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Thanksgiving, Thankfully Budget Friendly

10 Festive ideas to celebrate Thanksgiving with great food, a beautiful table, warm home decor touches, and all within budget.

Enjoy the video clips, and enjoy your holiday!

Holiday Dinner – feed 30 People for under $60 –  Seems unbelievable, but Coupon Mom shows how easily it CAN be done!

Southern Style Thanksgiving Budget Feast –  “Simple Fresh Southern” cookbook authors, The Lee Brothers, Matt and Ted Lee, show recipes for a three-course Thanksgiving dinner to feed 8 for under $70.

Little Pumpkin Pies – Author of the 99-Cent Only Store Cookbook, Christiane Jory gives simple seasonal recipe for instant delicious on a dime.

No-Bake Double-Layer Pumpkin Pie – a Kraft Foods amazingly quick and easy recipe for a pie that doesn’t require any baking.

Easy Fall Table Centerpieces –  Professional floral designer, Amy Child Marella, gives easy fall table decor ideas you can do in minutes.

Etched Pumpkins, Easy & Beautiful! – interior designer and crafter Evette Rios shows amazingly beautiful and easy way to use pumpkins for affordable seasonal holiday decor flare in decorating your home.

Fall Table Decorations From Your Grocery – Designer, Jennifer Adams, and lifestyle TV reporter, Brooke Carlson show budget-friendly ideas to decorate your fall holiday table with items from the grocery store.

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Have A Happy New Year’s Eve (on a Budget!)

The perfect way to start saving money is… with a party of course! A New Year’s Eve party is just the ticket to prove to yourself that you can have a fantastic evening, look sensational, eat, drink and be merry, even host an event – and all while staying on budget! These videos give wallet-friendly ways to enjoy and/or host a New Year’s Eve bash so you can go ahead and usher in the New Year with a new “can do” attitude! So, go ahead, celebrate!

Easy New Year’s Eve Party Ideas – Better Homes & Gardens Holiday Editor, Evette Rios, shows Hoda and Kathie Lee ideas to dress up your New Year’s Eve party with quick craft projects and re-purposing holiday decor.

New Year’s Eve Party Comfort Foods on a Budget – Executive chef at New York’s Stanton Social, Chris Santos, shows recipes for budget-friendly comfort party dishes without spending over $80. Philly Cheesesteak Sliders, Potato Skins, Mac & Cheese, Chicken Caesar Bites, Ginger Sparkler Cocktail, Guinness Cake.

New Year’s Eve Party for under $100 – Owner and operator of A Perfect Event, Debi Lilly, gives tips to create a low-cost but elegant New Year’s Eve party using items you may already have on hand.

Inexpensive New Year’s Eve Party Ideas – Bryan Rafanelli, event designer of Chelsea Clinton’s wedding, shares his tips for easy ultra-affordable and ultra-fun New Year’s Eve Party ideas that everyone will love (including your wallet).

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Wallet-Friendly Fourth of July

The Fourth of July…

What’s the perfect holiday for easy fun and easy on your budget, too? As Louise Sacco Reilly, from puts it, “The Fourth of July is a dream holiday for frugal people: no one expects you to bring gifts and the entertainment is free!”

Fireworks, parades, block parties – so much is available for a great celebration, and we here at have brought you tips on how to make the most of this favorite summer holiday with videos full of money-saving and high-style July Fourth party ideas to put you in a festive mood and let your patriotic flags fly!

Wishing you a happy and safe July 4th!

Backyard Getaways and Parties – Martie Duncan, founder of Martie Parties, gives easy and elegant ideas for any budget in this clip.

Watch Fireworks – Right on your computer! It’s safe and free – over two-minutes of nothing but fireworks!

Flowers – Simple & So Elegant – International floral entertaining expert, Biggy Wolff, shows simple and festive ideas – great anytime, even for a July 4th party!

Homerun Summer Parties – Clever baseball-themed party ideas for less – and perfect for a July 4th celebration, too!

Make a July Fourth Piñata – Okay, we admit, we’ve suggested this video in other posts before, but that’s because it’s a really fun idea for ANY celebration – and SO EASY to do! (make at least a day ahead).

Red White and Blue PartyBetter’s shopping expert, Nicole Camarata, gives super pointers to make it great and on a budget!

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9 Lucky Links to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Style and On Budget

4 Leaf Clovers - 9 Lucky Links to Celebrate St. Patrick's in Style and On Budget

4-Leaf Clovers found in Jamie’s yard in 2002.

Looking for fun and festive to enjoy St. Patrick’s day? You’re in luck – we’ve found a pot of gold in the videos featured below; they’re full of tips to have you celebrating in style while keeping your pot of gold growing, so go ahead – go (and save) green!

St. Patrick’s Inspired Eye Makeup – Tutorial for green green green green St. Pat’s party eyes.

St. Patrick’s Day, Host a Party – Tips to make your budget bash a success from

St. Patrick’s Day Last Minute Party Marley Majcher, author and founder of gives elegant and affordable tips.

How to Throw a St. Patrick’s Day Party – The title says it all!

