Inexpensive Dishwashing Liquid Christmas Gift Idea

Dishwashing Liquid Christmas Gift Idea Our family enjoys giving gifts to friends and neighbors each year, and we try to do gifts that are thoughtful. However, the cost of giving gifts can add up quickly. It’s so easy to overspend during the holiday season because you want to give presents to so many people, but doing so can drain the holiday budget. Each year we do a gift for friends and co-workers that is nice but isn’t too expensive. Here is an inexpensive Christmas gift idea:

Dishwashing Liquid Holiday Inexpensive Christmas Gift Idea

Last year, we put together these Dishwashing Liquid Soap Christmas Gifts. We purchased the dishwashing liquid from the dollar store. We’ve also seen them for less than $1 at Walmart and WinCo. Really, any brand of dishwashing soap will work. Then we printed the saying, “We ‘Wash’ You a Merry Christmas!” on red paper and used ribbon to tie it to the dishwashing soap. If you do purchase the Joy Dishwashing Liquid Soap, you could use the saying, “May JOY be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through.” This is a simple gift idea and easy to put together, especially if you need a last minute gift for someone.

What is an inexpensive Christmas gift idea you’ve done for family or friends?

 

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DIY Hand Warmers

DIY Hand Warmers with uncooked rice

I made these DIY Hand Warmers as Christmas gifts for family members, and I was told by both my sisters-in-law that the microwave ran non-stop for days because the kids kept heating up the hand warmers. They enjoyed them so much! My children also love these DIY hand warmers. We use them for multiple purposes at our house. We place them in coat pockets to keep hands warm when heading to school or playing outside when it’s cold. My children use the hand warmers like bean bags and throw them back and forth in the air. And when my children’s arms or legs hurt from growing pains, we warm up the hand warmers to place on their aches before bedtime. These DIY Hand Warmers are constantly being used!

If you want an inexpensive yet thoughtful holiday gift to give to friends or family this year, then make these DIY Hand Warmers for them. They are great for both children and adults. The hand warmers are easy to make, and a set of them can be completed in less than 20 minutes.

Here’s what you’ll need:

 

do it yourself hand warmersFirst, pin two pieces of fabric together, wrong side out.

 

diy hand warmers(I love this sewing machine my husband purchased for me.)

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Peppermint Oreo Truffles

Peppermint Oreo Truffles Christmas Holiday

I made these Peppermint Oreo Truffles for my family and they are yummy and chocolatey. I especially love the peppermint flavor when I bite into the truffle because I think of the holidays. What I also love about the truffles is that they only take four ingredients to make them. I had three of the four ingredients in my pantry, and only had to pick up the almond bark during one of my grocery shopping trips.

 

Peppermint Oreo Truffles

For the outside of the truffle, I chose to use almond bark but you could use a chocolate bar. You could even do half and half and make some truffles with white chocolate and some with chocolate.

Wrap up a handful of these truffles in a cellophane bag and add a tag and bow to make a sweet treat for neighbors and friends for the holidays. Here’s how to make the holiday Peppermint Oreo Truffles:

 

Peppermint Oreo Truffles

 

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6 Tips How to Give Holiday Gifts Without Spending Too Much

Tips How to Give Holiday Gifts Without Spending Too Much

Trying to find the perfect Christmas presents for your loved ones for the holidays, without spending too much money or going into debt to pay for all of the holiday items, can be difficult. You want to give gifts that are nice and thoughtful, without looking like you are skimping on gifts, and this makes it easy to get caught up in the spending cycle during the holidays. But doing so can easily start to add up financially and take a toll on your budget. You don’t want to start the new year paying off credit card debt from Christmas.

So how do you give during the holidays without spending too much? Here are six tips to help you out:

 

1.  Set Limits and Set a Budget

Before you even begin shopping, start by deciding how much money total you will spend on Christmas gifts for the holiday season. It’s important to set limits on your holiday spending and set a budget of what you can afford. When spending money on your children’s Christmas gifts, set a specific dollar amount for each child or decide that you’ll limit the number of gifts per child.

