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Old Fashioned Christmas Maple Cookies

Old Fashioned Christmas Maple Cookies

Old Fashioned Christmas Maple Cookies | Money Savvy Living

 

When you think of Christmas cookies, you may typically think of the classic sugar cookie, and you can check out my Best Ever Christmas Sugar Cookie recipe here, but this old fashioned maple cookie is going to be a great addition to your holiday cookie tray…

 

Maple… a flavor that often gets overlooked, but this is a flavor that I well remember growing up—and not just maple syrup on pancakes.  My grandma used to make maple cookies, with a maple frosting that were so good…

 

So I’ve put a little twist on them and traded out the maple flavor for some maple extract (just to make them look a bit more like Christmas!)

 

Old Fashioned Christmas Maple Cookies

  • Servings: approx. 4 dozen
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Cookies:

  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1½ cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon maple extract
  • ½ teaspoon maple syrup
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

Maple frosting:

  • 2¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions:

In a medium bowl, cream the shortening and brown sugar, then gradually add the eggs, sour cream, maple extract, and maple syrup, and beat until light and fluffy. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together. Add to creamed mixture and blend thoroughly.

Cover and refrigerate for approximately 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Using a cookie scoop, to help keep all the cookies uniform in size, place mounds of cookie dough on baking sheet.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile make the maple frosting. Beat butter, maple extract, and confectioner’s sugar until smooth.  Add in milk 1 tablespoon at a time.

Frost cookies when completely cooled.

*this recipe features maple extract, which gives you the maple flavor, but not the brown color, so the cookies will look a bit more like Christmas…

 

 

Old Fashioned Christmas Maple Cookies | Money Savvy Living

 

Have an old fashioned Christmas this year, and enjoy some delicious maple cookies!

*This article does contain affiliate links, so if you choose to purchase through here, I will make a commission, although it does not increase the cost to you, the consumer.

Cranberry Cinnamon Roll Drop Biscuits

Cranberry Cinnamon Roll Drop Biscuits

Cranberry Cinnamon Roll Drop Biscuits | Money Savvy Living

Christmas morning is less than one week away.  If your home is anything like ours, the kids will be up probably several times throughout the night and then ready to run downstairs and see what Santa left for them!  So at 5am, you are probably not ready to cook a huge breakfast, but I have the perfect solution for you… cranberry cinnamon roll drop biscuits.  They are quick and easy to make or you can even make them the night before so you don’t have to do anything Christmas morning except for try to wake up with your cup of coffee while the kids feverishly rip open their gifts…

Cranberry Cinnamon Roll Drop Biscuits | Money Savvy Living

I’m making these with cranberries to make a wonderful Christmas morning treat, but this basic recipe could be used year round by substituting the cranberries with raisins, blueberries & lavender, strawberries, pumpkin you get the idea…

I also have to admit, I’m not exactly making these from scratch, but I guarantee, you won’t be able to tell!

Cranberry Cinnamon Roll Drop Biscuits | Money Savvy Living

I am using Bisquick baking mix for my base, so this makes it quick and easy and just a little bit healthier because all I have to do for the base is add milk to the Bisquick.  If I was making this from scratch, I’d typically cut in cold butter to make biscuits.

So I am going to start by cutting up about ¼ cup of Craisins so they are smaller bits and spread out more evenly in the drop biscuits.  And I am going to soak them in a bit of water to help moisten them up.

Cranberry Cinnamon Roll Drop Biscuits | Money Savvy Living

*If you have an adult only Christmas morning, you could soak the Craisins in rum or vodka…

Combine the Bisquick and milk.  Add the Craisins, cinnamon, sugar, melted butter and maple syrup.  Drop onto baking sheet.  I like to line the baking sheet with parchment paper so the biscuits don’t stick and it makes for easier clean up when you put the icing on too.

Cranberry Cinnamon Roll Drop Biscuits | Money Savvy Living

While the biscuits are in the oven, mix the powdered sugar, butter, milk, and maple flavoring for the icing/glaze.

If you put the icing on when the biscuits come out of the oven, it will melt down over the biscuits like a glaze… YUM!

