Christmas Decorating on a Budget

Tips for Christmas Decorating on a Budget

Decorating for Christmas can be fun and stress-free even when you’re living on a tight budget. Simply let your imagination run a little wild and get creative. There are many ways to create fun and festive decor without spending a lot of money. Even the simplest things can be turned into decorations for your home, and now is a great time to get started.

Here are a few tips to make Christmas decorating on a budget easy:

  • Decorate the Christmas tree with homemade ornaments and sting popcorn.
  • Use pinecones, acorns, garland and candles to make centerpieces for your tables.
  • Hang Christmas lights along doorways, window sills and down hallways.
  • Make your own Christmas tree using yarn, cones or other items you can pick up cheap at the craft store.
  • Decorate your home with foliage like evergreens, ivy, holly and mistletoe.
  • Hang Christmas cards on your walls or sit them on tables throughout your home.
  • Decorate construction paper and use it to wrap presents. It’s a fun, colorful and unique way to display the gifts under the tree.

You don’t need to spend a lot of money to decorate your home for Christmas. Homemade items are just as beautiful and even more special because you made them yourself or together as a family.

If there are any particular items you would like to buy for next year, you can also go shopping after Christmas when everything is on sale.

What are your favourite frugal Christmas decorating ideas?

20 Simple and Affordable DIY Christmas Decorations

You don't have to spend a fortune to decorate your house beautifully for Christmas. Check out these simple and affordable DIY Christmas Decorations.

 

Are you wanting to change up your Christmas decorating style this year? Over the years we tend to accumulate a lot of Christmas decorations, but sometimes you get tired of them and need a change. Or maybe you’re just starting out in a place of your own and don’t have any decorations of your own yet.

You don’t have to spend a fortune to decorate your house beautifully for Christmas. There are plenty of simple DIY projects you can make at a fraction of the cost of what you would spend on ready-made decor in the stores.

Before you rush off to the store and spend a ton of money on new Christmas ornaments and other decorations, check out the ideas below for simple and affordable DIY Christmas decorations to spruce up your home for the holidays.

For more Christmas decor ideas that won’t break the bank, be sure to check out these frugal Christmas decorating ideas.

20 Simple and Affordable DIY Christmas Decorations

  1. Frosted Pinecone Ornaments from wecanmakeanything.net
  2. Origami-inspired Paper Star Garland from asweetafternoon.com
  3. DIY Wood Bead Garland from thehousethatlarsbuilt.com
  4. Star Light Holiday Decoration from abeautifulmess.com
  5. DIY Mini Wood Christmas Trees from homeyohmy.com
  6. Geometric Clay Christmas Decorations from makeandfable.com
  7. Sparkling Glitter Ornaments from domesticallyblissful.com
  8. DIY Fabric Stags Head from pillarboxblue.com
  9. Crochet Christmas Tree Decorations from mypoppet.com.au
  10. Giant Snowflake Light-up Marquee from abeautifulmess.com
  11. 3D Papiersterne from dekotopia.net
  12. 12 Free Christmas Chalkboard Printables from littlegoldpixel.com
  13. DIY 5 Minute Modern Gems Christmas Tree from hellohappystudio.com
  14. Free Joy To The World Printable from ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com
  15. How To Create A Copper Wreath To Decorate Home from inspirewetrust.com
  16. 10 Minute Christmas Craft: Christmas Canvas Artwork from asmomseesit.com
  17. DIY Spray Coated Ornaments from forthemakers.com
  18. DIY Twinkle Light Canvas from apumpkinandaprincess.com
  19. DIY: Live Wreath from heywandererblog.com
  20. Gardening For Your Front Door: Making A Fresh Wreath from gardentherapy.ca

Which DIY Christmas decoration idea is your favourite?

Travel on a Budget: A Beginner’s Guide to Airbnb

A beginner's guide to Airbnb - tips for first time users to save money on travel

Airbnb has pretty much saturated and shaken up the world of accommodations. As their advertisement says, “Why visit a new city when you can live there?” The app allows travellers to find cheaper, unique, and more appropriate accommodations around the world and allows individuals the opportunity to earn extra income by listing their homes or properties.

The Airbnb idea was born in 2008, by two roommates in San Francisco who were struggling to afford their rent. They developed the idea so they could rent one of the bedrooms in their apartment to offset the costs. Today, you can rent everything from a luxury loft in downtown Manhattan to a treehouse in the jungles of Costa Rica to a boat on the canals of Amsterdam.

Airbnb allows users to rent for short-term, a night or two, weekly or even long-term, like months at a time. With well over a half a million places to choose from around the world, it’s a great option for your next travel adventure. But where to start?

A Beginner’s Guide to Airbnb:

Here are some tips to get you started using the Airbnb app, and experience all it has to offer.

Join.

It’s free to join and peruse the app so feel free to search around but make sure to set up an account. Doing so is fairly easy – all you need to do is enter your email and information or sync using Facebook. Randomly, Airbnb will extra screen some new users and may ask for a verified ID. This only means you need to upload a picture of your ID card, and can easily be done within the app itself.

