Christmas

How to Save Money on Wrapping Paper

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This is a guest post from Kalyn Brooke of Creative Savings I love picking out and purchasing Christmas gifts for all my friends and family, but hands down, the wrapping of said gifts is my favorite part. In fact, I practically begged my grandparents to let me wrap gifts for all my cousins, aunts, and uncles. What can [...]

8 Ways to Take Better Pictures

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When I first started blogging in 2010, I took terrible pictures.   I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, and every image reflected as much.  But I knew if I spent some time learning the basics I could do much better.   Over the years I've read lots of books and tutorials, taken online classes, [...]

My Favorite Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals

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Happy Black Friday!  If you are anything like me you may busily trying trying to avoid the mall and all other retail stores at all costs and instead getting some power shopping done from the comfort of your own computer.  Thus, I thought I'd share a few of the favorite deals I've found so far, and [...]

Handmade Honey Salt Scrub

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I first made this simple honey salt scrub about three years ago during our first ever 31 Days of Living Well & Spending Zero challenge.  I loved it so much that I ended up making a huge bath and giving it away to all my friends and family that year.  They have been asking for [...]

How to Give a Great Handmade Gift

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 This is a guest post from Kalyn Brooke of Creative Savings  DIY gifts are all the rage these days, no matter where you look -- Pinterest, Facebook, even the cover of a glossy magazine. All proclaim to have the perfect gift that can be made cuter, cheaper, and faster, and everyone, including myself, can't get their hands on [...]

10 Smart Ways to Save on the Holidays

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With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it is sometimes easy to get to a point where you simply fling your hands up in the air, throw caution to the wind, whip out the plastic and tell yourself you’ll deal with after New Year’s.  There is seemingly so much to do and [...]

30 Awesome Gifts Under $30

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I don't know about you, but going to the mall this time of year is enough to make me want to skip the holidays altogether and just go straight to January. I think it has something to do with the fact that I worked in retail all through college and once worked a 26-hour shift as [...]

4 Ways to Reduce Stress this Holiday Season

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It's the most wonderful time of the year, but let's be honest--it can also be the most stressful!  Between the added responsibilities and obligations, family drama, emotional overload, financial strain, and the fear that we’re just not doing enough, the months of November and December can quickly become overwhelming.   In fact, if I'm being totally honest with you, one [...]

10 Gifts You Can Make for $10 or Less

10 Gifts You Can Make for $10 or Less

November is here which means the holiday season is upon us, and if you are anything like me you are suddenly thinking, "well crapola, I better start thinking about gifts!"  (And if you are one of those annoyingly perfect proactive people who finished your shopping sometime in July, then I'm not quite sure to do with you. [...]

Holiday Planner 2014

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Happy November! Is it just me or has this year seemed to fly by?  I am having a hard time believing that it is already time to start planning & preparing for the holiday season once again. As my girls get older and begin participating in more activities, my husband and I are finding it [...]

A Christmas Wish

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As I prepare to spend the next week celebrating the holidays with my family and friends, I wanted to also take a few moments to wish you all a merry Christmas as well.  It has been a busy, crazy, and overall incredible year here at Living Well Spending Less, and to finish up the year, I [...]

10 Last Minute Gift Ideas Under $10

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I don't know about you, but with just eleven days until Christmas I've still got several gifts left to buy and not a lot of cash left in my "gift" envelope to buy them with!  Luckily for you, I've decided to forgo being productive today in order to bring you this emergency list of ten [...]

7 Simple Ways to Enjoy More & Spend Less This Christmas

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Or so they say. I don’t know about you, but the holiday season in my mind is often much more idyllic than the frenetic, stressful, and action-packed month I actually experience. Ever feel that way? Our already hectic schedules gets even crazier, and suddenly on top of [...]

The LWSL Favorite Things Giveaway Extravaganza!

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I was so giddy about sharing this post with you today that I could hardly sleep last night.  I'm channeling my inner Oprah today, and friends, you better sit down for this, because it is B-I-G big. Huge, actually. I don't do very many giveaways here at LWSL but this year I thought it would be [...]

An Attitude of Gratitude

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I'm happy to be contributing over at The Better Mom today! It was one of those days. By 8am I was ready to throw in the towel and the day had only just begun. The whole family seemed to wake up on the wrong side of the bed.  My oldest was upset that I vetoed [...]

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