Here are some posts I have seen lately with stocking stuffer ideas and other gift ideas.

At Life As Mom, Jessica has some ideas for Clutter free Stocking Stuffers and Gift Guide for Boys.

Some places to check out for stocking stuffing items are dollar stores, the Dollar Spot at Target and discount stores, such as Big Lots. Here is a blog post with Dollar Store Stocking Stuffer Ideas

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With many people already having a full schedule and upcoming holiday activities and expenses can add to the usual stress. Crystal from Money Saving Mom has started a series on steps to take for a More Organized Christmas.

The first step is to create a budget, have a plan, use cash and keep it simple.

Even if you do not have time to implement some of these ideas this year, it may be helpful to keep them on hand and implement them in the upcoming years.

One of the ideas I have used for several years is to save money throughout the year for holiday expenses and look for gift ideas throughout the year when you find them on sale.

This is part of a 90 day Holiday Countdown, previous posts can be found here

Now that we are past Thanksgiving, the Christmas season is in full swing. Jessica at Life as Mom has put together a list of Christmas movies to watch during the holiday season.

We are all busy with our schedules but it is important to also schedul family time.

With all of the obligations today, it may be harder to cook and bake from scratch. Instead of buying stuff ready from the store you may be able to save time and money by some ideas from Sandra Lee’s Semi Homemade. She gives ideas of using some items from the grocery store and adding some of your own touches so it seems like it was homemade from you.

She also has several ideas of tablescapes and decorating for different holidays and ocassions.

Here is a recent article about using a cake mix to make holiday cookies.

In a previous post I discussed saving on expenses for your holiday meals. Also, be out in the coming months for sales on wrapping paper, gift bags and holiday decorations.

Many stores will be having these items on sale. CVS and Walgreens usually run good sales and coupons on holiday items close to the holiday season.

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Also, if you are in need of holiday items consider looking at post holiday sales. Right now you can get Halloween and fall items for up to 50-75% off regular prices.

After Christmas is a great time to stock up on gift wrap, gift bags and other holiday items you use each year. Also, if you need decorations or trees there are usually good sales after the holidays.

Just as with holiday gift shopping it is important to budget for your holiday meals. Many of the grocery stores currently have and will have baking items and other holiday items on sale in the coming weeks.

Sunmart is offering Holiday Bucks to use on future purchases. You can earn up to 4 Holiday Bucks per shopping visit. You can earn 1 Holiday Buck per $30 spent per shopping trip up to $120. The Holiday Bucks can be redeemed through December 31. Some exlusions apply, see the store for details.

If you have a list of items you will need that can be purchased ahead of time you can add them to your shopping a few at a time instead of a large bill at the end.

This is also a great time to stock up on items you may use throughout the year such as flour, butter, nuts, baking chips, etc. Butter, nuts and baking chips can be stored in the freezer so they last longer.

With the prices of groceries continuing to increase, it may be wise to stock up on items now if your budget allows.

This is part of a 90 day series with tips to help make your holidays easier. Click here for previous posts.

With a few simple steps you can transform a cereal box into a gift or treat box.

First I cut the top half or so off of the front and sides of the box. Then cut the back rounded so it will make a flap when you fold it over the front.

Then use gift wrap or scrapbook paper to wrap the bottom of the box like a gift, trim the paper around the top and sides and glue (I used glue dots). Then wrap with a piece of ribbon to close.

It can be used for baked goodies, snack mixes and other holiday gifts.

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Along with purchasing gifts, you also need to wrap the gifts. With a little work you can make one of a kind bags or reusable bags. If you are giving gift cards, there are various ways to give the gift cards instead of just the card you get from the store.

I have made a Pinterest board with Gift Bag ideas.

Another idea is to use containers for baked good and other treats, such as the plastic coffee cans. Wash them out and remove the label. It can be as easy as wrapping a piece of ribbon around the can and tying a bow. Look around your house for other containers you could use for gift giving.

This is part of a 90 day series with tips to help make your holidays easier. Click here for previous posts.

Jessica from Life As Mom has put together a Holiday Planning Guide. It has planning pages for your holiday gift buying list and other schedules for the holidays.

Along with the e-book, in the coming weeks she will be having posts with recipes, gift ideas and other ideas to take some of the stress out of the holidays. She is a homeschooling mom of six, so she is used to stress.

I read her blog most days and get many great ideas from it.

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One of the aggravating things about decorating for the holidays may be how to store ornaments and lights so they last from year to year. A couple ideas I found on line to store ornaments are here and here to use common things you may have around the house instead of buying the more expensive ornament holders and boxes.

Here is an idea to storing your lights so they don’t end up in a tangled mess to deal with next year.

Another issue is the matter of storing wrapping paper so it doesn’t get damaged before you use it. Tbis is a way to store it without taking any storage space.

When you are taking out your holiday ornaments, consider throwing away any that are damaged and broken. Also, consider donating any that you may not use any more.

By taking a few minutes to put them away correctly may save you time and hassle next year.

This is part of a 90 day series with tips to help make your holidays easier. Click here for previous posts.