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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Throwing a party for the holidays? Check out these 5 party foods that cost less than $1 a serving.
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Friday, December 10, 2010

100 recipes under $1

Save money at every meal with these 100 easy (and cheap) recipes that are under $1 per serving.

Brrr, it's cold out there! Stay nice and warm with one of these soup recipes--they're all under $1 a serving.
We've compiled 100 cheap recipes under $1 a serving including appetizers, family dinners and desserts that are quick and easy to make.
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Here are some great casserole recipes from Recipe Lion.  They make great freezer meals!!

  1. Chicken Enchilasgna - A tasty, unique twist on enchiladas
  2. Stupid Potato Chili Casserole - So easy it's stupid!
  3. Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole - Happy mornings 
  4. Crunchy Hot Chicken Casserole - Irresistible comfort dinner
  5. Creamy Green Bean Casserole - Traditional favorite
  6. Perfect Sweet Potato Casserole - Sweet and delectable
  7. Golden Tater Tot Casserole - One of the most popular!
  8. Sweet Butternut Squash Casserole - You have to try it!
  9. Molly's Green Bean Casserole - She knows best
  10. Biscuit Bacon Chicken Casserole - Insanely yummy
  11. Grandma's Fav Mexican Chicken Casserole - Easy and tasty 
  12. Turkey Biscuit Bake - Another way to cook turkey 
  13. Chicken and Dumpling Casserole - Comfort classic 
  14. Easy Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole - Simple, not simple taste
  15. Beef Stroganoff Casserole - Heavenly classic dish

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Six Tips to Get Free Shipping This Holiday Season
How to Save A Third on Your Winter Food BillLet's talk turkey: shopping for generic groceries this holiday season could save you a third off your food bill. Check it out.

28 Ways to Save on Gas You Already Know – And Maybe One You Don’tChecking your tire pressure, tuning up your car, carpooling... While tired ideas like these might help you cope with higher prices at the pump, they're not your best defense. Not even close. Check it out.

5 Ways to Impress Your Kids for Less This Holiday Season -

By Money Ning

When it comes to holiday gifts, you don’t have to blow your budget to wow your children. Here’s some proven advice.

Who better than a financial planner for doling out advice on how to not spend money this holiday season?
The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards has just released its strategies [PDF] for “making a child happy this holiday season.” And all of them are frugal.
“Even with a sour economy, many parents will continue to agonize over finding their child just the right present, whatever the cost in time and money,” the CFP Board says. Here are their tips…
1. “Use a Gift-Giving Structure.” Too often, parents try to buy themselves out of a stressful situation with their kids – even if it breaks the budget. But the CFP Board says, “By thinking more about the types of gifts to give, parents can buy more effectively. The gift categories might include: most wanted, fun, practical, educational, or totally unexpected. By buying a present within each category, parents will be less likely to overspend.”
2. “Make a Privilege Coupon Book.” Here’s one of those corny no-cash ideas from years gone by that really works: Give your kid a “book of privileges.” Basically, spend an hour and design some coupons on your computer. The coupons can be reimbursable for privileges such as staying up an hour past bedtime or getting an extra portion of dessert. Remember when you were a kid? These were the really important things. (Btw, this was one of the ideas we also suggested in our recent story 6 Tips to Save on Holiday Shopping)
3. “Give Gifts of Time and Experience.” Gifts that offer lasting memories – like tickets to sporting event or a series of Saturday “dates” to explore the city or neighborhood – are cheaper than the latest fad toys and last much longer.
4. “Play Gifting Games.” Talk about short attention spans: kids rip open all their presents before Mom and Dad even make it to the living room to watch. So this year, hold some gifts back and incorporate them into a “gift game” where each player gets a turn at picking a gift, according to rules you create. By slowing down the gift-opening, you can buy fewer gifts while downplaying the “what did I get?” mentality. This is also a chance to create new, meaningful, and inexpensive holiday traditions.
5. “Use this Holiday for Teachable Moments.” Holidays are the perfect time to teach your kids the importance of giving to others – and basic financial principles. If your children get money or gift cards, encourage them to recite the many ways the gift can be used: spend some now, save some, give away some to others or a charity. “Help your child understand the idea of gift exchange, which involves choosing gifts for others as well as receiving gifts,” the CFP Board says. “Gift-giving also provides children an opportunity to create and work within budgets.
Concludes CFP Board Consumer Advocate Eleanor Blayney: “Now is a time to re-think gift-giving so that parents stay sane and solvent, while still making the season special for their children.”
And Blayney is not only a financial planner: “I’m a parent and grandparent who always looks to make the holidays a season of memories.” So she knows what she’s talking about.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Do-It-Yourself: Handmade Rice Packs

by Crystal on December 8, 2010

I use a rice sock and love it (just fill a tube sock with rice, tie off the end and then microwave it). It works wonders on sore muscles and aches and pains.
These Handmade Rice Packs are much cuter than my rice sock and would make great gifts for almost anyone on your Christmas list.