Cranberry Cinnamon Roll Drop Biscuits | Money Savvy Living

 

It all comes together pretty easily:


Cranberry Cinnamon Roll Drop Biscuits

  • Servings: 4-6 biscuits
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 1/2 cup Bisquick baking mix

1/2 cup milk (I use 2%)

1/4 cup soaked Craisins *optional reserve some for garnish*

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp sugar

1 Tbsp melted butter

1 Tbsp maple syrup

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Combine all ingredients.  Spoon onto baking sheet.

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.

While the biscuits are baking, make the icing:

3/4 cup powdered sugar

1 Tbsp butter

1 Tbsp milk

1/8 tsp maple flavor

*Put icing on while biscuits are hot…will melt like a glaze

 


Cranberry Cinnamon Roll Drop Biscuits | Money Savvy LivingSo delicious and so easy!  I love this because you will still have plenty of time to watch the kids open gifts and relax… and still make a homemade breakfast!  Perfect for Christmas morning!

Have a very Merry Christmas!

 

Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up {#87}

Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up: a money saving blog hop.
Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up time! I look forward to sharing (and learning!) many great money saving ideas again this week! Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

Hannah at eat, drink & save money | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Lisa at Fun Money Mom | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Gina (that’s me!) at Money Savvy Living | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

 

Meet our new Co-Hosts!  We are excited to welcome Krystal and Shannon and we know that you will enjoy their money saving ideas too!

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Carly at Carly On Purpose | Facebook | Pinterest

Morgan at Morgan Manages Mommyhood | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Krystal at Little Light On A Hill | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Shannon at Daily Momtivity | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

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Start your own blog, and learn how to make money from blogging.

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No Fail Homemade Turkey Gravy

No Fail Homemade Turkey Gravy

No Fail Homemade Turkey Gravy | Money Savvy Living

 

Thanksgiving just passed and Christmas is right around the corner.  So you probably already cooked a big turkey and stuffed yourself on Thanksgiving Day… and still had leftovers… and are probably looking forward to another turkey for Christmas dinner.

 

And honestly, cooking the turkey to a beautiful golden brown is not the hard part.  Making a flavorful, delicious gravy is.  Even if you use dripping from the turkey, sometimes, it just doesn’t have that concentrated flavor that you need to make a rich tasting gravy so you bought a pre-made, canned gravy.  But don’t fret, if you ran into this problem a few weeks ago, I am going to let you in on a little secret for making homemade turkey gravy that tastes rich and delicious… and it is super easy.

 

The secret is Williams-Sonoma Turkey Stock Concentrate.  This stuff is wonderful because it is a thick concentrate that you can dilute down and make stock for soup or gravy with.  If you were to make concentrate on your own, it takes quite a while to cook down, so this is a huge time saver!

 

No Fail Homemade Turkey Gravy | Money Savvy Living

 

And, as you probably know, I am a label reader, so the thing that I love the most about this is that I can pronounce everything on the label… and you know what they say about labels that you can easily read?  The ingredients are fresh not a bunch of fillers or preservatives!

 

No Fail Homemade Turkey Gravy | Money Savvy Living

 

So after reading all the tasty ingredients that have cooked down and simmered into this delicious concentrate, it is easy to understand why this would make a gravy that tastes homemade because it is.

According to the instructions on the jar, to make one cup of stock, you combine:

  • 2 teaspoons of the Turkey Stock Concentrate
  • 1 cup water

Easy, right?!

Keeping these proportions in mind, I made a simple gravy using my turkey drippings and water, and combined it with a butter and flour roux.

 

No Fail Homemade Turkey Gravy | Money Savvy Living


No Fail Homemade Turkey Gravy

  • Difficulty: easy
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Homemade Turkey Gravy

In a large sauce pan, melt 4 tablespoons butter, combine 1/3 cup flour (stir frequently, ensuring there are no lumps) over low-medium heat.

Add water, turkey drippings, and the turkey stock concentrate.

Continue to stir frequently to combine.  Turn heat to low.

*If not cooking a turkey for drippings, just replace that with a cup of water

Depending on how thick or thin you want the gravy, you can add more water, but make sure you keep the correct proportions with the turkey concentrate.  So if you add an additional ½ cup of water, make sure to add an additional teaspoon of turkey stock concentrate.

 


 

For this recipe, I added the turkey right into the gravy because I was using leftover turkey, but this gravy is just fine as a stand alone gravy to use with your side dish at any holiday or family meal.

