Preparing for the Holidays; Only 20 More Fridays!

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20 More Fridays

I shared the picture above on Facebook a few days ago and the responses ranged from sheer terror to excitement.

But mostly everyone agreed they were not ready to really think of it.  Honestly, I am not sure I really want to think of it either, but with a little forethought and preparedness you can have the most successful, stress free holiday season ever!

Truly none of us really wants to start thinking about Christmas now, but if we take some time to do a little planning now we can keep from experiencing any after Christmas spending regrets.

Follow these simple steps to keep the consumerism monster at bay this year!

With only 20 Fridays until Christmas, you’ll have 20 weeks/paychecks to work with.

These are my top tips for saving on the holidays:

Create a Budget. Come up with a real amount that you can afford to spend on Christmas gifts.  This is the very first thing you should do before you make a single purchase.

Make a list. Write down every single person you would like to give a gift to. This includes your family, friends, co-workers, and service people in your life. You might even want to keep your list in your purse in case you happen to find something while you are out shopping.  Assign spending amounts to each person on your list. Obviously you are going to want to spend more on your children than on your hairdresser, so plan accordingly.

Stick to it. I think this is the hardest part.  It is easy to get caught up in keeping up with the Jones’, however remember you made a list long before the holiday rush came along to

  • Don’t give in to guilt.  A lot of people spend out of guilt, and that is the wrong motive.  The dollar mount doesn’t directly reflect how much we care about someone.
  • Don’t let your emotions have control.  Yes you love that person, but that’s not a good reason to put yourself in debt over a Christmas gift.

This week I challenge you to Create a Budget and Make a List.

Then over the next several weeks, as you find a great deal on the perfect gift for someone on your list you can buy it and mark it off the list.

I hope you’ll join me in the Saving Dollars and Sense Facebook Group where I will be sharing LOTS of money saving holiday tips and deals over the next 20 weeks!

Peppermint Bark Recipe

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Last year, at my husbands request,  I attempted to recreate a Peppermint Bark recipe that a friend of mine brought to a Christmas party.  My husband LOVES this recipe, and I love how super easy it is to throw together.

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Peppermint Bark Recipe
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Super easy Christmas candy recipe to make using just a couple ingredients.
Ingredients
  • 1 bag of white chocolate chips
  • 1 bag or peppermint Hershey's Kisses
  • ½ bag of Oreos
Instructions
  1. Cover a cookie sheet with wax paper.
  2. Place half of the package of Oreos into a ziplock bag and crush them into chunks. I just press the middle of each cookie and it usually breaks into four which is perfect size.
  3. Unwrap Hershey's peppermint Kisses and add to a pot.
  4. Add the bag of white chocolate chips to the pot and heat on low heat until melted. Stirring often to avoid burning.
  5. Add the crushed Oreos to the pot and stir in until well mixed with the chocolate mixture.
  6. Pour the mixture out onto the wax paper and spread out using a spoon until it is ¼ - ½ inch thick.
  7. Place the pan in the fridge until hardened. Once hardened you can use a butter knife to break it up into pieces.

That’s it!  I said it was super easy, and it takes no time at all to whip up a batch to take to your next holiday party.  If you think this looks like a great recipe would you consider PINNING it on Pinterest?

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Large Soft 100% Pashmina Scarf Shawl Wrap $8.99!

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These Pashmina Shawl’s make wonderful gifts for everyone!

You can get the 100% Pashmina Scarf Shawl Wrap right now for $8.99!  They were originally priced $15.99 so this really is a good deal at % off!  Plus they come is a huge variety of colors and qualify for FREE Shipping.

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Names Of Jesus Advent Chain!

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The following post is reposted from last year:

I’m SO excited to share what I found the other day with you today!

When my kids were young one thing that we always did to count down the days until Christmas was make a Christmas countdown chain out of construction paper.  Each morning the would rush to remove one more chain link and watch as the days until Christmas got closer and closer.

I would have LOVED to know about this The Names of Jesus Advent Chain back then!

Although my kids are older now I still think I will do this today to remind me of what we are really counting down to!

Photo Credit: Spell Outloud

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This 34-Piece dewalt accessory set is marked down 69% on Amazon right now.  This is regularly $32.10 so I don’t expect it will last too long at this crazy price.  And if your husband is anything like mine, his eyes will light up at the sight of the Dewalt yellow box ;)

*Saving Dollars and Sense Tip: Amazon prices often change without warning, please make sure you are paying the price you want before checking out.

DEWALT 20-Volt MAX Lithium Ion Hammer Drill/Drill Driver $104.99 Shipped (58% off)!

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