The Ultimate Amazon Shopping List: 50 Things You Should *Always* Buy On Amazon

 

 

Do you love shopping Amazon? 

 

Me too! ūüôā¬†

 

For many of us, Amazon offers easy savings (and convenience) on thousands of items, delivered right to our door. But it’s important to know what items really are great prices, and which items are worth heading to your local store for.

 

 

My general rule of thumb is to check Amazon for anything I would make a quick trip to Walmart for, because so many items end up being less money, with no stress. 

 

I love that.

 

 

Here’s a peek at my Ultimate Amazon Shopping List ~ I’d love to hear what you’d add to the list too!

 

 

And to make our lives a little easier Рyou can even print your own FREE Printable Amazon Shopping List HERE!

Amazon Daily Deals

1 . Amazon Gold Box

2 . Amazon Lightning Deals

 

 

Amazon Prime Deals

3 . Free eBooks

4 . Free Movies

5 . Free Music

6 . Free Photo Storage

 

 

Arts, Crafts & Sewing

7 . Crafting Supplies

**Amazon carries an HUGE variety of crafty goods Рfrom Colored Pencil sets to bulk construction paper and Sewing Machines!

I also think Amazon usually has a better deal on a Silhouette machine than other stores  РI absolutely love mine!

 

 

 

Automotive Parts & Accessories

8 . Auto Parts

*Besides major auto parts – we also see really good deals on windshield wiper blades pretty often!

 

 

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9 . Baby Wipes

10 . Diapers

*Both the diapers and wipes often have coupons you can clip, plus an extra 20% Savings if you’re a member of Amazon Family! ¬†Learn more about Amazon Family and get a Free 30-Day Trial ūüôā

 

 

 

Beauty & Personal Care

11 . Drug Store Makeup and Makeup Remover Wipes

12 . Olay Regenerist

*This is my absolute favorite moisturizer and Amazon always carries it for way less than Walmart after you subscribe and save, plus they frequently offer a coupon which makes the price even better ūüôā

13 . Pads/Tampons  (compare to Walmart)

14 . Razor Systems or Disposable Razors (when they offer a $3 or $4 off coupon they can be great deals!)

15 . Shampoo & Conditioner

16 . Teeth Whitening Strips   (compare to Walmart)

17 . Toothbrushes (the bulk packs)

 

 

 

Clothing, Shoes & Jewelery

18 .¬†Children’s Hair Bows

19 . Crocs

20 . Scarves

21 . Toms

 

  

Electronics

22 . Cell Phone Charging Cords

23 .  Cell Phone Cases

24 . Photo Memory Cards

 

 

Gifts

25 . Gift Cards

Grocery & Gourmet Food

26 . Coffee Pods

27 . Snack Foods when they include special discounts

*Check out all the current Amazon Grocery Coupons here!

 

 

 

 

Health & Household

28 . Batteries

29 . Some Cleaning Products

30 . Dishwasher Tablets

31 . Disinfectant Wipes

32 . Laundry Detergent

33 . LED Lightbulbs

34 . Mr. Clean Magic Erasers  *Also check out the generic eraser sponges!

35 .¬†Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap

36 .¬†Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap

37 . Vitamins & Supplements

Kitchen & Dining

38 . Cuisinart Knives 

39 . Kitchen Gadgets and Small Appliances

40 . Rubbermaid Containers (watch for Lightning Deals on these sets!)

Luggage & Travel Gear

41 . Luggage

42 . Tents (wait for a sale on these Рthey come around all the time!)

 

 

 

 

Paper & Plastic

43 . Paper Towels

44 . Toilet Paper

45 . Trash Bags

 

 

Pet Supplies

46 . Cat Food

47 . Dog Food

 

 

Reading Materials

48 . Books

49 .  Magazine Subscriptions  *Check out the magazine deal of the day each day!