 

No Fail Homemade Turkey Gravy | Money Savvy Living

 

Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up {#86}

Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up: a money saving blog hop.
Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up time! I look forward to sharing (and learning!) many great money saving ideas again this week! Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

Hannah at eat, drink & save money | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Lisa at Fun Money Mom | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Gina (that’s me!) at Money Savvy Living | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

 

Meet our new Co-Hosts!  We are excited to welcome Krystal and Shannon and we know that you will enjoy their money saving ideas too!

Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living
Carly at Carly On Purpose | Facebook | Pinterest

Morgan at Morgan Manages Mommyhood | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Krystal at Little Light On A Hill | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Shannon at Daily Momtivity | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

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Come on over and pin your most recent posts or other great pins that you want to share with the group. This is a great way to get a little boost for some of your pins, but make sure that you return the Pinterest love and pin something from a few other bloggers.

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Are you trying to lose weight or get healthy? Are you a mom that is just exhausted and needs a little energy boost? Me too! Stop by my Healthy Living Facebook page for some tips, recipes, and encouragement to get healthier, feel better, and lose a little weight this year. Also, feel free to join and post your health-related blog posts anytime… another great way to share your blog posts!

 

Looking for real Work-from-Home Opportunities?

As a mother, the most important thing to me is being there for my kids. But I also have career ambitions and like the extra income… so I have created multiple streams of income for myself that I can build upon in my free time, and around my children’s schedules. Truly life changing! Here are a couple links from my blog that talk about my side businesses:

Start your own blog, and learn how to make money from blogging.

Make money from home while getting healthier and bridging the nutrition gap for your family

Start your own skincare business and help others who battle with feeling self-conscious because of a skin condition and better your financial situation.

 

Round Up:

Each week, I will pick a few awesome posts from the week before to share with you. That will mean additional exposure for your post and blog! Here some of my favorites from last week:

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We are so excited to launch Beautiful Budget Life in January! This will be a collaborative community of frugal bloggers with the best tips on how to save money… join us as a blogger to share your best money saving posts (more exposure for your blog!) or stop by just to read the great money saving ideas!

Beautiful Budget Life launch January 2017

You can join us now on social media:

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Best Ever Christmas Sugar Cookies

Best Ever Christmas Sugar Cookies

Best Ever Christmas Sugar Cookies | Money Savvy Living

 

What do you think of when I mention Christmas?  Santa Claus, the Nativity and the birth of Jesus, a decorated Christmas tree, beautifully wrapped gifts, lights… and Christmas cookies!  Of course, there are all types of Christmas cookies and goodies, but I think the sugar cookies are the best!

I don’t know about you, but for me, Christmas cookies conjure up memories from childhood… so I’m going to share Grandma’s Best Every Christmas Sugar Cookies.  They are so easy to make (you won’t even have to buy that pre-packaged sugar cookie mix!) and they taste AMAZING!!

Best Ever Christmas Sugar Cookies | Money Savvy Living


Best Ever Christmas Sugar Cookies

Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe

3¾ cups sifted, all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1½ cups sugar

2 eggs

1 cup butter (2 sticks), room temperature

1½ tsp pure vanilla extract

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, stir together flour and baking powder.

In another bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy and light.

Beat in eggs and vanilla.  Stir in flour mixture, a third at a time to make a stiff dough.

*For best results, refrigerate for 15 minutes before rolling out cookie dough.

Roll dough out on floured counter-top.  Make cookies approx. 3/8 inch thick.

Divide cookie dough into thirds.  Only roll out  one-third of the dough at a time.  This way, once the dough has been covered in flour and rolled out, the excess will be mixed with fresh dough (that has not been floured or rolled yet), so it keeps it from becoming too tough.

Bake 8-10 minutes.

 

Icing

1 Tbsp butter, room temperature

1 tsp vanilla

2 ½ cup confectioners sugar

3 Tbsp milk

Beat butter, vanilla, and confectioner’s sugar until smooth.

Add in milk 1 Tbsp at a time.

 


Make sure each batch of cookies is approximately the same size and thickness.  If cookies are different thickness or size, they will not cook evenly and you will have some that are overcooked, while others may be undercooked.

