163 Christmas Ornaments For $50 (But Who’s Counting?)


(These pictures do not do these items justice – I promise when they’re on the tree it’ll look so much better but I hurriedly took the pics with my iphone before the kids got home from school!)

Dollar Tree Christmas decorations are out in full force, and I scored big this week! I made a quick run in just to see what they had, and came out with a small Christmas haul. ;)


Everything in our new home is very pale and neutral, and while I’ve loved our last Dollar Tree Christmas Tree, I knew those colors wouldn’t work here. I found this beautiful silver and white tree over on Pinterest, and am working towards switching over to those colors this year (while sticking to a budget!) A few days ago my sweet husband made the mistake of saying “I can’t wait to see how you’re going to decorate here this Christmas” which for me clearly meant “You get to buy anything you want to decorate as long as you don’t go really nuts.”;)


So, for a whopping $50, I scored ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY THREE ORNAMENTS for our tree. I’m not quite sure where it’s going to go or what else we’ll need, but I’m thinking we’re already just about there! (We’ll also have our normal family tree, but this one’s my perfect little decorating tree – ’cause you just can’t get enough Christmas around here.)


Here are a few fun things I noticed while shopping (all for $1, of course.) 



(I love those reindeer!)






Do you use Dollar Tree decorations at home on your tree? I’d love to hear your favorite finds – leave a comment to share!

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FREE Photo Canvas From Canvas People



Just a reminder that this offer is still available – might come in handy if you have pretty fall pictures you’d like to enjoy on a canvas!

Need an awesome gift idea? Get a FREE 11×14 Canvas Portrait from Canvas People ~ these have fantastic reviews and people love them. Here’s how to get yours:


  1. Go HERE and upload a photo to get started.
  2. You’ll be able to choose greyscale or sepia (for an extra charge) – or use Pic Monkey ahead of time to edit your picture
  3. Shipping is $14.95 for most sizes, which is an awesome deal for a photo canvas!


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Pinecone Research Accepting New Applicants: Pays $3 Per Survey

Pinecone Research has opened for new survey participants for specific ages:  just complete their surveys, and you receive cash!  You won’t get rich completing surveys, however you may earn an extra penny or two. :)  They only have a few spaces available and aren’t offered all that frequently, so you’ll want to sign up soon if you’re interested.

If you’re accepted, Pinecone Research will pay you $3 per survey that you complete.  I’ve heard that people who’ve used Pinecone Research have been very pleased with the company, but I have not used them myself.  If you’ve had any experience with Pinecone Research I’d love to hear your thoughts!


Head on over HERE to get started if you’re interested in learning more.

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Wal Mart $1 Or Less List (Week Of 10/30/14)


Here are the top deals at Wal Mart this week, thanks to Paul at I Heart the Mart!

Rimmel Nail Polish 1.50

  • Use $1/1 printable or $1/1 coupon from the 10/26 RedPlum insert
  • $.50 after coupon

Chi Chi’s Salsa $1.78

Bounce Dryer Sheets $2.07

  • Use $3/2 coupon from the 10/26 P&G insert
  • $.57 after coupon

Nivea Lip Care $2.47

  • Use $3/2 coupon from the 10/26 RedPlum insert
  • $.97 after coupon

Ready To Go Snacks $1.98

  • Use $1.00/1 Frito-Lay Ready To Go Snacks – 10-19-14 SS
  • $.98 after coupon

Quaker Protien Oatmeal $2.98

Covergirl Eye Shadow $2.50

  • Use $3/2 coupon from the 10/26 P& G insert
  • $1 after coupon

Gillette Shave Prep $1.97

  • Use $1/1 coupon from the 10/26 P&G insert or $.50/1 printable
  • $.97 after coupon

Maybelline New York Eye Shadow $2.94

  • Use $2/1 coupon from the 10/26 RedPlum insert
  • $.94 after coupon

Tabasco Sauce $1.34

  • Use $1/1 coupon from the 10/26 SmartSource insert
  • $.34 after coupon

And here’s the complete list of top deals at Walmart this week . . . (click “read more” to see them)

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Dollar Tree Deals 10/30/14-11/5/14

Planning to head to the Dollar Tree this week? Here are several deals you won’t want to miss!  Remember that the availability of items from store to store will vary a bunch, but hopefully you’ll be able to find many of these at your store, and you’ll want to visit Dollar Store Deals for bargains this week.
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Fabulous Freebies: Pantene, Krispy Kreme, IHOP & More

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*HOT* $5 Off $25 Kroger Digital Coupon

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LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Hurry over to log in to your Kroger account (or Kroger affiliate store account) and you’ll automatically get $5 off your $25 grocery purchase after entering the code DIGITAL at checkout. WOOHOO!