 

 

 

Toys & Games

50 . We see soooo many good deals on toys and games¬†on Amazon, especially around Christmas. ¬†Keep an eye on the hottest¬†“Movers and Shakers” to catch the biggest sales on popular toys and games!

Some items we often see deals on:

 

 

Can’t get enough AMAZON?¬† Here you go . . .

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The Ultimate Aldi Grocery List

 

I’m so excited about this!¬†¬†If you’re not familiar with Aldi, they have fantastic prices on a wide variety of household and grocery staples without the need to clip coupons or wait for big sales, and we thought it would be fun to put together the Ultimate Aldi Grocery List to help you get started.

 

If you just don’t have the time to coupon and stock-up during sales cycles, shopping¬†at Aldi week in and week out can *really*¬†help lower your grocery budget.

 

And they make it easy.

 

I love that.

 

So, because I really do just love Aldi shopping, the PPP team  put together this FREE Aldi Grocery List here. (Yay!)

 

 

This list walks you aisle by aisle through the store – starting in snacks and ending in frozen foods (a kinda-crazy setup that’s unique to Aldi, so hopefully this will make life easier for you.)

 

Check the boxes for everything you need in each aisle from baking soda to bananas to bath tissue Рwith a little extra room for anything extra you think of when you shop.

 

Easy peasy. ūüôā¬†

 

 

Print out a new one each week, grab your quarter and reusable grocery sacks, and you’re ready to go. ¬†(New to Aldi? ¬†Besides needing quarters and bags – you’ll want to check out the¬†22 Secrets to Shopping at Aldi¬†before heading out.)

 

Don’t miss this¬†list 20 Items You Need to Get at Aldi¬†¬†– here are just a few highlights to watch for:

  • Gluten Free & Organic Foods – GREAT prices and great selection
  • Milk – CRAZY Cheap milk, prices vary by region
  • Produce – Avocados for 49¬Ę, Bananas 44¬Ę/lb and I’ve even seen Fuji Apples for $1.99 for a 3 lb bag
  • Cereal – Around $1.29 a Box (varies by type)
  • Snacks – Around $1 for Tortilla Chips, $1.50 for many others
  • Baking Supplies – Lots of rock bottom deals – Baking Soda is just 49¬Ę
  • Taco Supplies – Tortillas for $1.49, Taco Seasoning 35¬Ę, Beans 49¬Ę, etc…
  • And check that seasonal aisle for fun new items every week!

 

What are your favorite things to buy at Aldi?  Leave a comment to share, I love hearing from you!

 

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Looking for more info on Aldi? Here you go . . . 

 

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Christmas Made EASY: The Ultimate Christmas Checklist

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Oh my.

 

 

You are gonna love this.

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Like . . .

 

YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE. THIS. 

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I was worrying this weekend about all the things I needed to do to get ready for Christmas, and realized that I just needed a perfect checklist to really get myself organized.
So I visited Pinterest . . . and there were so many great lists, but none that were just right.

 

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But lucky for me (and lucky for you!), I have an awesome designer who created this Ultimate Christmas Checklist so you and I can be completely organized and stick to our budgets this year. 

 

 

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WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOO!

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(Yup, I’m a wee bit excited about this one.)

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More than anything here at PPP, I want to you to save a bundle this Christmas, and at the same time, I’d just love to make Christmas easier for you too.

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So, hurry over HERE to get and let me send it right out to you, and let me know what you think. Happy Black Friday Week!

 

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{Note ~ if you’re a PPP email subscriber I sent this out to you a few hours ago today. Send me an email at contact@passionatepennypincher.com if you didn’t get yours!)

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The Ultimate Aldi, Costco, Sam’s, Target, Walmart Baking Price Comparison Sheet (Christmas Edition)

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I’m so stinkin’ excited about this!¬†My friends Cheryl and Shannon did an¬†incredible job putting together this Ultimate Aldi, Costco, Sam’s, Target & Walmart price comparison cheat sheet so you¬†never pay too much this Christmas season for your baking supplies.

