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Thursday Thrifty Throwdown: Holiday Countdown! 12 Weeks!

Posted by on Sep. 13, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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With all of the back-to-school shopping, afterschool classes we have signed up for, the catalogs for Halloween costumes, and the wondering if we have to buy her a new winter coat, I'm tallying the dollar figures in my head. But, with 12 weeks til Christmas, I'm also starting to calculate plane flights, driving costs and the money we can afford to spend on presents this year. All of it makes mama want to reach for that Holiday Egg Nog a little early, I tell you.

These weeks, I'm really looking at where I can save money and as we've discussed, doing a holiday card myself can save some moolah. If you have a good printer (or decide to invest in one), you can do some really cool holiday greetings for those you keep in touch with: 

-- Alter your photo. With sites like Picmonkey and Ribbet, you can add a neat quote and make that ho-hum picture something really jazzy and jolly (also check out this guide on Google+). Print it out on card stock and chunk it in the mail and you are done without spending much money.

-- Forget the picture. Again, just send some fun quotes from the kids over the years, or a quote that you love from a favorite holiday book, sign it and voila--done!

-- Go paperless. Upload a cool photo to an email (use those cool sites I just mentioned) and email everyone this year. Saves money, saves time and yes, helps our planet too!

How are you doing with the holiday prep? Have you decided on your holiday cards? 

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by on Sep. 13, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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lalasmama2007
by on Sep. 13, 2012 at 12:27 AM
I have a lot of gifts bought already and I bought our cards last year on clearance 90% off.
LOswald0314
by Bronze Member on Sep. 13, 2012 at 2:35 AM

I have presents for the kids done already....Targets toy clearance in July every year rocks.  I make cards on shutterfly but I wait for special days and save money that way.

Kainalu55
by Bronze Member on Sep. 13, 2012 at 5:32 AM

I love that the holidays are coming right up...but I still haven't gotten anything done yet...

MamaBear2cubs
by Nikki on Sep. 13, 2012 at 7:07 AM

We don't really do holiday cards.

momto3isme
by Dawn on Sep. 13, 2012 at 8:47 AM

NO NO NO!

Bmat
by Bronze Member on Sep. 13, 2012 at 8:57 AM

I have enough cards leftover from last year, I think. I haven't done more than think about all I need to do before people come here.

goddess99
by on Sep. 13, 2012 at 8:59 AM

I've decided what I'm getting most people and I plan to buy pretty cards and add a pic of my dd to them, then mail them out.

Charizma77
by Carissa on Sep. 13, 2012 at 9:07 AM
Right now I have kids birthdays to plan before I can even start thinking about Christmas.
natesmom1228
by Member on Sep. 13, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Most of my sons gifts are already bought. I need to start on my husbands gifts. I had planned on putting on a layaway.

natesmom1228
by Member on Sep. 13, 2012 at 9:31 AM


Quoting lalasmama2007:

I have a lot of gifts bought already and I bought our cards last year on clearance 90% off.

I haven't bought our cards yet. I have been looking.

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