Retailers want you to believe that the toys under the Christmas tree should be large and expensive. But if you've ever seen a kid more excited about the box a gift came in than the toy itself, you know that sometimes the cheaper, smaller gifts are the favorites. Plus, a few less expensive gifts can … [Read more...] about 10+ cool inexpensive gifts for kids
The holidays are approaching, and everyone you know is searching for the best deals on gifts and trying to figure out how to avoid the stress that comes this time of year. If you want to enjoy more time and worry less about spending too much, check out these ideas to help you do both. … [Read more...] about 35 ways to save money and time during the holidays
Gift cards and certificates are a favorite holiday or birthday gift for many people who want their loved ones to choose exactly the gift they want. Gift cards are high on the list of requested gifts, but many people forget to use them or never use the full amount. In addition, … [Read more...] about How to use gift cards to save money
Whether you've been naughty or nice, diners can cross a stress-free meal off their holiday wish list. A number of restaurant chains will be open for business on Christmas Day 2020, including low-cost and moderately priced options. As always, we urge you to call ahead and confirm, as some … [Read more...] about Restaurants open on Christmas Day 2020
Celebrate the holidays, or just the end of the year, by gathering around the table. If you're looking to avoid all the cooking that comes with these celebrations, consider ordering a fully cooked Christmas dinner to go so you can spend more time with your family than in the kitchen. You can … [Read more...] about Where to order ready-made Christmas dinner to go in 2020
No matter how delicious a holiday turkey is, after a day or two, eating leftovers gets old. Instead, why not try something different? Turn that leftover turkey into a dish that's a surefire hit at a New Year's Eve party -- or even a Superbowl Party. This recipe costs practically nothing, since you … [Read more...] about Turn Christmas leftovers into New Year’s Eve BBQ
White Elephant gift exchanges, or as some call them, Yankee Swaps, are about as popular as ugly Christmas sweater parties. Finding the perfect gift can be difficult because there are often a variety of people participating, and you may have to gear the appropriateness around the type of party: … [Read more...] about 50 White Elephant Gift Exchange Ideas
MyFreezEasy wants to help you get ahead of the holiday madness by offering a FREE freezer meal plan in November 2020. The founder, Erin Chase of $5 Dinners, is throwing a free, virtual "Deck the Freezer" party from November 1-6, 2020. During the party you'll not only receive the recipes and … [Read more...] about FREE freezer meal plan from MyFreezEasy
One of my goals for this year is to begin making holiday gifts in November, so I'm not stressing and rushing to finish up gifts mid-December. One of my favorite homemade gifts to give (and keep for myself) is homemade vanilla extract, but it takes time to develop so you need to start it … [Read more...] about How to make homemade vanilla extract
Gift cards remain one of the most wanted gifts, no matter the occasion. Even though they’re plastic, if you play your (gift) cards right, you can really stretch them beyond their value. The trick is to treat them like cash. Would you be so quick to spend a $50 bill sitting in your … [Read more...] about The Coupon Insider: Stretching gift cards
Do you call it stuffing or dressing? Do you know the difference? If not, here’s a hint: Stuffing goes inside the turkey; dressing is baked separately. If you already knew that, did you know this: food safety wise, it’s better to make dressing? If you put stuffing inside the bird, it needs to get to … [Read more...] about Is it stuffing or dressing?
Sometimes the money ends before the month ends. And, at this time of year, we're all confronted with extra expenses - gifts, parties, family meals and, depending on where you live, higher heating bills. How can you bring in extra money to pay for it all — without selling your plasma? Luckily, … [Read more...] about 12 ways to make extra cash for the holidays
If you have a bunch of folks on your holiday gift list, you know how fast even small items can add up. This year, why not stuff a stocking for each person on your list instead of buying a gift that needs to be wrapped? First, you need some stockings. You can get inexpensive ones at the dollar … [Read more...] about 15-plus stocking stuffers from dollar and discount stores
Frugal shoppers often wonder if they can give a used item as a gift. The answer is yes, but there are caveats: The gift must be a good value or an heirloom, and the recipient must be OK with it. I have given and received used presents. Several years ago, my husband bought me a secondhand … [Read more...] about Is it ever OK to give used presents?
The most delicious part of Hanukkah is latkes -- potato pancakes fried in sizzling oil. They are easy to make and are most typically served with sour cream and apple sauce. But there are other variations as well. We'll start with a basic recipe and then learn about some tasty twists on the … [Read more...] about Celebrate Hanukkah with traditional latkes, plus tasty twists