(I just got mine – can you tell I’m a wee bit excited?) ;)

See all the deals at Kroger this week, and check out the complete Kroger weekly ad to plan your trip before you go.


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Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ideas For Older Kids


After sharing with you all about how my seven-year-old’s perspective changed recently after working on her Operation Christmas Child Shoebox, I put together a list of ideas to pack in those shoeboxes for older children (as littler ones are pretty easy to buy for!) Many of them can be found at the Dollar Tree, and would be easy, inexpensive gifts to give.


For Older Boys:

  • Tools – hammer, screwdriver, wrench or pliers, duct tape, measuring tape
  • Fishing supplies – add in a small fishing kit, fishing line, hooks
  • Binoculars
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Plastic Magnifying Glass
  • Watch
  • Handkerchief
  • Collapsible water bottle
  • Harmonica

For Older Girls:

  • Small sewing kit
  • Clip on earrings
  • Bracelets
  • Barettes
  • Coin purse
  • Sticky notes
  • Watercolor paint set
  • Yarn
  • Colored Sharpies, highlighters or markers
  • A friendship bracelet with extra string so they can make more
  • Ink pad and stamp set


Also, here are a few ideas that Operation Christmas Child shared on their site as far as suggestions for all ages (as well as some items not to include):

  • TOYS: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.
  • SCHOOL SUPPLIES: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
  • NON-LIQUID HYGIENE ITEMS: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.
  • ACCESSORIES: t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.
  • A PERSONAL NOTE: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may be able to write back.
  • DO NOT INCLUDE: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.


National Collection Week for Shoeboxes this year is November 17-24, and if you’re not sure where to drop off a box in your area you can go HERE to find a local collection site. They do ask that you also give a donation of $7 per box to cover the cost of shipping – learn more about that over HERE and donate online as well.


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What other suggestions do you have on items to donate in Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes? I’d love to hear them – leave a comment to share!


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Amazon Lightning Deals Schedule

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Amazon has tons of great Lightning Deals available every day, and these are great to watch for as Christmas is approachingRemember Amazon is offering special early access to select Lightning Deals for Prime Members, so it’s a great time to try out Amazon Prime for FREE right now to sneak in on those deals.


Here’s a peek at the best deals of the day today, with a big thanks to Sisters Shopping on a Shoestring:




Note: To get the “Lightning Deal” you’ll want to be at your computer when the sale becomes available. Many of these items sell FAST (especially the big ones that I post), so don’t miss it. To find the deal, click the link for the item above, and in the right sidebar (towards the top), you’ll see a message from Amazon that says it’s currently a Lightning Deal price. Be sure to grab it and place it in your cart quickly to get that price. Hope that helps!

See more Amazon Deals.  Remember that pricing on Amazon is subject to change at any time.

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Playskool Mr. Potato Head Just $5 (Regular $11.99)

CaptureHead over to Amazon to snag the Playskool Mr. Potato Head for just $5 (regular $11.99).  This would be a great Christmas or birthday gift.  Here are the details:

  • The parts are compatible with other versions of Mr. or Mrs. Potato Head
  • Mr. Potato Head has had a makeover and now has legs, more accessory holes, and a slimmer look
  • Store the parts in the figure?s Tater Tush. Potato figure comes with eyes, nose, mouth with teeth, hat, mustache, tongue, pair of glasses, 2 hands, 2 ears and 1 pair of legs with shoes
  • Your child will love putting his nose where his ear should be and building many different versions of the original potato friend

Go HERE to get yours!

See more Amazon Deals, and remember when you subscribe and save to 5 or more items in one month, you’ll also save an additional 15% on all of your subscribe and save purchases.

Remember that pricing on Amazon is subject to change at any time.


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