Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Another Christmas Has Come and Gone...

Christmas 2016 is behind us now. I hope all of you had a wonderful time and spent it with the people you love. 

One of the gifts my daughter received was the Harry Potter Clue game. We spent part of Christmas day playing not only this game, but other games as well. 

Playing games is a fun way to spend time together and, as an added bonus, we are not spending money. 

Harry Potter Clue is different from the regular Clue board game as it has four circle pieces you connect on the bottom of the board that turn with certain plays, so the game is always changing. We really enjoyed  playing it. 

Other items I bought for her included a new wallet, Bath and Body Works Sweet Pea hand sanitizer, which she loves and is hard to find. Minion sheets, Taco Bell gift card, gloves, and the first season of Sherlock. She was very happy with everything I purchased for her. 

She bought me a new wallet as well along with a brand new clock, which I love. I love clocks and have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to them. My large one stopped working earlier this year and she replaced it as she knows how much I love them. She also bought me a new calendar from my favorite author, Susan Branch. 

Even though my income was much lower this month due to school being out for three weeks we did not overspend this holiday season. 

I did not go all out and buy a lot of things since we didn't have the money this year. All gifts were bought with cash we had on hand.

I did not buy some of the traditional food items we normally have at this time of year simple because the money was just not there and I did not want to dip into our savings. But you know what? We still had a wonderful holiday. I kept dinner simple and it was good and filling. I couldn't ask for more than that. 

We went to my brother-in-laws home for dinner Monday night. He served ham, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, green beans, deviled eggs, and rolls. We had a great time spent with good company. 

On Tuesday we will be welcoming my daughter's grandmother from Florida in for a five day visit. 

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

~ Living within our Means ~


  1. Hi Belinda,
    You did awesome, Belinda, with staying within your means for the holiday! It is so easy to get carried away with spending, at Christmas, but you did the smart thing and I'm sure you are glad of it.

    Your daughter is a Sherlock fan? I've gotten caught up in that show this December. I'm just on the second season. My daughter bought me the download of this current season, for Christmas.

    Your Christmas sounds lovely. Wishing you a very happy New Year!

    1. I really, really wanted to spend more, but I reigned it in as best I could. lol

      Bailey loves Sherlock! She has the 2nd and 3rd season on her computer, but lacked the 1st season.

      Thanks so much. I hope you also have a wonderful 2017!

  2. It sounds like you had a beautiful Christmas!


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