
Easy Holiday Kid’s Crafts

Fortunately, there are many ways to entertain your kids that don’t involve a screen. Moreover, here are a few learning art projects I’ve tried with my two-year-old and four-year-old this year! (Update: they are now three and five but we will do them again 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 these products). Target’s store brand is usually cheaper than the name brand art supplies and works just as well.

Nonetheless, my favorite kid’s art projects incorporate learning. (I was a teacher for 13 years.) So the three projects below 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 and enjoy a cup of cocoa while they sit still!

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