Mint Tin Gifts

Mint Tin Gifts

Awhile back I wrote in response to a reader about what to do with all the stuff people give you. Thankfully both mine and Cameron’s families are very good about giving good practical gifts, and this year, just like usual we received some nice things we hope to use for years to come. One of [...]

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Homemade Gift Ideas

Homemade Gift Ideas

Today is December 3rd, the countdown is on for Christmas. Usually we end up giving at least some homemade gifts. When a gift is made yourself it’s usually: Cheaper – Most homemade gifts cost way less than the same thing bought in a store, and all my ideas today are economical. More meaningful and you [...]

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Homemade Chai Tea Mix

Homemade Chai Tea Mix

I LOVE chai tea! My mother-in-law knows this and often makes me some for Christmas, which I¬†thoroughly¬†enjoy! But now I’ve finally gotten around to making some myself. It’s super easy and makes a great gift, especially if you’re making gifts for lots of people. It won’t go bad if they don’t use it right away, [...]

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Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas Gift Ideas

I know this is post-Christmas, but I thought it still might be useful for future-Christmases or birthday presents. Here’s a few of the low-budget gifts we gave this year: Home-made hot cocoa mix. There’s a lot of different recipes out there, but I stuck close to this recipe, only I used french vanilla creamer. This [...]

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Quick Post - Saving on Trips

Quick Post – Saving on Trips

Things are a little busy right now…tomorrow is our last day of classes for this semester and we’re heading out to visit my family for Christmas (haven’t spent a Christmas with them in 6 years!). I’m sure you’re all busy right now too, but I had a few moments and thought I’d make a quick [...]

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Christmas is Coming!!

Christmas is Coming!!

I thought I’d share the links to some of my older posts that are Christmas related, since it’s already December 3rd! Giving Freebies as Gifts with out Being Tacky Newspaper Bow Gift Wrapping alternatives Christmas Wrapping #2 Cheaper Play Dough (gift idea) Crayon Cookies (gift idea) Helping Kids Learn to Give

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Newspaper Bow? Yup, I Was Desperate

Newspaper Bow? Yup, I Was Desperate

I keep thinking I’m done with gift wrapping, then realize I’m not. Last night I pulled out Gracia’s Duplos (which by the way we got for only $20 on Amazon), thinking I might have a gift bag big enough for them….nope. So I grabbed the biggest roll of wrapping paper I stilled had left from [...]

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Christmas Wrapping #2

Christmas Wrapping #2

Here’s most of our gifts for family, other than ones I already sent and a few I hadn’t gotten yet. As you can see by the picture, I did wrap many of my gifts with wrapping paper, but it was all wrapping paper I already had. I haven’t bought wrapping paper or gift bags in [...]

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Gift Wrapping Alternatives

Gift Wrapping Alternatives

When you’re spending money on gifts, decorations, special foods and travel, the least you could do for your budget is not spend money on wrapping paper. Here’s a slew of ideas to help make this a cheaper (and greener) Christmas: Put your gifts in re-used gift bags. Use cloth gift bags, these will hold up [...]

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Helping Kids Learn to Give

Helping Kids Learn to Give

It’s so fun to give Christmas gifts to our little kids, isn’t it? Seeing their little eyes light up with excitement as they tear the paper off a gift! But them sometimes they get a little greedy with all the gifts and instead of appreciating the ones they’ve already opened, just want to open more [...]

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