Best Ever Christmas Sugar Cookies | Money Savvy Living

 

From our family to yours, we wish you a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.  May the love of Christ fill your hearts and lives this Christmas and throughout the year!

And I truly hope that your family will take the time to make some wonderful memories as you bake and eat cookies together!

 

 

Best Ever Christmas Sugar Cookies | Money Savvy Living

 

And if you want to try something different than these traditional Christmas Sugar Cookies, this recipe for classic Linzer Cookies is absolutely delicious!
Christmas in Switzerland: Traditional Linzer Cookies

Or for more family time together, you can gather the kids around and make some wonderful ornaments to decorate your tree. I love doing this because every year when we decorate the tree, we reminisce a bit. The kids love looking back at stuff they did in preschool and it is just fun memories. Not to mention, they are the most cherished ornaments on the tree because they were made by the kids… Take a look at my posts for how to make these special keepsake ornaments:

Homemade Cinnamon & Applesauce Ornaments
Cinnamon Glitter Ornament

 

Christmas Ornaments that Your Kids Can Make That You Will Actually Want on Your Tree

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Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up {#85}

Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up time! I look forward to sharing (and learning!) many great money saving ideas again this week! Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

Hannah at eat, drink & save money | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Lisa at Fun Money Mom | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Gina (that’s me!) at Money Savvy Living | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

 

Meet our new Co-Hosts!  We are excited to welcome Krystal and Shannon and we know that you will enjoy their money saving ideas too!

Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living
Carly at Carly On Purpose | Facebook | Pinterest

Morgan at Morgan Manages Mommyhood | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Krystal at Little Light On A Hill | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Shannon at Daily Momtivity | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

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  • Follow your hosts on Facebook and other social media—we want to stay in touch!
  • Link your post back to this site so others will know about the party each week!

 

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3 Ways to Share Your Blog Posts Each Week:

Besides sharing your posts on the Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up each week, we want offer other ways to get more traffic to your articles:

Share the Wealth Facebook Group Page

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Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board

Check out our Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board! Come on over and pin your most recent posts or other great pins that you want to share with the group. This is a great way to get a little boost for some of your pins, but make sure that you return the Pinterest love and pin something from a few other bloggers.

Also, don’t forget to follow your Share the Wealth Sunday hosts on Pinterest too:

Hannah // Lisa // Gina

Share Your Recent Post to our Blogs’ Facebook Pages!

Yes! Feel free to stop by our Blogs’ Facebook Pages and post your most recent blog articles! Of course, we are commenting, pinning, tweeting and sharing your linked up posts, but now you can just visit our pages on Facebook and post a link to your most recent blog post! We hope that you are already following our Facebook pages, but if not, come on over and follow along and share some of your content too!

Eat, Drink, and Save Money

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Money Savvy Living

Healthy Living Facebook Page:

Are you trying to lose weight or get healthy? Are you a mom that is just exhausted and needs a little energy boost? Me too! Stop by my Healthy Living Facebook page for some tips, recipes, and encouragement to get healthier, feel better, and lose a little weight this year. Also, feel free to join and post your health-related blog posts anytime… another great way to share your blog posts!

 

Looking for real Work-from-Home Opportunities?

As a mother, the most important thing to me is being there for my kids. But I also have career ambitions and like the extra income… so I have created multiple streams of income for myself that I can build upon in my free time, and around my children’s schedules. Truly life changing! Here are a couple links from my blog that talk about my side businesses:

Start your own blog, and learn how to make money from blogging.

Make money from home while getting healthier and bridging the nutrition gap for your family

Start your own skincare business and help others who battle with feeling self-conscious because of a skin condition and better your financial situation.

 

Round Up:

Each week, I will pick a few awesome posts from the week before to share with you. That will mean additional exposure for your post and blog! Here some of my favorites from last week:

50 Homeschool Supplies you can get for $1

Mocha Mint Chocolate Truffles

Must-Read Christmas Books

Easy Burlap Ornament

 

 

 

Feel free to grab this 150 x 150 button and share on your page to let others know about this link up:

Share the Wealth Sunday grab button

Big News!

We are so excited to launch Beautiful Budget Life in January! This will be a collaborative community of frugal bloggers with the best tips on how to save money… join us as a blogger to share your best money saving posts (more exposure for your blog!) or stop by just to read the great money saving ideas!

