Do More With Less This Holiday Season + Windows Phone 7 GIVEAWAY!

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Posted on 11/15/2010

Is Great Aunt Myrtle really going to notice that you didn’t put out the giant, gaudy gold Santa statue she gave you eight years ago for Christmas? Will the neighbors care that you didn’t cover your lawn in fake reindeer and a lit-up Nativity crèche? Are your friends going to be disappointed if you only hand out cookie baskets with three varieties, instead of your usual twelve? Nope.


Times are tighter, and we’re all feeling the pinch, especially with the holidays coming up. Here are our tips for Doing More With Less this holiday season, brought to you by the new Windows Phone 7!


Gather pine boughs, branches, and pinecones to make your own wreaths that will smell amazing indoors or out. Fill vases and glass bowls with coffee beans, cranberries, citrus zest, ginger, cinnamon sticks and unscented candles & place them around the house: As the candles burn, they’ll pick up the fragrance of the foods and waft it around.


Make applesauce ornaments, orange pomanders and popcorn garlands with the kids for the tree, doorknobs, and mantelpieces. They’ll love being a part of the action!


Use scraps of fabric, ribbon, and trim left over from sewing projects to make wreaths, advent calendars, and other decorations. You can even make a wreath from the pages of a book you haven't read in years.


Your kids’ artwork is adorable, right? Right. Ask them to draw you some holiday scenes, then laminate them at an office supply store, punch a hole through the top, add a string, and put it on the tree. You can also go the clothespin Rudolph or pipe cleaner candy canes route.


Host a cookie exchange party: Rather than everyone handing out giant boxes of umpteen varieties of homemade cookies, have everyone make a large batch of their favorite recipe, then bring it to the party along with printouts of the recipe. Everyone can sample the fare, pick their favorites, and take a few of each kind home.


Want to win your very own Windows Phone 7? We thought so. To enter, leave a comment on this post or on our Facebook page with your favorite tip for doing more with less this holiday season.


Deadline to enter is Monday, November 29 at 12:00pm PST. One entry per person, please.


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Congratulations to our winner, Jose.! Enjoy the holidays with your new phone!

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Comments


Chu Choi

Posted on 11.15.10 at 9:05 AM

Online shopping is great, but sometimes the best deals are still to be had at B&M stores. As a rule, I try to stay away from the malls and their chaos, but there are some nice finds at standalone/strip mall kinds of places.

Rachel

Posted on 11.15.10 at 9:08 AM

My current favorite hostess gift is homemade caramel corn. Packed in a nice container it's inexpensive and always appreciated.

Tim

Posted on 11.15.10 at 9:43 AM

LED Holiday lights. prices have come down and the cost less to run. Be sure to wrap them well when storing for the summer. Cheers!

Brooke

Posted on 11.15.10 at 10:07 AM

Make your own ornaments with window paint and plain clear ornaments. They can be used to either decorate your tree or to give as inexpensive but personalized gifts. Michaels has a great instructional video: http://www.michaels.com/Glass-Ornaments/JpGO1Vm315,default,pg.html

lise

Posted on 11.15.10 at 10:11 AM

coming from a very large family, we decided to buy gifts for just the family members who are under the age of 18. we've been following this tradition for the past few years and it's helped save quite a bit of money.

Ryanne

Posted on 11.15.10 at 10:12 AM

Instead of mailing greeting cards to your friends, you can send them free ecards from many sites or you can even send them a free gift on Facebook. Remember it's the thought that counts not the money spent

Anna

Posted on 11.15.10 at 10:39 AM

I think that sentimental gifts are the most memorable way to do more with less. My favorite gifts are photo calendars, filled with memories. These are easy and affordable, and can be tailored for families and friends.
Lastly, don't forget to spend a little something for those who can't spend - whether it is adopting a family for a holiday or buying something small for a toy drive. When I was little, I was the recipient of a secret toys-for-tots gift (I had no idea where it came from, it was left at my doorstep), and it helped me continue believing in Santa although my family was not able to afford gifts that year!

