Frugal Creativity

Last Update: December 15, 2014

So the theme for our Christmas this year is Frugal Creativity. I am certain that I am not the only one here at WA who is ... shall we say ... income challenged? Though I know that this is a temporary condition ... and we are all here working hard to improve that situation ... it doesn't do anything for the reality of "right now"!

I am sharing some of my "Frugal Tips" for a Happy Holiday with you ...

No new ornaments, decorations, or decore ... recycle what you have already and refresh with some creative alternatives. Check out my tree ... a sofa throw for a tree skirt ... some fabric/pillow trim I already had for garland ... and some decorative birds I had on an old wreath make my "Partridge" for my tree!

And the tree top...

I also decorated the top of the TV cabinet ... since that is where we sit and look in the evening ...

If you creatively use what you already have ... you can get a whole new "look" for a whole lot of nothing ... and it's fun and gets you in the spirit!

Our Family gathering will be here, at our home, next Saturday. We exchanged names so we each only have 1 gift to purchase or create ... except for the children of course. We have only got 2 grandchildren, 1 niece and 1 nephew that are still "children". They will each be getting a new Christmas stocking (I made them), a "Melted Snowman", (I created from Robert's idea), and new Christmas Pajama's for a pre-Christmas slumber party. Fun will be had by all ... game playing, special treats, bedtime movies, and plenty of memory making.

I did not buy any new wrapping paper, gift bags, or tags. I used "recycled" gift bags from last year, the ends of paper rolls from previous years ... and I cut out my own tags from construction paper.

Dinner for the event will be pot-luck. Each family is bringing an appetizer, a dish to pass, a dessert, and their own favorite drink. I pulled together some decorations and candles and added some ribbon to make a centerpiece for the table. After dinner, the children will open their gifts, the adults will exchange our gift, and then the games will begin.

I made a snowman board - 2 ft tall - it has three holes in it ... a large, a medium, and a small ... each hole is worth points depending on size. I have five little fluffy "snowballs" ... from 10 feet away - you throw the "snowballs" and try to get them through the holes! You earn points for getting them through. The smaller the hole ... the bigger the points.

And we have Christmas Bingo ... instead of numbers, you work with words that make up Christmas ... like: Santa, Elves, Stockings, Eggnog, Mistletoe, Wreath, Baby Jesus, Wisemen ... and so on. Winners get a grab bag full of home baked treats.

I would love it if you would share some of your own "Frugal Creativity" ideas. That is the greatest thing about this community ... the sharing ... learning about life, living, and the traditions of others! Leave your ideas, suggestions, and comments below!

Happy "Frugal Creative" Holidays to each and every one of you! Love, M

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Papi Premium
Creativeness :)
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Dudoni Premium
Your decoration is beautiful!
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cookma54 Premium
Thank you. M
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KLewis Premium
You tree is full of happiness.Melody.
Have a great Christmas,See you at midnight mass.Ken
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cookma54 Premium
Thank you! Merry Christmas! M
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JewelCarol Premium
Wow, such a nice Christmas tree with yr creativity, Melody. :) You are so creative!! ;) I wish you and your family a blessed Merry Christmas and a Happy & Prosperous New Year 2015!1 :)
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cookma54 Premium
Thanks .... and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family as well! M
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BrooklynPhil Premium
It's festive and lovely, frugal only as a side not.
A Very Merry and a Healthy & Prosperous New Year.
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cookma54 Premium
Thanks, Phil. A Merry Christmas to you and your family ... I hope all your Christmas wishes come true! M
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BrooklynPhil Premium
They already have, you're still here.
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cookma54 Premium
Awe-e-e-e-e-e ... that's so nice! M
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kiliwia62 Premium
What creative ideas you showing us. thanks for sharing. :)
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cookma54 Premium
Thank you! Have a wonderful Christmas! M
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SharonAllen1 Premium
What a creative person you are, all of the pictures are great.
MAY YOU HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR. God bless
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cookma54 Premium
Thank you, Sharon ... Merry Christmas to you and all your family
! M
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tomtitty006 Premium
Your room look,s lovely melody.We have not put a Christmas tree up since my dad passed away and that has been about 15 years.I bought a beautiful 7ft tree bedecked with snow,pine cones and berries,I put 800 white lights on it,red and silver baubles and the little wooden ornaments,it was very traditional and beautiful.However the second year I had the tree my brother said he would put it up in his house,he has a massive house and goes into Christmas in a big way.the tree has been at his house ever since.We have no Christmas decorations up at all just the cards we receive.
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cookma54 Premium
Mark ... the true spirit of Christmas is in your heart ...your Christmas spirit shines from the windows of your soul ... and I am honored to have received a little glimpse! M
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atlanticus Premium
Wow, that's awesome, you should start a Christmas tree decorating service; no kidding, I think there would be a market for your creativity.
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cookma54 Premium
I love to decorate trees, I love to wrap presents ... I know a lot of people hate that part. I just haven't figured out how to make money at it yet ... lol! M
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AlejandraB Premium
You are so creative Melody, everything looks great, I think Christmas should be in our hearts and with our family, not on what we buy,
I wish you a Wonderful Christmas for you and your family.
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cookma54 Premium
Thank you. A blessed aand Merry Christmas to you and your family as well! M
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kmer6 Premium
You have proven again the meaning of Christmas and fellowship with family. Its sad when younger generations "expect" gifts of varied proportions and not care about creating a memory.
You did very well with your decorations and the toss game is very inventive. I wish you and your family a blessed Merry Christmas and a prosperous New year! We are blessed with your continued presence and look forward to a great new year!
Thank you for sharing.
Ken
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cookma54 Premium
Thank you, Ken ... I hope that all your Christmas wishes comes true! M
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Loes Premium
Very creative tree Melody! I have shared my Frugal Creative Tree here already:) https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/loes/blog/our-paper-christmas-tree besides that I go cheap on stamps and Christmascards as well http://youtu.be/K7yaKpI9-6I

