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An Easy and Inexpensive Heirloom Christmas Craft

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This is the easiest Christmas craft on the internet. You can make it for under $10 and give your little kids a tree that they can decorate without breaking ornaments, electrocuting themselves, or tipping over a 7-foot-tall fire hazard. All you need are felt, scissors, and a few Command strips for hanging your new creation on the wall. Looking for something to keep your kids occupied while you do your holiday baking? Something other than asking you “Is Christmas tomorrow?” for the umpteenth Read more […]

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Frugal Gift Idea: A New Smartphone {Trust me: It’s Frugal!}

Is there someone in your household who is really difficult to shop for? Maybe he or she has “everything” or wants nothing? If this person is involved in the family finances, I’m sure he or she would want to save a bunch of cash each month. And if the person likes to use their phone not just for talking and texting, but surfing the web and taking photos, he or she would probably like a new and fast smartphone. Enter Republic Wireless, with their no-contract mobile phone plans starting at $5 Read more […]

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Frugal Holiday Gift: DIY Coffee Syrups

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‘Tis the season for giving. Finding a thoughtful and inexpensive gift can be a challenge for those of use digging out of debt. To that end, I’m featuring easy, frugal gifts throughout the holiday season.  Today’s frugal gift comes from Kate Horrell, a financial coach and blogger with a vivacious personality and who, I imagine, has a list of friends and family a mile long. She is sharing one way to make the holiday budget stretch long enough for everyone on her list — coffee syrups. They make Read more […]

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December Net Worth Update: Surviving!

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These days, I go to bed face-first. My head literally hits the pillow before the rest of me. I used to have a cat that did that, we called it the “flop,” and now I know that our cat must have been exhausted. Because that’s why I’ve been flopping into bed with a faceplant. It should come as no surprise, then, that the big news for November is that Baby Stapler has arrived! We are in love and completely exhausted. Baby’s debut did not take away from my Black Friday shopping. Mr. Stapler braved Read more […]

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Staples November 30: Discounted Gift Cards and Free Software

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Staplers, if you’re not too hung over from turkey and shopping earlier this week, you may want to stop by Staples to pick up free anti-virus software and discounted gift cards. One of the gift cards is for Lowe’s — a favorite store of mine for gift card deals around the holidays because they sell Christmas trees for a very reasonable price. If we hadn’t already gotten our tree this year, I’d be at Staples first thing in the morning to pick up a gift card at 20% off. Another sweet deal is the Read more […]

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Fun, Frugal, Family Activities During the Holidays and How to Find Them

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Every Christmas, my mom would pick out a holiday performance for the family. Over the years, we have enjoyed some real gems and endured some truly boring events. But I can’t blame my mom for getting us together and trying to cram some culture down our throats. I want to do the same thing for my family, but I’ll admit that the price of just one Nutcracker ticket makes me cringe. It’s a challenge to find inexpensive holiday activities for the entire family. Although $25 per ticket sounds frugal, Read more […]

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My 2014 Black Friday Shopping List

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Where will you be after the turkey has cooled off and the football game is on the TV while the chef is closing her eyes after a hard days’ work? Watching the game? Snoozing? Or … shopping? Fortunately, my favorite deals start long before Thanksgiving. On Sunday, at CVS and Walgreens, where I plan to stock up on toothbrushes and candy for stockings, and pocket a few bucks by leveraging some coupons. In order to make a few bucks, you have to pair the freebies with coupons. There are a lot Read more […]

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Staples November 23: 20% off Everything in the Bag is Back!

Staplers, I’m simultaneously posting both the deals starting on Sunday and those on Black Friday. That way, you can compare whether it’s a better deal to buy the item you’re eyeing before or on Black Friday. This is especially important if you’re looking for a computer, because there is a $100 off coupon starting on Sunday, but on Black Friday that coupon disappears and is replaced by a free (after Rebate) Kindle worth $79 at the most. There are two reasons to wait until Black Friday for your computer Read more […]

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STAPLES Black Friday: Free Holiday Cards, Paper, and Software

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Staples stores open at midnight on Friday. Are you going to be there? I’ll admit: Staples is not going to be my first stop on Black Friday, and I’m not going to sacrifice precious sleep hours to get anywhere at midnight, but you bet I will stop by for a few deals. First and foremost, with any Black Friday purchase, Staples is giving away 25 personalized 5×7 holiday cards. The first 350 customers to make a purchase on Black Friday will get a coupon for 25 free holiday cards, sized 5×7, flat, Read more […]

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What Should You Buy on Black Friday?

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Do you shop on Black Friday? Cyber Monday? Thanksgiving?!  I do; and I am not alone. 66 million Americans shopped online on Black Friday in 2013. But I don’t usually stick to just Black Friday. I’m out the Sunday before (CVS and Walgreens), on Thanksgiving itself (Michael’s, CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid), and on Black Friday (Rite Aid, Staples, and Lowe’s). I will admit that Reese’s Pieces were not on my original list, and neither were Glade plug-ins. But stocking stuffers were Read more […]