DELICIOUS CHRISTMAS DRINKS FOR EVERYONE
Serving economical Christmas drinks during the holidays doesn’t mean they have to be non-alcoholic. You can offer an array of fancy frugal beverages to your guests by keeping it simple or jazzing them up with a shot of alcohol.
Of course non-alcohol will always be cheaper than buying booze but if you want to offer drinks with a splash of buzz I have our top Christmas drinks picks for you.
Recently I’ve had readers of this blog ask me if they should include Christmas drinks in their holiday budget planning and the answer is, yes. If it is money coming from your bank account you always include it in your budget.
One problem that could arise is that hosting a Christmas party might be a last-minute arrangement. This means when you set your Christmas budget for the year you may or may not have considered hosting expenses. This is one of those cases of not being able to budget for all projected expenses.
When creating your yearly budget if you plan to factor in projected expenses for the what-if’s it could save you in the long run. Worst case if you don’t use the money you have saved up by the end of the year you roll it into your savings or other bank account.
Whether you plan to host a holiday party or attend parties it’s always nice to be armed with a few bottles of something special for your host. You don’t have to bring alcohol as a hosting gift but for most it’s the easiest gift to grab on the way to the party.
Hosting guests over the holidays including New Years can get pricey if you plan to include alcoholic Christmas drinks to the menu plan. That doesn’t mean you have to shy away from offering alcohol or delicious holiday teas and other yummy drinks to your guests.
From traditional Christmas drinks that make you all warm and fuzzy to holiday beverages that will entice all of your guests this festive season, we’ve got you covered.
Christmas Parties with Friends
Now that we are parents and have made friends with other parents in our community we’ve been invited to a few Christmas cocktail parties. We weren’t sure what to expect as we aren’t party-goers like we used to be in our younger years but I don’t mind a few good Christmas drinks.
This year we will be hosting a holiday gathering which includes 10 people for dinner so we will have to stock up on drink essentials to serve our finest guests, our friends. There’s nothing worse than being invited to a dinner party and offered drinks without a selection of some sort.
Am I being too picky? Not at all. If you want to have a successful party make sure that you can afford all the essentials including Christmas drinks for your guests. You don’t have to go over the top and out the window with your holiday budget but offering a small variety for your guests is always welcome.
Just because you don’t drink alcohol doesn’t mean your guests won’t enjoy a drink or two. It’s your choice whether to serve it or not. Some of you may be worried about serving alcohol at your party but adults need to be held accountable for their actions. If you see someone is drinking too much offer them a couch, ride home or helping hand into a vehicle that will get your guests home safe.
I haven’t been to make dinner parties where the guests get sloppy drunk as many of our friends are just casual drinkers. There’s always that odd one though. Ha!
Since we wanted to offer an array of Christmas drinks for our guests I thought I’d turn to my most trusted gang of online friends, my CBB fans for suggestions.
Besides the basic Christmas drinks below why not glam up your holiday beverages? It’s easy to do and shows your guests that you were thinking about all the details of your party.
- Hot Chocolate
I was more than impressed to see that the Christmas drinks suggested did not all contain alcohol. This made me happy because it’s important when hosting a holiday party to consider your guests and the little one’s that might come along for the evening. Not everyone drinks alcohol.
If you are hosting a party and have no plans to offer alcohol you could offer your guests the options to bring their own alcohol to mix their favourite Christmas drinks.
Ultimate economical Christmas drinks for a simple budget
While planning our holiday gathering Mrs.CBB and I decided to purchase a few bottles of wine and wanted to offer a few alcoholic mixed Christmas drinks to our guests. Not all are alcoholic but certainly offer that holiday flare. Keep in mind that when adding alcohol to beverages it doesn’t have to be heavy.
The most economical Christmas drinks will have juices, spices, milk, cream water, tea or coffee mixers. All of these ingredients are relatively inexpensive to buy during the holidays. In fact the cream prices have come down to under $2.00 at Costco and for flyers sales at grocery stores.
Here are our Christmas drinks picks although now we have to chop it down to at least four drinks for the offering. You will notice there are 2 different types of shots on the list one of which will be an after dinner sweet treat to go along with our Christmas cookies. Snowballs , Coconut Balls and buttery shortbread cookies one batch of each and our guests can take the leftovers home since we don’t eat sugar. Win-win.
