Holidays


Practical Outdoorsman Gifts

Do you have an outdoorsman in your life?  Whether he hunts, fishes, or just likes to be outside working with his hands, here are some great outdoorsman gifts for you to give him. Folding Hand Saw – My husband received one of these last year for Christmas and he says it is definitely a must have.  It folds up nicely and is perfect to carry around outside and use at the ready! Solar Hand Crank Powered Radio – I bought this as a gift for my husband a few years ago because he wanted to play music out in his shed without having […]


Gift Guide for Kids: Non-Tech Toys

Given the numerous options today and the abundance of technology, it is always hard to choose toys to give as gifts for kids. If you are buying for your own kids, you know what they already have. However, if you are buying for other kids in your life, you don’t necessarily know what they already have or how the parents feel about technology and its role in their kids’ toys. Here are some great non-tech toys for kids of a variety of ages if you would like to get that something more educational, crafty, or imaginative. Non-Tech Toys for 2-4 […]


How to Help Your Budget Survive Black Friday

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two huge shopping days.  The surrounding days and in some cases weeks, are also big times to catch sales on deals on products of all kinds. It is so easy to blow your budget shopping all those crazy Black Friday deals. If you have been out to physical stores on Black Friday, emotions are running high and there is this unspoken pressure to buy things that you would not normally think of purchasing. Here are some tips to shop Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals without blowing your budget or making unnecessary purchases. Make […]


6 Ways to Make Your Christmas Budget Last

This year you are setting a limit on your Christmas spending and are determined to make your Christmas budget last. You will not buy unnecessary items. You will not use credit cards and go into debt for Christmas. You will enjoy the holiday season with your family. You will not stress over finding the perfect gift or how much money you spent on each person. Do these statements sound familiar? Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year…right?  It is supposed to be anyway! However, far too many of us stress ourselves out over the decorating, gifting, traditions, hostessing, etc. […]


Setting a Gift Budget for All Occasions

One area of our budget that has a tendency to get out of hand is our gift budget category. In the past, I have not been very good at anticipating all of the social events that will require a gift purchase.  In turn, this usually means that we end up spending too much on a gift or just not budgeting properly for the month. There is also the pressure of being invited to a birthday party (especially a kid’s party!) last minute and needing to get a gift but knowing it is not in the budget or someone purchasing a […]


How to Create a Christmas Budget

Christmas comes at the same time every year.  So why do so many people go into debt or not create a budget for Christmas? Christmas 2015 was the first time we ever set a true budget for spending on Christmas items.  While we did go over that budget, we were lucky and still did not go into debt because of overtime that my husband worked in November. Related: Christmas Budget Planner –> Not ready to think about Christmas yet?  Pin this post for later to your Christmas board so you can track your budget when you’re ready! However, I think […]


3 Ways to Save Money this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is almost here and whether you are planning on hosting for just your family or a whole host of guests, the time and money spent on preparing a large meal can be overwhelming. I have hosted Thanksgiving exactly once so far in my adult life and while I had a blast doing it, I did not realize how much really went into the planning and execution.  Here are three easy ways to save money this Thanksgiving, no matter how many people you are hosting. {affiliate_disclosure] Stock up on food you need ahead of time. If you are on a tight […]