Make a Christmas Budget (Frugal Friday)

Create a Christmas Budget

If you haven’t been to Walmart or Target yet, you might not know that the Christmas shopping season has arrived. If you haven’t been on Pinterest, you might not know that they’ve traded pumpkins for elves on the shelves. Yep, even before the turkey’s cooked, we’re scrambling to plan out Christmas. But, before you go […]

10 Gifts You Can Make for Kids

Gifts to make for Kids

Years ago when we lived on an extremely tight budget, we had no money for Christmas gifts. Rather than show up empty-handed for holiday get-togethers, I started making all the gifts and greeting cards that I gave each year. It was definitely a labor of love. But, since I had more time than money, it […]

Buy Shoebox Supplies Now (Frugal Friday)

OCC School Supplies

With school supplies and kids’ clothing priced super low right now, it’s a great time to shop for Operation Christmas Child or other shoebox ministries that will take collections at the holidays. This guest post from Carrie shows you how to make the most of current summer sales: Sometime last year, I realized that my […]

Christmas in July: Book Sale and Stocking Giveaway (CLOSED)

christmas tree stocking

Planning now for Christmas can help you enjoy the season without extraordinary stress or overspending. This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winners: ariana8407@ and samnkids@ For the last five years we’ve spent time at Life as MOM talking about Christmas. In July. Yes, really. Planning now for what happens five months from now better prepares […]

About the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and Santa Claus

about the tooth fairy

photo source: Rise of the Guardians While I think that I had a pretty good childhood, for one reason or another, I’ve chosen to do some things differently than my parents did. Oh, some things are the same: Sauerkraut and Pork, Ice Cubes and Christmas Trees, and Nanna’s Apple Pie. Daughter of not one, but […]

DIY on a Dime: Printable Gift Coupons

Free printable coupons

Looking for that last-minute gift idea? Well, this would be it: free printable gift coupons. If you’ve not done your Christmas shopping yet, you may be starting to panic. Don’t. Just fall back on that good old standby: the coupon book. You probably made these when you were a kid. Now’s the time to bring […]

Getting My Christmas On

avengers ornaments

I mentioned last week that I decided to go to battle for Christmas. I went Christmas shopping. Ordered from Amazon what I couldn’t find locally. I even wrapped everything as soon as it came in the door. This is progress, people. I usually spend all Christmas evening wrapping. Not this year. I’m going to bed […]

DIY on a Dime: Breakfast for the Road

breakfast basket 2

Know someone with a long morning commute? Bless him or her with breakfast for the road. Breakfast is an important meal, but one that’s easy to skip. Too easy. We all know we should eat, but …. that morning rush gets the best of us sometimes. This gift is super easy to put together and […]