Thrifty Thursday {Week 88}


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Happy Thursday! Welcome back and Happy December!  I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday weekend with family and friends!  We had a whole house full of guests–12 of us all together in our little 3 bedroom house–and while it was a little crowded and chaotic at times, it was also SO much fun!  The rest of my family lives 3,000 miles away and we unfortunately don’t get together very often, so having them here was incredibly meaningful to us and definitely worth the lack of privacy and bathroom time!

We are still trying to recover from such a busy weekend and haven’t even started putting up Christmas decorations–am I the only one who’s a little behind?  I am trying to keep things low key this year & just do what I can, which, quite frankly, probably won’t be much!  Honestly, I’m okay with that.  I guess I’m really starting to take our 12 Days to a Stress Free Christmas Challenge to heart, because this is the first year in a long time I haven’t felt weighed down with expectations.  If you haven’t joined yet, you can do so HERE–it’s completely free and a great way to get focused on what matters most this holiday season.  The challenges come in the form of short but encouraging 3-5 minute videos sent straight to your inbox.

Here are the most clicked links from last week:

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1. Retired by 40 {21 Things Frugal People DON’T DO!}
2. Graceful Little Honey Bee {10 Forgotten Money Saving Skills}
3. Family Balance Sheet {Debt Free Stories: Meet Amanda & Daniel}
4. The Penny Hoarder {Cheap Holiday Flights: 6 Tips to Get You Home for the Holidays}
5. Mums Make Lists {Mason Jar Home Organization}
6. Early Bird Mom {24 Time Saving Kitchen Hacks}
7. Intentionally Pursuing {Three Frugal Laundry Tips}
8. Save to Splurge {3 Secrets to Paying Off Debt}
9. The Latina Homemaker{3 Steps You Can Take to Pay Cash for Your Next Car}
10. The Beautiful Useful Project {30 Minutes of Daily Exercise- How to Fit it In}
Never linked up before? Here’s how:
  1. Scroll down, find the little blue “Add your Link” Button and click on that.
  2. Follow the instructions on the next page – add a great image of your project and an interesting title. Make sure you link to the direct page of your budget friendly post – not the main page of your blog!
  3. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!
  4. Please link back to this post somehow. There are badges available here; a simple text link is just fine too.

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  1. December 4 at 09:07AM

    We haven’t put up decorations either. We’re going to get a tree on Saturday, so we’ll spend the rest of the day decorating the house.

    Thanks for the linky and including my Debt Free Stories post in your collage.

  2. December 4 at 09:08AM

    I love that you’ve been able to spend time with beloved family for the holidays. I don’t blame you for wanting to scale back on the decorating! We’ve scaled back our decorating too – but because it’s scaled back doesn’t mean it’s not beautiful and meaningful. I think we’ve found the level we’re comfortable with. Love the hop, thanks for hosting!

    ~Taylor-Made Ranch Homestead~

  3. December 4 at 09:09AM

    Thank you for hosting – This is the biggest link up ever and it’s so much fun. Thank you for all you do and hope you have a great weekend. -Carole @ Garden Up green

  4. December 4 at 09:11AM

    Thanks for hosting!

  5. December 4 at 09:15AM

    My mom growing up never put decorations until Christmas Eve. They would put the tree up but cover it with a sheet until Christmas Eve night. They would all go out to dinner before Midnight Mass and their neighbor would walk over with their dog in the snow to take the sheet down so when they arrived home it looked like Santa had already been there with the tree lit up and gifts underneath. My mom and her siblings actually thought their neighbor’s dog tracks were reindeer tracks so they really believed Santa had visited while they were out. 🙂

  6. December 4 at 10:03AM

    Hi Ruth. Thanks for hosting. Sounds like you had a great Thanksgiving. Blessings on your weekend!

  7. December 4 at 10:03AM

    Thank you so much for hosting. I don’t always link up but I enjoy visiting the posts that are shared on here!

  8. December 4 at 10:13AM

    Hi Ruth! Thanks so much for another great party! I hope you have a great day:)

  9. December 4 at 10:25AM

    Love your linkups! Thanks for hosting.

  10. December 4 at 10:32AM

    holiday season = catching up season
    Thanks for hosting this link party!
    And good luck to everyone getting everything done!

  11. December 4 at 10:48AM

    Thanks so much for hosting Ruth and Merry Christmas!

  12. December 4 at 11:26AM

    I think I found 37 links I want to click on this page alone. I’m always on the lookout for ways to do things a little bit better. Maybe I need a post about how to implement what you learn from posts about doing things a little bit better!

  13. December 4 at 03:07PM

    Hi! Great party this week again. Thanks for featuring my No-bake Coconut Snowballs. Cheers!

  14. December 4 at 04:14PM

    How fun to be in the top 10 this week! Thanks for hosting!

  15. December 4 at 04:28PM

    Thank you so much for your link up! It is one of my very favorites. I am so glad you had a fantastic weekend with your family. I too am trying to keep this Christmas season low key. I am trying to focus on the reason of the season and not all the commercialized parts of it.

  16. December 4 at 05:46PM

    Thank you for hosting Ruth!

  17. December 5 at 12:51PM

    Another awesome party!! Thanks for hosting!

    Have a very Happy Day,

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