December 29, 2007


Clean Out Your Tins

Filed under: Uncategorized — sandilarson @ 8:54 am

Clean out those tins you saved from the popcorn and cookie purchases.  Use the largest one for stocking stuffer items you’ll pick up during the year.  Find an accessible place somewhere that the kids or spouses won’t be likely to look.  In my house no one but me ever looks in the broom closet behind the vacuum cleaner.  Throughout the year, as you find appropriate items on sale, purchase them and place them in the tin.

December 6, 2007


Christmas Cards and a Cookie Exchange

Filed under: Cooking Tip,Organize,Save Money,Uncategorized — sandilarson @ 9:41 am

As you begin receiving Christmas cards, save the envelopes or record their name and correct address in your Christmas card record book.  If you don’t have a book, just save the envelopes, and you can update your records in January.  You can order a book here:

Plan on saving all your Christmas cards that you receive from friends and family.  If money is really tight next Christmas, you can make post cards, re-purposed Christmas cards, ornaments, decorations, and lot’s of other decorative embellishments from used cards.  If you get to next Christmas and don’t have time or need to use the cards, you can dispose of them, or continue saving them along with the new ones for future use.

Call all your friends and neighbors, and plan a Christmas cookie exchange for next week.  If you’ve never hosted one before, here’s how it works.  Each invitee (and you) bakes his or her favorite Christmas Cookie.  They will make one dozen cookies for every other guest, plus one dozen for tasting.  (If you invite more than 12 people, the tasting cookies need to equal the number of people invited.  When everyone arrives with their cookies, you spread out all the tasting cookies, provide milk, coffee, and tea.  Explain the rules.  Each person can taste one only of each different kind of cookie.  When everyone leaves they will take home one dozen of each kind of cookie.  Your best group size is 12 people including yourself.  Each person bakes 13 dozen cookies.  At the end of your “party” each guest goes home with 12 dozen different cookies, and an amazing sugar high!  You clean up the mess, and now have 12 dozen Christmas cookies.  You can freeze most of them, and take them out as needed throughout the holiday season.  NO MORE BAKING!

Time to pamper yourself a little.  Think about your Holiday wardrobe.  Does anything need to be altered, cleaned, hemmed, pressed, or altered?  What new accessories do you need to dress up or change the old basics?  No one will remember what you wore last year, and you can save a lot by purchasing a few accessories instead of new outfits. 

Mail all your out of town packages and your Christmas Cards.  (Overseas Packages should be mailed in late October or early November.)

Plan your menus for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  If you are planning on having a fresh Turkey, Goose, or Specialty Ham, place your order now.

November 5, 2007


Plan Ahead

Filed under: Uncategorized — sandilarson @ 8:24 am

Mark all special Holiday dates and events on your calendar .  If you are planning to do any Holiday entertaining, choose your dates now an send invitations at least 3 weeks in advance.  Schedules fill up quickly this time of year!

October 23, 2007


Make Holiday Travel Arrangements

Filed under: Uncategorized — sandilarson @ 1:22 pm

If you normally travel by air for the Thanksgiving or Christmas Holiday, book your travel now.  You’ll probably get better pricing.  Use one of the on-line travel sites if possible to compare prices.  Sometimes, just changing your arrival or departure times or date can save you a bundle.  If you are paying air fare for several family members, you can usually take an extra day off work to leave before the rush, and the amount you’ll save on airfare will often be more than 1 day of lost wages.   

September 30, 2007


Review Your Calendar

Filed under: Uncategorized — sandilarson @ 8:28 am

Review your calendar for October, and budget how much you will be spending for each gifting occasion.  If you normally purchase a Christmas present for those same people, plan on purchasing the Christmas gift at the same time.  Remember to record the purchase in your book.

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