Holidays on a Budget

We’ve all been through it – Where our budget is a little tighter, especially with the holidays quickly approaching! During these times it’s important to be mindful of spending and try to be as smart with your purchases as possible!

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It’s easy to over spend when thinking of loved ones,Β Which is totally normal, by the way πŸ˜‰ ,Β but I’ve found some really easy ways to cut the costs without cutting the amazing gifts and decor!

  1. Buy gifts ahead of time (and hide them, of course) and have an excel sheet that keeps you organized!Β I start collecting gifts around June/July because we’ve got 3 November birthdays and Christmas quickly after!
  2. Get your decor and some gifts at the Dollar Store or at Target’s Dollar Section (I’mΒ obsessedΒ with this section…)
  3. Check on BSTF (Buy, Sell, Trade, Free) pages on Facebook! SO many people giving away their kids now unwanted toys at such discounted prices! (I’ve gotten most of my kids’ gifts from there!)
  4. Check Craigslist!! SO many people give away awesome free stuff and discounted toys/clothing for adults, kids, and pets!
  5. My newest found obsession…Β The Clearance area of Walmart!Β There are SO many brand new toys that can be up to 70% off!! Things my kids had seen on commercials that are no longer “hot toys”Β make for exciting gifts!
    • Also, check the clearance areas in kid’s clothing! There’s a ton of “out of season” clothes at extremely low prices! *Just make sure to buy a size or two up so they don’t out grow it by the next season! πŸ˜‰ *

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If you cannot tell I’m already SO excited for the holidays and already planning but these are great tips for planning WAY ahead of time or right before!

Happy Holidays y’all!

Organizing Holiday Decorations

Hey y’all – I’ve got a 9 day cold going on and am miserable. So, the last thing I wanted to deal with was a ton of decorations thrown back into flimsy boxes and hoisted up into a random spot in the garage. So amid my illness I decided to try something new.

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I sat my butt on the couch and created an excel sheet that would assist me in labeling each box by number for each holiday (So that if I ever didn’t need a box I could reuse it for another holiday or for the kid’s Winter/Summer clothes!).

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I ran to Walmart and picked up 6 (For Now) clear large bins (For only $4 each!) and a thick Sharpie! I ran home and marked each bin with a 1, 2, 3, 4 and so on. I was able to get ALL of my Halloween decorations to fit into 3 bins (With bulky stuff sitting to the side of course) Made it so much less stressful and looks way cleaner now!

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Now I cannot WAIT for Christmas – It’ll be SO much easier to get everything back into their respective boxes without the worry of missed boxes AND the flimsy cardboard boxes being so heavy that they empty through the bottom of the box when trying to bring them down or put them back up!

LOVE this idea and wish I would’ve thought of it earlier! Recommend it to anyone really but especially families because it makes it way easier to find decorations instead of making it an entire afternoon ordeal just trying to find each box when your kids are dying to put stuff up!

Bye Halloween! Helloooooo Thanksgiving and Christmas! ❄