Jennifer

Posted on 11.15.10 at 11:01 AM

My favorite way to save money during the holidays is something that I do each and every CHristmas season; I give home made holiday goodies as gifts to my neighbors, friends and family. THey really love the old fashioned goodies and I save money! Happy Holidays!

Amanda

Posted on 11.15.10 at 11:03 AM

I've been collecting "handmade" holiday gift ideas all year so that the only store I'm tempted to go into is the grocery store! I'm blessed to have a family who doesn't expect gifts, so that helps, too.

Dustin

Posted on 11.15.10 at 11:21 AM

Make your own Hot Chocolate as a gift! You can buy glass canning jars in bulk, cocoa in bulk, and ribbon in bulk. Put it all together for a festive and inexpensive treat!

Carol

Posted on 11.15.10 at 12:15 PM

A homemade present I like to give is a calander with personal pictures thatI print from my own computer. You can even put birthday, anniversary, and holiday reminders printed right on it. I usually print them on the glossy paper but even on plain paper it's really nice.

Donna

Posted on 11.15.10 at 1:25 PM

Save attractive or unusual bottles when they're empty. Use a string of mini lights, shape them with a wire and insert them into the bottle for a pretty decoration that can also be used as a gift.

Jackie

Posted on 11.15.10 at 1:36 PM

My boyfriend and I have been trying to save money so instead of going out to eat all the time we have been making dinner together at home and on date nights we have been looking up things that are going on around the neighborhood that are free and we can walk or ride our bikes to. I didn't realize how many free concerts and events there are until now!

RyvrNymph

Posted on 11.15.10 at 1:38 PM

We got some paint form the recycling center in our town for free this year, so our "Family gift" this year could be bright pretty new walls throughout the house. Because we wash and reuse our roller sleeves, this is just about as money saving as possible-free! This way, the family present doesn't interfere with the kid's santa gifts.

Deborah Masters

Posted on 11.15.10 at 2:51 PM

The best gift you can give someone is (yourself). Know someone who is lonely or ill or both? Trust me your time means more to them than any gift you can buy why? because no amount of money can ever replace precious love you give to others. Share your day with someone dear. They will never forget it, and either will you Merry Christmas.

Deborah Masters

Posted on 11.15.10 at 2:53 PM

The best gift you can give someone is (yourself). Know someone who is lonely or ill or both? Trust me your time means more to them than any gift you can buy why? because no amount of money can ever replace precious love you give to others. Share your day with someone dear. They will never forget it, and either will you Merry Christmas.

Bridgette

Posted on 11.15.10 at 5:45 PM

Using a scented candle with your old fake Christmas tree will save money, and still give you the Christmas feel.

pc

Posted on 11.15.10 at 5:57 PM

Many of my friends have family in other countries. For those on tight budgets, I let them use my phone to make a holiday call to their loved ones. I shed a tear every time I see how happy they are.

Katie

Posted on 11.15.10 at 7:03 PM

Instead of buying Holiday decorations I let the kids make everything from ornaments to wreaths. Handmade stuff is cooler anyway!

Shannon

Posted on 11.15.10 at 8:54 PM

Every year I host a cookie swap, like what was mentioned above, and we have a white elephant party. Everyone brings something fun from around their house that they don't want/use anymore. Then we play a version of dirty Christmas to see who will end up with what. Some years there have been awesome gifts like counter mount CD players and lava lamps. However some years we have seen coconut statues and tacky wall art. But no matter what we end up with, everyone has a blast! We even have themes like "tacky Chrismas sweaters" or "hobos and tuxedos".

Samantha

Posted on 11.15.10 at 11:56 PM

I love baking and giving the baked goods as presents. I am unemployed and it still shows people you care, you can just go to a 99 cent store and buy a cute container and tada insta-present

Amber

Posted on 11.16.10 at 5:38 AM

I've been stashing my kids' large paintings for a couple months - wrapping paper!