Thanks Money Saving Mom!

Do-It-Yourself: Make Your Own Lotion

by Crystal on December 8, 2010

A Sonoma’s Garden shows you how to make your own lotion. Plus, she has free downloadable labels you can print out and stick on jars to give this as gifts!
Her blog was new to me and I had so much fun looking at some of her other posts. If you have a chance, be sure to check out: How to Make An Easy Winter Hand Salve, How to Make Homemade Chapstick and How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent.
The Top 5 Holiday Scams for 2010Charitable giving can be jolly or folly, depending on who you give to. This is the time of year that brings out the scams - here are 5 to look for. Check it out.
Please be careful .... I was sent a bogus email from "Bank of America" asking me to sign in and for my password.  I called and they said that no such email was sent.  I'm glad I didn't do what they asked in the email.  I had a bad feeling about it.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Frugal & Meaningful Christmas Gift: The Question Jar

by Crystal on December 7, 2010

Want to give meaningful gifts for Christmas but you have no money to spare? I love the idea of making Question Jars!
Pam from Keeping Life Creative shows you how to make them and provides free printables you can download to make it really simple to pull off this creative gift!

Homemade Sweater Stockings

Check out this easy to follow tutorial on how to make your own Sweater Stockings.  Just pick up the materials for less at your local thrift store.  They look so nice!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Homemade for the Holidays:Peanut Butter Cups

[ 0 ] December 6, 2010 | CupcakeLady

Welcome to the Homemade for the Holidays series! During the next couple weeks, I will share some fun ideas to create Homemade gifts for the Holidays.
I’ve made goodies for friends and family for years, giving them in a special package can sometimes be overwhelming. So, I’ve searched around for ideas and will be sharing them with you.
Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

I’ve shared my recipe for Homemade Peanut Butter Cups before, but since they are so delicious, and well, I have LOTS of new readers now, I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share them again.
Peanut Butter Cup Recipe:
  • 1 cup Creamy Peanut Butter, divided
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup Confectioners’ (powdered) Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 cups Semisweet Chocolate Chips (I used Milk Chocolate)
  • 4 Milk Chocolate Candy Bars (1.55 ounces each), coarsely chopped (I used Hershey’s)
  • Colored sprinkles, optional
Fill mini muffin tins with mini paper liners.
In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup peanut butter, butter and confectioners sugar and salt until smooth, set aside.
In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips, candy bars and remaining peanut butter, stir until smooth. (this usually takes about 2 minutes)
Drop a teaspoonful of chocolate mixture into paper liners. Top each with a scant teaspoonful of peanut butter mixture (I rolled mine into small balls)
Top each with chocolate mixture to cover. Decorate with sprinkles if desired. Refrigerate until set.
Gift Giving Ideas:
Fill a cellophane bag with Peanut Butter Cups, tie with a ribbon, attach a tag and surprise someone.
You could also fill a Christmas mug with the Peanut Butter Cups, then after the candy is all gone, they have the mug to use.
These are quick, easy and I might add frugal, gifts for teachers, neighbors or even co-workers. A single batch makes about 30-40 cups, depending on how large you make them.

My oldest son LOVES Peanut Butter Cups and thinks these are much better than store bought.

Do-It-Yourself: Ice Luminaries

by Crystal on December 6, 2010

Darlene from Live ‘N Learn Farm shows you how to make your own ice luminaries.

Do-It-Yourself: Homemade Bath & Body Products

by Crystal on December 6, 2010
Here are three homemade bath & body product gift ideas:

Connie from Smockity Frocks posted instructions for making Homemade Lotion Bars.

Laura from Heavenly Homemakers shows you how to make Homemade Bubble Bath.

Kristy from Homemaker’s Cottage has a tutorial for making Homemade Herbal Salve.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Reusing Onion and Potato Bags as Gift Wrapping

by Crystal on December 5, 2010

I think this just might have been one of the most creative ideas for gift wrapping I’ve seen! Kristen used onion and potato bags for some of her gift wrapping.