Budget-Friendly Christmas Decoration Ideas For The Home

Budget friendly Christmas decorations can easily be accomplished with a little imagination when creating a holiday theme in your living space. One of the best parts of Christmas has to be walking into a festive and warmly decorated home. Along with a little music and the right lighting, the atmosphere is set to make this holiday season a memorable one. The personalization behind homemade holiday displays provides a nice touch and eliminates the need to buy costly decorations. Be sure to borrow the following budget-friendly Christmas decorating ideas for your home. Start At The Entrance Since Christmas begins at the front door, here is a lovely entrance decoration that is easy to put together for next to nothing. Collect some fragrant greenery such as holly, spruce, or eucalyptus and bundle it together with floral wire. Then tie a few ornaments onto a wooden floral pick, and push the pick tightly into the greenery boughs. Finish the arrangement with a satin ribbon, and hang it on the front door for a simple and elegant Christmas look. Wine Bottle Candle Holders Candle holders can be a great way to add a warm handmade glow to any household. Begin by removing all the labels […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge November 12-18,2012 Ho,Ho,Ho,Holiday Treats!

Did someone say Holiday Treats? Last week in The Grocery Game Challenge we talked about planning to bake for the holidays and what you needed to do. Now that the weather has changed some of our neighbours have flipped the switch on their Christmas lights and put out their holiday decorations. We woke up to see our skylight this morning covered in snow and like kids we both rushed to the front window to see what the night had brought for us. Sadly, it was a small dusting but clearly the snow is on its way. For some it is still very early and for others like us we like to get a jump-start into the festive season so we can be enjoying it with friends and family as the weeks slide on in and party invites start to come in. The festive spirit has already ignited as we spread some holiday cheer. So we decided to make a few easy Christmas recipes in the upcoming weeks starting in December and I will post them every Sunday as a Holiday Treat Special. Every Sunday I post a recipe from Mr.CBB’s kitchen on the blog. It’ s the only time a week […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge Nov 5-11, 2012- Holiday Baking Planning

Holiday Baking can see the Grocery Budget sky-rocket as prices for baking ingredients typically rise up for the Holiday Season. This potentially just adds more pressure to the grocery budget and why planning is important. Last weeks Grocery Game Challenge I brought up the topic of  Holiday Baking and how it could be a budget buster. We don’t bake as much as we used to as we found we had more hanging around than we were giving away each year. I don’t remember making any traditional British holiday recipes myself when I lived in the UK  I do remember each year my mum would make a lovely British Christmas Cake, comparable to a fruit cake. Mrs. CBB fell in love with this cake (probably because of all the nuts and alcohol in the cake). Now we have narrowed it down to a few Christmas Balls that we enjoy making and packaging for friends and bringing to gatherings. What we like to do is shop ahead of the festivities so we are ahead of the game especially when work parties start in November for some folks. This year we took advantage of Bakers Chocolate Squares found at the Dollar store for only $2.00 which normally […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge October 1-7, 2012-Giving Thanks!

It’s October already can you believe it with Thanksgiving knocking on our door and the scary monsters are anticipating the fun of trick or treating. It’s that time when we give thanks for all the blessings in our life and appreciate this beautiful world we have been given to live in. Take the time to thank those that have helped you in any way even if it is opening a door or making you smile. The power of the spoken word can make someone’s day a little brighter, especially those that don’t hear it often enough. The Grocery Game Challenge has been going on almost all year now and we are a few short months away from seeing how we made out for the year. Although I suggest checking in every few months to make sure you are on track for the most part if you stick to your budget you should hit the mark. We are aiming to ramp up our goals for next year and make some new changes with our grocery budget. We hope the changes will allow us to better get a grip on our expenses. I’ve also updated the grocery game template that will help us […]

Mr.CBB’s Weekly Blog Post Picks July 27,2012

It’s Friday, time for Weekly Blog Post picks and that also means another week has come and gone for us. As the month draws to a close reflecting on the past days has made me realize how busy we get this time of year. July has been filled with lots of working days, mainly in and around the house and the garden for me. I know this time of year most people tend to be outdoors and super busy with summer family outings. This week I want to send a special Thank-You to all the blogs that take a minute out of their day to read my blog posts and link up to them. I take notice and am honoured that you showcase something I or a guest has poured their heart and energy into writing for every one of the fans. Taking a step out of the norm can be difficult especially when numbers mean more than the reason the online journey began, but not so much for me.  I think reason first, no sense trying to push the envelope over the cliff. The other day I had contacted a blog owner and asked them if they would be […]

Solving Spending Pressures of the Holiday Season

You’re probably at the beach or spending time in the pool and snow and ice are the furthest thing from your mind. It’s only July but thinking about the Holiday Season early can save you money and help take the stress down a notch with a an early planning strategy. The Holiday Season was special for my family in the UK and there was a feeling of  joy in the air every day in December. We celebrated Christmas in the UK but just not on the level as Mrs. CBB’s family does here in Canada. Looking back I think if we had the snow it might have had a bigger impact on us. You know how we are all dreaming of a white Christmas… well that is part of the experience but not all of us get it. My father used to always say,”I was lucky if I got an orange son,you don’t know you’re born“. In other words you don’t know how lucky you have it now compared to life before you were born. My Mum and Dad would always help us kids decorate a tree and we would all have gifts to open on Christmas morning followed by […]