Frugal And Thoughtful Wedding Gifts

6:10 am

by Jen Morris

Frugal Wedding Gifts


Fun, Frugal and Thoughtful wedding gift ideas.  Giving gifts shouldn’t have to cost an arm and a leg but can be just as impacting with a little bit of time and love.  Check out these frugal wedding gift ideas from around the web.

1.  Wire Words

This was such a fun project!  Imagine what you could do for a wedding: love, forever, eternity, the couple’s last name, or a monogram.  Use their wedding colors or just use some leftover yarn you have laying around the house and you have one cute gift.  Plus, after you spend $4 on the galvanized wire, you can get several words done for more than one bride and groom.

2.  Conversation Coasters – My Computer is My Canvas

My good friend Colette has some super cute printables.  This one can be put together for a great inexpensive gift.  Print these coasters and glue them onto some .25 tiles from the hardware store.  Add some glaze on top and tie them all together with a great bow and you have a gift they are sure to talk about.  {get it? “talk about” – “conversation” – HA}

3.  Quilled Monogram – Craftastical!

Doesn’t this just pop?!  I can’t wait to try this one.  Can you believe this was made with cardstock and a pencil?!?  I just don’t have anything else to add.  The tutorial at the link gives really simple directions.  Have fun!

4.  Can of Dates – My Creative Stirrings

If you have an empty #10 can and some cute wrapping paper you are almost home.  You can splurge a little and put this gift in a $4 paint can from Lowes and add some cute ribbon to the handle.  Depending on your budget you can add some items from the list of dates or even throw in some gift cards to the movies or a restaurant.

5.  Personalized Pyrex – Make it and Love it

Use vinyl to etch the last name of the new couple.  Now they have a dish that will always find its way home.  Plus you can add some hot pads or other kitchen utensils if you want to add a little something extra.

And if that weren’t enough fun frugal wedding gift ideas, here are 5 more!


6.  Gift Baskets – Darling Doodles

Speaking of putting gifts together, this gal has some “Darling” ideas!  She even has put together tags to go with them.  I was thinking about a colander, pasta, sauce, olive oil, pasta spoon, and maybe a movie and some popcorn for a dinner and move in a pot.  I also love her taco gift basket…maybe because these two I could easily throw together with items I have on hand in my stockpile {yes, I am just that cheap that I would give away groceries}.  Heck, I could even do a laundry basket with all the laundry fixins too!

7.  Home Town Maps – Young Home Love

How simple and classy do these look?  You could spend time looking for vintage maps of the bride and groom’s home states or you could download and print some at Costco.  Imagine how cool these would look on the wall with a big wooden heart in the middle?  Nice!

8.  Recipe Card Maker – Skip to My Lou

This last idea may take some time and possibly a few other conspirators.  Everyone has a handful of “go-to” recipes for your family, right?  Imagine you are a new wife and need some tried and true dinners to impress your new hubby.  Now imagine you have a few friends who were generous enough to share their best bites with you.  Finally, can you see how awesome these recipes would look typed up, printed and put in a photo album that holds all the recipes?  I think I need to do this one for myself.

9.  Wedding Subway Art – My Digital Creations

So Colette has a sister named Lisa who is just as creative.  It’s really disgusting {love you girls}.  Gather some info and have her put together a personalized subway art for the big day.  Watch for some great sales on frames and you will be a wedding guest hero.

10.  Cash is King

Let’s face it… sometimes you just don’t have time for all these other ideas.  But if you are going to give cash, why not take it up just a notch.  Get a stack of $2 bills from the bank and add a tag that reads:  For the 2 of you.  See?  Cash doesn’t have to be tacky!


I sure hope these frugal wedding gift ideas helps get those creative juices flowing and you can see how easy it can be to put together gifts that are less likely to be returned or re-gifted {gasp}.  Any newlywed couple would be thrilled to get a gift like these that shows thoughtfulness even if it doesn’t shine like a crystal vase {say it like vaaaaz}.


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Easily Get Rid of Beach Sand

8:10 pm

by Jennifer Freeman

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This super easy trick will help you get rid of beach sand easily and in seconds.  The secret:  baby powder!  To get the beach sand off hands and feet after a fun day there is a super easy way!   Here’s how —  Keep a small bottle of baby powder in your beach bag.  When you’re ready to leave the beach sprinkle the area of your skin that has sand on it and the sand will slide right off your skin.  It’s an amazing trick!

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Dinner just became way more versatile with this new array of free recipes at your disposal.  These will spruce up ordinary chicken, fish or pasta — making it more interesting and delicious easily.  They all sound amazing to me and easy!