- Eggnog Mudslides
- Cranberry Pineapple Punch
- White Christmas Mojito
- Slow Cooker Peppermint Mocha Snugglers
- Christmas Jello Shots (non-alcoholic)
- Crock-pot Apple Cider
- Apple Pie on the Rocks
- Slow Cooker Gingerbread Latte (non-alcoholic)
- Homemade Salted Caramel Eggnog
- German Mulled Wine
- Boozy Christmas Cherry Bombs
- Vanilla Chai Tea White Russian
We also talked about offering a mimosa and found this blogger who has the How to make a Mimosa Bar down for anyone else interested in Christmas drinks this way. You could make this an alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage making station. Just remember if you’re hoping to keep your Christmas drinks on the frugal side to watch the types of fruit you serve.
I also found this great list of non-alcoholic drinks for the holidays that might inspire your beverage list.
During the off-season for strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries etc. you’ll see prices rise. You could also plan and flash freeze your berries in the summer so you have them for your winter Christmas drinks.
Stick to the in-season fruits and weekly fruit specials and you’ll be fine. We tend to find cranberries, apples, pomegranate, oranges, pineapple, bananas or grapes might be better options. There’s nothing wrong with stashing away a few bags of frozen fruit when it goes on sale. The President’s choice brand of frozen fruits at $2.99 a bag on sale is a steal.
- Pomegranate Mimosa
- LimeAid Mimosa
- Raspberry Lemonade Mimosa
- Cranberry Orange Mimosa
Ultimate Christmas drinks by Canadian Budget Binder readers
The CBB fans have spoken and here are their go-to Christmas drinks that they adore during the holiday season.
- Cathleen Roy– My favorite holiday drink is the Chocolate Cherry Baileys with milk.
- Colleen Knudsen– My favorite would be a really big bottle of Riunite Lambrusco…about $10 for a small bottle, eggnog followed closely by apple cider.
- Susan Drouillard– I like Baileys in my hot chocolate. It also works well in chocolate milkshakes. Hiram Walker used to make Swiss Chocolate Almond liqueur that was good in milkshakes but I don’t think they make it anymore.
- Mary Campbell– My favorite holiday drink is Stash’s White Christmas tea…white tea with a hint of peppermint and ginger.
- Pat Comeau Ciulka– I don’t really have a favorite holiday drink but hubby likes eggnog.
- Heather Salter- I usually like to have brandy and eggnog this time of the year but I was introduced to Sailor Jerry spiced rum and eggnog..that’s my favorite. The Sailor is a few bucks more than normal rum but it is so nice and due to the fact that it has a higher alcohol content. Two is definitely my limit even with sipping it slowly, so it goes a long way. I also like Peppermint Smirnoff in hot chocolate.
- Beth Anne– My favourite beverages at this time of year are Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Tea, Apple Cinnamon Tea by Stash , Stash Wintermint tea, and Tazo Tea Green with Ginger. I rarely drink alcohol but when I do, a warm Benedictine and Brandy is just about perfect for a cold winter night.
- Sharon E Pratt Voskamp– My favourite drink is eggnog and fireball whiskey. 2 oz fireball whiskey to about 14 oz eggnog. It’s awesome.
- Patricia Legault– Favourite holiday drink Shirley temple or just a punch (I don’t drink so anything kid friendly I like lol)
- Christine Weadick– I’m not a big drinker but I do love Gourmet Village Hot Chocolate. Love the French Vanilla and white chocolate!!
- Judy Finch Conte– My favourite drink is water, tap water. Rarely have a tipple but do like Frangelico or Disaronno especially in coffee.
- Della Ferguson– My favourite holiday drink doesn’t exist but my family like to have a punch of bottles of Sprite (or some kind of ginger ale) and frozen juice mixed together.
- Barry Robinson– I love eggnog straight or mixed with Bourbon, Scotch or even Rum.
Discussion Question: What are some of your favourite economical Christmas drinks to serve? Which would you pick from our list of Christmas drinks to serve at your next holiday party?