Be sure to add a picture of yourself; property owners will want to see the face of the person they are lending their home to.

Begin your search.

Once you have an account and your profile is set up, it is time to begin your search. The home screen is super easy to navigate and it allows you to search by city, neighborhood, or even near a particular attraction or airport. You can also enter the number of guests that will be joining you and your ideal travel dates.

Once you get some results, you can view them as a list or on a map, which is super handy if you are trying to stay within a certain radius of a place.

You can also filter your results to get just the property you’re looking for. Select a price range, the type of property, specific amenities and even the rules for the establishment to find a place that perfectly suits your needs.

A beginner's guide to using Airbnb to find cheap travel accommodations

How to choose a place.

Airbnb allows users to leave reviews after their stays, and those are available to the next potential renter to help them make a decision on a particular property. Use these to help make your decision. Don’t stop at just the property reviews, however. You can even check out the property owner’s reviews, which is handy, especially if they have multiple properties.

Once you have narrowed down your results to a few places, you can save your favorites to your wish list so you can go through them later.

Ask questions of the properties you are debating between. The app makes it easy to contact property owners, so if there is something you are questioning, just ask.

Book your place.

Finally, you’ve decided on a place and it is now time to book! There are sometimes two options for this, “Request to book” or “Instant book”. The prior is for when the property owner wants to screen those requesting to book their property and the latter allows you to solidify your rental immediately.

When it comes to fees, Airbnb does charge a service fee for using their services. There may also be a security deposit or cleaning fee assessed as well. Be sure to read the screen carefully to avoid surprises.

Now, what are you waiting for? Go book your next adventure!

15 Delicious Fall Soup Recipes to Warm You Up

15 Delicious Fall Soup Recipes to Warm You Up

There’s definitely a chill in the air these days, and it won’t be long before winter is here. Is there anything like a nice hot bowl of homemade soup to warm you up on a cold autumn day? I don’t think so!

Here are 15 delicious fall soup recipes that are sure to take the chill out of your bones. You’ll want to make extra so you’ll have some leftover for lunches too.

French Onion Soup – A Lady in France

Quinoa Black Bean Pumpkin Soup – Avocado Pesto

Cauliflower Chowder – Recipes to Make

Creamy Turkey and Wild Rice Soup – Wholefully

Sweet Potato and Apple Soup – Trial and Eater

Smokey Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup – Strength and Sunshine

Quick and Easy Pumpkin Soup – Fearless Dining

20 Minute Broccoli Cheese Soup – Spend With Pennies

Zuppa di Calabria – The Frugal Mom

Creamy Turkey Soup – Ann’s Entitled Life

15 Minute Thai Pumpkin Soup – Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Awesomely Fantastic Homemade Chicken Soup – Mash Up Mom

Apple and Cheese Soup – Frugal Mom Eh!

Quick and Easy Chicken Taco Soup – Dinner at the Zoo

Butternut Squash Red Lentil Soup with Honey Curry Roasted Chickpeas – The Busy Baker

Delicious fall soups to warm you up

 

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili Recipe

easyslowcookerpumpkinchili

I don’t know about you, but as the weather gets colder, I find myself craving warm, comforting meals like soups, stews and chili.

Although I use it all year round, I always use my slow cooker much more in the fall and winter months. Not only does it make meal preparation so much easier, but the smell of the food cooking in the slow cooker makes the house seem warmer and cozier.

One of my favourite slow cooker meals to make is chili. Slow cooker chili is so quick and easy to throw together and I always make a big batch so that there are leftovers for lunches. I love this unique take on a chili recipe; the addition of pumpkin give it a rich, unique flavour that is perfect for a cold fall or winter day and adds some extra nutrition too.

Pumpkin crock pot chili recipe

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili Recipe

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon of oil

1 pound of ground turkey

1 cup of onion, chopped

1 cup of green pepper, diced

1 clove of garlic, minced

14-1/2 oz can of diced tomatoes, undrained

15 oz can pumpkin puree

1 can of white beans, drained

1 ½ tablespoons of chili powder

1 teaspoon of pepper, divided

1 teaspoon of salt, divided

¼ cup of water

Shredded cheese and/or sour cream to garnish (optional)

Ingredients for slow cooker pumpkin chili

Slow cooker pumpkin chili - an easy and delicious dinner idea for cold days

Slow cooker pumpkin chili recipe - a perfect meal for a cool fall day!

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add onion, turkey and green peppers, ½ teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of black pepper. Cook until turkey is browned and onions are tender. Add in garlic, stir together. 
  2. Transfer turkey mixture into the slow cooker. Add in the rest of the ingredients; stir together.
  3. Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours.
  4. Garnish with shredded cheese and sour cream and enjoy!

This delicious Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili recipe is so easy to make. It's a perfect meal for a cold fall or winter day.

What are your favourite slow cooker meals for cold days?