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I'm at the tail end of maternity leave and so no spare pennies for table decorations. This is what I managed with some left overs. #tabledecorations #christmasonabudget

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Back at it, now that Christmas is over I’m using Very Dice to save money on diapers and wipes again. I think Louis and I spent less than $200 and our kids had a great Christmas because most of their presents were free on this app. Before I started using it for Christmas, I used it to get a free car seat, several big boxes of diapers and wipes, a grape sliver, and Death Wish coffee, which is amazing by the way. It’s pretty easy, you just roll the dice and win tickets to save up and redeem for anything you want. There’s almost anything you can think of in the prize section. I don’t even know what the total is that I’ve saved at this point, probably at or over $500 and I haven’t even used it for a full year yet. You get a free bonus of rolls every day, and you can earn them by watching ads, doing free trials, trying other apps, or taking surveys. Ask me if you have any more questions and if you decide to try the app, please use my friend code 206840 #parentingwin #moneysavingmode #free #freestuff #freefriday #verydice #momwin #savemoney #parentingonabudget #Christmasonabudget #moneysaver #freemoney #moneymaker #lifehack #momhack #parentinghack

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Free Santa photo because were savage ( and the gate was open) . But when security come!! 😵😲😐

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This year my husband gave me a toilet seat for my Christmas / wedding anniversary present. How do I feel about this? I love it! All the reasons are in my blog post, but basically it shows me he has finally figured out what I consider a "perfect gift".
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#stretchingcentswithcarrie #christmasonabudget #gifts #ilovemyhusband #frugalliving

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#christmasonabudget got all this for $20! Can't spend too much or too early on #christmas

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Well, as we soon enter the new year, it’s time to clean up!
But before everything is removed and back to normal, here is my version of christmas decoration. I might not be the biggest christmas fan but I like the fact that you can arrange your home to your personal tastes and like most of the time, I end up with greenery! 🌿🕯️🌲

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There are massive clearance sales in all your favourite supermarkets at the moment. 50p for wrapping paper, and £2-3 for a box of crackers. If you can, buy your Crackers now for next Christmas! #christmas #christmasonabudget #christmascrackers #sales

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Loving my new enamel pin by @punkypins from my gorgeous sister 😊 We generally set a wee budget for presents between us and our partners, and as a result end up with small, really thoughtful gifts which mean a lot without costing the earth or just buying presents and accumulating stuff for the sake of it. Now rocking this little beauty on my coat where it will make me smile every day!

#rosieriveter #feministcat #punkypins #christmasgifts #sisters #budget #feministcatsofinstagram #meaningfulgifts #christmasonabudget #minimalist

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Just a few of my favorite Christmas morning moments #swipeleft ❤️Peyton is an easy going kid and only really asked for two things which was a Cozmo robot and Tetris puzzle. So it’s up to me to listen when he sees things on tv that he likes or when he’s at a friends house or in a store. If you start early enough you don’t have to break the bank. The razor drift cart was actually given to me by a lady whose kids were grown. It looked and drove like it was brand new! I stuck a big red bow on it and he was thrilled. I looked around on Facebook and put out a post that I was looking to adopt a hamster. I drove all the way to Elizabeth to pick him up, but again free with his cage and all. The light up scooter was also free. At @target if you spent $100 on toys you got $25 off so I added the scooter at $23. The drum set I bought used for $20 and someone else gave me the little black leather stool that they weren’t using anymore. New, the drum sets run almost $100. Aside from my #finds, he did get his Cozmo robot, some roblox figures, a kiddie video cam to attach to his scooter, and a bunch of other things I thought he would like. Some things you just can’t get used but as long as you start early enough you can find a lot of what they like used. My kid thinks the toys are made by elves anyway and this way the big items are already put together and your credit cards aren’t crying after it’s over! #Winwin #merrychristmas #christmasonabudget #greatfinds #greatdeals #momlife #motherhood #boymom #sahm #kidsofinstagram #kidlife #parents #smartmommy #dontbreakthebank #lovemykid #heissohappy

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It truly has been fun to decorate this season!!! My all time favorite time of the year. As I slowly start packing up some decor, the excitement of next years decorating ideas inspire me. I will leave up my tree till it turns brown because the smell is amazing but other than that it’s time to say bye holiday decor. It’s been fun!! #falldecorations #christmasdecorations #winterdecorations #christmasonabudget #targetdollarspot #target #hearthandhand #debbililly #threshold #project62

