We’re getting into the Holiday spirit here at the Farmhouse and that means one of my favorite things — Decorating! Since Christmas is my favorite time of year, getting my house decorated is pretty much my first step in getting those holiday spirit juices flowing. However, like everything in the farmhouse, we have to do it on a budget. As much as I’d love to run right out and buy the whole Pottery Barn or Crate & Barrel holiday catalogs and call it a day, that’s just not feasible in my household. Read below to uncover some of my decorating tips to get the farmhouse ready for the Holidays without busting the budget.
If you are like me, you’re dreading Holiday Gift planning. Sure, the idea of thinking up thoughtful and fun gifts to give those special people on your shopping list might be fun, but the reality of fighting the crowds searching for that *right* gift and spending all sorts of money that we may or may not have. . .that can sometimes be a very different story. Plus, the list of folks to shop for just seems like it grows and grows. Then, there’s the process of shipping gifts to and fro if you’re recipients live out of town. Hate to break it to you, but that’s more fighting the crowds, more spending money and more items being added to the ever-growing Holiday To-Do list.
This Frugal Friday (a day early) is a special one as it’s also Black Friday. Well, it’s almost Black Friday. If you ask the big box retailers, Black Friday has now become Black Wednesday, Thursday & Friday as it seems that the sales start earlier and earlier each year. Being a frugal minded mama, I have always been a pretty big fan of Black Friday since I love a good deal. I remember when the deals actually used to start on Fridays and it has gradually gotten earlier and earlier each year and now the Black Friday deals start on Thursday. Weird. I’m less enthusiastic about the fact that the good deals seem like they’re creeping into my Turkey Thursday a little too much for my liking. I will save the soapbox speech for another day but I neither love the idea of rushing family through our Thanksgiving meal just so I can rush off to stand in line for a $5 flatscreen tv nor the fact that all of those retail workers end up spending their Thanksgiving Holiday trying to avoid getting ripped to shreds by shoppers who seem like they’ve contracted rabies. Disclaimer: I’ve never actually gotten a flatscreen tv for $5. . . .Black Friday or not but you get my point, right?