Christmas on a budget


Christmas on a budget doesn’t have to be stressful.  It can actually be a lot of fun if you do it right.  

The “do it yourself” or “DIY’S” products are in right now, and if you look hard enough you can find ideas for EVERY type of person in your life!  You can find most of the supplies to make your “DIY” gifts and or decorations at the Dollar Tree or around your house.  

Get your kids, family and friends involved.  This year I am hosting a Christmas “DIY” party.  What an awesome excuse to get together with loved ones, have some fun, and get some Christmas gifts or decorations made!  This is also a good way to get some great ideas from other people who might be a little more creative than yourself.

Here’s a few of my favorite and affordable ideas to get you started!


  •  Snowmen:  Take an empty jar (I used jelly jars), spray paint white, and paint your snowman face.  Add a string of light between your snowmen putting some inside of the jar.  I also cute the bottom of a sock and placed it on the top of my snowmen for little hats instead of the lid. *Note* You can also make reindeer, santa or elves with your jars.
  • Ornaments:  Paint your lids from your snowmen jars any way you would like.  Use a knife to poke a hole at the top and thread with string.  Tie your string and place on tree.
  • Hubby have some wood slabs lying around?  Paint them!  As a Christmas photo prop last year I painted a small piece of wood with red paint “.25”  and a longer piece of wood with “hot chocolate”.  These turned out to be my favorite Christmas decorations!  Very vintage and look great with any theme.
  • Wreath:  Get a foam wreath ($1 at Dollar Tree), wrap it in tinsel or garland ($1 at Dollar Tree) and you are done.  You can also glue some decorations to spice it up some if you wanted.
  • Tree:  There is so many fun ways you can do a tree on the wall, latter trees, foam trees.  The options are endless.  I will let you do your research on this because I can’t pick just one to feature.

Gift Ideas

  •  Gift baskets!  You can make some incredible baskets for less than $10 with items from Dollar Tree.  Here’s what you do….pick a theme that you know the person you are gifting will love.  Some examples:  Spa, beauty, movies, family, car lover, chef ext.  Pick out your basket then find things matching your theme to stuff the basket full of.  Some helpful tips…..don’t be afraid to take things out of their original packaging to find a cuter way to display them or split it up between several baskets.
  • For the girly girls on your list you can make them some body scrub, lip scrub, bath bombs, or lotion bars.  You can also take short drinking glasses and customize by painting, adding glitter, name, or a special saying.  Add some vase filler and BOOM the perfect make up brush holder!
  • Everyone has a coffee lover on their list.  Dollar Tree has some plain white mugs for $1.  Customize it with your sharpies, bake at 350 degrees for 35 mins add some single serve packs of coffee, hot chocolate, or tea.  Add a bow and you’ve got yourself a super cute and thoughtful gift.
  • Who doesn’t love sweets?  Bake up some Christmas goodness, decorate and put in a Christmas tin or box.  I do this every year for our trash men, post office, water company ext.  and everyone loves it.  No better way to say thank you than a tummy full of Christmas cookies.
  • Don’t have time to bake all those goodies?  No problem….you can find mini bags of cookie mix (makes 12 cookies), pour in a jar, add some red and green m&m’s, chocolate chips, crushed peppermint, mini marshmallows whatever extras you would like.  Add a tag with cooking directions tied with a lovely ribbon.  Simply, delicious, and so easy!
  • MEN!  Ugh.  Now they have to be the most difficult to DIY for.  One of my favorites and probably the most simple is customized coasters.  You can find small tiles for as little as like .30 at Home Depo.  Get 4 and print 4 photo’s of things he loves.  For my husband I would probably go with pictures of Harley’s.  Glue your pictures to your tiles with Mod Podge, let dry, add a layer of Mod Posh to the top of picture, let dry, glue some fabric to the bottom of your tile so it does not scratch up anything, and tie together with a ribbon.  He’ll love it.  

Even if you aren’t on a tight budget these are still some pretty awesome gifts.  The time and customize touches in your DIY gifts are sure to put on smile on anyones face.

Still having a hard time coming up with a gift for a certain kind of person?  Let me know and I will try to help.


10 Black Friday shopping tips!


Here’s a few tips for your upcoming Black Friday shopping adventure!

– Start your shopping early. Many stores have started opening on Thanksgiving Day to begin their super sales. This has became known as “Grey Thursday”

– Set a budget. Even if you have to leave your credit cards at home and only bring the cash you plan to spend. This will rule out any temptations you might have to buy something you don’t really need.

– Be prepared. Plan your trip in advanced so you can hit up more stores. If you know exactly what you are getting you are likely to spend less than 1/4 of the time in each store than other shoppers.

– Check and compare prices online. I HIGHLY recommend that you do your research before making a purchase. I took back several gifts that I purchased in store because I found them online cheaper. Just because it’s labeled “Sale” does not mean that it’s the best deal out there.

– Make your shopping list in order of importance so you are sure to get those important items before moving on to the not so important.

– If you have small children it is best to leave them at home. This will help you get through the crowd of people faster.

– Skip the cart. Instead, use reusable bags so you can  move more freely through out the store.

– Bring a team so that you can knock out each store in record breaking time. Designate roles for each team member. Have a “driver” so that you will not have to search for a parking spot and you can be picked up at the door. Have a “cart pusher” that stays in the same spot for you to drop off items as you move to the other side of the store for the next deal. The more “shoppers” on your team the better! If you have 3 “shoppers” in the store you will be able to have bodies in 3 separate places at one time. This will allow you to be getting one deal while 2 other people are getting other deals for you and themselves.

– Dress appropriately. In layers, incase weather changes or the crowd produces too much heat. Wear “walking shoes”. Trust me….I made the mistake of wearing heals one year….like really….who does that??? Yap, this crazy Koupon Chick LoL! Oh and flip flops are a big No! No! You WILL get your toes stomped on and ran over.  

and last but certainly not least my favorite Black Friday tip….

– Purchase reduced priced gift cards from to stack with your Black Friday purchases. This will save you an additional 5%-25% on top of your savings you are getting on the Black Friday sales.

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