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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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9 Black Friday Shopping Apps

Smart phones and technology can help make your shopping easier, especially on Black Friday (doesn’t THAT sound nice?). Here are video reviews of Black Friday and other shopping apps that can help you save time and money:

Tech reviewer Matts MacIntosh shows two phone apps to find coupons and locations that accept them, find apps and track their price changes, scan bar codes and then located the best deals. He reviews Yoowza!, AppSniper and RedLaser:

AppVee.com reviews three and evaluates the performance of these three apps designed for shopping Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals . Find out if  the cost of these iPhone & iPad Touch mobile apps are worth their potential savings:

The Daily App Show reviews The Find, a mobile app that ties online and offline shopping together. You can price compare, scan bar codes, locate products and save information to save money. For iPhone and Android:

Crazy Mike from CrayMikesapps.com walks you through the features of THI Friday iPhone App, a free money-saving app:

Owen Robbins from KRRS Systems reviews the money-saving and coupon app called, The Coupons App for iPhones, iPad, Android devices. They also feature Black Friday deals:

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The Special Deal Days of Holiday Shopping

 

The holiday shopping season continues to start earlier in the year, and that means a growing number of “special shopping days” with more deals and discounts from retailers and online outlets. This is a greater opportunity for you to save on those items on your gift list. But with more and more sale days, it may be quite a challenge to keep your spending in check during the holiday shopping season. The keys to staying in control are:

  • plan ahead
  • know the best days to shop
  • research and price compare ahead of time
  • use coupons and promo codes
  • stick to your budget

Here are the 12 traditional big sale and discount days for holiday shopping:

November 10 - Neighborhood Toy Store Day - This day of awareness was initiated to help shoppers find the best children’s toys on the market and encourage shopping in your  local community. Check out this website with resources: Neighborhood Toy Store Day. 

The Day after Thanksgiving – Black Friday - In the United States, Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day. On this day, most major retailers open extremely early, often even on Thanksgiving night, and offer promotional sales to kick off the shopping season, similar to Boxing Day sales in many Commonwealth Nations. Sales are announced weeks ahead of time, and doorbuster deals are offered in limited quantities, which means advanced planning is essential to get the most from these bargains. More to find big savings in our post: Black Friday, Cyber Monday Money Saving Tips

The Saturday following Thanksgiving - Small Business Saturday  - Small Business Saturday reminds us to shop at locally-owned neighborhood stores. Boutique independent shops can offer some unique choices, quality goods and caring service.

The Monday following Thanksgiving - Cyber Monday - This marks the start of Cyber Week, where online shopping deals are continuous right up until the very last holiday minute, especially if you know where and how to search for bargains. By shopping online you save on gas and parking fees. Watch for sales, and use promo codes for discounts and free shipping offers. 7 Cyber Monday Shopping and Safety Tips.

End of November or in December - Chanukah – The first day of the eight-day holiday of Chanukah changes from year to year, but check your calendar and watch for new offers, specials and promo codes before that first day and and throughout the eight days of Chanukah. More tips to enjoy your holiday celebration in our post:  8 Ideas for a Happy Hanukkah Party on a Budget.

Second Monday in DecemberGreen Monday - eBay coined the term “Green Monday,” which does not refer to anything ecological, but rather, refers to the busiest online sales day of the year and the busiest shipping day in the country, with sales reported to bring in over one-billion greenbacks. More savings tips in this video:  Green Monday

Mid-December – Free Shipping Day - The U.S. and Canada’s Postal Service’s Annual Free Shipping Day,  is a one-day, online-shopping event when literally thousands of merchants offer free shipping promising delivery by Christmas Eve, and many merchants offer additional special promotions and discounts. More on participating retailers, special offers in this post on Free Shipping Day .

Third Thursday in DecemberNational Regifting Day - Regifting can be a budget-friendly option for gift-giving and is a more environmentally friendly option. Additionally, National Regifting Day conveniently coincides with the time that many businesses are hosting holiday office parties. One word of caution: be sure you don’t regift the gift back to the person who gave it to you originally. More handy tips in this video on The Art of Regifting.

Saturday before Christmas Day – Super Saturday - This is the second biggest retail shopping day of the year. The Saturday before Christmas is called “super” because it’s the last weekend chance for shoppers, which makes it super for retailers. Along with extra incentives and doorbuster deals being offered through the weekend, shoppers may also find a wide range of retail prices with tons of impulse items priced on the higher side while items that haven’t moved previously may be priced to sell. More in this video: Super Saturday Holiday Shopping

Christmas Eve Eve and Christmas Eve - Two more intense days for sales at brick-and-mortar stores. This is the final opportunity for shoppers browse for gifts in order to give them in time for Christmas Day, and it’s the last chance to move inventory before final end of year markdowns. But though you may be facing a time crunch, it’s still possible to find deals. How-to tips in this video:  Last Minute Holiday Shopping Tips.