Beautiful Budget Life launch January 2017

You can join us now on social media:

Beautiful Budget Life   |   Facebook   |   Instagram  |  Twitter   |   Pinterest

Link Up:


It’s a Credit Card Christmas

It's a Credit Card Christmas | Money Savvy Living

 

I’ll be fine and dandy, Lord it’s like a… credit card Christmas. I’m barely getting through tomorrow… But still I won’t let… spending get me way down…

 

Did you think I was going for a “hard candy” Christmas?  You probably even started to sing along, didn’t you?  Don’t be shy… I know you heard the tune and now it’s stuck in your head, am I right?!

 

Well, it may or may not be a “hard candy” Christmas for you, but it certainly is going to be a credit card Christmas for millions of Americans this year.  A recent Holiday Spending Survey, found that the average individual plans to spend $738 for Christmas this year.  When you add that up for the 245 million adults that plan on doing this shopping, you reach a staggering figure of $181 billion on gifts this holiday season!

 

If you were floored by that figure, wait until you hear this… of those 245 million shoppers, 64 percent of them will use credit cards, or some form of debt, to buy those gifts!  So within the next couple of weeks, over $103 billion dollars in debt will be acquired by Americans just for Christmas shopping.

 

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So, how can you keep yourself from having a credit card Christmas?

 

If you haven’t been planning throughout the year already, you can’t really change that at this point, but there are a few things that you can do to help yourself from relying totally on credit cards to pay for Christmas:

 

Use cash—yes, obvious, but as much as you can, use cash.  Using cash keeps you in the clear, so you don’t have to worry about compounding interest on those high interest rate cards.  Even if you pay for half of your gifts in cash, that will be less to pay off in January.  Every small step that you can take to paying off debt makes a huge difference!

 

Pay off credit quickly—sometimes it makes sense to use credit.  Maybe you get a store discount for using their store credit card—and that can actually save you money, but only if you take advantage of the savings and pay the bill off as soon as it arrives next month.

 

Don’t buy gifts that people don’t want—this one gets a bit tricky, but let me explain what I mean.  Have you ever opened a gift and had to try to grin and say thank you when you have no idea what it is?  Perhaps you received a gift, like a $30 canister of gourmet popcorn and thought, “I would have rather had the money that was spent on that instead.”  You know, the nice gift that you really didn’t need or want.  The one that may never be used… I think that we’ve all received them, and probably even given them.  So this year, if you aren’t sure about what to buy, give something that is more meaningful… and here are a few ideas:

 

  • For new parents or parents of toddlers—offer babysitting as your gift.  Seriously, any new parent or parent of a toddler knows that free babysitting is pure GOLD.  I guarantee they will love this gift!
  • For grandparents— make a keepsake ornament from the kids.  Grandparents love anything that is made by their grandchildren, so whether it’s a handprint ornament, craft, or special card, it will be way more meaningful that then sweatshirt that says “World’s Best Grandpa.”  I’ll let you in on a secret: No one really wants to wear these shirts.  Ever.
  • For mom and dad—dad doesn’t need another tie, and mom doesn’t want kitchen utensils.  They probably just want some extra time with you.  So, instead of spending money on something that they don’t really need, invite mom out to lunch just because, make time to go on that hunting trip with dad that you have been too busy to take… they will appreciate this much more…
  • For your kids—as parents we want to make sure that our kids have a HUGE pile of gifts to open.  Because what is better than the joy on their faces and they run downstairs on Christmas morning to see all the wonderful packages that Santa left?!  But, we all know that joy only lasts as long as there are more gifts to tear open and when the dust settles, the kids play with their new loot for about 5 minutes and then life goes back to normal—and all those big bucks you spent to fulfil every Christmas list wish are seemingly wasted… talk to your kids about the true meaning of Christmas and find a way to have them learn the joy of giving… that will last for them a lot longer than getting the hottest, most expensive toy of the season…

 

Just because it seems like everyone around you is giving and receiving the latest and greatest gifts this season, based on the recent Holiday Spending Survey, they may very well be going into debt to do so.

 

Check out one of my posts, 10 Ways to Avoid Overspending This Year for Christmas and find out even more ways to get the perfect gift without overspending and going into debt.

10 Ways to Avoid Overspending this Christmas | Money Savvy Living