Here are just a few of the 35 recipes you will get:
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Ways To Save On Produce

4:01 am

by Jennifer Freeman

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Ways To Save On Produce

Over the years I have learned some specific ways to save on fruits and vegetables.  And I have a new deeper interest in saving on fruits and vegetables this year because I was blessed by Mr. Cameraman at Christmas with a Vitamix!! I really wanted a Vitamix and it was such a surprise to receive it.   But we are really REALLY going through the produce right now.

Don’t miss the weekly produce cash back deal for sure!

The number one way to save on produce is with simple strategy!  Let me explain further because it is just a tiny bit of planning to make your produce savings happen.

First, would you agree the very best and most flavorful produce is when the fresh vegetable or fruit is in season?  I sure hope you do!  It only stands to reason if the produce is in season it’s at its peak flavor and it’s bounty the cost will be lower.  It’s supply and demand!

Now, the strategy for saving on fruits and vegetables is to know what produce is in season and shop those items first.  I would not plan a watermelon salad at Christmas time, it is way too costly!  Instead I would stick to watermelon in the summer!

Buy Produce With Strategy – buy what’s in season!

Check out my list of seasonal produce month by month, season by season.  When looking at the sales ads you will see the produce sales and most likely, the sale will coincide with the seasonal best deals.   Plan your menu around those fruits and vegetables FIRST, then add a bit extra for variety.

Consider freezing or canning the seasonal produce to have for future use.  Pick it up now at the rock bottom price and prepare it for upcoming months.

What vegetables and fruits are in season month by month.

Celery, potatoes and bananas have pretty consistent pricing all year long.  My seasonal produce list may be slightly different in your climate. Some produce will be seasonally for a few months, try some new recipes and enjoy! Print this list for future reference.  Go as far as making notes of the last price you paid for the produce and try to beat that price.

Seasonal Produce In January:
oranges, pears, grapefruit, tangerines, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collards, kale, kiwi, avocado, cabbage, & spinach.

Seasonal Produce In February:
artichoke, asparagus, raspberries, potatoes, strawberries, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collards, kale, kiwi, leeks, avocado, & spinach.

Seasonal Produce In March:
artichoke, asparagus, avocado, Haas, broccoli, blood oranges, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collards, fennel, kale, leek, lemon, lime, mushrooms, onions, orange, peas, radish, rhubarb, spinach, strawberries, & tangerines.

Seasonal Produce In April:
artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, grapefruit, Hass avocado, mushrooms, onions, peas, & rhubarb.

Seasonal Produce In May:
apricots, artichokes, asparagus, avocado,green beans, cherries, beets, blackberries, carrots, onions, sweet Vidalia onions, peas, edible pods, English/Shelling peas, new potatoes, raspberries, rhubarb, strawberries.

Seasonal Produce In June:
apricots, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, broad beans, cherries, corn, cucumber, eggplant, grapes, honeydew, nectarines, peaches, peas, potatoes, raspberries, red onions, Roma tomatoes, summer squash, strawberries, sweet Vidalia onions, tomatoes, & watermelon.

Seasonal Produce In July:
Asian pears, Bartlett pears, green beans, blueberries, cherries, corn, cucumber, curly lettuce, eggplant, figs, garlic, grapes, nectarines, red onions, Valencia oranges, okra, peaches, peppers (sweet, bell), plums, summer squash, tomatoes including Roma tomatoes & watermelon.

Seasonal Produce In August:
Apple, Hass avocado, beans, green beans, berries, corn, cucumber, eggplant, figs, grapes, lettuce, melons, okra, onion, peaches, pears, bell pepper, plums, raspberries, summer squash, tomatillo, & tomatoes.

Seasonal Produce In September:
apples, artichokes, beans, bell peppers, chili peppers, corn, cucumber, eggplant, grapes, pears (Asian, Bartlett), pomegranate, pumpkins, squash, tomatillo, tomatoes

Seasonal Produce In October:
almonds, apples, artichokes, arugula, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, chard, chestnuts, cranberries, lemons, parsnip, pears, persimmons, pomegranate, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, spinach, winter squash, turnips, yams, & sweetcorn.

Seasonal Produce In November:
Anjou pears, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, red cabbage, carrots, celery, Comic pears, cranberries, kiwi, lemons, oranges, persimmons, squash, and yams. Watch for potatoes priced special for Thanksgiving!

Seasonal Produce In December:
broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, grapefruit, kale, leeks, mushrooms, oranges, papayas, parsnips, pears, persimmons, pomegranates, rutabagas, sweet potatoes, tangelos, tangerines, turnips