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December Grocery Game Challenge
Join in the 2017 Grocery Game Challenge (GGC) fun and post your grocery shop in the comment section of each GGC blog post. Here are The Grocery Game Challenge rules to get you started and where you’ll also find a link for the 2017 GGC schedule. Please feel free to download, save and even print the schedule.
Post your shop and you can be next.
Note: I missed last weeks GGC post as I was away so post both last weeks shop and this weeks shop in the comment section of this post please. Thanks.
Congratulations to Mary for winning the $50 Gift Card in the Grocery Game for 2017!! To end the year off right I’m going to extend this $50 gift card to Dee as well. You have both been inspiring to grocery shop this year and throughout the years from start to finish. Many people have joined the grocery game challenge but only few finish. Keep on saving ladies!!
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Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide 2017
The Ultimate Grocery Shopping guide is ongoing with new informative money-saving posts added every month.
Even if you don’t live in Canada there are some amazing budget saving tips that will help put you on the path to more savings at the supermarket.
Share this guide with your friends and tell them about Canadian Budget Binder especially if they are struggling with their grocery budget.
The time is NOW to get started saving money on groceries so please enjoy the many money-saving posts in the The Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide.
2017 Grocery Shop Results
Yearly grocery budget for two + 1 Toddler 2017: $3180 or $265/month (The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $300/year or $25/month.Points Overview (add any other sections you need to show us your savings)
- Total Grocery Budget for this Month: $265
- Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $265
- Total Gift Cards used to date: $0
- Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
- Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
- PC Points Plus Earned to date: 750,000
- Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0
- Shoppers Optimum: 995,000 points
Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)
- Zweet to cash out : $18.25… no idea where the money went but it seems we have $0.
- Checkout51 to cash out : $24.50 we cashed out so we’re back at O.
Our Grocery Shop This Week
- Double Pack Extra Large eggs $4.99
- Milk 2% $4.27
- 2 x 10% Cream $1.85 each
- Bananas $1.49
- Mozzarella $20.99
- Avocados $7.99
- Double Brie $8.99
- Asiago Cheese $19.99
- Pillers Sausage Whips $10.99
- Organic salad greens $3.79
- Organic Spinach $3.79
Total Out-of-Pocket $90.98
- Romano Cheese Lupa Fresh $5.99-50% $3
- Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar $9.49
- Gala Apples $3.58
- Krisda sugar-free chocolate chips $8.99
- Laughing Cow triple pack $12.99-50% $6.50
- 2 x Fresh ground lamb $6.98-50% $2.49 each
- 2 x Truvia Sugar Blend $10-50% each $5.00 each
Total Out-of-Pocket $49.03
Note: All totals below already have tax factored into them.
- Total to spend this month : $265- $2.25=$262.75
- Stockpile budget 2016 : $25.00/month
- Stockpile budget used this month: $0
- Total coupons used this week: $0
- Total coupons used to date: $1
- Total in-store discounts this week: $19.50
- Total in-store discounts to date: $775.65
- Total spent this week: $140.00
- Total spent so far this month: $252.89
- Total over/Under spend this shop: over
- Total over/Under spend for the month: n/a
- Total left to spend for the month: $9.86
- Total Spent To Date 2017: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $231.06+Feb $255.16+March ($5 budget increase) $263.60 + April $273.83+ May $257.15 + June $65.43+July $226.84+August $283.51+September $208.69+ October $226.58+ November $267.24 + December $
Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)
I don’t think we did too bad this week considering we will be going home shortly for the holidays so our last shop will be a no-shop week after next week. We might just make it plus we have our stockpile budget left for this month. Soon we will know all the numbers for the year!! I can’t believe it’s almost over.
Coupons and Coupon Apps
Here are some great places you can find Canadian Coupons! These are your latest Checkout 51 offers which you can use to help save money. We’re finding less and less coupons in the stores these days. What are your thoughts? Are coupon apps taking over the paper coupons?
If you notice I’m missing a valuable link please message me and I’ll get it added to the savings list below.
Sign up for the Nielsen Canada Home Scan Program and you can earn rewards points fast to redeem for awesome products or gift cards. I did this in the UK and loved it!!
