Frugal Tip: Decorate Your Home on a Budget for the Holidays

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Hosting Christmas dinner can be quite expensive. By time you purchase all the gifts you need, the food and decorations you will have maxed out your holiday budget. But there are little things that you can do to help cut your out of pocket cost with simple swap outs and shopping at the Dollar Tree to snag some great savings!

dollar tree paper productsWhether you want to use paper products or washable dishes for your holiday dinner, shopping the Dollar Tree will help keep your budget on track! With their large selection of holiday paper products- cups, plates, napkins and silverware- you are sure to grab all the needed supplies. Using paper products can be great for the fact that you do not have to do any dishes after your party, just pitch all your products in the garbage!

Now if you would rather have nice dinner dishes and a more formal look for your holiday dinner, then don’t worry you can grab that as well! I found these super cute black round plates and cream and black coffee mugs to help freshen up my dinnerware. On the plus side, these are items I plan to use for our everyday use as well and paid only $1 each!

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Don’t forget to add a little splash of decorative flowers, tinsel or garland on just about anything to spice up your holiday decorations! It’s not about spending $40 or $50 on a new centerpiece or table runner to make your home look festive! Simply add a few touches that showcase on old piece to liven up any room!

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Also add a new picture frame to the table near the front door to make your entry way warm and inviting! Plus this gives you the opportunity to show off your family to visitors during the holiday season!

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What items have you purchased from the Dollar Tree to help keep your decorating costs down?

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Twist & Spin with Dizzy Dancers

 

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Dizzy Dancers, the latest from Hasbro is twistin and rockin all over the stores this holiday season! These super cute pets are similar to the old fashion tops that spin from the bottom pin on each pet, keeping your little one entertained for hours!

There are more thank 50 Dizzy Dancers to choose from; everything from a monkey, dog, cat, bird, owl, chipmunk and many more! Recommended for ages 4 and up these pets spin and twirl just like the old fashion tops! These little pets can perform tricks spinning around all with the pull of their cord! Our girls loved this toy! All of them, ages 11, 8 and 4 were able to easily pull the cord getting these Dizzy Dancers movin all over our house!

You can also create your very own Dizzy Dancer – grab the dizzy twirlin base and mix and match to make your very own creations! Available at most major toy retailers, Amazon or Hasbro Toy Shop starting at $8.99 each!

Features:
GET THE DIZZY STARTED with this adorable, twirling, spinning fox pet! It’s easy to make your FOXIELU pet spin and twirl all over! Just attach your pet to the included DIZZY TWIRLIN’ BASE, insert the included DIZZY CORD accessory and pull it out quickly, and then watch as your funny pet starts to twirl and swirl! The faster you pull out the DIZZY CORD accessory, the faster your FOXIELU pet whizzes around!

Pet comes with DIZZY TWIRLIN’ BASE, TWISTIN’ TRICKS CARD and DIZZY CORD accessory.

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Ages 4 and up.

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DIY: Lighted Berry Holiday Centerpiece

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What an amazing centerpiece for any Christmas table! Confessions of a Over Worked Mom show us how!

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Kids Frugal Fun: Paper Christmas Tree Craft

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I love fun Christmas crafts and now that our girls are officially out of school for winter break, I will need new crafts for this year! Check out The Biz Mommy and how she makes this super cute Paper Christmas Tree Craft!

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DIY: Christmas Countdown Clipboard

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Great way to help your little ones keep track of just how many days are left before Christmas with this Christmas Countdown Clipboard from Confessions of a Over Worked Mom!

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DIY: Christmas Craft Ideas- Decoupage Votive Candle Holder

Christmas project ideas using decoupageCheck out how you can use tissue paper, modge podge and a votive candle holder to make this great Decoupage Votive Candle Holder from Confessions of a Over Worked Mom!

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DIY: Cereal Candy Canes

Christmas crafts for kids: DIY Cereal Candy Canes

We love making ornaments in our house. Check out how Our Family World makes some fun ornaments with a box of cereal!

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DIY: Front Door Wreath

Festive Front Doors: DIY Wreath

I have to admit I am a huge fan of Christmas decorations and have 11 totes filled with them! With that, I love finding new ways to dress up the house in December and love how Our Family World shares their Festive Front Door Wreath!

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Kids Frugal Fun: Homemade Dough Ornament

We love making our own ornaments, especially ones that are safe! Check out how Sarah’s Deals and her family make a night full of fun, making their own dough ornaments!

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Top 5 Christmas Gift Ideas for Grandparents

Grandparents, with a lifetime of experiences and charming stories are very important individuals in your life. The Christmas holidays are the perfect time to show how much you care about them. If you find it tricky to choose gifts for them, let me give you some ideas.

1. Digital Photo Frames
Digital photo frames that can be used to show off your family pictures or evoke fond memories are special gifts for your loving grandparents. Start collecting and pre-loading pictures of the family, including past photos from important occasions like birthdays, graduation day and more. Take time visiting BestBuy.com to find the most appropriate devices. At this online store there are a wide range of digital frames with large crystal clear displays up to 11 inches, room for up to 6,000 photos and even Wi-Fi capabilities at the best possible prices. Find stunning savings plus free shipping with a suitable Best Buy.

2. Personalized Calendars
A fun and creative gift for your grandparents is a personalized calendar. You have many options to make your own one. You can find some sites that allow you to personalize the days with photos and text and pre-print the special occasions of your family such as birthdays, anniversaries, etc. directly onto the calendar. Otherwise, you can purchase a blank calendar and have your kids decorate with a well-chosen selection of family photos or write heartfelt messages to their grandparents on calendar pages.

3. Winter Accessories
A meaningful gift for your grandparents around the Christmas holidays is winter accessories. Choose stylish or fashionable accessories for them based on your observations of their favorite colors and styles. You are going to surprise them if your gifts suit their tastes. Great gifts for grandmother are cashmere scarves, handbags, purses and the like. For grandfather, opt for hats, silk neckties, or cufflinks that reflect his personal style.

4. Winter Throws
A wonderful gift for your grandparents in the dreary and cold winter season is a winter throw. You can have winter throws personalized with photos and names as well as meaningful slogans, quotes and poems. This gift not only keeps the chill out but also brings great comfort for them. Colorful throws can cozy up their rooms and brighten up dull winter days. You can find warm and beautiful throws in various colors and the hottest styles on sale at many online stores.

5. Gift baskets
Around the Christmas holidays, offerings of food and drink are made traditionally as a gift for your loved ones. Fruit baskets wrapped with a festive ribbon and an attached gift card or gift baskets arranged tastefully with coffee, tea and cookies are perfect choices. It is very sweet of you to fill the baskets with a variety of coffee or tea flavors if your grandparents like them. Many of the best types of gift baskets are available from Overstock. I hope that the fun and practical gift ideas mentioned above will help you express your warmest thanks to your beloved grandparents on this special occasion.

For more ideas, read the article Best Gift Ideas for Christmas 2012.

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Homemade Gift Ideas: Candy Coated Pretzels and Oreos

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Looking for some fun ways to make some homemade holiday goodies? Check out how Mission To Save made Candy Coated Pretzels and Oreos!

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Christmas Tree- Artificial or Real?

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Gifts for the Family- Holiday Gift Guide 2012

Here are some gift ideas for the whole family!


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