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.
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.
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Military service members and their families make tremendous sacrifices while protecting and serving our country. And although one day of honoring this service is in no way enough, we'd like to take this time to say "thank you" for all you do or did by gathering a collection of Memorial Day Freebies & Deals all in one place to make them easy to take advantage of. And again, thank you!
Applebees - Military members get $5 meals with military ID all day on 05/25/2015. Alternately, save 15% off an entire food purchase. Offers not combinable.
Colonial Williamsburg - Free admission to military members & dependents through 05/25/2015.
Home Depot - Veterans and active duty military receive 10% off through 05/25/2015. ID required.
Hooters - Military personnel, veterans & spouces can get 10 free boneless wings on Memorial Day w/ID.
Kings Island - Free admission for all military members and the ability to purchase up to six tickets for friends and family for just $29.99 at the front gate. Valid until 05/25/2015 and 07/03/2015 - and 07/05/2015.
Knott's Berry Farm - Free admission for all service members and up to six discounted tickets through 05/25/2015.
Lowe's - 10% off for military, their families & all veteras w/ID.
Red Robin - All veterans, retired, active duty & military spouses get free appetizer w/any $10 or more purchase through 05/25/2015. Must be a Red Robin Royalty member - join now, it's free.
Rack Room Shoes - 10% off purchases for mlitary members 7 dependents on 05/25/2015.
Sam's Club - Free $15 gift card & 3 free products (rotisserie chicken, Five Chees Macaroni & cookies) for active and retired military w/a Sam's Club membership or renewal. Offer good through 05/31/2015.
Shoney's - Free All-American burgers to active duty & military veterans on 05/25/2015. ID required.
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