Dele O

Posted on 11.16.10 at 8:02 AM

Our little girl is still just a few months old, but we can't wait to start doing lots of arts and crafts with her.

cs white

Posted on 11.16.10 at 8:38 AM

This year we're hosting our (large) family's Christmas party. Instead of going crazy (and broke) cooking tons of things, I'm asking each family to bring one dish. That way, we have tons of delish food and I'm not out an arm and a leg!

Elaine Warner

Posted on 11.16.10 at 10:01 AM

Thanks for the wonderful holiday tips. I would really like to win a Windows 7 phone. I don't even have a smart phone yet.

Matthew Barnett

Posted on 11.16.10 at 1:26 PM

Instead of receiving a gift,give a gift. Donate to your favorite charity. Drop off unused or unwanted clothes, toys, food or other such items to your local thrift store or donation collections to help the unfortunate. In return you'll receive the greatest gift of all. That's truly "doing more with less!"

Matthew Barnett

Posted on 11.16.10 at 1:29 PM

Instead of receiving a gift,give a gift. Donate to your favorite charity. Drop off unused or unwanted clothes, toys, food or other such items to your local thrift store or donation collections to help the unfortunate. In return, you'll receive the greatest gift of all. That's truly "doing more with less!"

Danni

Posted on 11.16.10 at 2:33 PM

This year for the holidays, our Christmas tree will be built out of plastic bottles we have been collecting. It's a fun craft activity we can do together as a family and allows us the creative freedom to decorate as we see fit. For color and added decoration, we will fill some of the bottles with water tinted with food coloring and cap it off. This will also look great when Christmas lights adorn the tree giving a glow to the tinted water. After Christmas, we will disassemble and recycle. It's fun and green!

Ron

Posted on 11.16.10 at 5:46 PM

Search the deal sites daily like The Bargainist to get the best deals on the items on your shopping list. Also search for online coupon codes for the stores you plan to buy from.

Samantha

Posted on 11.16.10 at 10:50 PM

i make sentimental gifts like making collages of me and whoever i am giving it to

Amber

Posted on 11.17.10 at 5:04 AM

Let the kids make the Christmas cards - people love them even more than the way popular (and super expensive) photo cards.

Deborah Patrick

Posted on 11.17.10 at 12:50 PM

I make huge batches of instant Russian Tea because my family loves it during the cold season. So I get to keep some and give it as gifts.

Jean YY

Posted on 11.17.10 at 5:51 PM

Shop with coupons or when there's a promotional going on.

Samantha

Posted on 11.17.10 at 10:50 PM

holiday shopping after much research and coupons in hand always save me tons of money

Rick

Posted on 11.17.10 at 11:23 PM

Set an extra place at the table and invite your elderly neighbor over for a holiday meal.

Amber

Posted on 11.18.10 at 4:13 AM

My sisters and I (all grown up now) have decided to skip gifts for each other and only have our kids exchange gifts. A few less things to buy, but we still get together and have tons of fun!

Dele O

Posted on 11.18.10 at 8:40 AM

Doing more with less sometimes means working on the go. Which is where my laptop and a good smartphone comes in handy. Go windows phone

Rian

Posted on 11.18.10 at 8:40 AM

Honestly, scouring sites such as this one have been amazing to help me stretch through this holiday season - and no, I'm not trying to brownnose!

Yogi

Posted on 11.18.10 at 11:38 AM

I stay organized with Microsoft OneNote, which helps me do more with less time.

Deborah Patrick

Posted on 11.18.10 at 4:06 PM

Today’s do more with less: I go to the thrift store and find cool sweaters for about a buck. Then I cut them and serge the edges. Sew them together and make them into pillows.

Craig

Posted on 11.18.10 at 4:43 PM

Obvious, but... less Christmas shopping means more time for everything else! By mutual agreement, my friends and family have scaled back gift giving plans this year to focus on shared activities and good food to celebrate the season.

Erin Morris

Posted on 11.18.10 at 6:04 PM

HANDMADE!! I recently picked back up crocheting, something I hadn't done since childhood. All the babies in the family are getting a snuggly hat or blanket for Christmas. Other than parents, most of our family receives cookies, breads, etc made with love by me and my kids. My kids are also cool with skipping presents from mom and dad in exchange for a trip to NC with the extended family which we wouldn't be able to afford otherwise. They'll get to ski, ice skate and tube, plus they get enough toys from family!

