Thursday, November 4, 2010

Cheap and Cheerful Chatter: Gift Closet Guru

I am looking for a guest blogger. Is it you? Are you a gift closet guru? Do you have a closet or drawer of cheap and cheerful go-to gifts that you use all year? If so, I need your help. I'd like to feature gift closet finds each month. Come on, I know you're out there!

While I wait for you to let me know of your mad gift closet stashing skills, check out the adorable wallet pictured above. It's a great gift closet find from Target for just $8.99!

Come on, you know you're the one. Shoot me a message and I will give you more details.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Deal of the Day: Star Wars Clone Wars Season Two

We're more of a classic Star Wars family but this is a great deal for the boxed set of Star Wars Clone Wars, Season Two. Santa usually brings a new movie or two for those lazy holiday mornings. It might be Toy Story 3 this year but Santa has some time to shop around.

Cheap and Cheerful wants to know: What is your favorite holiday DVD?

Monday, November 1, 2010

Cheap and Cheerful Chatter: $300 Grocery Challenge, with a twist!

This month's $300 grocery challenge will add a twist. Encouraged by my friend Rebecca, I will buy only organic products during Week Two. If you have any ideas or suggestions for me, let me know! I'm thinking about starting Week Two with a trip to Trader Joe's and supplementing with fruits and veggies from the Farmer's Market.

Here's a run down of Week One:

Money spent: $88.75
12 rolls of toilet paper
8 rolls of paper towels
brownie mix
canned tomatoes
tomato sauce
tomato paste
Four 1.5 pound packages of ground beef (but one, get one free)
pork shoulder
flour and corn tortillas
wheat bread
lasagna noodles
5 lb bag of potatoes
eggs (free with registration in Safeway's new Just 4 U program)
and a couple other things I can't remember ...
On the menu for dinner:
The famous Ferrara lasagna, carnitas (due to our superstition about the Giants!), potato and egg fritatta, tacos, ravioli with homemade sauce, homemade pizzas, and white bean pasta salad. We may eat out (burritos) once this week and use the money from our small entertainment budget. We've also still got lettuce, green beans, and corn for sides, as well as frozen baguettes for garlic bread.
Our lunches will be soup and macaroni and cheese from the pantry as well as the usual sandwiches, fruit, crackers, etc. We've got blueberry muffins, yogurt, cereal, and smoothies for breakfast.

Cheap and Cheerful wants to know: There are lots of turkeys out in the store already. We may have to have turkey and other Thanksgiving food early! What are your favorite fall dishes?


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