Make sure to set a budget that is realistic. Don’t just come up with some random number. Look at what you spent last year on the holidays, think through the numbers and determine how much money you will need while trying to find a balance of what you can afford. You also don’t want to make the budget so tight that you get frustrated because there isn’t money for last-minute or unexpected holiday purchases. So give yourself a little wiggle room if your budget allows it.

It’s great to give nice Christmas presents, but if you find a gift that isn’t in your budget, then look for something else or go in on the gift together with another family member or friend. There have been many times when I wanted a specific gift for my mother, but it wasn’t necessarily in the budget. Rather than just purchasing it and going over my budget I asked my siblings to go in on the gift too. We were able to do something nice for my mom because we collaborated together, and we were able to stay within our budget.

Know your limits and don’t just spend money and put everything on the credit card, because come January it will be stressful coming up with the money to pay off the credit card.

 

2. Make a List & Don’t Feel You Have to Give Gifts to Everyone

Make a list of people you want to buy gifts for, but limit the amount of people you give to. Don’t feel that you have to give gifts to everyone.

When making a list, prioritize and first write down the names of those who are the most important people on your list. Then write down those who you would like to give something to if you have enough money left over in your budget. Next to each person’s name write down the dollar amount you can spend on them by dividing up your predetermined budget to all the people on your list. Once you have the dollar amount next to each name, then you can decide what to purchase for them. If you find a gift is on sale and it doesn’t cost as much as the dollar amount you were planning to spend on that specific person, then you can take that extra money and use it toward someone else.

With family, it can be hard not to get something for every sibling and their children, but financially that can be a strain on the budget. In my family and my husband’s family together we have 6 siblings, their 6 spouses and 26 nieces and nephews. Buying something for each of them would be a huge expense. What we do instead is for my side of the family, we each are given a name of one sibling and their family that we purchase a gift for, and we rotate it every year so we have an opportunity to give a gift to a different sibling each year. For my husband’s side of the family, we’ve done white elephant gifts or we get together and do fun inexpensive projects and activities with the kids. The point is that we simplify and communicate that we are keeping it simple and that we don’t expect expensive gifts from each other.

If you have groups of friends or co-workers, then think about giving homemade gifts, goodies or a holiday card to them. You could also suggest friends and co-workers do a Secret Santa, white elephant gift exchange or Yankee swap. It will help on the Christmas budget so you are only purchasing a gift for one person in the group rather than the entire group.

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Crock Pot Chicken and Gravy

Crock Pot Chicken and Gravy

I love simple meals that are easy to make and don’t take a lot of time to put together. This Crock Pot Chicken and Gravy is so easy to place in your crock pot in the morning. Right before dinner all that’s left to do is quickly shred the chicken and stir in sour cream. It’s then ready to serve over rice, potatoes or noodles. My kids loved this meal, and it’s a recipe that I add to my meal plan every month.

 

Chicken and Gravy Crock Pot

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Peppermint Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Peppermint Vanilla Sugar Scrub

If you are looking for a gift to give friends or neighbors this holiday season, this Peppermint Vanilla Sugar Scrub is an easy and simple gift idea. It is a thoughtful and nice gift, and it is also less expensive than if you purchased a sugar scrub from the store. I also love that the peppermint and vanilla fragrance complement each other and smell good together.

The Peppermint Vanilla Sugar Scrub is only 4 ingredients. Before I made it, I went through my pantry and found that I already had all of the ingredients to make the sugar scrub. And since I do canning every fall, I even had small 8-oz jars, lids and bands downstairs in my basement. It made it nice that I already had everything needed to make a handful of sugar scrubs that I could give to neighbors.