Gabrielle Genevich

Posted on 11.18.10 at 6:50 PM

Go for a few small "stocking stuffer" sized presents. They're just as cool, and you can get a couple of them for way less than if you buy big presents for people!

Samantha

Posted on 11.18.10 at 11:15 PM

my mom always cooked with me. it made me appreciate home cooked food more and make my food healthier

Amber

Posted on 11.19.10 at 4:25 AM

There are tons of free events around the holidays. Our town has a Christmas Stroll, free concerts, and lots of activities for kids. Just take a minute to find them!

Dele O

Posted on 11.19.10 at 12:00 PM

I'm all about replacing my stone-age phone with a revolutionary one. And I'm sure with it, i'll be doing more in less time. Thanks for the giveaway.

Samantha

Posted on 11.19.10 at 11:23 PM

I love using chicken broth to take shortcuts during the holidays and food. Its inexpensive and adds tons of flavor to any dish

Jearv

Posted on 11.20.10 at 12:01 AM

For the holidays, I'm going to try to reconnect with people I haven't spoken to as well as spend more time with my family and close friends than spending the time to find th very "perfect" gift for them. Doing more with less doesn't have to be based on gifts!...
Although this phone would make a great one!

Amber

Posted on 11.20.10 at 6:19 AM

I just found a tutorial for homemade felted dryer balls, something I’ve never heard of before. I plan on using a holey sweater for the yarn, and they cut down on drying time (i.e. electricity)!

Tina

Posted on 11.20.10 at 6:38 AM

We pare down as a family before making our wish list for new stuff, and we put anything earned toward buying gifts for others first. The kids donate some of their gently used toys and books to charity, and my husband and I use a garage sale (luckily it's still warm enough here in TX to do that!), Craigslist and eBay to part with anything we don't absolutely need. (Whatever is left over also goes to charity.) From there, we tally up whatever we've earned and put it in an envelope to use for buying gifts for our loved ones. It's been a nice way to cut down on clutter and "close our loop" while taking stock of what's really important.

Dele O

Posted on 11.20.10 at 9:17 AM

Calendars are a huge help. And the Outlook Quickstep is a great shortcut tool that helps me quickly create some of my common tasks, appointments, and emails while on the go. The win phone 7 will be a great mobile tool to aid in this

Amanda

Posted on 11.20.10 at 11:21 AM

Make all your parties a potluck. If everyone brings one dish (it helps if you plan who is bringing what), you made one dish and yet you'll have a ton of food at the party. It's really a great way to save money on buying food and time cooking.

Deborah Patrick

Posted on 11.20.10 at 11:26 AM

I become the switch witch at Halloween and trade my kiddo a cheap toy for all of her chocolate. Then I use it to make cookies and brownies for the holidays and beyond! More candy for other uses, and less sugar coma and cavities for her.

Geoff

Posted on 11.20.10 at 5:18 PM

We have been looking for Christmas gifts since June. When the right opportunity would come up, we bought the gift early on a sale or discounted price.

Steph

Posted on 11.20.10 at 6:05 PM

shop for Christmas decorations at the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop - they have loads of cute stuff cheap and money goes to a great cause

Steph

Posted on 11.20.10 at 6:07 PM

shop for Christmas decorations at the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop - they have loads of stuff cheap and the money goes to a great cause

Brody

Posted on 11.20.10 at 9:41 PM

I make homemade Christmas cards for my family every holiday season. It allows me to give them all better presents.

Yogi

Posted on 11.21.10 at 4:40 AM

I’ll be able to get more done with less by consolidating my devices when I get a Windows Phone.

Connie

Posted on 11.21.10 at 9:43 AM

During the holidays, I do more with less by having a lot of spa days at home with the girls. It's crazy how many bottles of cute polish you could buy (and how long they last) with the money you'd spend getting a mani in a salon!

