I have a 17-year-old daughter, who has made it pretty clear to me & the rest of my family what she would “love” to have for Christmas. (Gosh, it sure is easier when they tell you what they would like). I also have several girlfriends with daughter’s around the same age, who pretty much want the same things.
So, below are some suggested gift ideas for the girl teens out there who think that “us” parents don’t know what’s going on! 🙂
OMGosh! This one cracks me up, because seriously, how many cell phone covers can a person have? I think these girls go to school and see who has the most bedazzled cell phone case, and what accessories it comes with. Boy, have things changed since I was in high school. 🙂
Here are a few cases that I know my daughter likes, because she will sent me a text message with link. Modern technology, ya got to love it!
Parents! When your teen drops their phone, and cracks the screen for the first time, and you have paid the hefty price to get it fixed, it’s time to get them a cover that really protects! I have had the above Otterbox case for the past couple of years, and it works like a charm and looks just as good as the first day I bought it! $20
This Lifeproof case is a little more expensive, but it is waterproof. Which, works for my family in case you happen to drop your phone in the commode or leave it outside all night. Prices vary by color.
This is probably my #1 gift to give to teens, because I don’t want to hear the classic, “My phone was dead” when I need to get a hold of them. So, this portable, Anker cell phone charger, is my solution to that, and if they lose this, there really in trouble. LOL
I also own this Anker charger, and I like that it fits right into my purse, and it charges my phone quickly. $20
My kids really don’t want to hear about how Dr. Dre was really from my decade, they just want the Beats headphones! Whatever!! LOL Also, you can save by getting refurbished headphones at Wal-Mart. Check back often because they go quickly at this price! Prices vary.
I bought this Bose wireless, waterproof, bluetooth speaker for my hubby last year, and he loves it. Unfortunately for my guy, so do my kids, because this speaker has a loud, booming, sound that I can hear from different rooms of the house, such as: the bathroom, garage, and of course their rooms. $129
This is the PERFECT gift for any teen who has a problem with keeping time, at least I know mine does! It’s at available at Amazon for $15, and highly recommend you look at all of the cool New & Interesting Finds on Amazon. They update it daily, and it’s full of fun, geeky, and hard to please gifts for anyone on your list.
I hope you enjoyed some of my girl teen gift suggestions, because I know that they are really hard to shop for. Of course you can always give them gift cards and let them pick out what they want for themselves, but it’s just not as fun. LOL
Whose ready for some turkey-lurkey on Thanksgiving day? I know I am, and it’s time to share on different ways that I like to save.
There are some super suggestions out there, and I really love the money saving ideas ideas that I have pinned on my Thanksgiving Trends board on Pinterest, and if you want to follow each other let me know.
Below are some savings suggestions on how my family and I save a little moolah for the Thanksgiving festivities, from canning, dehydrating, clipping coupons, and using money saving apps. All of this allows us to gobble up some fabulous food and not our budget. 🙂 Check it out below:
I grow my own herbs & made my own seasoning blends by using this dehydrator.
From rosemary, parsley, basil, to sage for the stuffing, it’s so easy to grow your own herbs, dehydrate them, and blend them into a seasoning blend. Dried, fresh, herbs taste so much better, and with the high cost of seasonings rising, it’s just silly to not give this a try. I have herbs growing on my kitchen window sill all year-long, and when I need some chives, I just clip, wash, and chop them into my dish. Super easy! 🙂
My family brings a dish to pass.
My mom makes the best green bean & sweet potato casserole there ever was! I just hand over the canned goodies that I have, and she just does her magic. My sister is the master of mashed potatoes & sweets. So, it just makes savings cents for different family members to bring a dish to pass, especially if you have a large crowd to feed.
DIY homemade dishes & turkey savings
I am in charge of cooking the turkey & making the stuffing. I have spent many years learning how to perfect my Grams’s homemade “cornbread stuffing”, and I am so grateful that she taught me how to make pies, specialty cookies, and her beloved “perogies”
For me, I save quite a bit of money by making my own homemade dishes, especially when I am cooking for a crowd. Also, when I shop at places like Kroger, I purchase their store brand turkey, and save. The price is not only right, but the quality is fantastic. So, when the turkey lurkeys go on sale, I stock up, freeze them, and use for future use. Cha-ching!
By they way….if you don’t have someone to teach you how to make & bake a perfect pie, I encourage you to take a look at this new class being offered by Craftsy.com.
Right now, the grocery stores are running sales on Thanksgiving Day food essentials! From gravy, cake mixes, rolls, and pies! There are also Turkey Day Coupons that you can print off online and match with those weekly sales or get then in your Sunday paper. So, get organized, calculate how much you will need, and don’t wait until the last-minute!
And finally! Download some money saving apps!
If your not using these money saving apps, then now is the perfect time to give them a try, and save on holiday food, cleaning supplies, or beer, wine & spirits!
All you have to do, is select the item you would like to buy, scan the product that you bought with your phone, and get the cash amount back in your account, that you can either buy gift cards or cash in when you have saved enough. It’s up to you! I figure that if I’m going to buy these items anyways, why not take advantage of the savings.
These are just a few ways that I will save on my Thanksgiving Day dinner this year, and I hope that some of you will be inspired to plan ahead for next year and grow your own garden this spring. Trust me, you will be surprised how many veggies, herbs, and beautiful flowers can come out of a little, tiny, space, and it’s so worth it.
More than anything, I want to wish everyone a wonderful day of eating, drinking, and spending quality time with your family & friends, and I can’t resist saying it…… Gobble! Gobble!
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