Here's the deals and savings I found the last two weeks:
Last week I cashed in Swag Bucks to purchase a $50 Walmart card that was on sale at Swagbucks.com. I'm hoping to save enough gift cards to purchase a new printer to replace our old HP.
I made a Christmas JOY sign and also put this free printable into a dollar store frame.
I printed free Christmas tags for the boys to color and attach to gifts with yarn. The boys were happy to be involved in Christmas preparations and I love how it adds a personal touch to the gifts.
I used some yarn that I had in my yarn stash and made a winter hat and fingerless mittens set for a new baby girl in our extended family. I'm really excited that I can finally try some of the sweet baby girl crochet patterns that I've found on Pinterest!
When our older son saw the snake I made for one of the Operation Christmas Child boxes that I did this year, he asked if he could have one "with real snake colors". I am using Red Heart camouflage yarn and this pattern to make snakes to put in both of the boys' Christmas stockings.
This year I am making 5 gift baskets for family with homemade goodies including this cinnamon honey butter recipe that I discovered on Pinterest a few years ago.
I bought a ham for $.89/lb.
We went to a free showing of The Polar Express at the local movie theater.
Our on-going savings:
**Wash laundry in cold water.
**Save kitchen scraps and eggshells for the compost.
**Use online bill pay to pay our bills.
**Earn Swag Bucks for Amazon gift cards that I use to buy gifts.
**Earn Recyclebank points for gift cards, coupons and free magazine subscriptions.
**Husband takes lunch to work everyday.
**Turn lights off when not being used.
**Use scrap paper for notes and lists.
**Drive to town once a week for shopping and errands.
**Buy less cereal and eat oatmeal and other homemade breakfasts several times a week.
**Reuse plastic and paper shopping bags for small trash and recycling.
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