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They’ve priced everything you’ll need as you’re baking this Christmas season, including sugar and butter, chocolate chips and eggs, flour, baking soda and more.


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Honestly? I was shocked at the results. I would never have thought Sam’s, Costco and Aldi would be so much lower than some of the other stores are certain items, but they were.

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Now, these prices don’t take sales into account, so if Target or Walmart drops the prices on these during a special sale you may get a better price at those stores. But, hopefully this gives you a good idea of how to get the best price, so you never (ever!) pay too much!

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Go HERE to download your free copy, and be sure to share with your friends to help make their shopping easier too! 

 

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Crock-tober is here.

Looking for more penny pinched recipes? Here you go!

 

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I am¬†sooooooooo excited¬†about this!!! This week we are starting Passionate Penny Pincher’s Crocktober series, which means you and I are going to get dinner on the table every single night in the month of October.

 

Wooohooooo! ūüôā¬†

As I shared on Facebook Live yesterday, starting Monday through Friday of each week in October I’ll be sharing a live video at 8:40 (well, maybe 8:45?) AM Eastern time popping dinner in Mrs. Potts.¬† Here’s how the schedule *should* look: ūüôā

  • 8:40-8:45 AM Eastern Time – ¬†Facebook Live Video showing how to make the recipe each morning (during the video you can tap the “follow” button and you’ll get updates each time PPP goes live)
  • 1:30 PM ¬†Eastern Time – Blog post here on PPP with a replay of the video as well as links to recipes
  • 2:30 PM Eastern Time – Daily email goes out to regular email subscribers with all the info
  • 5:20¬†PM Eastern Time (POSSIBLY! depends on family schedule) – quick update over on Facebook with pic or live video of recipe
  • 8:30 PM Eastern Time – Blog post here sharing¬†another¬†bloggers dessert recipe (if you have any recommendations or are a blogger with a delicious recipe to share – send me an email at¬†contact@ passionatepennypincher .com, leave out spaces!)

The best part?

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WE HAVE MADE YOU A GROCERY LIST AND COOKBOOK WITH ALL OF THE DETAILS FOR YOU.

 

you’re welcome!! ūüôā

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To get the cookbook and grocery list, all you need to do is be an email subscriber (you can sign up over HERE if you’re not signed up already.)¬†

 

Note – if you’re already an email subscriber check your¬†inbox with a link to your free copy ~ we’ve just sent it out (be sure to check your spam folder too if you don’t see it, and send me an email at contact@ passionatepennypincher .com ~ leave out spaces if you don’t see it there!)

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Looking for a new Mrs. Potts (like I was this week?) Here are a few of my favorites . . . 

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Hamilton Beach 7-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker for $29.96

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Crock-Pot Cook’ N Carry 6-Quart Slow Cooker¬†(currently $23.07, regularly $29 at Amazon)

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Crockpot Cook & Carry Digital Slow Cooker with Heat Saver Stoneware ($39.99 at Walmart)

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Crockpot 2.5-Quart Mini Casserole Crock Slow Cooker for $32.49

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Instant Pot $119.95 (this dropped in price to $69.99 on Amazon Prime Day – I’m hoping for a deal and will let you know for sure if one pops up!)

And, in case you watched the video yesterday and wanted the recipes for the  mixes I made up, here they are (finally!) as promised.

Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups nonfat dry milk
  • ¬ĺ cup cornstarch
  • ¬ľ cup low sodium instant chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 tsp dry onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • ¬Ĺ tsp pepper

RECIPE

  • Mix together all ingredients.
  • Store at room temperature in plastic bag or container.
  • To use, mix together ‚Öď cup dry mixture with 1 ¬ľ cups water to make 1 can cream of chicken soup.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Packet

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • ¬Ĺ tsp salt
  • ¬Ĺ garlic powder
  • ¬Ĺ tsp cumin
  • ¬ľ tsp pepper
  • 1 ¬Ĺ tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • pinch red pepper flakes

RECIPE

Mix all ingredients, equals one package taco seasoning mix.