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Tight Wallet Wednesday all wrapped up.
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Each year, the day after Christmas I shop for all of my wrapping 🎁 needs for the next Christmas 🎄. I started doing this probably in college, but I think it was because I really liked a wrapping paper and realized "whoa, it's cheap when you do this!!"
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Here's my haul this year.
2 rolls of paper (so far I haven't used more than that each year)
3 small gift bags
4 medium gift bags
8 ornaments in place of bows (not all shown)
Total 💰=$32.15 (with 5% off on Target red card-debit of course)
Last week this would have cost $64.30!
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You do have to move seriously fast thought. On the 26th everything is 50% off, and by the 27th it's basically Valentines Day ❤️ in the stores without a trace of Christmas!
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I try to keep or snag as many shirt boxes 📦 as I can during Christmas and tissue paper never goes on sale, so no savings there.
Next Christmas, once gifts are bought, I might need to hit the store because something needs a bigger bag, but the overall spend is still a lot less than if it were all full price.
Lastly, I do care about how my presents look (designer and all). I know that is not everyone's priority and that's just fine!
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#frugal #frugality #frugallife #budgetlife #budget #debtfree #debtfreecommunity #speedofcash #lifeonschirtzinger #christmas #christmasonabudget #giftwrapping

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My babies first Christmas was a success. ❤️🎄#christmasonabudget

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Oh my sweet babies how I love you so much and how i love seeing you open your gifts at Christmas every year.
I got them almost everything from the 99c only store.
Art kits were 5$ ! They love them. I got them these flashlights that had a different image (like santa / snow man etc) and it came w candy. And my little pony movie bracelets. Then the 88c water bottles from Wal-Mart.
Each kid cost me around 10$.
#artkits #waterbottles #candy #Christmas #99centstore #Wal-Mart #christmasonabudget #nieces #nephew

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So, we cut way back this year. We were able to get all of our Christmas gifts for just under $300. This is less than half of what we normally spend. Mr. Brunette and I don't typically exchange gifts, except for birthdays. But gifts for family can quickly add up. At one extended family get together everyone does $50 secret Santa gifts (which turns into a gift card exchange, honestly). This year we were much more deliberate in our Christmas gift shopping, which led to less gifts but more meaningful and thought out ones. Since we were cutting back, we also let some of our family members in on our debt free journey. And the support we have gotten is incredible! We are so glad we shared this with family. They still don't know about this account, but they do know where we stand as far as student loans. Overall, a budgeted Christmas didn't change that much. If anything we were more open with family. If only we can get up the courage to bow out of the $50 secret Santa next year, we could cash flow Christmas for under $200. .
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#debtfreejourney #debtfreecommunity #debtfree #budgetbudgeting #financialfreedom #financialliteracy #personalfinance #frugalliving #frugal #gazelle #gazelleintense #christmasonabudget #christmas #money #merrychristmas #christmas

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$30 Spouse Gift Limits.
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I asked my husband to only spend $30 on me this Christmas 🎁, and I'd do the same for him...how'd we do? We both went a little over 😬 but I'm still pretty proud of our efforts! I can get really swept away with the holiday giving.
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For me- Dave bought me new measuring cups, measuring spoons, a pocket knife (crazy useful 😮I used it 3 times yesterday), and a vest from J Crew Factory.
Total 💰= $60
For him- Year subscription to Dwell magazine, Snapfish hardback photo book of our honeymoon and one of our summer vacation (he's sentimental), and 2 Snickers in the stocking.
Total 💰= $38.91
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To be fair I gave Dave a fifty dollar bill out of the Christmas fund knowing this was going to be difficult. Last year, I bought him a $250 vintage stereo plus small stuff. He bought me a $400 Revolver plus small stuff. In comparison we kicked butt on a more controlled Christmas 🎄 this year!
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My girls are both old enough to still believe and be overly excited, so honestly there could have been no spouse gifts at all and my heart ❤️ would still have been full!
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#frugal #frugality #frugallife #budgetlife #budget #debtfree #debtfreecommunity #speedofcash #lifeonschirtzinger #christmas #christmasonabudget #allwithcash #nocreditchristmas

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Had e great night celebrating christmas with my family. This must be my cheapest table decoration ever. Just bougt some paper napkins and candycanes and some ribbon the rest i already had or i borrowed. It might be cheap but it looked amazing. Mission complete #christmas #christmastable #christmasdecor #candycane #christmasonabudget #latergram #picoftheday #hohoho #itsthemostwonderfultimeoftheyear

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Honestly, he’s my fave gift to see under the tree. 🎁 #christmasonabudget

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