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How I saved hundreds of dollars for Christmas.

Christmas is an expensive time of year for most.  For my family,  we set a strict budget for Christmas and try not to go over.  This year though is the first year I came out under budget!  We set a $900 budget for all Christmas gift purchases. Since I don't work and my husband has had a kind of crappy sales year, we needed to have a strict budget to not overextend ourselves. 
For a few years, I've been using some money making apps to earn a little extra cash for Christmas and birthday gifts. This year it's really paid off!  I was able to use $150 from these apps to put toward Christmas! Using rewards from stores has saved me a good chunk of cash as well!
Want to know exactly how I saved so much money?
Kohls: I love taking advantage of Kohl's because they have great deals,  and they give you kohls cash for purchases you make.  This year I did some shopping at Kohl's and ended up with $55 in Kohl's cash. So I was able to use that toward a few gifts for my extend…

100 Days of Holidays Part 2

Everyone that celebrates Christmas usually has lots of traditions for the Christmas season. My family and l go all out for every holiday. Like I mentioned in my previous post 100 Days of Holidays part 1, we find as many activities to do during the last 100 days of the year. From September 22nd- January 1st. These are all the activities and traditions my family plans on participating in this Christmas and New Years.
Black Friday Christmas shopping Put up Christmas lights Pick up a real Christmas tree Home depot gingerbread men  Tree lighting ceremony in my city Christmas family parties Make caramel/ caramel popcorn Watch Christmas Movies Make Christmas cookies Write letters to Santa Visit Santa Christmas eve dinner with extended family Christmas morning breakfast,  Open presents, visit in-laws. New year's eve party


What are some things you always do for the Christmas holiday?

Best stores to shop on Black Friday (online and in-store)

My husband and I like to save as much money as possible for Christmas. This year we have a $900 budget for our family of 4, grandparents gifts, 3 different Christmas party gifts, and a few extended family gifts. So Black Friday is an important time for my family to get the best deals possible.  I have narrowed down the stores with the best deals this year,  so I know where to look for Christmas gifts. I thought I'd share my findings with those of you looking to save money this Christmas.

The 5 best stores to shop this Black Friday:
J.C. Penneys: This year J.C Penneys is supposed to have some of the best deals out there. You can find great deals on Computers, Phones,  Apparel, Accessories, toys, and furniture.
Amazon: Between their lightning deals,  and early Black Friday deals,  I think Amazon is one of the best places to shop for Black Friday. 
Kohls: Do you have any Kohls cash lying around? You can use it with their black Friday deals! I love buying new Towels,  clothing,  and jewe…

Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

Yes,  I am at it once again.  Bringing up those National holidays.. but trust me, this one is a good one to participate in!

National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day is observed annually on November 15th. The fridge is neglected in my household. It's one of those things that is a necessity for everyone to do,   but let's be serious, no one thinks about cleaning the refrigerator out unless there is a bad smell coming from those forgotten leftovers from a month ago. 
Here are some suggestions to help you participate in this wonderful national holiday! Get together a soap and hot water filled bucket, disinfectant, a sponge and a garbage bag, and you are ready for the day!

Thanksgiving is coming soon so we will need room for all of those Thanksgiving leftovers.  This job may be dreaded by many, but it is an important task none the less.  There may be a surprise or two found at the back of the shelves. Things are often pushed back as the new food is put in the front and gets forgotten. 
S…

Thanksgiving Movies to Watch This Year

I've mentioned before that I watch lots of movies... like every weekend.  It's kind of pathetic. But,  that just means I know the movies that are worth watching. While Christmas and Halloween have a plethora of movies to choose from for the holiday, Including movies are a little harder to find.  So I'm here to share a list of Thanksgiving movies that I have come across over the years.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles:
Steve Martin's marketing executive just wants to get home to New York for Thanksgiving, but fate constantly stymies those plans–well, fate and John Candy's shower-ring salesman, a chipper and clumsy clown who becomes his unlikely traveling partner during this rollicking three-day trip. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving:
Maybe it's not as iconic as A Charlie Brown Christmas or It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, but this Peanuts holiday special is definitely a fun movie to get that feeling of Thanksgiving.  Peppermint Patty infiltrating Charlie Bro…

Celebrate World Kindness Day

I love National days,  so I take advantage of posting about them often.  It gives me an excuse to do something I normally wouldn't do. November 13th is World Kindness Day. As part of World Kindness Day, we are encouraged to spread kindness like an infectious disease. We want to share it more than usual because studies show when others observe kindness in action they are more likely to carry out an act of kindness, too.
So, imagine if you head out for the day and your neighbor’s garbage can have tipped over. Instead of ignoring it and letting the wind make a mess, you pick it up and return it to the corner. Other neighbors notice and give you a smile and a nod on their way to work. One of those neighbors notices a stranded driver on the side of the road on his commute to work. He remembers your thoughtfulness and offers assistance to the stranded driver. Several passersby take notice. At a business office, a woman struggles with a paper jam. She’s had a horrible day. The customer h…

Beat Negative Thinking with One Simple Practice

Some days it feels almost impossible to be thankful for what you have. Especially if you often lose yourself a negative mindset as I do.  Negativity is one of the biggest things that put me into a depression. One way to fight negative thinking is to list what you are thankful for every day.  
If you find yourself being negative often,  try changing yourself to think of 3 things a day that your thankful for that happened that day. Do this for a week straight and you will see a complete difference in the way you think. You will be happier and have a more positive outlook on your daily life. 
I can definitely get lost in negativity. One negative thought gets me spiraling down to this "everything sucks" mood. So I have started listing things I'm grateful for to keep that mood away. 
Here are a few things I'm grateful for right now.



My son's joking personality I love my kids. They are the light of my life. My son has his dad's personality which I love. He loves to…

Save the World Everytime you Grocery Shop

Did you have a great Halloween? I sure did.  I'm kind of sad Halloween is already over though.

Something I got into a while back was called Zero Waste. Ever heard of it? 
I didn't until I came across it one day on Facebook


Zero waste is basically a goal to create no food, or plastic waste while living your life. I am nowhere near zero waste, but it's something I always keep in mind to help me reduce my footprint. Why do we need to fill our earth up with plastic that will be around for hundreds of years? 
If you know anything about me,  I'm a lover of nature and animals.  I think a way to show my love for those things, is to be aware of the impact I have on this earth. 
There are a few ways you can cut down on the garbage you produce,  and save you some money!
Reusable paper towels Paper towels are kind of expensive, and they aren't necessary.  If you use paper towels often,  consider switching to reusable paper towels,  or rags that you use specifically for moments y…