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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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Make Mother’s Day Magnificent (and Budget-Friendly)

U.S. Mother’s Day is in May, on the second Sunday of the month.

You can make mom feel appreciatedand give her a marvelous day without breaking the bank or draining your wallet with these Mother’s Day ideas that any and every mother would love:

Make Mother’s Day Special - Treat mom to a special Mother’s Day without breaking the bank. The Shopping Queen, Fatima Mehdikarimi gives ideas on flowers, dining, luxury and a top tech idea to make Mother’s Day special.

Outside the Box Mother’s Day Gifts - Mother’s Day with a twist. Not-so-typical gift ideas that can also be budget-friendly. Six Minute Style’s Susan Doherty presents five fabulous outside-the-gift-box ideas for mom. She’s gonna love this.

DIY Mother’s Day Spinners - An easy, bright and cheerful DIY project for young children to make. Perfect for Mother’s Day and will continue to delight mom all Summer long from Crayola Creative Workshop.

Duck Tape Roses for Mom - Make a Mother’s Day bouquet of flowers out of duct tape! Easy, fun and pretty DIY from Duck Brand duct tape for mom! Simple tutorial shows how. Make it useful by using a pen for the stem!

DIY Paper Photo Wallet - Every mom loves sharing pictures of her family. This easy DIY papercrafted tri-fold wallet will display all her favorite pics in style. Crafter and author of Christmas Papercrafts, Corinne Bradd, shows how to create a brag book using paper and a series of simple creases.

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7 Sensational Recipes to Celebrate Passover (That Won’t Cinch Your Wallet)

Like so many holiday celebrations, the Passover celebration is centered around the dining table. Stories of long ago are shared while tasting foods that symbolize the meaning of this holiday. This is a time to appreciate a delicious and creative meal together with family and friends. But a holiday feast for all does not have to be a budget stretch. Here are delicious, affordable spins on traditional recipes taken from all around the world that would make any Passover feast (or any feast at all) a memorable one.

Moroccan Charoset Truffles - Recipe for a Passover traditional food, Charoset, usually prepared with apples & walnuts, takes on a Moroccan spin with dates, raisins, and walnuts, served up as little truffles. Easy recipe from Zabar’s Chef, and author of Fistful of Lentils, Jennifer Abadi

4 Passover Recipes with a Mediterranean Spin  - Culinary anthropologist Tori Avey (aka: The Shiksa in the Kitchen) shares the history of  ancient food traditions and gives three recipes that are fresh and healthier and have a twist on the traditional: Cucumber Salad with Pickle & Mint, Mushroom Quinoa Risotto, Seared Salmon with Creamy Dill, and an Apple Pecan Pie.

Honey Chicken Recipe – Cookbook author and founder of  kosher.com, Jamie Geller, shares an easy, affordable Honey Chicken recipe that is perfect for holidays or an elegant dinner party.

Potato Kugel RecipeQuick & Kosher: Meals in Minutes Cookbook author Jamie Geller shows how to make Potato Kugel. A savory and budget friendly vegetarian addition to any meal, any time of day, and perfect for Passover.

Noodle Kugel - Food TV’s “Good Deal” host and cookbook author Dave Lieberman shares his grandmother’s quick, easy, and budget friendly recipe for noodle kugel, a creamy and crispy sweet baked dessert.

Passover Fruit Cobbler - Fruit cobbler recipe is a refreshing alternative to Passover’s usual desserts. This clip is part of “Sweet Dreams” show on the TV Food Network hosted by cook book author Gale Gand.

Passover Coconut Macaroons- TV Food Network’s “Barefoot Contessa” Chef Ina Garten shares her recipe for coconut macaroons, a traditional Passover sweet dessert cookie.

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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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Halloween (on a Budget) Party Ideas

BOO!

It’s easy to make Halloween a Haunted Spectacular event! We’ve got all the goo, ghosts, goblins and more you’ll need to create a budget-friendly Halloween party, including costumes, Halloween decorations, Halloween party food, drink ideas, recipes, and more.  Enjoy a safe and happy Halloween!

Want to put together a quick Halloween party without a lot of fuss and expense? No problem:

Halloween Food and Party Ideas – Halloween doesn’t have to cost a fortune to be fun!  ”Garage Sale America” author Bruce Littlefield gives budget friendly food, party decoration and yard transformation ideas.

Halloween Party in an Instant! - How to create a quick, creative and affordable Halloween party with pointers from  Christopher Hughes, Co-Founder of One Hour Parties.

Halloween Finger Food - A new twist for Spooky Halloween Finger food, Breadstick Witch Fingers. This simple recipe idea from Arlene of CookingWithSugar.com, is fun to make, quick and easy.

Three easy Halloween decorating ideas from HDTV’s Jennifer Perkins:

Halloween Glow In The Dark Bat Tree - Glow-in-the-dark bats make a fun, but not-too-scary, party accent.

Halloween Outdoor Decor - Spook up your yard for Halloween in just a few short hours with these easy decorating tips.