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner, 3-Course, Under $40 – Chef Dundon from Ireland’s famous Dunbrody Country House Hotel & Restaurant shows recipes! Mushroom Chowder, Sheperd’s Pie, Bailey’s Creme Brulee.

St. Patrick’s Irish Bread Recipe – Easy, easy YUM from

St. Patrick’s Day Four Leaf Clover – Decorate in one minute! Easy clovers from

St. Patrick’s Day Music: Stephane Grappelli, Frankie Gavin – Oh The Days Of The Kerry Dances – The legendary Stephane Grapelli on violin with Frankie Gavin and group in a stunning performance filmed in 2008.

John Mayer – “St. Patrick’s Day” – Nice live performance from John Mayer singing his piece titled, “St. Patrick’s Day,” filmed in 2006

And… we turn now to: St. Patrick’s Day — Trivia:

  • St. Patrick is supposed to have removed what from Ireland?
  • Why does a leprechaun wear green?
  • What is a leprechaun’s profession?
  • The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the U.S. was held in which city?
  • Click here for St. Patrick’s Day trivia answers.

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8 Holiday Party Ideas, Easy on Your Budget

Entertaining on a budget isn’t always easy, and the holiday season puts even more added demands and challenges on your  budget. This is, after all, a time to bring in some brightness and share some fun with friends and family.  Is it really possible to enjoy hosting a holiday party without breaking the bank or over-stretching your wallet? Absolutely! We’ve posted several entries on holiday entertaining on a budget before, and this year is no exception. Here are 8 videos loaded with pointers to host a party on a budget, from decorations to serving food, to dealing with holiday hosting stress, all to make it easier for for you and yours to enjoy a little more holiday happiness!

Retro Tinsel DIY Tree, Under $30 – You could make your own retro inspired Tinsel Tree for under $30. Decorate for a party, and use year after year. Here are how-to directions plus some other great tree alternative ideas from

Saving Cash on Holiday Parties – Deal pro and consultant at and creator of, Ruth Soukup, gives tips on how to have a great time hosting a budget-friendly holiday party.

Holiday Appetizers Budget Friendly – Three delicious, fast and affordable holiday appetizers, complete with wine pairing suggestions from Chef Hosea Rosenberg to make your party gourmet and your guests feeling great.

Simple Savings for Holiday Meals – editor Andrea Chalupa gives simple tips to save money when planning holiday meals. Tip #1: Start now! P.S. re: the tip on refreshing up rolls, we suggest the paper towel should be damp.

Entertaining on a Budget – Planning ahead, grocery shopping tips, decor ideas, and how to deal if you really can’t afford to host this year.. pointers to enjoy the holidays on a budget from the Shopping Queen, Fatima Mehdikarimi.

How to Throw a Care Package Party –  Throw a holiday party that gives back this season by hosting a care package party. Here, expert Mark Addison shows you how to create a festive, beautiful and charitable fete.

Cool Ideas for Hot Holiday Entertaining – Everything you need to create a smashing holiday event with tips from greeting guests, to table settings, to decorations, to party favors from designer Robert Verdi.

Budget Savvy Entertaining – Make these holidays stress free, budget-friendly and enjoy entertaining with these creative ideas from event planner Sebastien Centner.

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7 Kwanzaa Celebration Ideas For Budget-Friendly Fun

Kwanzaa occurs for 7 days, Dec 26 – Jan 2. On each of those 7 days, a candle is lit, and many stories and historic traditions are honored, but on day 7, the final day,  a lively celebration with traditional foods, drink, music, dancing and gift-giving is enjoyed by friends and family.  Here are some activities, recipes, and decorating ideas to make any Kwanzaa Celebration a happy and festive event (and they will keep your wallet smiling, too!).

Kwanzaa Kinara Craft – A Kinara candle holder out of paper, to last all 7 days. A fun and easy craft that even the very youngest can do, from

Awesome Homemade Gifts – Thoughtful and creative gifts are a Kwanzaa tradition. “Good Day Wisconsin” Reporter,Rachel Manek, shares three creative and easy DYI projects that make meaningful and budget friendly gifts, each costing less than $5.00.

How to Make an Origami Gift Box – Creative, eco-friendly, DYI & perfect for any gift-giving budget: An origami gift box. Supplies: only 8 squares of paper. Perfect for putting little gifts into. If you’re a beginner this is a nice project to start with from

Kwanzaa Table Decor – Celebrate Kwanzaa with personal and rustic table decorating ideas. Tips from event planner, Tangie Murray, in this excerpt from the design TV show, “Sheila Bridges, A Holiday Show”

Sweet Potato Tartlets – A quick recipe from “Down Home with the Neelys” hosted by Pat and Gina Neely on the Food Network. Using a Kwanzaa traditional vegetable, the sweet potato, they show how to make easy individual sweet potato tartlets.


Spoon Bread – Here is an easy recipe with a healthier spin on corn spoon bread, a Kwanzaa holiday favorite, from Chef Wilbert Jones from Healthy Heritage Kitchen

North African Meatballs – Melissa D’Arbian, host of the Food Network’s “10 Dollar Dinners” shows a delicious dollar-stretching North African inspired meatball dish.

