How to Make Christmas Eve Boxes

Last year I decided to make Christmas Eve boxes for the kiddies. I had heard of others doing it and thought it was a lovely idea so decided to replicate it and introduce it as a new Christmas tradition in our house. We always have a house full at Christmas so naturally the kids are pretty wound up, I thought the boxes might give them something to focus on before bedtime on Christmas Eve.  Continue reading “How to Make Christmas Eve Boxes”

How to pick the perfect bike for your kids Christmas present

Fun, healthy and exciting, there’s no denying that bikes make fantastic Christmas presents. However, with so much choice out there, it can be difficult for parents and carers to know where to begin when choosing the perfect bike to go under the family Christmas tree. Continue reading “How to pick the perfect bike for your kids Christmas present”

Thrifty Thursday – Thrifty Christmas Name Tags

I have another thrifty Christmas trick for you today… Homemade thrifty Christmas name tags.

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To make these I used last years Christmas cards that I saved from last year and cut up all of the good bits. You then just re-arrange them to make a unique gift tag.

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These are really easy to make and don’t cost a penny. So this year remember to keep your cards for next year.

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Thrifty Thursday

Thrifty ThursdayThrifty Thursday is a place to share your thrifty posts. It doesn’t matter if they are old or new and can be about anything to do with saving money and being thrifty. Whether it be a post on cutting back on your food shop or your latest thrifty find link it up, I’d love to see it.

I have also started a Thrifty Thursday board on Pinterest and I will be pinning any entries onto it each week so more people get to see your great posts.

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Thrifty Thursday – Thrifty Christmas Hampers

If you are stuck for a present idea for someone this Christmas then a food hamper can be a great solution and contrary to popular belief,  if you shop in the right places, they don’t have to cost a fortune.

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This year both of my parents will be receiving a homemade Christmas food hamper.

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Both of these hampers cost just £10 each!

In an ideal world it would be lovely to shop in a quaint little delicatessen, picking out all locally produced products and mixing that with some form of locally brewed alcoholic drink but in the world we live in that just isn’t feasible. We have a very large family and therefore we always set a £10 limit for each persons present at Christmas. So I had to think ‘thrifty’ with the hampers. thrifty-christmas-food-hampers

To keep the cost down for the hampers I bought the contents from places such as Aldi, Lidl and Trago Mills (a local discount store). All of these stores have some really lovely products in them that are also nicely packaged but the prices are really low.

I paid 20p for one of the baskets from a local Re-Use store and 50p for the red bowl from our local recycling centre. The cellophane I had previously bought at my local post office and it cost me £1 and the extra decoration bits were left overs from last year.  thrifty-christmas-hampers

 I also added my thrifty homemade name tags on the top.

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 So there you have it some festive, thrifty, Christmas hampers.

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Thrifty Thursday

Thrifty Thursday is a place to share your thrifty posts. It doesn’t matter if they are old or new and can be about anything to do with saving money and being thrifty. Whether it be a post on cutting back on your food shop or your latest thrifty find link it up, I’d love to see it.

I have also started a Thrifty Thursday board on Pinterest and I will be pinning any entries onto it each week so more people get to see your great posts. You can check out the board HERE.

There you have it. Nice and easy.

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Thrifty Thursday – Thrifty Homemade Christmas Cards

The next couple of weeks Thrifty Thursday is going to get a little Christmassy, as it’s such an expensive time of year and every little saving helps right?

So this week I’m going to show you how we save money on Christmas cards every year by making homemade Christmas cards. Now I know what you thinking, card making is actually quite an expensive hobby once you’ve bought all of the bits and bobs but not the way I do it.

You need to create a card hoard. You do this by saving all of the cards that you get given by other people for birthdays, Easter, Christmas, basically keep any cards that come through your door.

Homemade Thrifty Christmas Cards

The next step is to disassemble the old cards, make sure you use every bit that you can.

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If you go into a craft store and buy the individual bits it can cost quite a bit of cash, now you have them all for free and as an added bonus you are also doing your bit to recycle too.

Now you can reuse the bits that you have taken off of the old cards to start creating your own.

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The only limit with this stage is your imagination and there you have it thrifty, free, Christmas cards.

You can also do the same for any other occasions throughout the year. Here are some cards that the kiddies made for Mother’s Day.

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Thrifty Thursday

Thrifty ThursdayThrifty Thursday is a place to share your thrifty posts. It doesn’t matter if they are old or new and can be about anything to do with saving money and being thrifty. Whether it be a post on cutting back on your food shop or your latest thrifty find link it up, I’d love to see it.

 

I have also started a Thrifty Thursday board on Pinterest and I will be pinning any entries onto it each week so more people get to see your great posts. You can check out the board HERE.

and there you have it. Nice and easy.


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Thrifty Thursday – 5 Ways To Make Extra Money Before Christmas

It’s that time of year again, the heating has gone on, the Christmas adverts have started and  you can’t walk into a shop without coming out covered in glitter! It can be an expensive time of year for everyone involved so I have 5 ways for you to make some extra cash before the big day.

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