December 26Kwanzaa – This seven-day celebration starts the day following Christmas and ends on January 1. This week is loaded with post-Christmas and end-of-year discounts being offered, but pay special attention and you may find extra coupon codes and discounts added to address this specific holiday. Ideas, crafts, recipes and gift ideas in our post: 7 Kwanzaa Celebration Ideas.

Day After Christmas and Post Christmas Deals: The day after Christmas is now considered to be a close contender with Black Friday as one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Shoppers are in stores with gift exchanges and returns, and using gift cash and gift cards while taking advantage of end of season sales for items like winter gear, clothing and coats. It’s also a good time to find rock bottom prices on holiday items you might want to stock up on for next year’s holiday season like wrapping paper, holiday cards, and decorations. Discounts are usual offered through January 1 as retailers need to move last year’s inventory to make way for new spring stock. Make the most of your post-holiday shopping with the tips in this video on How to Snag After-Holiday Deals.

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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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Easter Entertaining On a Budget

 

Easter occurs at that time of year when everything is blooming new and fresh, and here in the East coast of the U.S. we begin to venture outdoors once again after a long winter’s hibernation.  The holiday conjures up thoughts of colorful flowers, candy, gift baskets, outdoor games, and a spring feast to celebrate with friends and family. Here are easy Easter entertaining tips with everything from decorations, to tasty meals, to kids games and craft activities to create an abundant Easter celebration without putting a dent in your budget.

Spring Vegetarian Greens & Quinoa Pie – Mary Margaret Chappell, Vegetarian Times Magazine Editor shows easy vegetarian recipe for a dish that’s sure to compliment any Spring table and every guest’s appetite.

Easter Feast, 3-Course, Serve 4, Under $35 – Executive editor of Gourmet Magazine, ”Doc” Willoughby shares a 3-course Easter feast that serves 4 people for under $35. Budget recipes: Spring Greens Salad, Herb Roasted Pork Loin, & Lemon Glazed Butter Cake.

Easter Gift Baskets Going Light - Diet editor and author of Finally Thin, Kim Bensen shares ways to make your Easter gift baskets healthier, kid-friendly, delicious and fun.

The Best Way to Peel a Hard-Boiled Egg – We use this technique and it’s hands down the best way to peel hard-boiled eggs –  especially handy when you have several to do.

Easter & Spring Table Decor - Simple budget-friendly Easter or spring decoration ideas for your table & home. These dollar store #DIY’s ideas from Sunday Burquest would also make great favors for guests or hostess gifts too. 

DIY Easter Basket from Recycled Items - A member of the San Diego Craft Mafia, CrafterMeagan Rae shows clever, easy ways to make budget and eco-kind Easter baskets from items you probably already have at home.

Stretch Your Easter Basket Goodies - Fun, healthier and eco-friendly ways to stretch your Easter basket goodies to last all year long. Money saving expert Denise Winston gives budget friendly ideas.

Kids Easter Game - Easy DIY project kids can do using Crayola Model Magic Fusion & plastic eggs to make this fun matching game. Perfect for Easter day – or any day – fun

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Party on St. Patrick’s Without Blowing Your Pot of Gold

photo: “Rainbow Over Knocknara” Ireland

You know spring is right around the corner when St. Patrick’s Day arrives. Green is springing up everywhere, and that alone is enough reason to celebrate! Here are seven videos with tips on meals, recipes, decorations, games, and crafts to bring some festive green and great luck to any St. Patrick’s Day party… with these budget-friendly ideas, you won’t need to tap into your pot of gold to enjoy a great time!

St. Patrick’s Corned Beef & Cabbage – Irish Chef Bobby Flay shows how to cook an affordable enhanced version of corned beef & cabbage, a perfect recipe for an impressive traditional St. Patrick’s Day feast.

St. Patricks Day Dinner, Under $35 - Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Chef Gerard Reidy’s classic recipes with a twist from Ireland’s Delphi Mountain Resort: mussels, a traditional lamb and vegetable stew, soda bread, and  banana bread dessert.

St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas - Leanne Mumm Pardo and Christopher Hughes, founders of One Hour Parties, share St. Patrick’s Day party ideas that are perfect quick, casual and affordable fun for any budget. Included: green beer, rainbow cupcakes, Leprechaun bottle covers, rainbow crunch mix, kids puppet activity and more.

Marble Green Fingernails for St. Patrick’s Day - When will it be a better time to wear green marble nail polish than on St. Patrick’s Day? What a budget friendly holiday idea! Here’s an easy tutorial on how to do it!  (cup is filled with filtered water).

Make a Bowler Hat from Newspaper - Crafting expert, Ginny Larson shows how to make a DIY St. Patrick’s Day bowler hat from newspaper – easy!

Kids Crafts for St. Patrick’s Day - Crafty Creations, the Abilene PublicLibrary librarian duo, Tremain Jackson and Alyssa Crow, show two DIY craft projects, a potato shamrock stamp & a tissue paper rainbow. They also suggest two children’s books relating to St. Patrick’s Day.