Ashleigh

Posted on 11.21.10 at 9:45 AM

I make the most of less by getting devices that have multiple functions, and try to get rid of ones that only do one thing. I love my alarm clock/dock/speaker/radio!

Deborah Patrick

Posted on 11.21.10 at 11:05 AM

My favorite gift to give is homebaked goods. When I do that I save a ton of money. But I also make extra and freeze it for later to save time. When my family gets tired of the banana bread and pumpkin bread it dries up a bit, then NO ONE wants it. Until I use it to make bread pudding! More with less wins again!

Maureen

Posted on 11.21.10 at 2:50 PM

I clip off the branches at the bottom of our tree and use it to trim the mantel.

Sharon

Posted on 11.21.10 at 4:49 PM

My best tip for doing more for less is to really get serious about couponing and the coupon blogs there to help. Then, watch the sales!

Brody

Posted on 11.21.10 at 7:15 PM

I like to eat at home as often as possible so that I can get more out of my food budget.

Maria

Posted on 11.21.10 at 7:56 PM

I always think the way a gift is presented is half the fun of receiving it. Therefore, when I don't have a lot of money to spend on gifts, I like to use my imagination and arts and craft skills, to either find from a thrift store, or create a nice looking container for the gift, use homemade wrapping paper (kids art work or your own) and pretty ribbon and felt cut out into decorative shapes to decorate the gift. It's not the actual gift that matters but the thought put into it... and the fun of appreciating the beauty of the whole thing~

Dele O

Posted on 11.21.10 at 8:24 PM

I do more with less by spending my time wisely with family, friends, and loved ones.

Erica Best

Posted on 11.22.10 at 12:44 AM

i do more with less when i use coupons they help so much and it hard sometime. But it help when u use then with a store sale and u cant save so much money it makes me so help when i do more for less.

Amber

Posted on 11.22.10 at 3:30 AM

The ultimate “do-more-with-less” for our young family: nursing the babies! How often is the very best thing you can give your baby free?

Dele O

Posted on 11.22.10 at 11:29 AM

I'm all about doing more with less by using free tools such as the Google calendar to organize my day, week, month, year...need I go on!!!

Schmidty

Posted on 11.22.10 at 11:58 AM

My more for less: Bake family goodies instead of buying storebought. Make extra and freeze for later. Do the same for meals: cook more, freeze extras.

Deborah Patrick

Posted on 11.22.10 at 1:20 PM

I save all the magnetic business cards and calendars that are sent to me or that I pick up at trade shows. Then I tape my family pictures on them to display on the fridge!

Heather D

Posted on 11.22.10 at 6:13 PM

I do more with less during the holidays by shopping around and looking online for the best prices. I also use homemade ornaments to decorate the house. No need to buy more decorations, just use that handprint in the shape of a reindeer.

Erin Morris

Posted on 11.22.10 at 6:14 PM

Handmade gifts! If you have a talent, use it! I recently picked up a hobby from childhood - crochet. All the babies/children in my family will be getting a hat or blanket for Christmas.

brody

Posted on 11.22.10 at 7:37 PM

I ditched my cable bill in favor a higher speed internet connection and a Netflix membership so that my family and I could get more entertainment for less money.

Samantha

Posted on 11.22.10 at 9:12 PM

I am loving aluminum foil as an insulation material these days, helps me shape cakes, and keep things warm :)

Shelby M.

Posted on 11.23.10 at 8:38 AM

I do more by sleeping less. It is amazing what you can get done in the morning without distractions.

Dele O

Posted on 11.23.10 at 9:47 AM

If my posts come in twice, it's not on purpose. I've seen several times where i post once and it automatically show up twice on this blog. Please hold off your irrational judgements before lashing out.

Deborah Patrick

Posted on 11.23.10 at 10:37 AM

I donate my used cards to St. Jude's Ranch for Children. They take the front of cards and make new ones they can sell to raise funds. http://stjudesranch.org/help_card.php

Schmidty

Posted on 11.23.10 at 11:09 AM

Doing more with less means creating a tight budget and sticking to it, avoiding impulse buys, and saving for rainy days. Peace of mind generates productivity.