Homemade Dry Ranch Dressing Seasoning Packet

INGREDIENTS

  • ¬ĺ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • ¬Ĺ tsp garlic powder
  • ¬ľ tsp onion powder

RECIPE

Mix all ingredients, equals one package ranch dressing seasoning mix.

Italian Dressing Seasoning Packet

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ¬Ĺ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

RECIPE

Mix all ingredients and store at room temperature in plastic bag or container. To use, mix 2 tablespoons in place of seasoning packet.

 

 

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I can’t wait to spend this month with you ~ we’re going to have a fantastic time feeding our family¬†well all month long!¬†

 

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Free Printable Recipe Cards

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Free Printable Recipe Cards

 

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I’m so excited about this!¬†My friend Cheryl put together these completely free recipe cards of our family’s¬†absolute favorite treat recipes for you to enjoy.

 

These are the recipes that I get asked for every time we host a get together, and I promise you’ll love them. They really are the¬†best chocolate chip cookies and chocolate cake you will EVER make, and now you can have them on a cute printed card for the next time you need a treat!

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Make these chocolate chip cookies . . .

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and this chocolate chocolate cake.

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Head on over and download your free printable recipe cards today. Yum!

 

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Easter Recipes and Free Printable Menu Plan!

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I am soooooooo.

 

so.

 

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SOOOOOOOO. 

 

excited about this! ūüôā

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Download my complete Easter Menu Plan and grocery list (with coupon matchups!) This is the same one I use each year, so it'll make my life a wee bit easier too!

 

We based the menu based on the current Target sales ad (although you can  use the grocery list at whichever store you choose), and even included coupon matchups that work with the sale.

 

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The price came out to $6.91 per person to feed 8 (which I know sounds high, but that includes a ton of leftovers + extra pantry staples as well!) And, when you consider the cost of dinner out on Easter for a group of 8, this will be way less expensive. (In fact, a Honey Baked Ham alone normally runs $50-$60, and you'll have your entire meal for less than that!)

 

Here's what's included on the Easter recipes menu at our house:

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Apple Spinach Salad with Warm Vanilla Bean Dressing

One Dish Corn Casserole

Broccoli Cheese Casserole

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Slow Cooker Ham

Gourmet Potatoes (I can't believe I've never taken a picture of these, but they are the best potatoes you will ever eat. I'll update with a picture when we make them this week!)

Sister Schubert Rolls (you can make rolls from scratch, but these just make life a wee bit simpler!)

Paula Deen's Banana Pudding

Included in the free printable is our menu plan, a shopping list, and my schedule for cooking to make getting ready for Easter Brunch a breeze in your home. We've done all the work for you, so you can just shop, bake, and enjoy your family this weekend!

 

Go HERE to get your free Easter Menu Plan. AND, you can also get a link to my free "what you can freeze" printable when you sign up for free daily penny pinching emails!

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I hope this makes planning for Easter go more smoothly in your home, and am praying a wonderful week for your family.  I'd love to hear what other recipes are favorites in your home as well ~ leave a comment to share!

 

Note ~ if you're already an email subscriber you should receive a direct link to the free printable. Enjoy!

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Crafting {from the Target One Spot} + Free Printable!

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Note from Laurie: My friend Cheryl made this AMAZINGly adorable Easter bunting and bags using items from the Target One Spot, and even created a free printable so you can make them too! Hurry to the Target One Spot because the burlap pre-cut flags and bags are selling FAST, and go HERE to print your free printable so you can make them too. 

 

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We host an Easter brunch every year, so when I saw that Target had some great crafting supplies I knew I had to come up with something fun to make. I created this free printable that you can use as well, and am in love with this fun Easter project!

 

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Here’s what I used (I had almost everything at home, so spent just a few dollars at the Target One Spot bins)  . . . 

