Category Archives: Frugal Gift Ideas

20 Day Budget Challenge:  Planning Ahead Can Save Big!

20 Day Budget Challenge: Planning Ahead Can Save Big!

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Take a look at your basic budget and find the categories for both groceries and gifts.  Today I’m going to show you how to save on both by planning ahead!

If you want to save money on groceries, then one thing you can try (other than using coupons – which will be discussed later during our bootcamp), is monthly menu planning!

Have you tried cooking make ahead freezer meals?  If you would like to spend less time in the kitchen or drive-thru, and save a boat load of money (even without using coupons!), then it’s time to start cooking ahead.  Here is one example Make Ahead Freezer Meals for a Month – specifically for Wegmans shoppers.  It’s FREE – just click here to download and print.  Even if you don’t shop at Wegmans, you can still make ahead these 20 recipes and use the shopping list at your own store.  

If you aren’t a fan of making ahead and freezing meals, you can still create a month long menu plan and shop just for those items.  Check out how MyFreezEasy is the best tool when it comes to creating easy meal plans for ANY diet!

 

The second way to save by planning ahead is to use a Year-Long Gift Budget and shopping when you find items on sale.

Here is what I do – I record each month any holidays in which I will need to purchase gifts for.  See this 20 Day Budget Boot Camp Gift Budget Spread Sheet that I currently have customized for our family’s gift budget for 2017.  You can click on this, and change and modify it for your own gift needs throughout the year.  Some of them will be the same for you as it is for me, such as Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and other holidays.  But areas where I have family birthdays, you just delete mine and insert who and what month you need a birthday gift for.  I left a completely open area for Christmas since that can be just so completely different from family to family.

Our family right now spends around $1000 a year on gifts.  I shop all year long for gifts.  Whenever I find a great deal on Amazon, for example, I check out my gift budget spreadsheet and see if the deal I found could be used for any of the gifts we need to get.  If so, then I buy it early and store it until its time to give it.  When you buy early, you are sure to find items on sale and not have to pay full price.  If that is not possible, and you just want to give a gift card for a wedding shower for example, then you can record that and plan on it – and see what other holidays and events you can save money on a less expensive gift item.  It takes away the stress of last-minute shopping.  You can get the benefits of “retail therapy” for an “impulse deal” that really serves a purpose.  PLUS, I find gifts that are cheap, therefore saving money!

CLICK ON THIS** 20 Day Budget Boot Camp Gift Budget Spread Sheet, modify it, and start using it for yourself!

 

 

20 Day Budget Bootcamp: Planning Ahead Can Save Big! See how you can save money on things like gifts and groceries by these simple tips in planning ahead! Great Budgeting Tips!



How To Make Heart Shaped Dollar Origami For Valentine’s Day

How To Make Heart Shaped Dollar Origami For Valentine’s Day

Here is a really easy way to fold a dollar bill into heart-shaped dollar origami.  This is perfect to use as a cute little gift with a Valentine card – great for kids or grand kids! The only material you need for your heart-shaped origami dollar is a crisp one-dollar bill! Here are the easy steps to fold… Continue Reading

Heart Shaped DIY Bath Confetti with Essential Oils – Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Idea!

Heart Shaped DIY Bath Confetti with Essential Oils – Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Idea!

Here is a super easy and fun DIY Valentine’s Day gift idea! Today I’m going to show you how to make your own heart shaped DIY Bath Confetti! It uses a really cool paper that dissolves in water. You brush on color, scent and soap to the paper, punch it out when it dries, and… Continue Reading

Non-Candy Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Kids!

Non-Candy Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Kids!

    I have been on the lookout for some cute ideas for Non-Candy Valentine Gift Ideas for Kids.  My kids got enough candy in their Christmas stockings (from grandparents) to seriously last 6 months!  I’m pretty sure they have candy from Halloween that still hasn’t been eaten. The last thing I want to turn… Continue Reading

Inexpensive and Easy Homemade Gift Ideas

Inexpensive and Easy Homemade Gift Ideas

If you are in need of an inexpensive and easy homemade gift idea, here are some fantastic ideas that I have made in the past! These are the best homemade gifts I have given and are good, inexpensive gifts for friends or coworkers!  These creative homemade gift ideas are guaranteed to be enjoyed by the recipient… Continue Reading

Gift Guide: 10 Gift Ideas for the Horse Lover in your Life!

Gift Guide: 10 Gift Ideas for the Horse Lover in your Life!

If you are looking for a convenient place to get ideas for gifts this holiday season, then gift guides are your answer.  Many bloggers create these lists by taking polls on social media, getting lists from popular retailers (like Amazon), working with brands or just list out what they personally love as an easy solution… Continue Reading

Gift Guide:  Perfect Gift Ideas For Your Crazy Cat Lady Friends!

Gift Guide: Perfect Gift Ideas For Your Crazy Cat Lady Friends!

    Raise your hand if you have a Crazy Cat Lady Friend! (or sheepishly raise your and if you are the crazy cat lady friend – like I am.  Shhhh…..that’s our little secret.) I have a super fun list here of unique items that your crazy cat lady friends are sure to love!  Let… Continue Reading

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