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Tips - It’s easier than you think! Here’s an introduction to pumpkin carving, featuring tools of the trade and tips on pumpkin Jack-O-Lantern preservation.

Crafter Karen Weisman gives tips to turn your tabletop into an almost instant Halloween scene:

Halloween Spiders? Easy to Make! - Spiders are a classic Halloween decoration!  See how easy it is to make spiders out of nothing more than pipe cleaners.

Table Pumpkin Patch? Easy! - Easy-to-make pumpkin patch for a children’s (or anyone else’s!) Halloween or fall party decorations.

An Easy lightning-quick idea –  just the thing for any last minute Halloween costume:

DIY Statue of Liberty CrownHow to Make a Statue of Liberty Crown for July 4th or Halloween, a fabulous must-have for any costumed celebration!

And… not-to-be-missed: our previous Halloween post:

Wallet-Happy Halloween - 12 EASY tips to make your Halloween holiday a haunted hit while keeping your budget happy.

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July 4th (Frugal) Fun

 

The Fourth of July in the U.S. is a time for celebration, and most folks will be enjoying the warm long summer’s day off with picnic treats, grilling on the barbecue, outdoor and backyard fun, and fireworks. Here are  videos with ideas to add more festive fun to your day, party or event: Celebrate with budget-friendly craft activities to keep the kids happy, delicious recipes for tasty treats, and patriotic decorations for the table, (and yourselves). Have a fun and safe July 4th!

Tasting & Table Setting

Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers – This recipe for juicy grilled portobello mushroom burgers from Vegetarian Times Magazine Editor, Mary Margaret Chappell is one that everyone will love! Put your favorite burger toppings on and enjoy!

Grilled Fresh Tomatoes – Paula Deen shows her easy recipe for grilled fresh tomatoes with garlic, parmesan cheese, thyme, and olive oil… ummm!

White Chocolate Dipping - Make your fourth of July party festive & delicious with white chocolate dipping! Kendra Arch of Cake ‘n Crumbs shows easy budget friendly ideas everyone will enjoy!

July 4th Centerpieces or Party Favors - Simple flower arrangements make perfect centerpieces or party favors for any budget. Floral Designer & Stylist Nico De Swert shows a festive idea suing a Pottery Barn item, but using supplies you may already have on hand would work well, too.

Design with Paper to Spruce Up Your July 4th Party - Inexpensive ideas to dress up your 4th of July setting, including centerpieces, table coverings, gift bags, food serving, hostess gifts & more, from Director, Creative Services at Kate’s Paperie, Alton DuLaney.

July 4th Crafts:

DIY Statue of Liberty Crown - How to Make a Statue of Liberty Crown for July 4th, a fabulous must-have for any Fourth of July celebration!

July 4th DIY Flags – Easy, inexpensive, fun DIY craft even the very youngest can do from the  Educational Art Institute.

DIY Pinwheels and Poppers – Crafty Creations from the Abilene Public Library show easy steps to create July 4th fun.

And finally:

The Sparkler- A July 4th party isn’t complete without a sparkler! Here’s a slow-motion, up-close look at the beauty of a single sparkler – a safe way to celebrate and enjoy!

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Fresh Food Saving Ideas to Stretch Your Produce Dollars

This post was inspired by BargainBabe.com’s third annual Frugal Festival which was held in Los Angeles, CA. The festival’s theme was “Food” and also provided support to the L.A. Regional Food Bank.

In general do-it-yourself is always the more economical way to go. Sometimes, like in the case of plumbing, electrical work, or car mechanical tasks, attempting DIY may end up costing you big in trouble and bucks unless you’re a seasoned veteran. But once you learn a few simple rules about cleanliness, preparing your own food will rarely – if ever – get you into any real trouble (Just don’t forget to turn off the stove).  It’s an undisputed fact that even if you do not use coupons, and even if you pay no attention to sales and markdowns, preparing your own meals is  healthier and will end up being a real money-saver.

Our Food, Cooking, Drink, Recipe Channel and Coupons & Grocery Channel are loaded with amazing tips on how to get the most gourmet bang for your supermarket, couponing, dining-out, and cooking dollar, but in this post, we’re focusing on some unique “frugal” food preservation strategies.

I consider myself a “nothing cook.”  Just as an artist may need to see the paint colors or the collage pieces before getting inspired to put something on the blank canvas, I draw inspiration from what I see in the fridge and pantry to create dishes. Essentially, I take what is there and make something from nothing. When my children were toddlers, a friend mentioned to me that she saves every leftover, no matter how small. She said, “To them (the toddlers) this 1/8 cup of rice and peas is a whole meal.”  Ever since then, I save just about everything, no matter how small, even now with the kids long gone from my kitchen. There are some occasional times when I don’t end up using the leftovers, but most of the time, those little leftovers serve as inspiration to create a whole meal. A tiny bit of fresh basil leaves get slivered into an omelet. A few pieces of bell pepper edges, celery ends, and a raddish or two becomes a slaw. A little piece of ginger gets sliced and put in the freezer for a stir-fry at another time.  Tired cilantro stems get blended up and frozen in an ice-cube tray for future sauces. And, one of my all time favorites: air dried grape tomatoes, all shriveled up with concentrated sweet flavor, perfect to slice up and top off some cream cheese or goat cheese on crackers… you get the idea.