Yogi

Posted on 11.23.10 at 6:19 PM

I get more done by using the Microsoft Outlook junk filters to see less spam.

brody

Posted on 11.23.10 at 7:01 PM

I try to buy shelf stable food and other groceries in bulk so that I can save money and not have to make as many trips to the grocery store, which also saves me time.

Yogi

Posted on 11.24.10 at 6:04 AM

I get my screen more organized with less hassle using Windows 7’s Snaps feature.

Dele O

Posted on 11.24.10 at 8:00 AM

Doing more with less means keeping your cars as long as possible especially when they are paid off.

Deborah Patrick

Posted on 11.24.10 at 10:47 AM

I make photo books online and have them ready when there is a two for one sale. I also follow them on facebook or twitter, and get email reminders so I will never miss a great sale.

Jearv

Posted on 11.24.10 at 3:51 PM

I do more with less by buying Christmas decorations and ornaments after the holiday season! The prices dramatically drop and I get more decorations for less money! I hope I win the phone!

brody

Posted on 11.24.10 at 7:54 PM

I use multiprotocol IM clients that support social networks and email so that I can check all of my accounts at the same time. More done, less time spent.

Schmidty

Posted on 11.24.10 at 9:38 PM

Doing more for less means buying a gently used car that's been cared for and maintaining it carefully for another ten years.

Samantha Tran

Posted on 11.24.10 at 11:34 PM

i love giving out coupons as presents. Like ill watch your kids for an hour or help you clean your house. they are cheap and effective. so everyone is happy

Deborah Patrick

Posted on 11.25.10 at 10:14 AM

I recycled the cotton batting from an old quilt and am using it as snow in my Christmas village display this year.

John

Posted on 11.25.10 at 5:43 PM

Get all of your friends together and do a secret santa so you don't have to buy as many Christmas gifts

Dele O

Posted on 11.25.10 at 8:18 PM

Doing more for less is all about doing dishes before, during, and after thanksgiving dinner. Saves a lot of time the next day.

P.S. happy thanksgiving

Schmidty

Posted on 11.25.10 at 8:32 PM

More for less: Host a get together with your friends and have a clothes swap ...exchange your don't-likes and never-worns for things you can use. Everybody wins!

Steph

Posted on 11.25.10 at 10:26 PM

I'm doing more with less by making everything myself; food, gift wrap, presents, cards. More things and less money spent

Yogi

Posted on 11.26.10 at 11:41 AM

I do more with less redundancy by syncing my files using Windows Live Mesh.

Deborah Patrick

Posted on 11.26.10 at 4:25 PM

I make my chicken stock when I have leftover bones from roast chicken then freeze it in ice cube trays to save time when cooking later on.

Dele O

Posted on 11.26.10 at 5:22 PM

doing more with less could mean budgeting and adhering to it. It allows us to save properly and spend wisely

brody

Posted on 11.26.10 at 6:03 PM

I try to consolidate all of my errands into one trip to town so that I don't use as much gas.

Raven3766

Posted on 11.27.10 at 5:23 AM

Art is always a plus for Holdiday gifts; go to your nearest art store and purchase cardstock and paint. You never know how creative you really are until you try.

Raven3766

Posted on 11.27.10 at 5:24 AM

Art is always a plus for Holdiday gifts; go to your nearest art store and purchase cardstock and paint. You never know how creative you really are until you try.

Raven3766

Posted on 11.27.10 at 5:24 AM

Art is always a plus for Holdiday gifts; go to your nearest art store and purchase cardstock and paint. You never know how creative you really are until you try.

Deborah Patrick

Posted on 11.27.10 at 11:48 AM

Traditional moose country do more with less- Save the moose nuggets from your yard. Shellac them and make gross gag gifts like moose nugget earrings or moose nugget swizzle sticks!

Cam964

Posted on 11.27.10 at 6:55 PM

I'm ready to move on from my Android device

Schmidty

Posted on 11.27.10 at 7:14 PM

My grandmother taught me to "save steps". During chore time around the house, always have something with you to be returned or replaced as you move from area to area and room to room.

