More Clutter-Free Stocking Stuffers

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Consider stocking stuffers that are used up or gobbled down instead of making a mess. This giveaway from Funky Monkey is now closed. Congrats to the winners: Sullivan-3@, Lee.Privette@,  magpie512@.

A few years ago I finally wisened up and stopped putting twaddle in the Christmas stockings.

One July as I was scraping up bits of a game from the closet floor, a game that had never been played, one that I had bought a child for Christmas, I decided that it had been a waste of money. And a waste of my time now that I was putting said game in the trash can since half the pieces were lost.

I already was in the practice of putting consumable items, like breakfast, in the stockings, I just took it a few steps further by making everything useful and consumable.

If you’d like to join me, consider this list of edible and consumable stocking stuffers:

Edible Items

  • small boxes of cereal
  • granola bars or snack bars
  • fruit leathers
  • small packages of dried fruit such as raisins or cranberries or Funky Monkey snacks
  • juice or milk boxes
  • clementines, apples, or oranges
  • candy canes and Christmas candy
  • small bottles of apple cider
  • individually packaged crackers or cookies
  • popcorn (try popping corn on the cob)
  • movie theatre candies
  • pretzels
  • rice cakes
  • chips
  • jerky
  • gum
  • favorite teas and coffees
  • coupons for restaurants


  • band-aids
  • hair products
  • silly string (yes, it will be gone in seconds)
  • pony tail holders (at my house, these are totally consumable. They disappear constantly.)
  • hand soap
  • shower gel
  • scented hand sanitizer
  • gift cards
  • coupons for experiences with you

Try Funky Monkey Snacks.

This year my kids will be getting a variety of the above, including a bag of Funky Monkey snacks.

We were first introduced to these freeze-dried fruit snacks during the Brick or Treat at Legoland. The folks at Legoland did a fabulous job in working with sponsors who were organic or GMO-free. I loved that about the bag of loot the boys brought home.

Funky Monkey was among that loot. My boys loved it! I bet yours will, too.

There are seven different flavor combinations: Applemon, Bananamon, Carnaval Mix, JiveALime, MangOJ, Pink Pineapple, and Purple Funk.

You know I cook a lot of things from scratch and typically avoid processed foods when I can. But, I want convenience just like anybody else. I am always thrilled when I find a product that sources quality ingredients. I went digging around on their website and this is what I have found out about Funky Monkey:

  • Aside from organic cinnamon (in Applemon and Bananamon), there is nothing added to Funky Monkey Snacks, no added sugar, no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
  • Funky Monkey uses full slices and pieces of real fruits, not the small dices found in other freeze-dried fruit products.
  • Each ounce of Funky Monkey contains three servings of fruit.
  • Funky Monkey Snacks are free of the top 8 allergens, including gluten and peanut/tree nut.
  • Funky Monkey Snacks are independently verified by the Non-GMO Project.

Win some Funky Monkey Snacks.

This weekend, three Life as MOM readers will win a variety of Funky Monkey snacks.

To Enter:

Simply complete the information on this form. Please know that the information is only being gathered for the purposes of mailing you your prize in the event that you are chosen as the winner. This information will not be sold, traded, or given away.

This promotion is open until Tuesday, December 25, 2012, at 8 pm PST and is limited to US residents, 18 years or older. Friends and family of Jessica Fisher and Life as MOM are ineligible for entry. Please enter only once. The winner will be chosen randomly. The prize for this promotion is provided by and shipped by Funky Monkey and/or its representatives. This post will be updated with the beginning of the winner’s email address. Jessica Fisher and Life as MOM will not be held responsible for unclaimed or undelivered prizes.

Today’s Frugal Friday!

Time to swap ideas and inspiration for saving money and getting good values.

How do YOU save money?

Please remember to follow the Frugal Friday Guidelines or be deleted.

  1. Post a money saving idea and explain how it is helpful in your post.
  2. No giveaways or deals posts.
  3. Recipes are allowed, but you must explain how it saves people money.
  4. Please include a link back to Life as MOM.

To make things simple this week, fill out the form to enter the giveaway. Share your Frugal Friday link in the comments section.

Disclosure: I have received sample product from Funky Monkey. All opinions are my own.

About Jessica Fisher

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  1. Here is a yummy and easy use for those old, freezer-burned hotdog buns!

  2. I always put toothbrushes and chapstick in the stockings… and nail polish for myself

  3. I want to thank you!!!!! I think it was 2 years ago that I read about how you put breakfast in the stockings & it has been a LIFESAVER!!!!! Or at least Christmas morning saver! & I have also followed your lead & don’t put junk in the stockings.
    I’m putting granola bars, juice boxes and cuties in the kids stockings. I also put toothbrushes, the $1 knit gloves, hand sanitizer for the backpack & some packs of microwave popcorn for our movie nights and some candy.
    For the adults I add razors, shaving cream, mini hand lotions and lip balm.

  4. Christmas is when my kids get their sock and underwear drawers restocked 🙂 They need them anyway, and it’s always more fun if it’s in wrapping paper. They also get chapstick, notepads, pencils, and gum.

  5. here’s a way to use up magazine for the holiday(and possibly keep kids busy for awhile!)

  6. This week I’m sharing ideas for children’s ornaments that I found at a local garden:

  7. cookies! the word speaks the holidays. I have a master cookie dough recipe that I use. I divide the dough into portions and mix in different flavors. It makes cookies a snap, easy as 123. You can read about it at the link below.

  8. Today I am talking about how auctions can be frugal…

    Hope you stop by 🙂

  9. We love Funky Monkey snacks! Thanks for hosting the giveaway.
    This week I’m sharing a few frugal ideas on how to get the most out of the last few days before Christmas!

  10. I always put in breakfast foods and toothbrushes. This year I’m adding new bath towels as well. Thanks for the chance to win!

  11. We love to put food in our shoes (Sinter Klaas version of stockings). Some healthy things, some sweets, and always a chocolate letter.

    Here’a s great freebie for Christmas: an invitation to read the Bible, containing discussions of 12 Bible selections and more. It’s free to read online or download and could be a real help in sharing the Bible with those around you.

  12. I love edible plants growing in my kitchen–so when this beet sprouted I thought “I’ll give it a try!”

    I have bigger ideas for this beet–you can read about it here!

    Be Blessed.

  13. Carla S. says

    I make my own laundry soap and I love it. It cost around 1.50 for 20 loads.

  14. Diane B says

    I put Spinbrush toothbrushes and bubble bath in the stockings for the kids, as well as one chocolate Santa. I usually add a child specific gift, too. Last year it was wooden cars/trucks/ambulances, etc found at Target for a buck to go with the Thomas the Tank engine stuff. (We buy only a few engines, mostly buy generic wooden track for the boys. They love and play with it all year.) This year my teen daughter gets a cool necklace snagged for $1.13 delivered from Amazon, my teen son gets a deck of WWII airplane spotting cards, and my little boys get a couple Matchbox cars. The most expensive gifts are the Spinbrushes, and if I had been more frugal, I could have used a coupon this year. I like your idea for breakfast. I’ll have to try that next year!

  15. Great ideas! We love Funky Monkey’s! I mostly put consumables in the stockings anymore. I also have gotten my husband mostly consumable gifts for christmas: his favorite shaving cream, razor heads, snacks, his favorite cereal.

    I have recently cut back on snacking in general. This means the kids eat more of their meals. And I cook most meals from scratch and try to minimize food waste.

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