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8 Frugal DIY Christmas Baking Gifts In A Jar : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #3/4 Nov 13-26

CHANGE THE WAY YOU GIVE THIS HOLIDAY WITH HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS BAKING GIFTS THAT FIT YOUR BUDGET   This year Mrs. CBB and I decided that we were going eliminate baking our famous Christmas cookies and replace them with inexpensive yet posh Christmas baking gifts. Will making homemade Christmas Baking Gifts cost more money? Well, that depends on what you are putting in your gifts and how much you are willing to spend on ingredients. We set the dollar amount for the Christmas baking gifts to be around the $5-$7 mark (that’s our posh). By doing so it allows us to splurge a bit on some ingredients and save on others. This may seem a bit odd but as a family of 2 adults and 1 toddler where we’ve cut out sugar from our diet having loads of sweet treats around is too tempting. Who wants to lick the spoon? How tempting that would be for me!! Ah! Most years we would always have extras hanging about and my mother-in-law would always try to get them but since she’s diabetic we’ve also decided that maybe it’s not so good of an idea. To add more fuel to the sweet tooth fire […]

When are you too old for Christmas gifts? : The Saturday Weekend Review #95

MAKING A CHRISTMAS LIST   I know it’s only one day after Halloween and I’m already talking about Christmas gifts and the upcoming holiday season but it’s for good reason. I was sitting at my computer the other day when my wife said that her sister emailed her to say she was putting together the annual Christmas exchange for the family. Now we budget our Christmas expenses each month as a projected expense so when it comes time to go out and buy Christmas gifts we have the money saved. Brilliant, I know but not everyone can do this. Christmas is one of the most expensive holidays of the year for most families especially those with children. What happens though when grandchildren come along? Should you really be buying gifts and having a gift exchange to the tune of $100-$150 per person when you are an adult? So many questions but something my wife and I talked about the other day. Now, don’t get me wrong we are not by any means saying we don’t want to participate in buying Christmas gifts but we question whether it’s worth the high price tag.   Christmas gifts with meaning   Here’s my […]

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