Frugal Friday: Holiday Party Attire

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‘Tis the Season for Holiday parties and if you’re anything like me, that leaves you feeling a little stressed about what you’re going to wear to all of those parties.  I may or may not have had a few instances myself where I’ve stood in my walk-in closet that is filled to the brim with clothes & shoes and have melodramatically let out “I have nothing to wearrrrrrrr” as I’ve enthusiastically thrown myself to the floor and whined that I now needed to go shopping to find something to wear.

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Frugal Friday: Homemade Holiday Gifts

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As we march further into the Holiday season and come off of last Friday’s shopping highs, I look around me and wonder how many people just might be marching further into debt too. If there’s anything that I dislike about the Holidays (aside from the stress), it’s the pressure and potential of going into debt. If you haven’t read this week’s earlier post on how to pull together a Holiday gift giving strategy, go ahead and read up on that now but there’s definitely something to be said about a homemade holiday.

Along with making sure that I have a solid gift giving strategy in place, I also tend to make several of the gifts that I give each year.  This not only presents an opportunity for customizing the gift to the recipient’s tastes, but it also tends to save me money.  Sometimes, lots of money.

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Frugal Friday: Black Friday Shopping. . .without going broke. . . .or losing your soul.

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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?

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