December 20, 2016 to January 2, 2017
Happy 2017 everyone. We celebrated Christmas and the end of 2016 in our own low key and frugal way.
We hosted Christmas dinner this year for my family. We saved a fair amount of money (almost $40!) on our Christmas dinner shopping by combining coupons and sales items. This included the Christmas turkey, which was huge and provided leftovers for several days before it was turned into stock, a pot of curried lentil soup, and batch of curry for the freezer.
I am blessed by friends and family who also lead frugal lives and give gifts that help me maintain our household. One of the friends I sent a rice bag to, sent me lovely hand knit mitts and a toque. She included the left over wool in case Miss Wigglyhead decides she would like something similar. I gratefully received a care package from another friend with lots of goodies for my pantry (thanks again S). My mom gave me a potted rosemary plant, some candied ginger, and a bottle of vanilla extract for Christmas . The surprising thing was that I was thinking of restocking my baking pantry and I was daydreaming of what to put in my garden this spring. It’s like she read my mind. I guess that’s what moms do.
My own tradition is to decorate a tree for the birds. This year I included a pile of apples from our apple trees for the deer.
We saw four deer on the hill by the barn one of them came back last night to check for leftovers. I think they appreciated their Christmas treat. I will be sure to save apples for them next year.
I have set myself a goal of using three large plastic totes full of fabric by the end of 2017. This might not be a realistic goal, but I am going to give it a shot. The daycare in our little village posted an ad asking for blankets. I spent my time off making a rag quilt that I will give to them when they reopen after Christmas. I made a small dent in my stash and I hope that I am also providing some comfort and warmth on to the kids in my community.
New Year’s Eve was spent visiting with the neighbours before enjoying a casserole made in the slow cooker and an early night. Not very exciting, but the perfect way to see in the new year for the two of us. Frugal tip #1 for 2017 – save money by being a boring old fart!
How about you? How did you remain frugal over the holiday season? Leave a comment and let me know.