The History of St. Patrick’s Day - Is St. Patrick’s Day just about green, shamrocks, leprechauns, gold and beer? What is the origin of St. Patrick’s Day? And who was St. Patrick? Find the answer here & impress with your St. Patrick’s knowledge!

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5 Tips to Avoid Holiday Shopping Hassle

Holiday shopping can really be a hassle. Not only are you dealing with all the rushing around, bargain hunting, last minute plans, crowds and traffic, but there’s also safety issues, budget concerns, and how to make sure you’re getting the most value for your money.

Here are 5 short videos that give strategies for shopping in stores and online that will work for you – not only during the holiday shopping season, but throughout the year – with tips on when, where, and how to shop to receive the most bang for your buck with the least amount of hassle.

Hassle-Free Holiday Shopping - Personal finance expert Carmen Wong Ulrich gives tips to stretch your holiday shopping dollars & get the most bang for your buck. Discounted gift cards, price matching, Black Friday, and online shopping tips.

Holiday Shopping Survival Tips - Between overcrowded malls and strict return policies, the shopping season can be stressful. Consumer Correspondent Susan Koeppen gives CBS’s Rebecca Jarvis her smart shopping survival tips for the holidays.

Pay with Paper or Plastic for Gifts? - It is better to pay with cash, credit card, open new accounts, lay-a-way? Wall Street Journal Columnist, Wendy Bounds gives tips on best ways to pay for holiday purchases from gift cards to electronics to apparel and pitfalls to watch out for.

Scouring for Holiday Sales -CBS business and economics correspondent, Rebecca Jarvis, gives her top Web sites & mobile apps to find the best bargain-basement holiday shopping deals.

Saving on Holiday Shopping - Holiday shopping? Some creative and easy tips to, stretch your dollar, stay in control of your spending & save money while enjoying holiday gift-giving from MoneyTalksNews.com’s Stacy Johnson.

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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 FrugalYankee.com 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 SpendLessTV.com 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!

More in our post: July 4th Frugal Fun

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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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20 Big Time (& Budget) Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine’s Day… and we’re on it, with videos full of ideas to say you care, and ways to celebrate in warm, cozy, and ultra romantic style, without over-spending or draining your bank account… so go ahead, indulge:

Rich Romantic Times for Less - Relationship expert, Sean Stephenson gives inspiring ideas for a hot date, no matter what your budget, that are sure to “wow” your honey.

Valentine, Impress Your Honey for Little Money - Amy Lewis, DebtFreeAmerica.com

Valentine Gifts for Men Under $50 - David Greg from BehindTheBuy.com shows great ideas for the guys

Valentives DIY Projects, KMBC’s Dion Lim gives easy projects for a big statement but a little price!

Valentine’s Day Card DIY – An easy, fun craft both kids and adults will love doing. Create a woven heart-shapped “packet” to hold a sweet something for your sweetie.

Valentines Pop-Up Card DIY - Create a whimsical heart-to-heart pop-up card – quick and easy.

Valentines Kids Party on Budget - Games, snacks, decorations and crafts from Kit Bennett of AmazingMoms.com

Valentines DIY Kids Projects - Dion Lim, of Dion’s Daily Deals.com, with ideas that kids can create

Street Food Smart! - Treat Your Valentine to an ultra- affordable Gourmet Dinner! Tips from sltv Exclusives Video Contributor, Daniel Delaney, of Vendr.tv

Valentines Dinner: 3-Course Under $35 - Husband and Wife chefs, Lachlan & Allison Patterson (Lachlan was also a contestant on Top Chef Masters & 2008 Best Chef Shouthwest from the James Beard Foundation)

Valentine Bubbly! – Champagne & Sparkling Wines – Epicurious.com tips  to save you money on the bubbly

Valentines DIY Spa Day - Use items right from your kitchen! – Katie Lee on CBS’ The Early Show

Valentine Romantic Look - Professional make-up artist, Michelle Phan, shows romantic make-up how-to steps

Red Carpet Inspired Looks Golden Globes - Looking for a Valentine knock-out dress? Get Red Carpet Looks for way less with these GoldenGlobe ’09 inspired fashion-find deals from Nextpert.com trending reporter, Kathleen De Monchy

Red Carpet Inspired Looks Oscars - Want a Valentine knock-out dress? Get Red Carpet Looks for way less with these Oscar ’08 inspired fashion-find deals from Kathleen De Monchy

Valentine’s Gift Giving Stages – Stephen Lenz, AOL Shopping consultant,  has tips for any stage of your relationship

Limo’s – How to Get the Best Deal – For that Xtra Special Valentines Night from SeattleTravel.com

Budget-Friendly Rings - Tips on what to watch & watch out for from Summer Krecke, Deputy Editor, WeddingChannel.com

Wedding Rings - What to Consider When Buying a wedding rings, from Tacori.com diamonds.

Frugal Destination Weddings – (what Valentine wouldn’t love that?) Antonia van der Meer, editor-in-chief of Modern Bride Magazine

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