Thoughts On Making Gifts

I wish I were really good at making presents. I could save a lot of money this Christmas! It’s true, you will save money when making a gift. Just ask yourself a few questions before you embark on this project.

1) Will you actually finish the gift? Answer this question honestly!

2) Will the receiver really appreciate all your work?

3) Would YOU want to receive the gift you are making?

If you answer “yes” then, by all means, make your gifts! There’s just a couple of points I’d like to make clear.

1) >Sometimes it takes TIME for people to REALLY appreciate all of your hard work. I received the blanket pictured above when I was 12. My grandma made it for me. I liked it then, but I did not really appreciate it until much later in life.

2) Sometimes it takes TIME for people to get a clue. My maid-of-honor hand-wrote a ton of recipes for me when I got married. She also sewed an 2 aprons! It took me 3 years to really LOVE these gift due to the fact my husband did all of the cooking in our home. Things have recently changed. Now that I’m in the kitchen, I’m continually donning my apron and looking through my recipes.

3) Sometimes people will ask you how you made your gift
My sister soldered some mini-frames and inserted a few of my wedding pictures into them. She then attached ribbon so I could hang them on our Christmas tree. I am continually bugging and asking her to teach me how she did this!

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Wrapping Christmas Presents and Cutting Costs

Face it. Tomorrow is the day after Halloween. Soon you will be bombarded with Christmas tunes decorations and holiday treats! I’m excited about it. I’ve already wrapped two gifts. I spent a lot of time wrapping those two presents. This is because I’m a firm believer in the fact that “packaging matters.” I’m always drawn to the cooler looking water bottles, prettier labeled lotions and tastier looking packaged foods, even when the product inside the package is EXACTLY the same. I’m pretty sure that this is true of Christmas gifts, too. Save some money by making your gift LOOK more expensive than it is!
Here’s My Quick Tip List

1) Use left over wrapping paper you bought ON SALE after Christmas 3 years ago.

2) Personalize the gift in your own unique way.
(I cut card-stock that matches the paper into a small tag. I then attach the letter of the person’s first or last name on that card. I punch a hole in the card stock and attach it to the ribbon.)

3) Present the gift!

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Organize Your Home and Save Money

Have you ever:

1) Forgot to pay a bill on time? (This will usually incur late fees)

2) Gone out to eat JUST because you didn’t plan ahead? (Eating outside the home costs more)

3) Lost a paycheck? (This is self-explanatory)

4) Bought an item because you can’t find the one you already own? (You’ve doubled the cost of that item)

5) Bought an item because you FORGOT you already owned one? (Ditto to what I said above)

6) Stayed up WAY too late paying bills because they were due the next day? (This is just plain stressful!)

You may want to think about organizing (or re-organizing) your home. I must admit that ALL of these scenarios have happened to me in the past. I am continually working on my organization skills so I’ll never have to face these problems in the future. HERE is a list of organization blogs…You can always check out books from your library regarding this topic!

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Owning A Pet and Saving Money


We have a dog named “Maddie.” She’s pictured above and is actually sitting on my lap as I type. Maddie is 9 years old. Last time I went to the vet they commented that “her eyes looked old.” I wanted to reply “Well, your eyes look old, too!” This is how protective I am of my little furry daughter pet.

We received Maddie 2 years ago. We instantly discovered there are many costs associated with pet ownership. The vet cleaned her teeth for $300. Yikes. She needs to be groomed regularly (this is $80 a pop). I’m trying to come up with ways to save in these departments.

I can’t say Ihavetried these options yet, but I am GOING to:

1) Brush her teeth regularly. Maddie will NOT chew any bones that supposedly clean her incisors.

2) Groom her myself. She has been skittish for 3 days since we took her to the groomer, anyway. I’ll save loads if I just trim her coat on my own…she may not look as cute, though:)

3) Buy better dog food. I was feeding her Beneful. Then I looked at the ingredients. According to my unprofessional opinion, Beneful equals chicken flavored corn chips. Who could stay healthy on a diet of corn chips? Unhealthy=’s more trips to that expensive vet that tells me my dog’s eyes look old. Thus, I’m in the process of switching her to Nutro

Remember that your pet provides you with countless hours of entertainment. I’m pretty sure Maddie has saved us from countless mall trips, restaurants and other black holes that eat money!

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Make Your Own Accent Throw Pillows

I believe in being thankful, but the past 3 years I struggled to like my living room furniture. I was tired of looking at mis-matched pillows my husband had accumulated before we met. So, I begged my mom for help. We went hunting for fabric and decided we could re-upholster 2 chairs and 5 pillows for about $45. I jumped at the chance. Now I have a living room that forever reminds me of my mom. We spent a lot of time working on it! Plus, I saved a ton of money by NOT buying pre-made pillows or chairs.

Don’t know how to sew a pillow? Go HERE

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Sonicare Toothbrush

I have a secret.  Feel special because it is one I’ve only told my husband and dental hygienist.  I used to be convinced I would have to start wearing dentures in my 30’s. Kind of a weird fear, right? Well, I grew up drinking well water. This means I did not have any fluoride in my water. Thus, I began living a life filled with cavities. I brushed, scrubbed and gargled with fluoride rinse but it was all for naught.  I still had a cavity EVERY time I visited the dentist (which was a lot because of my poor teeth).

Fast forward a few years. My hubby bought me a Phillips Sonicare toothbrush. Guess who has not had a cavity since? Me. I’m so proud. Therefore, I’ve concluded that using a Sonicare toothbrush is essential. Yes, there is an upfront cost, but staying out of that dentist chair has really saved me time and money. Plus, I don’t see dentures anywhere in my near future. What a relief.

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Money-Saving Gadget #1

I used to nanny. This experience enlightened me. I discovered that mis-matched socks are a huge time waster. I spent many Saturday mornings laying out rows and rows of multi-colored socks only to find a a few that matched. What a drain of time! My mom introduced the sock-lock. I rolled my eyes. I spent another Saturday trying to pair socks. My loving mother ignored my rolling eyes and sent me a box of sock-locks. No more Saturday mornings spent sorting boxes of mis-matched foot apparel. In fact, I now deal with holy socks. Who knew you could wear a sock so long it would start erupting with holes.

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