Saving for Christmas

Saving money for Christmas spending and gift buying -- two budget ideas

I was shocked when I saw Christmas décor and accouterments for sale in early September. From my perspective, it was still summer, and how dare you pull us all the way to December when I hadn’t even considered the other fall holidays?

Saving money for Christmas spending and gift buying -- two budget ideas

So I don’t want to be one of those people. I’m not nearly ready for Christmas trees, tinsel, and holly. However, it’s around this time of year that I start getting my budget ready for the inevitable Christmas spending.

I absolutely love the winter holidays, and I see them as a great time to appreciate loved ones, celebrate the good in the world, and go wild with decorating. But all this jolly celebrating comes at a very real price tag. I’m not one to run up new debt carrying balances on credit cards, so I’ve got to have the cash ready to buy presents, a fresh cut tree, new wrapping supplies, and other decorations. Even DIY presents require materials!

How we had a fun and relaxed wedding

How we had a fun and relaxed wedding

This post is part of Wedding Wednesdays, where I am sharing details on our June 2014 nuptials. If you’re looking for a general recap, check out this post.

How we had a fun and relaxed wedding

When planning for our wedding, we made it a priority to have a fun and genuine event. We are very down-to-earth people, so we didn’t want our wedding to be too stuffy or formal. Here’s what we did to “keep it real.”

Farm wedding at Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont, NY

Falling Leaves Painted Mobile

Falling Leaves Painted Mobile -- a fall-themed craft project with leaves

Falling Leaves Painted Mobile -- a fall-themed craft project with leaves

It seems like I’m finally ready to accept fall. And it’s a good thing because it’s officially autumn this week. I’ve been inspired by some painted leaf projects I’ve seen online and decided to put my own spin on things with this leaf mobile.

Collecting fall leaves for a craft project

First I gathered all different leaves from a local park. I looked for ones that were relatively flat, undamaged, and not too brittle. I shook off the excess dirt and brought them home to use in decorating.

Wedding Embroidery: for suits and bouquets

Wedding embroidery projects for your wedding - DIY bouquet and suit embroidery

This post is part of Wedding Wednesdays, where I am sharing details on our June 2014 nuptials. If you’re looking for a general recap, check out this post.

Wedding embroidery projects for your wedding - DIY bouquet and suit embroidery

The wealth of wedding inspiration online made me a little nuts over DIY projects for my wedding. I was inspired to make two different embroideries for the big day. One was for George’s suit and it read “I got married in this suit” and had the wedding date. The other was an embroidered ribbon wrap for my bridal bouquet.

My Mexico Packing List

Best things to pack for Mexico - a list of what to bring on The Thrifty Ginger

After a chilly weekend here in New York, I’m ecstatic to have an upcoming trip to Mexico this fall. We’re going to be staying on the western coast, in a small surfing town and I could not be more excited.

I’ve been busy preparing for the trip, gathering up some necessities, as well as some fun treats. We’ll be doing a lot of swimming, I hope, since we’ll have a pool, and are in walking distance to the beach. Mostly I’m just looking to maximize our time with warm weather fun. I may have gone a little overboard, but I’m just so excited.

Here’s what I’ll be packing:

Best things to pack for Mexico - a list of what to bring on The Thrifty Ginger

The practical

For fun

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