Merry Christmas Melody with your loved ones, Loes
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cookma54 Premium
Loved your "tree" Loes ... Merry Christmas to you and your family! M
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Kathy331 Premium
Your Christmas sounds very much like what I do here Melody only I made a board game. The snowman game sounds like fun, I'll need to go find some board I can use to make it! This is the blog post I did about my frugal Christmas, you can see the board game there. https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/kathy331/blog/secret-santa
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cookma54 Premium
Thanks, Kathy. Merry Christmas to you and your family! M
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Kathy331 Premium
And to you to Melody. :)
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MarionBlack Premium
WOW! What you can do with a little frugality. You're so creative Melody. I hope that next year will be full of prosperity, joy and good health. ~Marion
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cookma54 Premium
Thanks Marion ... and I wish the same for you! M
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photospaz Premium
Very creative AND festive! Well done, young lady :)
Enjoy your family and friends this Christmas, the new memories you make together will long outlast any material gifts.
Blessings,
Michelle
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cookma54 Premium
Thank you Michelle ... especially for the young lady part, LOL! Merry Christmas to you and your family as well. M
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jazminf Premium
I think you've proven to everyone that it doesn't take money to have a wonderful Christmas, It's all about being with the ones you love. But i have to admit that your creativity is amazing, my mom is creative but nothing close to yours, sshh don't anyone say anything, i might get the iPad Robert had on his Sunday blog lol. Love your post Melody and I'm so happy you are still here, God Bless:)
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cookma54 Premium
Merry Christmas to you and all your family, sweet girl! Blessings and joy in the new year! M
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jazminf Premium
Thank you Melody, I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and the New year is gonna be your best:)
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ladyj4180 Premium
This year has been a very difficult one for all of us in my family. We usually put up a big artificial tree. This year we gave the big tree to my daughter and her husband.They wanted a big tree but couldn't afford one so thought this would help them out and us all at the same time. This year we put up a four foot tree...much easier on our bodies. I will be cooking a portuguese dish passed down from my grandmother many years ago. Its pork butt cooked in vinegar. My husband will have his own separate healthy meal. My adult kids will be making a side dish to help out. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family Melody! Very beautiful pictures of your decorations!
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cookma54 Premium
That dish sounds amazing! Enjoy your holidays ... the New Year will be here soon ... better days are ahead if we believe! M
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RobertBurch Premium
Melody - Alma has decorations going back decades that I carry down from the attic every year for the last 24 years of our marriage. Alma's mom created a lot of ornaments for us with beads. Marie was very creative. We don't ever get tired of them because they were so well done; true love of labor! She is no longer with us, but her ornaments bring a smile to our heart in reminding us of her.

Merry Christmas Melody to you and your family.

Robert
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cookma54 Premium
I love that you have those and still cherish them! Merry Christmas to you,Robert and your family. M
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sandyhutch Premium
Hello Melody. I love what you have done. Never mind frugal, your decorations are amazing. You have a great talent and a wonderful insight into what works. Your Christmas plans sound like so much fun.
May you and your family have a Very Merry Christmas. All the best.
God Bless
Sandy
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cookma54 Premium
All the best to you as well, Sandy. Have the best Christmas ever! M
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Christabelle Premium
The past two Christmases have been my most frugal ever. Last year I my nieces wanted Bibles, so the children got children's Bibles, and Christmas coloring & activity books, everyone else received home baked cookies; the ornament for the year was applesauce cinnamon with a bit of glue ornaments with cording. The year before I was still on the farm so I went into the back yard and harvested pine cones and used all my after Christmas sale items from the year before of ribbons and bows, added some glitter glue and made pine cone ornaments. Everyone seemed to like them! It is the love and memories that are the most important! Your home looks lovely!
Merry Christmas!
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cookma54 Premium
Merry Christmas, Christa! I believe we will be celebrating in great style next year! M
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Christabelle Premium
I am setting myself in agreement with you! :) Merry Christmas!
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nurseannie Premium
Lovely, I don't have a creative bone in my body... but what you have done is just wonderful... so enjoy yourself... best wishes AM
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cookma54 Premium
Thank you. Merry Christmas to you and your family! M
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kennnyb Premium
This afternoon was watching one of those shows on the tube and they showed a crafty type guy that decorated his whole tree for under 14 dollars from top to bottom with some sting and balloons and glue and glitter. It ia amazing how it is way more personal that way. M.
Ken
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cookma54 Premium
I would have loved to see that! M
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HowardJaros Premium
Love the decorations Melody. They are beautiful! I live in an RV so frugal is easy. We don't have the room to carry it. Our tree is a little ceramic Corgi Christmas tree. Easy to put up, easy to take down, easy to store!

