Friday, November 13, 2009

Favorite Things: Cookie of the Day on

I love holiday baking. Well, I love simple, cheap and cheerful holiday baking. A project that brings friends together for laughter and ends with edible treats is always a winner. For some holiday baking inspiration, check out the Cookie of the Day feature on
Whatever your skill level, budget, or time frame, there are some fun baking projects that will make your family and friends smile. Just be sure to save a few for Santa!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Deal of the Day: Free Flatbread at Jamba Juice on November 17th

Free Jamba Juice flatbreads, sort of like a mini pizza, are free from 2 - 5 pm on Tuesday, November 17th. Call your nearest location to confirm participation. I tried the Southwestern Chicken last week and it was tasty. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Deal of the Day: Create It Yourself at

If you haven't already stumbled upon the site, is worth a look. You can design your own t-shirts, Vans, mugs, posters and more. I love the kid's tees; with everything from Star Wars to Scooby Doo, you're bound to find something cheap and cheerful. Or maybe your grown up Star Wars fan wants a shirt that says, "Han is my homeboy!" A big part of the fun is the DIY feature because you can create exactly what you want! Plus, until Sunday, $5 off all orders of $35 or more with the code VETERANSDAY9.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Cheap and Cheerful (Holiday) Money Mantra: Sticking To It

I will carefully create and faithfully stick to my holiday spending budget. I will carefully create and faithfully stick to my holiday spending budget. I will carefully ... You get the picture.
While holidays are clearly a time of indulging in rich entrees, sumptuous desserts, and treating those you love to special gifts, it can also be a time for overspending. Creating a budget is task number one before any holiday shopping can begin. Take some time to look at your finances and determine a reasonable amount for your gift giving. Keep in mind -- a simple, thoughtful token of affection is more important than fancy packaging and big price tags. Spending time over a cup of coffee with a friend, rather than exchanging gifts, can be even more valuable. Or maybe this is the year to institute a "name swap" rather than buying for everyone in your family?

Cheap and Cheerful wants to know: How do you create your holiday budget? How do you plan your shopping to be sure that you stick to your budget? Please share!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Favorite Things: Personalized Plates

If you've been reading Cheap and Cheerful for awhile, you know I love monogrammed and personalized items. So, how cute is this personalized melamine plate? This Etsy seller has other adorable items and special discounts for the upcoming holiday season. Just be sure to shop early as the creator is getting ready for a holiday break with family and friends.


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