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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Have a Buy-Nothing Christmas

Are you ready to get off the treadmill of over consumerism connected with this wonderful, meaningful holiday? Has the downturn of the economy impacted you, your relatives and friends? Do you yearn for the days of "Little House on the Prairie" type Christmas? Just follow these few ideas to downsize your Christmas consumerism, and add the joy of home gift ideas.

Go to Read about the reasons this organization has decided to have a buy nothing Christmas. Everyone knows a family probably can't get through an entire Christmas season "buying nothing". But this site gives excellent ideas about how to rethink our traditions and consumerism.

Read more: How to Have a Buy Nothing Christmas |

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

How to Give Guys Christmas Great Presents

Do you have absolutely no idea of what to get your favorite guy--dad,brother or boyfriend for Christmas? Do these men in your life have everything they could want or need? Is your budget less than it could be? Follow these few easy steps for wonderful gifts to remember.

  • Think about your guy's tastes. Does he like music? Create a mixed CD of his favorite albums. Or create a CD of your favorite music--you could even record an CD of you singing! If you are internet savvy, you could create a Facebook, MySpace or website for him and get him up to speed in the world of the Internet. This could turn into something you both could do together. Spend an hour or two Book marking sites he would like or set up StumbleUpon for him so that all he has to do is press the StumbleUpon button and it would take him to sites of interest

  • Email all his friends and have them send him an ecard everyday leading up to Christmas--or do the 12 days of Christmas with an ecard everyday or a regular card everyday. Research different sites on the web to send him different ideas everyday

  • Create things. With a digital camera, create photos of you together for a collage or get a picture and put in on a mouse pad, coffee cup or clock. You can do this at your local CVS, Walgreens or Walmart. With a video camera, video the entire contents of his house or apartment for insurance purposes. This could be hilarious if you have a sense of humor. Get your friends and act out the story of his life! Video his friends and relatives talking about how much they like him.

  • Guys enjoy doing things. Tickets to the local high school or college basketball game or tickets to a golf tournament usually are a big hit. Anything you two can do together is fun for Both of you. Time spent together is the best gift of all.

  • Read more: How to Give Guys Christmas Gifts |

    Monday, November 8, 2010

    Celebrate Veteran's Day

  • Veteran's Day
    Veteran's Day
    Read about the history of Veteran's Day to know about why we celebrate it. According to Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I. In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress. On June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

  •  Veteran's Day
    Veteran's Day
    Find a veteran of any war and thank him for his service. You could pay for a coffee for a man in uniform behind you. Just saying thank you for what you have done gives an amazing feeling and teaches your family to be respectful of veterans

  • If you home school, teach elementary or if you want to just teach your children about veteran's day, go to where you can download lesson plans for your children.

  • Veteran's Day
    Veteran's Day
    Invite a veteran to speak at your civic club, your church or community group. Call your local VFW for ideas on who to ask and who to honor. Go to your local VFW and offer to volunteer or ask if there is anyway to help local Veteran's. Many times there are fundraisers or garage sales in which to participate that help out veteran's in need.
    Give to the Disabled Veteran's organization when they call. Give used clothing, kitchen appliances, or furniture. All proceeds go to benefiting disabled veterans.

  • Veteran's Day
    Veteran's Day
    Buy a Poppy. The poppy itself continues to serve as a perpetual tribute to those who have given their lives for the nation's freedom. Donations help veterans, veteran's widows and families.

  • Read more: How to Celebrate Veteran's Day |

    Thursday, November 4, 2010

    Inexpensive Christmas Gifts

      1. Would you love an inexpensive Christmas gift that is cool? Try this simple craft.  I am definitely craft challenged.  I am not good with my hands and I don't sew.  So when one of my friends showed me how to do this craft, I was hooked.  This is so simple, funky and in- style.  What a unique inexpensive Christmas gift make this year,
        1. No Sew
          Inexpensive Christmas Gifts
          Cut 10 lengths of different color yarn, feathers, ribbons, eyelash yarn and beads of the same color palette. Put the different lengths of yarn around your neck to see if the length is right for you. Any number between 10-15 strands is about the average scarf.
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          No Sew
          Inexpensive Christmas Gifts
          Put the strands around your neck again. Tie one knot across from each other about 6 inches down from your neck. Measure down another 4-6 inches and tie knots across from each other at the end of the scarf.
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          Add embellishments. You can add different beads to the end of the scarf or anywhere in the middle. You do not have to add beads or strands of beads. Just add anything that you like.

