60: The “Buy Nothing” Christmas

This is a novel but necessary concept for many people in this economic climate. Forced by circumstance (lay-off, bankruptcy, foreclosure, health problems, other catastrophes,) many Americans will be having a “Buy Nothing” Christmas, or at least a “Buy a WHOLE LOT LESS” Christmas this year.

Even if you aren’t under tremendous economic pressure, there are many ways to save or spend very little this holiday season.

  1. Holiday meals – In your meal planning, go a little lighter on the calorie load. If you want to splurge on Christmas, but stay within your normal budget, plan extremely frugal meals around the holidays. Breakfasts and lunches can be your real money-savers. Learn to make real oatmeal! Flavor with milk and jam or honey. For lunch, pasta dishes are some of the most low-cost meals you can make. Burritos or wraps are great lunch alternatives, too. A great dinner is homemade soup and homemade bread!
  2. Cards – Make your own. It’s just silly to spend $3-5 on a card at Hallmark!
  3. Wrapping paper – Use brown craft paper or plain white paper to wrap gifts. Use twine or raffia to tie up the package. If you are a stamper, let your imagination run wild! Make a matching card! Kids love to decorate gifts with markers and stickers, too.
  4. Have a potluck dinner with friends. Spend what you would’ve on dinner anyway.
  5. Adopt a “no gifts” policy for the adults and focus on the kids.

You can still have a wonderful Christmas without blowing your budget! Start planning now!

Photo courtesy of Joshua Davis. Thanks!

94: Free Coffee Maker for the Holidays

Try Gevalia and get this FREE coffeemaker.Okay, I’m not really a coffee drinker. I enjoy the occasional cup at Starbucks or Cafe du Monde. Who can resist that? The problem is when we are entertaining over the holidays and dessert time rolls around.

“Do you have any coffee?”
“Uh, no. I don’t even have a coffee maker.”

This conversation has occurred more than a few times. For the amount of money I would spend on some decent coffee, I could get enough coffee to entertain my guests for the holidays, a coffee maker, a stainless steel carafe, and a travel mug! Wow!

Try two 1/2 pound packages of our exceptional coffee for only $22.95, including shipping and handling, and receive a 12 Cup Programmable Stainless Steel Coffeemaker, Stainless Steel Thermal Carafe & Gevalia Travel Mug as a special gift.

Even if you already have a coffee maker, it’s a good idea to have a backup or an extra one, especially if you are a coffee addict or entertaining. Give Gevalia a try and get the coffee maker, carafe, and mug FREE! I’m going to get one for the holidays, and after that, I might just keep drinking the stuff!

Finally, you are probably wondering what this has to do with kids, right? If you are a coffee drinker, you probably weren’t asking that one! For everyone else, any money saved on entertaining means more money available for other stuff, plain and simple.

P.S. They have tea, too!