Kate

Posted on 11.27.10 at 8:49 PM

I do more with less by buying decorations after x-mas

Kate

Posted on 11.27.10 at 8:52 PM

I do more with less by giving baked treats as presents

brody

Posted on 11.27.10 at 9:58 PM

I do my college homework while I'm at my job during slow times, that way I have more free time at home.

Samantha

Posted on 11.28.10 at 12:52 AM

m and ms are probably my favorite more with less candy. i use them to decorate cakes, i use them in counting games with kids, and they just taste good

Dele O

Posted on 11.28.10 at 7:58 AM

Doing more with less sometimes means reusing grocery bags, or buying the recyclable types and using those. Saves the environment and saves the grocery stores money, which in turn saves you money.

Deborah Patrick

Posted on 11.28.10 at 9:44 AM

I take plastic shopping bags and cut them into strips. Then I use them when quilting by pinning them over the batting so it won't get snagged while I stitch on my sewing machine.

Dylan Davies

Posted on 11.28.10 at 3:43 PM

Using coupons is the best way i know how to do more with less. This year we just started to use coupons, and every time we've gone to the store and its saved us so much money this holiday season for gifts and food

Jose D

Posted on 11.28.10 at 6:05 PM

I do more with less when I shop on Black Friday for presents I will give on Christmas!

brody

Posted on 11.28.10 at 7:02 PM

I use a combination shampoo and body wash to make both showering and grocery shopping easier and faster.

Kate

Posted on 11.28.10 at 7:37 PM

i do more with less by staying organized

Schmidty

Posted on 11.28.10 at 9:22 PM

Doing more for less means delegating more responsibilities to the kids so my time can be used more productively.

Samantha

Posted on 11.28.10 at 11:55 PM

I really like spices and herbs. If you buy them in the ethnic food section, especially the hispanic themed aisle they can be only 99 cents a bag! They add flavor to everything including cheap cuts of meat and inexpensive dishes

Tiffany

Posted on 11.29.10 at 1:12 PM

I love doing more with less by giving homemade presents. There are so many great online tutorials out there with creative ideas. Also my family has transitioned away from giving gifts for the holidays to going on outings. Saves money and creates great memories!

Deborah Patrick

Posted on 11.29.10 at 1:23 PM

Compost! Composting for the garden is more for less in so many different ways!

brody

Posted on 11.29.10 at 3:45 PM

I almost never buy clothes unless they're on sale. I can stretch my clothing budget pretty far sometimes by doing this.

Jearv

Posted on 11.29.10 at 5:26 PM

I do more with less by combining my errands into one drive and trip so I save gas. An example would be going to the store, post office and barbershop in one trip, rather than going at different times of the week. This way, I can do more with the money I have because of the less money I have to spend on gas!

andrea d

Posted on 11.29.10 at 7:02 PM

more with less for me is about using coupons and trying to get the best deal. I always ask myself..Do I really need this?? And If so can I wait until it goes on sale. I have saved so much using coupons which has helped me to have extra money to get other things that I need

drea8685@yahoo.com

Jose D

Posted on 11.29.10 at 7:13 PM

I used to check my email through a browser; a few months ago I started using an email client. Now I can check all my email accounts at the same time! That's doing more with less!

Schmidty

Posted on 11.29.10 at 8:32 PM

More for less mean having an emergency kit in my car when I travel, and also carrying our own snacks and drinks so that we don't have to make expensive stops.

Dele O

Posted on 11.29.10 at 8:33 PM

Doing more with less could be decorating the christmas tree as a family. More work done in less time, and lots of family time together.

Mike H

Posted on 12.21.10 at 5:09 PM

With a 2 year old running around all our breakable ornaments are either toward the top of the tree or in a box still. We decided to buy small christmas plushes and use them as ornaments that the kids are allowed to pull off and play with. When they clean up, they get to decorate the tree again in their own little way. It makes cleaning up less of a chore for them. Cuts down on toys there's less to be broken.

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