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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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Top Ten Money Saving Videos of 2012 on SpendLessTV


The Top Ten Videos of 2012 on

As we welcome the start of a new year, we reflect on the one just completed and realize how incredibly grateful we are to be able to feature helpful material from insightful money-savers, creative crafters, entrepreneurs and personal finance advisors from all over the world who are committed to helping you achieve your personal finance, money management and creative success.

With appreciation and thanks we acknowledge all of the creators of the amazing video content featured on the site, but in particular, as the new year begins, we recognize the video contributors who made’s  Top Ten List of Most Viewed Videos for 2012: Ramit SethiGarrett B. Gunderson,  Daniel Delaney, Julia Scott,  Rick Bayless, Brad Stroh, Suzanne RielleMarie Forleo, the Saturday Night Live team of  Steve Martin, Amy Poehler and Chris Parnell, and independent crafter Corinne Bradd.

Here is the List of  The Top Ten Videos of 2012:

10. Busting Money Myths: Willpower – Ranking in the Top Ten List for the second year this video busts the money myth that growing wealth is all about needing more willpower. This is one of three videos in an Original series created for SpendLessTV from Ramit Sethi, personal finance blogger and author of  I Will Teach You To Be Rich.  Ramit is known for his straight forward, unconventional approach to helping people succeed with personal finance, money saving and business growth and entrepreneurship.

9. Your Credit Score: Stay on Top – This is Garrett B. Gunderson’s third appearance in the annual Top Ten List, but the first for this particular video. Garrett created this video as an Original for SpendLessTV. He discloses a wealth of information about how your credit score influences everything from your insurance rates to your mortgage rates, car loans and more – and what you can do about it. Don’t miss the invaluable insight from the author of the New York Times bestseller, Killing Sacred Cows.

8. Street Food Smart – This Original video created for from creator, restaurateur and food culinary cart curbbside cuisine expert, Daniel Delaney  makes it’s second appearance in the yearly SpentLessTV Top Ten List. Daniel sheds light on the age-old question: to taste or not to taste? Catch Daniel’s wisdom on how to get the most quality and enjoyment for your vendor buck.

7. Coupon Stacking Explained – We all know how using coupons can save money, but in this clip Julia Scott, CEO of, shows exactly how easy it is to save big every time and  how one simple couponing tip can add up to considerable savings at the cash register.

6. Guacamole – Frontera Grill founder and TV personality, Chef Rick Bayless, gives his famous recipe for a slightly unconventional guacamole. We’re not surprised this rates in the top-viewed; it’s a free recipe for an inexpensive, yet rich and indulgent dish which is, of course, THE perfect food for just about any occasion and an easy side dish that enhances any meal!

5. 5 Simple Ways to Save Money – Saving money is always a good idea, but often we end up over-complicating the  how, when, where, and what regarding what really works. In this video the CEO of, Brad Stroh, takes the guess work out of the equation by providing 5 basic never-fail ways to grow your savings every day.

4. How to Spend Less on Kids Clothing -“Buy Right and Sell Right” is the secret many parents are using to dress kids in high style, quality clothing for less-than or equal-to superstore offerings. Suzanne Rielle, co-founder of the resale site,, explains how it works and why and how purchasing quality clothing can actually be a real money-saver.

3Maintain a Mindset of Abundance – Best-selling author, speaker and one of the most diversely successful entrepreneurs and business development coaches today, Marie Forleo, shares 3 easy things you can do to feel abundant, attract success, avoid money stress and feel great about your potential in this Original video created especially for which deservedly has ranked in the yearly Top Ten for the past three years.

2. Don’t Buy Stuff You Can’t Afford! – Making the Top Ten List for the third year running, is this classic comedy sketch from Saturday Night Live which features Steve Martin and Amy Poehler, who play a couple needing personal finance budgeting help, which they find with Chris Parnell’s unique approach to debt & money-management. Timeless advice presented in a way that always brings a smile.

1.  DIY Paper Photo Wallet – Everything you need to know to create a paper crafted tri-fold wallet to display your favorite pictures, recipes, notes, clippings – you name it – in style. Crafter Corinne Bradd shows how to create a brag book using only paper & a few simple creases. This project requires no glue, no scissors, and no tape. It makes a fantastic craft project for the kids, is a great greeting card alternative and makes a super thank-you or hostess gift.  No wonder it topped the List as the Number One Top-Viewed Video of 2012!

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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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U.S. National Doughnut or Donut Day!

Randy’s Donut, Inglewood, Ca. Designed 1953 by Robert Graham – photo credit:

Watch for U.S. National Doughnut or Donut Day next year; the first Friday of June!

All you doughnut or donut fans – Friday, June 3, 2011 is U.S. National Doughnut Day! Donut shops all over the country are offering freebies. Here are offers from three top national franchises…  but check your local independent shops, we’re certain many will be offering up some complimentary goodies, too!

Krispy Kreme will give one free doughnut per person at participating retail locations. No purchase necessary. Locate a Krispy Kreme near you.

LaMar’s Donuts is giving visitors a free Gourmet Donut with a hole – No purchase required. Locate a LaMar’s near you.

Dunkin’ Donuts will offer guests a free donut fo their choice (while supplies last) with the purchase of a beverage (excluding bottled cooler beverages). Locate a Dunkin’ Donuts near you.

And for you DIY’s out there: Here’s a recipe for Buttermilk Doughnuts with Chocolate Butterscotch Glaze from Chef Glenda Galvan-Garcia of Whole Enchilada Consulting and chef at The Factory in Los Angeles.

Did you Know? National Doughnut Day occurs on the first Friday of June each year. It started in 1938 as a fund raiser for the Chicago Salvation Army. Their goal was to help the needy during the Great Depression, and to honor the Salvation Army “Lassies” of World War I, who served doughnuts to soldiers.

P.S. June 3 is also U.S. National Egg Day! Catch these videos for recipes and kitchen time-savers:

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