For me, it’s really more about creativity and respect for nature and it’s gifts that drives my focus on a “waste not” attitude in the kitchen… but no matter what the inspiration, nature or money-saving, the pay-off is: DIY in the kitchen is a far more budget-friendly and healthy way to go.

Here in these videos are some amazing tips on food preservation that are easy to do, and with summer and fall’s bounty soon to surface, it’s a perfect time to hone up on ways to preserve now, so you can take advantage of in-season lower prices and produce’s peak freshness, to enjoy abundant inspiration all year long.

Food In a Frugal Lifestyle – Writer W. Hodding Carter has written a series on frugality for Gourmet Magazine which stemmed from his facing the truth about his family’s living beyond their means. See how the family tackles the food budget.

Making Fruit Leathers – Stop wasting food; preserve the height-of-the-season bounty for later by making fruit leather for pennies compared to what the store-bought costs! Step-by-step guide to making fruit leather from the Alaska Cooperative Extension Service’s Julie Cascio, gives details.

Drying Vegetables – Drying your own Vegetables is a great way to stretch your grocery dollar & enjoy fresh seasonal flavor all year. Julie Cascio from the Alaska Cooperative Extension Service, shows step-by-step instructions.

How to Dry Herbs - Easy DIY to enjoy seasonal prices and preserve the flavors of summer by drying fresh herbs & spices to use through the rest of the year. Author & host of PBS’ “Garden to Table,” P. Allen Smith shows how.

Freeze Fruit, Save Money – Buy fruit when it’s on sale, freeze & enjoy all year! You can use the technique shown in this video for all types of fruit – we’ve even done it with grapes! Try it with veggies, too! Dani Spies from CleanandDelicious.com shows how simple it is.

How to Freeze Tomatoes - Save money or stretch your own garden crop while you enjoy garden-fresh tomatoes all year long by freezing them! Simple to do.

Ready to Use Frozen Pepper Patties – Freezing is a way to take advantage of in-season prices for fresh produce, but freezing partially prepared recipe ingredients in small ready-to-use batches not only is good to keep your savings going all year long, but shortens your food prep time, too! This example from rebuild-from-depression.com is a bright addition to any freezer pantry.

Stretch Your Groceries, Stop Tossing Tomatoes - Donna Miller from Miller’s Grain House shows how saving a little here and there will add up to a lot on your table and in your piggy bank! This simple kitchen tip is a perfect example of kitchen frugal!

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Give Mom the Best and Your Budget a Break for Mother’s Day!

It’s easy to give mom the best!

From easy recipes, to beauty or spa gift basket ideas, to decorating ideas – we’ve got so many amazing affordable ideas for Mother’s Day we just couldnt single any out!

So let yourself go and create nothing less than wonderful for mom… you’ll be glad you did!

SpendLessTV.com’s categories are brimming with the best ideas to create a day Mom will love:

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Mother’s Day Fact: Mother’s Day started as part of a women’s peace movement dating back to the USA’s Civil War… more here.

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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 Threadbanger.com.

Saving Cash on Holiday Parties - Deal pro and consultant at savings.com and creator of LivingWellSpendingLess.com, 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 - WalletPop.com 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, Celebrations.com 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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How to Host a Golden Globe Awards Party on a Budget

Yes, you can enjoy entertaining with Hollywood and Broadway style, right in your own home.  Here are 5 videos from entertaining and trend-spotting experts giving ideas on food, fashion and decorating so you can host a fabulous party that won’t leave your wallet empty.

Party Great on a Budget - Make your special event the best! You can host a great party, and on a budget, too! The Party Goddess, Marley Majcher, shows how easy it can be.

Red Carpet Look-A-Likes, Golden Globes ’10 - You can look like a Hollywood star and do it on a budget. Nextpert.com’s fashion trend expert, Katlean de Monchy, shows two celebrity dresses, a casual outfit, shoes and even sunglasses… and how you can have the glam looks for.

Red Carpet Look-A-Likes, Golden Globes ’07 - With smart shopping and these fashion-find tips, you get the dresses and outfits to look like a Hollywood star on an extra’s budget when Nextpert.com’s Katlean De Monchy shows how to get Golden Globe runway fashion trends for less.

Award Night Party Decor - Martha Stewart demonstrates how you can easily re-create the glitz and glam of Awards Night in your own home and on a budget.

Golden Globe 5-Star Snacks - Jill Sharpe from TheLakeKitchen.com, shows budget-friendly make-ahead “golden” recipes perfect for your Golden Globe party, so you can enjoy visiting with guests and watching the award show without being chained to the kitchen.

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