Category: Holidays

How To Afford Christmas When Money Is Really Really Tight

Living paycheck to paycheck and carrying debt can feel like a heavy weight on your chest. And when major events come up like birthdays and Christmas, it can feel like that weight gets heavier, to the breaking point.

Try some of these strategies for coping with Christmas when money is really really tight… to try to alleviate some of that stress and anxiety so you can actually enjoy the holidays. (more…)

Frugal Mom’s 5 Tips For After-Christmas Shopping

Since Christmas is just a few days away, it’s time to get ready to snag those crazy good deals in the after-holiday sales. It’s the most joyous time of year!.. When stores practically give their Christmas decor and supplies away and I get to finally snag those things I’ve been ogling on the shelves for weeks.

I buy most of my Christmas decor and supplies after the holiday. In fact, I was taking stock of my Christmas decorations this week in preparation for this post and it was actually hard to find items I had paid full price for before the holiday.

But before you head out to the store the morning after Christmas (which I always do), check out these after-holiday bargain hunting tips that I’ve learned the hard way. (more…)

DIY Christmas Wreaths For Beginners

I always work myself into a frenzy during the holidays. I make a to-do list that is unrealistic in a time frame that is too short and it ends up driving me mad. Case in point, on top of all the other things to juggle around the holidays.. family, gifts, volunteering, baking, cleaning.. this year I decided to add a big project that I’ve never attempted before and frankly had no idea how to do.

If you’ve checked out some of my other posts you know I’m a ‘make it work’ sort of mom who tries to do projects with stuff I already have around the house, in order to save money and avoid waste. Or does that just make me a cheap mom? Hmm. Anyway, this year I got the bright idea to make wreaths for my kids’ teachers.

Let’s just say, there was a lot of trial and error.. (more…)