Plus check out these other hidden areas online to get more coupons!!
If any of the links below don’t open properly please report them to my email address or use comment form.
- Healthy Essentials Printable Coupons (Johnson and Johnson)
- Danone Coupons Get up to $25 in coupons
- Clorox Coupons Sign up to print coupons in the Clorox family which include Greenworks, Glad etc.
- Kraft Canada Sign up and receive recipes and coupons by email
- MySavings.com Printable Smart Source Coupons
- Walmart Canada Printable Coupons
- Proctor and Gamble PandG Sign up for printable coupons
- Hidden Coupon Portals You Should know about – I found this over at Save a Loonie and you’ll want to sign up for notifications and check out the site so you get notified every time a hidden coupon is available from Save.ca, Brandsaver, Smart Source etc.
Grocery Game Challenge 2017 FAQ’s
- Grocery Game Challenge RULES: Read the rules first and if you have any questions email me or comment on this post with your question and someone will answer you as soon as possible. The rules have been updated to reflect changes for the 2017 challenge year.
- Do I have to be Canadian to post my Grocery Shop?: No, you don’t have to be Canadian to post your shops. We have fans who post their grocery shop who live all over the world.
- What is the monthly prize and who can claim it?- The monthly prize is a $10-$20-$50 PC Loblaws Gift Card and for our out of country friends it’s $CDN via PayPal. Please see GGC rules.
- When does the Grocery Game close each month?: The Grocery Game Challenge closes at midnight of the last Sunday of the last post for the month but you will still get a ballot when you post your shops even if they are late but I encourage you to stay on schedule. If you choose to post monthly or bi-weekly you will only get 1 ballot for that shop. It’s a proven fact the minute we stop doing something scheduled that we end up forgetting to do it altogether. Don’t let that be you! You can post your shops all month-long.
- Does your Grocery Budget include health and beauty and laundry products?: No, our Grocery Budget includes such items as shampoo, conditioner, laundry soap, fabric softener, dish soap etc. As of 2014-2015 we no longer include such items in our grocery budget so we can see actual food numbers at the end of the year in order to plan accordingly our budget.
- Do you stockpile food? We don’t mind stockpiling items that won’t be affected by expiry dates or have long expiry dates but not so much food any longer as we found we weren’t eating it fast enough. Stockpiling is still great and just one way to help cut your budget to save money if you do find items that you can buy in bulk at a sale price.
- Canadian Coupons:Where can I find Canadian Coupons?: Here are your latest Checkout 51 offers that you can use to help you save money in the Grocery Game Challenge. There are many great Canadian Couponing websites online that share weekly coupon match-ups so you can plan your grocery list.
- Best Coupon Apps: Coupons are slowly fading with mobile coupon apps being the big rave these days. Just recently the popular coupon site Save.ca that mailed coupons to households has gotten involved with the addition of a new mobile Save.ca app joining forces with the many other coupon apps available. If you find an app that I don’t talk about please let me know as they are always being added and I’d like to review them.
- What is the Best Flyer App- We use Flipp on our Iphone so if you wan to have all your flyers in one spot download Flipp from the Apple Store or get it on Google Play.
- What is an FPC?: An FPC is a free product coupon which means you can get a free product as described on the coupon.
- What is GGC?– The Grocery Game Challenge of course!
- How Do I Know what stores accept coupons?: If you are not sure it’s always best to call the store and ask.
- How Do I Grocery Shop?: I can tell you about grocery shopping and what we do in terms of shopping to save money and how it works for us. There are no wrong or right answers, just smart choices.
Nobody is perfect, heck we struggle with this part of our budget like many people do. This is why The Grocery Game Challenge is one of the most popular hang out spots for people who want to save money on groceries.
If you’ve just joined The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 get ready to look at your grocery budget by learning;
- Where you are spending money
- How much money you are spending
- How much money you are saving every month
If you want to learn everything I know about grocery shopping in Canada check out my Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide! It’s FREE!
If you know a topic that should be discussed send me an email. If I use your topic I will put your name in a draw for a prize at the end of the year.
You’ve made a wise decision to take control of your grocery budget now show me your shops and let’s get saving!
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