      1. Scarves can be worn on coats or on sweaters or T-shirts.
      2. They can be dressy or casual.
      3. Use your imagination.
      4. Let your creativity show.
      5. There are no wrong way to do these scarves.
      6. Read more: How to Make a No Sew Scarf |

    Saturday, October 30, 2010

    Give Consumable Gifts this Christmas

    Why not try something new this Christmas. Why not try to give consumable, clutter-free gifts to your loved ones? Instead of having your gifts end up in next year's garage sale, strive to give gifts that are consumable--either used up, eaten or used for an activity.

    Start thinking about no obligation gift-giving. Consumable gifts are meant to be enjoyed for a short while and then used up! No guilt. Tickets to any sporting or cultural venue, gift certificates, movie passes or even a night of free babysitting--all are consumable gifts that make memories, not clutter
    Give a gift of consumable food or things you make. I am not crafty, but I can make candy sundaes (see resource section) and bath salts (see resource section). These are two gifts that are consumable, clutter-free but I have had wonderful responses from these gifts. You can also make gifts in a jar or decadent chocolate anything!

    Give Green. Going green isn't always about recycling--it can be about less stuff! American's need to simplify and quit buying stuff for one another that ends up in garage sales and land fills. Be kind, be thoughtful. Give a gift that no one has to dust or display or wear--even if it is the wrong size. You will be doing your family and friends a favor.

  • One size fits all when you give consumable gifts.

  • No one has to return anything when you give consumable gifts.

  • Worrying about how much you are spending and tit for tat disappears.

  • Guilt disappears.

  • Giving consumable gifts can be addicting and fun!

  • Read more: How to Give Consumable Christmas Gifts |

    Thursday, October 28, 2010

    How to Have a Frugal Christmas

    Every family needs to rethink their Christmas Celebrations. There is no need to sacrifice fun, fellowship, family and church time that we love about Christmas Holidays.

    Think outside the box. Scour papers, community and church bulletin boards for all the Christmas activities for you and your family. Go to tree lightnings, craft how-to's, and community events. Do things as a family to concentrate on family time, NOT just receiving gifts.

    Do something for a charity or your church. Ring a bell for Salvation Army, Collect money for a Christmas Light Display that is donated to charity, collect canned goods and staples for Community Services league. Serve at a homeless soup kitchen. Get away from the TV and do something as a family.

    Read more: How to Have a Frugal Christmas |

    Do something for a charity or your church. Ring a bell for Salvation Army, Collect money for a Christmas Light Display that is donated to charity, collect canned goods and staples for Community Services league. Serve at a homeless soup kitchen. Get away from the TV and do something as a family.
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    Wednesday, October 27, 2010

    Five Christmas Gifts to Please Anyone

    One way to simplify giving gifts is to get a gift that would please almost anyone and give the gift to Everyone. Try these ideas to simplify gift-giving.

    Give a Life Changing Book

    You know your friends. What kind of books would they like? I recommend, Tim Ferris, The 4 Hour Work Week, or Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover, or The Bible. Any one of these books can be lifechanging. 

    Subscription to Itunes or Audible.Com

    You can give a gift card to Itunes that is within your budget or give an audio book once a month to a friend. Decide which company would be right for your recipient.

    Slingshot Monkey

    This is a very reasonable gift ($5.45) and one that will entertain all ages. Children, adults, and teenagers seem to enjoy this toy. It came out about three years ago and I still enjoy it.


    This is a gluten-free bar that is actually good. This would be good for people with food allergies, people on diets or anyone who wants a pick me up that is delicious.

    Homemade Baked Goods

    Unless you have many friends and family on a diet, any kind of homemade baked goods are wonderful. My sister in law bakes homemade pumpkin bread for her four brothers and it is the hit of Christmas.