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Eight Eco-Friendly Happy Holiday Ideas

Have a grand and green holiday season and save money while doing it! These simple pointers will continue to give back for generations to come as they help you protect the earth and protect your loved ones from unnecessary pollution, waste, and toxins… perfect for anyone’s holiday wish lists! Here are classy creative tips that are easy, fun and budget-friendly for greeting cards, gifts, gift wrapping, shipping, dining, and decorating to have the happiest holiday season ever.

Celebrate Eco-Friendly Holidays – Have an eco-friendlier holiday! Parents TV Host, Juli Auclair, speaks to the authors of  Celebrate Green Lynn Colwell & Corey Colwell-Lipson, about wrapping paper, lights, decorations, table settings, ornaments & gifts.

Creative Recycled Wrapping –  Eco friendly ideas to personalize your gift wrapping using recycled materials, and that vintage creative print decorating staple, the potato, from Threadbanger.

Eco Chic Gift Wrap & Packaging Ideas – Go creative & go eco when wrapping presents & getting packages ready for shipping. Creative, inexpensive, & practical green tips from Rachel Avalon.

Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas – 5 Top Eco-friendly and budget-friendly gift ideas from Steffany Boldrini and the creative folks at

Eco-Friendly Shipping Package Ideas – Use eco-friendly cushioning & repurpose shipping boxes for your gifts while making them more attractive at the same time! Clever Ideas from TapeSwell decorative tapes.

Green Gifts and Holiday Tips –  Affordable eco-friendly gifts ideas & easy pointers on enjoying a greener holiday dinner as well, from Global Action Plan CEO, Trewin Restorick.

Green Holiday Tips – Owen Bailey from the Sierra Club gives pointers to make the Holidays greener, which may also keep a little more green in your pocket! Tips on trees, lights, & gift wrap.

Repurposed Magazine Tree Centerpiece – Don’t toss old magazines, go green and use them to create elegant holiday centerpiece decorations with this ultra easy eco-friendly DIY craft  idea.

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8 Ideas for a Happy Hanukkah Party on a Budget

Hanukkah’s first night is November 27, 2013

Celebrate Hanukkah with these budget-friendly festive ideas for delicious food, latkes, dreidels, and easy DIY card and decoration crafts to create a party that everyone will enjoy!

Middle Eastern Hanukkah Recipes – Author of the cookbook, Fist Full of Lentils, chef Jennifer Abadi, shows two eash Middle Eastern recipes perfect for Hanukkah dinner in this video.

Hanukkah No-Bake Cake – TV’s Semi-Homemade host, Sandra Lee, shows how to put together an easy no-bake cake anyone can do in this clip!

Making Hanukkah Latkes – Segment with Susie Fishbein, author of Kosher-by-Design cookbooks, demonstrating her recipe for Hanukkah latkes.

How to Make Hanukkah Decorations– This video shows how fun, easy, and festive decorations that are a snap to create!

Make Your Own Child-Friendly Menorah – A clip with ParentsTV host, Juli Auclair, with Amanda Kingloff, Parents Magazine Life Style Director show how.

Make an Origami Dreidel – Video with Yami Yamauchi  shows step-by-step DYI roject to make the traditional Hanukkah dreidel out of paper!

The Chanukah Song – Adam Sandler, Live in Chicago, performs his classic comedy song.

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Wallet-Happy Halloween


14 EASY tips to make your holiday a haunted hit & your budget happy!

We’ve got everything from easy DIY costume ideas for kids and adults to party food, drink and decorations.  Here are videos with some of our favorite Halloween celebration ideas to get you started on an eerie evening of haunted fun.  Remember to check the listings on SLTV’s Holiday Channel for many more terrific money saving Halloween party ideas, and have a happy and safe Halloween!


How to Make Edible Fake Blood – YUM! – Simple how-to for this Halloween favorite special effect.

Halloween Costumes for Kids, Under $10 – Kimberly Danger, founder of

From HGTV host, and founder of the shopping and crafts site, Naughty Secretary Club,  Jennifer Perkins – Here are Three Easy, No-Sew, DIY, Costume Ideas:

Halloween Easy Turtle & Ladybug Costumes

Halloween Spider Costume

Halloween Grownup DIY Costumes


Dry Ice Decorations – Teacher, speaker, science whiz, Steve Spangler.

No-Carve Glowing Pumpkins – Steve Spangler

Table Decorations –  HGTV host, Jennifer Perkins


Bloody Finger Cookies – Easy to make with refrigerator dough from contributing chef, Charlotte Lyons.

Pumpkin Arbol Salsa from Calexico’s Cart – Daniel Delaney’s clip gives this seasonal recipe.

Wine Paired with Candy – Wine & spirits writer, Jordan Mackay.

SLTV’s Holiday Channel – Don’t miss out on more Halloween budget-friendly tips now playing. 

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Check out, a program of the EcoMom Alliance. is a non-profit, grassroots, community initiative to create healthier and more Earth-friendly holidays starting with Halloween.

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