Cheap Unique Gift Idea

Need a cheap and unique gift idea? With a few items you will be able to create an unforgettable gift for pennies!

Take any announcement (wedding, baby shower, graduation etc.)  you have received and turn it into a one of a kind Christmas ordainment.

Here are the easy steps to create it:

1) Purchase clear Christmas ordainment bulbs from crafting store like Hobby Lobby. They come in a pack of 12 for a couple bucks (and if you use one of their common 40% coupon its even better of a deal!)

2) Cut invitation in strips displaying the important information and graphics. Be sure to make a few different widths of strips. You can add colored paper that matches invitation if needed.

3) Twist paper around a pencil to make them look like a spring.

4) Place paper twists into bulb. Use tweezers to arrange paper where important details from the announcement can be seen.

5) Add top of bulb and ribbon!

With 5 easy steps you have a cheap unique gift idea that the receiver will enjoy every December!

Will the gift receiver like this unique gift!? Leave a comment below letting us know what you think!

Make your own beef Jerky

Beef Jerky

 

Beef jerky is a great snack to choose when making better food choices. It has a lot of protein and little fat. The bad thing about it is that jerky has a ton of salt in it. So what do we do about that? Make our own! The below video shows you how to do it in the oven. You can also make it with a dehydrator.

Enjoy!

Save Money on Stamps

 

Ok, let’s face it there is not really a way to save money on stamps themselves seeing how you can’t get them on sale. But I do have two other thoughts on how to save on stamps!

1) Send postcards

That brings postage from 45 cents for a regular card down to 32 cents. I send an average of 8-10 cards out each month plus about 30 Christmas cards. That in itself saves me $19.50 not to mention the savings in buying postcards instead of cards.

2) Stamps by mail

USPS is now offering “stamps by mail”. This means you send in an order form with a check or money order and they deliver your stamps. This is done all by mail, but no postage is required!  When you get your stamps it has another order form for next time. This service is offered without any extra charge! I know this saves me a ton of time not having to wait at line in the post office. But also you are saving gas money with one less stop to make on errand day!

Have you used “stamps by mail”? Tell us how you liked it below.

3 Easy Meal Planning Tips to Save Money

Meal planning to save money is an easy and effective. Take time each week to meal plan and create your grocery list and you will start to see the savings!

Here are a few tips for you to keep in mind:

Plan for as many meals as you will need for the week until you go back to the store. This will save you time and gas from eliminating several trips to the store each week.

Write the meals down so throughout the week you remember the meal plan. This will help you stick to the plan. Otherwise you may forget what meals you planned for and use items needed for other meals.

As you write your grocery list group like items together. This allows efficient shopping, but also keeps you out of aisles you don’t need to be in which prevents you from randomly adding stuff to your cart.

Share your meal planning tips that help you money below!

3 Recyclable Items to Organize your Office

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If you organize your office with recyclable items that means it’s free! Win win situation! Free and organized!

1) Cookie/cracker sleeves: Organize small things in desk drawers.

2) Yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese containers: Good for tall supplies such as pens, pencils or paint brushes. Put decorative paper around them if the labels doesn’t come off. Or think glass jars!

3) Cute tissue boxes: Easy way to store and stack things.