Here is how to make homemade Peppermint Vanilla Sugar Scrub:

homemade peppermint vanilla sugar scrub

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The Best Pumpkin Crumb Muffins

Moist Pumpkin Crumb MuffinsI’ve been in the mood to bake with pumpkin lately now that fall has arrived, and I decided to make these Pumpkin Crumb Muffins. They are so delicious and moist! And the crumb topping adds the perfect amount of sweetness. I always know if the recipe is good if my family loves it, which they do. This batch of Pumpkin Crumb Muffins made about 16 muffins. So next time I make the muffins, I’ll plan to double the batch and freeze some so we can have muffins for breakfast, snacks or lunches.

 

The Best Pumpkin Crumb Muffins Pumpkin Breads

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8 Ways to Save Money Shopping Online

ways to save money shopping onlineOnline shopping makes life easier because you don’t need to leave your house to have what you want delivered to your front porch. I really like to save money shopping online, and I especially love shopping online during the holiday season because I don’t have to leave my house, I can shop in my pajamas and I can avoid the crowds, particularly during Black Friday. If you want to know tips how to shop Black Friday deals, head over here. I almost always find just as good of deals if not better deals shopping online rather than going to the store.

Check out these 8 ways to save money shopping online that will save you money.

1. Use Cashback Shopping Sites

Use cashback shopping sites such as TopCashback or Ebates for all your online purchases. Cashback sites are a way for you to save money every time you shop online at one of its partner retailers using a link from the cashback website. A percentage of the purchase is returned to you as a cash back rebate when you complete your purchase. Cashback shopping sites offer cash back at thousands of stores and they are free to use.

I use both TopCashback and Ebates to shop online and like them both. I usually check to see which of the cashback sites will give me more money back on my purchase and then shop through that cashback site for my specific purchase. Here is more information about them:

TopCashback has partnered with more than 4,100 online stores. When you sign up for TopCashback, you’ll receive a $5 sign up bonus which can be redeemed once you reach the $5 minimum payable cash back threshold for purchasing an item through its site. After this first payout there is no minimum pay-out threshold. You can choose to be paid through gift cards, ACH, PayPal, Amazon.com Gift Card and American Express Rewards Card.

Ebates is also a great cash back site with more than 2,000 stores. In addition, you’ll find thousands of coupons and promo codes from Ebates. Every quarter Ebates mails you a check or PayPal payment with the cash back you received from shopping online through them. Sign up with Ebates and receive a $10 sign up bonus.

 

2. Use Rewards Sites

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Toffee Cream Cheese Apple Dip

Toffee Cream Cheese Apple Dip

I was recently at a birthday party of a friend, and she made this Toffee Cream Cheese Apple Dip. It was SO good! I had a hard time not taking and placing some of this apple dip on my plate every time I passed the food table. Because it was delicious, I knew I had to make this for my family to try, and of course for me to eat.

This Toffee Cream Cheese Apple Dip is only 5 ingredients and takes minutes to mix it together and make it. If you have any holiday parties you are going to, then this is a delicious treat to take with you to share with everyone.

Toffee Apple Dip with Cream Cheese

Check out this recipe how to make this easy Toffee Cream Cheese Apple Dip:

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What’s For Dinner Video: A Week of Meals Ideas

A week of meal ideas what's for dinner

This week I am sharing a video with you of what meals I cooked for my family. I know how busy we are as moms and we don’t have a lot of time in our day to cook meals for our family. I’m sharing simple dinner ideas that don’t take a lot of time to make. If you can plan your meals ahead, even on busy days, then you’ll save your family money because you will be less likely to pick up dinner at a fast food restaurant, and you’ll end up running to the store less often. Check out the What’s for Dinner Video: A Week of Meal Ideas below.

 

 

If you can’t see my video, head over to my YouTube channel here.

 

And below are links to the recipes I made for my family in the video:

Day 1: Crock Pot Lasagna

Day 2: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup with 4-Ingredient Homemade Noodles

Day 3: Crock Pot Macaroni & Cheese

Day 4: Creamy Tomato Soup

Day 5: Chinese Tacos

Day 6: Crock Pot Chicken Enchiladas

Day 7: Leftovers

 

 

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