Saturday, December 24, 2016


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Before I began this blog post I read over Christmas blog posts from years past and I saw a recurring theme. We have kept Christmas both frugal and simple over the last few years and in 2016 will be following the same theme. 

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My Mom asked for a sweatshirt for Christmas because she likes to wear them to keep warm during this time of year. I stumbled across some on clearance at Walmart this week that were marked down to $5.00 each. That was such a good price I went ahead and picked up three for her. 

I also bought her a new frame a day calendar at McKay's Used Books. She loves the frame a day puzzles and since I bought it at McKay's, I didn't pay anything for it as we traded for it. 

I also picked her up a new pair of warm gloves as she has lost hers this past year. 

As for my daughter, I will refrain from saying anything as she may read my blog post before Christmas and I don't want to spoil any surprises for her. 


The menu I have planned will be very simple and low key this year. 

For Christmas Eve I plan on making a Chicken Olive Dip with Crackers to snack on during the evening. 

And for Christmas Dinner I plan on the following:

Broccoli Casserole
Crescent Rolls
Chocolate Chip Pie

I hope that all of you have a very Merry Christmas this year and that you spend it with the people you love. 

~ Living within our Means ~


  1. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Belinda! Your plans for the holiday sound lovely and well thought out.

    1. Thank you, Lili. Merry Christmas to you and your family too. :)

  2. Merry Christmas to you too Belinda!

  3. Hi Belinda - I love Christmas and enjoyed reading about yours - sounds like you are giving your mom a wonderful Christmas. We are having ham for Christmas Day too. Our Christmas is more modest this year too - my husband was diagnosed with Cancer in July, has had aggressive initial chemo, surgery, now having radiation and chemo combo - but I am happy to report that we recently learned his tumor has shrunk so much it is not even visible on the CT scan! So - while he is very tired from radiation and sick from chemo - there is reason to celebrate this Christmas! I will be spending the day tomorrow with my husband, daughter, two grandchildren...

    1. Thank you, Meme. I'm sorry to hear your husband has been sick, but happy to hear the tumor has shrunk. I hope and pray he will be even better in 2017. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and good blessings in the new year.


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