Grandma baby shower another gift for your budget: The Saturday weekend review #74

SAVE THE DATE …   For those of you who can’t enough of gift giving the new trend of having a grandma baby shower is coming out in full-force so start your party engines. The arrival of a new baby isn’t just about the mother now it’s about the grandma as well. Another baby shower invitation is in the mail but this time it’s not what you think. As if our budgets weren’t spread thin enough another celebration can be added to the list, grandma baby shower. Yes, you read that right and no it’s not for grandmas having babies it’s for grandparents whose children are having babies. Stop rubbing your eyes and feeling confused, it’s for real. Yes, this means you might have to dish out twice, once for a baby shower and then a grandma baby shower. That is provided you are invited to both. I just love when I read about new trends that I can’t wait to share my thoughts on like this one. It does seem a bit overboard to me but for many it’s the new way of celebrating the arrival of a baby in the family. I read that Pinterest was the place […]

Mr.CBB’s Cheesy Mashed Potato and Spiced Squash Baked Torpedoes

If you love mashed potatoes, squash or Swede or all 3 you will love this simple cheesy baked recipe. I’ve made this recipe with both the winter squash and the swede. This quick recipe is a frugal finger food that’s perfect for any type of parties such as the boys watching the NFL or any sports game, baby showers, wedding showers,  or the upcoming Holiday Season. If you have extra mashed potato after a meal hang on to it and make these torpedoes for your next party. You don’t need to spend alot of money on appetizers when you can make them in your own kitchen cheaper than pre-made products. For this recipe I prefer to make the mash ahead of time so it has ample time to cool which you need. You can’t make this with hot mash. I know it looks like a lot of work but really it’s not that bad at all it’s fairly straight-forward and simple. What I love about this recipe is that you can change-up the flavours as you like simply by adding spices to your mash mixture. You can easily add some cinnamon or nutmeg to jazz up the taste like I did […]

Frugal Party Planning – Let’s Party!

By Sally Pyle (aka Frugal Sally) Frugal Party planning is easier than you think. I recently hosted a baby shower and I had to put my thinking cap on to make it a frugal baby shower and impress the guests. Some of the ideas I came up with can be used for just about any party or gathering such as a frugal back yard bbq, wedding, birthday, retirement or graduation party etc. Staying under budget all starts with the planning.  Below are some ways you can host a frugal party and not break the bank. Theme Having a colour and theme in mind will keep you focused and help you to brainstorm ideas. The theme for the baby shower was rubber duckies. You could even have a color theme, such as yellow and blue or pink and purple. The last wedding I helped with had a green and lavender theme and it was stunning. By having a theme it keeps your eye tuned to watching for ideas that have that theme. Making a list of items you need are also important so you are only purchasing the items you will use and not overspending on items you won’t use. Time If possible […]

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