 

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  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Fabric (any fabric will do)
  • Burlap Bags (Target One Spot) $1.00 each
  • Burlap Flags (Target One Spot) $3.00 package (includes 8 flags)
  • Twine (Target One Spot) $1.00
  • Gift Tags (Target One Spot) $1.00 (includes 8 tags)
  • Bunny Shapes¬†(PPP is so excited for you to have the free printable in just the right sizes!)
  • Wonder Under
  • Pencil

 

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Print your free printable here Рthen cut out your shape to use as a guide.

 

 

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Perfect fit!

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Trace your bunnies on the paper side of the wonder under (is this stuff amazing or what?!)  Then iron the wonder under to your fabric until it adheres.

 

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Cut bunnies out for gift bags . . .

 

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After you cut out the bunny, remove the paper portion of the wonder under and iron your bunny to your bag.

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Seriously … how cute are these?

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Follow the same instructions when making your bunny bunting Рusing the smaller bunny shape.
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I filled these cute bags up with candy and added on gift tags I found in the Target bins too.

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Such fun gift bags for Easter morning!

 

 

 

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Have you found any spring crafts to make this Spring? I’d love to hear what you’re making! Leave a comment to share.¬†

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

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Looking for more penny pinched projects? Here you go . . .

 

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Free Printable Scripture Tags For Advent + Our New Tradition

It’s hard to believe that December 1st is here,¬†but goodness, it is.

 

Honestly, I’ve felt like things have flown by in a whirlwind since Halloween, and finally am taking a few minutes today to catch my breath. Last week we traveled to Kentucky to have Thanksgiving with family, which meant I handled Black Friday week deals while away from home. (You all should see how I set things up in Kentucky to work ~ I bring my entire computer with me!)

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My niece shared this of me setting up shop on Thanksgiving night at midnight for Black Friday at my sister-in-law’s home, ūüôā¬†

But we’re finally into the real Christmas season, and I so want to remember what really matters. My husband asked me to get¬†an Advent wreath for our family to use Sunday nights through the Advent season (we’ve done it off and on over the years, but our wreath had been misplaced in our move.)

 

Sunday night though when we’d just gotten home from traveling and were putting up some Christmas decorations, the last thing I felt up for was a big planned Advent devotional. Our oldest asked if he could start a fire outside, and I wasn’t sure I was up for convincing our kids to come in and sit around the table.

 

so I didn’t.

 

Instead, our¬†girls made 5 mugs of hot chocolate, I grabbed one of the candles from the Advent wreath and a few blankets, and we all sat out by the fire and did a quick¬†ten minute devotional. (You can download a free advent guide here if you’d like one too.)

 

We read Isaiah 9:6, talked about how God is our wonderful counselor, and sung a few Christmas Carols. (Which quickly turned into a rousing rendition of Grandma Got Ran Over By a Reindeer. ahem.)

 

It wasn’t fancy.

 

It wasn’t perfect.

 

And it didn’t look anything like Pinterest. (I didn’t even take a picture.)

 

But we did it anyway, and it’s already¬†one of my favorite memories this Christmas season.

 

When you can, in ways you can, slow down this Christmas. 

 

You don’t have to make or do anything fancy ~ your family (and goodness,¬†my family) craves just us so more than it craves perfection.

Take a minute to download these free scripture Advent tags that start today. My friend Cheryl made these up for us a few years ago, and I just attach a small bag with a treat each morning for my kids to open, using things I already had in my pantry. (Think toothpaste or a toothbrush, a piece of candy, a stick of gum, etc.)

Make it simple this Christmas, and determine to slow things down a bit. Happy December 1st!

 

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Free Printable Meal Planner

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If you could use a little help getting your weekly meal plan organized, download this free printable meal planner from Life As Mom! Head over HERE to grab yours.

Thanks, Money Saving Mom! Love a bargain? Find more free stuff HERE.

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