Wednesday, December 25, 2013


We celebrated a pretty simple Christmas in our home this year. 

We made our traditional Sloppy Joes for Christmas Eve dinner, and I also made a very nontraditional Taco Salad, which we warmed up today when we got hungry rather than making a big Christmas dinner. We decided this year to make it easy on ourselves and not cook a big Christmas dinner and just enjoy the day without having to cook or clean up a messy kitchen. It was really nice to just be able to enjoy each other's company and not have to worry with cooking and cleaning up the kitchen. I think this will be a new tradition for us in the years to come.

I actually lucked out on the price of the ground beef for the Sloppy Joes. I was behind another customer who was right behind the meat department employee who was marking down the meat with yellow stickers and I was able to purchase four pounds of ground chuck for $9.49, so $2.38 a pound, which normally sells for $13 plus change for the same package. This made a large amount of Sloppy Joe meat, which will be frozen after Christmas into meal sized portions for those who want them. This will last for several months. 

Presents were kept simpler this year than in years past. There was no big gift for my daughter this year, but I did take the time to pick out several smaller, thoughtful gifts that I knew she would like. One was a personalized notebook with her name on it from Etsy, and a handmade necklace, also some Harry Potter stamps from the post office, which she was thrilled with and said she would never, ever use because they were so special. In the end she was very happy with her presents and that made me happy as well. 

As for the tree, we used our artificial tree, which was bought on clearance from Lowe's several years ago, the special ornaments that we've collected down through the years, and the wrapping paper was also from the past, bought on clearance in January of 2012. At the rate I am using these ten rolls they are going to last me for a long time. 

I sent fewer Christmas cards this year and even used some forever stamps that I already had on hand rather than buy new Christmas stamps. And of course I already had the cards from past years as well. The number of cards we receive diminishes each year and I suspect younger generations are more into greetings on social media and not the Christmas card tradition as older generations were in the past.    

As we begin to close out the 2013 year, we think of many of the things we accomplished this year and look forward to what is in store for us in 2014. I hope all of you, my readers, had a blessed Christmas day today and your 2014 holds many treasures for you. 

Until next time,

CFO ~ Chief Frugal Officer
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  1. Belinda, that sounds perfect. I made a concerted effort to de-stress the holidays this year, and feel that I was pretty successful. Alot of tension surrounds a holiday and before you know it, it's here, then it's gone, and I wonder what the big to-do was all about (hustle and bustle that is). I much prefer the calm that was afforded me this year. All 4 of my kids were with me, we had a nice meal, we exchanged some simple, and mostly very practical gifts. It was an A+ Christmas this year. I trust yours was as well! I love the tradition of sloppy joes Christmas eve! : )
    Carol in CT

    1. Thank you, Carol. I'm glad your holiday was less stressful this year and that you enjoyed the calm that comes with a simpler holiday. Having all four of your children with you sounds wonderful and exactly how I would want to spend the day, surrounded by loved ones. I'm glad you had such a good day. :)

  2. I/we had a simple Christmas as well. The family got together on Sunday at my sister and brother-in-law's house. We had a/the traditional ham and fixings. Everyone brought something. Last night we ordered out from a restaurant at the end of the street. I ordered enough food that there would be plenty of leftovers, which some was eaten today. There is still a bit left for later in the week. Today was a very quiet day. Perfect. I also am off the rest of the week. Win/win for me. "Hell on Earth" (aka tax season) starts next week at work. Merry Christmas!

    1. Sounds like a wonderful Christmas, Kelly. Having enough food left for Christmas must have made your day much easier. I love days like that. I hope you enjoy the rest of your week as much as you did today. Merry Christmas to you and yours too. :)


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