Merry Christmas Darling and here's wishes for a prosperous New Year!!

Keep telling yourself: "I am open to start receiving $10,000/mo in my business" or whatever value you choose. Believe it, envision it, sense the feelings of abundant joy that these thoughts bring! It will be on its way soon enough!
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cookma54 Premium
Thanks, Howard ... I will believe! M
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dhayman Premium
You are so crafty! It's not only frugal, it's much more personal than store bought stuff.
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cookma54 Premium
As personal as it can get! LOL Merry Christmas to you and your family! M
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Judy-B Premium
Lots of great ideas. Sounds like you will all have a wonderful time. Your decorations are beautiful. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! :)
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cookma54 Premium
Thanks, Judy! I hope all your Christmas wishes come true! M
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Shawn Martin Premium
It sounds like you are planning a simply wonderful time Saturday!
All the best to you and yours and have a safe and joyous Christmas!
The tree is beautiful!
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cookma54 Premium
The same to you and yours, Shawn! M
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SowAndReap Premium
My family always pick a names.

I tell my daughter to draw me a picture and go to the dollar store and frame it. She's an excellent drawer. In my town our local TV program is going to put her drawing in their magazine. Her school is always having her draw something and now she has paying customers. I wonder where she got that entrepreneurial spirit from. lol

I think you're going to have the best Christmas ever this year. Full of love, happiness and peace. Wish you a great Christmas and a Happy New Year! :) The tree is absolutely beautiful :)
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cookma54 Premium
That is awesome ... I have pictures my grandsons ... and my daughter drew or painted all over my house! I love that! M
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Sui_generis Premium
One year I looked all over for a tree topper. I went to the dollar store for something and voila, I saw an adorable topper. That was YEARS ago and I still use it. Homemade coupon books are fun too. I told someone the other day that I have a couple from my daughter when she was may 8-10. I might take them home with me and tell her I want to cash them in (she's 40 with 2 of her own now---and one on the way). Christmas isn't about spending a lot of money. It's everyone getting together. My in laws started a tradition of doing puzzles so we do one every year. I stink but my son is good. I know you'll have a great time.
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cookma54 Premium
Great idea - coupon books! I do like puzzles ... we put one together in the hospital waiting room when my husband was having brain surgery ... kept our mind off our fears and helped the long hours pass ... the whole family helped!
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kleblanc13 Premium
Awesome ideas. We did Christmas bingo... once... my poor grandma was so excited about it, and we were too during the first round. But after the tenth round everyone got fed up and just started opening gifts, hahaha. Ours was to open presents, not to win a grab bag - I like your idea better!
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cookma54 Premium
You always have to open the gifts FIRST ... otherwise no one can get their mind wrapped around the game playing! LOL
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kleblanc13 Premium
They also tried this... once - instead of going youngest to oldest to open gifts, they went oldest to youngest. Grandpa was always a ham and he liked to really draw it out and taunt everyone until someone (usually my mom) told him to stop. And what's worse is that my grandparents would get money from people for gifts, they'd buy their gift, use it, then wrap it to put it under the tree. So they had a lot of stuff. And then we had to wait for about ten people until it was our turn, and another ten afterward... oy. As irritating as it was at the time I miss it now.
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cookma54 Premium
Love that story! When I was growing up ... we didn't go youngest ot oldest ... but the youngest child chose one gift from under the tree and took it to the oldest person there who read the name of the person it was to and who it was from ... then the gift was passed to the person it belonged to ... who opened it and then passed the gift around to be admired. Only then was the next gift chosen. Gift unwrapping could last for hours and we all nibbled on cookies and sipped eggnog and hot chocolate! Ron's family does the youngest to the oldest and everyone just rips out their presents ... to me ... no one gets to see what each person got, who it was from and had the chance to admire the "perfectness" of the gift! I miss that!
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kleblanc13 Premium
That's how it worked with us, everyone got to see what you got. Mom and dad always kept some presents back though, stuff we'd just open at home.
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AngelaHall Premium
It is a beautiful tree and sounds like it will be a lot of fun at your house! :)
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cookma54 Premium
Fun will be had by all! M
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