Navy Retirement Gift

Navy Retirement Gift

I’m from a Navy town and I can tell you, retiring from the Navy is a BIG deal.  Being in the Navy is a hard job with many sacrifices so retiring is an event the entire family can participate in.  Some of my friends have spent as much on their retirement parties as you would a wedding.

Things to display their navy memories (flags, coins etc) are generally purchased by family or co-workers.  So as friends here are some ideas you can check out!

1. Biographies of people with their hobbies: For the first time in a while your sailor may be able to start a new hobby.  If you know what it is maybe find a book from a leader in that field.  Or take a look through Amazon’s Top Selling 100 Books and see if anything might be interesting!

2.  A Leatherman or Multi-Use Tool- This can be a fantastic gift without breaking the bank.

navy retirement gift

3.  A Personalized Wine Bottle: Get a bottle of wine personalized with their name, rank and retirement date.  There are tons of options!

4.  A Nice Dinner Gift Certificate: There is a VERY good chance the sailor’s spouse is owed a night out, or a romantic weekend.  Grab a gift certificate to a nice restaurant or a Bed and Breakfast!

5. Navy Veteran License Plate Frame: I see this ALL around my hometown.  I don’t know if they just GIVE them to you when you retire but they seem to be something most retirees have.  You can also grab them by rank!

Show up with one of these to a retirement party and you should be just fine!

And don’t forget to check out the Police Academy Graduation Gifts!

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Ways To Organize Your Coupons

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Ways To Organize Your Coupons

When you are making the decision of how to organize your coupons you have one big decision to make- to cut or not to cut.  Some couponers like myself store all of our coupons in the inserts and don’t cut them until we take them to the store.  Others cut their coupons and file them by various methods.

So before we get into those methods we need to decide if you will store by insert or cut.

Step One: There is a very simple test to determine which type of person you are.

Look around you.  In YOUR space (not your family’s space but YOUR space) how organized are you?  Does the idea of cutting coupons and putting them in an order that organizes them make you excited?  Is everything on your desk at a right angle?  Would a crooked picture on a wall make you walk across the room to fix it- even if it isn’t your home?  Is it easier for you to process information if you can see and touch things?  Does the idea of potentially walking by a sale in the store and NOT knowing it’s there make you lay awake at night?

If that is you you need to cut and organize your coupons.  You can skip to Step Two.

Do you think cutting coupons sounds incredibly boring?  Does the idea of all those little pieces of paper being cut make your head spin?  Can you leave your bed unmade and it doesn’t bother you?  Is your organizational style more of “organized chaos”?  Are you a bit more impulsive and like to do things on a whim?

If that is you, you can feel free to organize by insert.  You can skip to Step Four.

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How to Make Easy Christmas Decorations

How To Make Easy Christmas Decorations

Here are some really fun, easy Christmas decorations for you to try! Whether you are looking to make a holiday wreath, ornament, or design something new with the kids, you will find it in this holiday round up.

How To Make Easy Christmas Decorations

Cork Reindeer

 PomPomXmasGarland

Pom Pom Christmas Garland

 XmasCenterpieces

Cranberry Centerpiece

santa-votives

Santa Votives

XmasAdventCalendar

Christmas Advent Calendar

10-minute-ribbon-wreath

Ribbon Wreath

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Easy Hand-Dipped Pinecones

Decorative ChrstimasTree

Decorative Christmas Tree

 XmasStockings

Christmas Stocking (made from sweaters)!

MM_Reindeer_spoons

Reindeer Spoons – craft for the kids.

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Bonus: How to Make Rag Wreaths- good for any season!

 

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Coupon Binder Categories

Coupon Binder Categories can help you figure out how to maximize your Coupon Binder!  Below I have listed the ones I used when I clipped my coupons (I organize them a different way now).

Ideally you will adjust these categories to fit your family’s normal purchases.

Here are some master coupon categories, and subcategories, to help you organize your coupons if you clip them. Using these categories to help you file your coupons can keep you from getting overwhelmed and more easily put your fingers on the coupon you need, when you need it.

I do have a few pieces of advice for your binder:

1- Get a binder that zips- that way things won’t fall out if you drop it. You can check out the selection on Amazon.

2- Most people who clip individual coupons use baseball card dividers as the organization tool.  If you can’t find them at your local Target or Walmart type store check local comic book or sports memorabilia stores. You can check out the selection on Amazon.

I am not a fan of having a huge binder so when I had a coupon binder divided this way these were the categories I had just the main ones.  However you can absolutely set up pages for the subcategories as well:

Baby Items (Baby food, Diapers, Formula, Medical, Washes / Shampoo, Wipes, Other)

Beverages (Soda, Coffee Tea, Juice, Powdered Mixes, Water)

Canned Items (Soup, Broth, Vegetables, Fruit, Beans, Tomatoes, Meat)

Cleaning Supplies/Laundry

Frozen

Grocery

Health and Beauty (Toothpaste, Razors, Make Up, Shampoo, Toothbrushes, Perfume)

Household (Light bulbs, Batteries, Aluminum Foil, Office Supplies, Trash Bags, Storage Containers)

Meats (Lunch Meat, Bacon, BBQ,

Paper Products

Pet Supplies

Produce

Refrigerated (Yogurt, Milk, Cheese, Eggs, Cream Cheese, Cheese, Sour Cream, Biscuits, Croissants)

Snacks

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Merry Christmas To A Frugal Chick Readers

Merry Christmas to you all!

I am so thankful for each and every one of you and how  you have blessed my life in 2013.

I hope you all have restful days (for some of you with little ones I know that is hard) and take time to reflect on the true meaning of the season!

 

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Glitter Pumpkins For Halloween


Don’t feel like dealing with pumpkin guts?  This is a MUCH easier option (though not really less messy) to decorate your pumpkin!

These would be really cute to use for decorations around the house!

Supplies Needed

Pumpkins
Favorite paint colors
Paint Brushes
Water (for rinsing brushes)
Glitter! (I LOVE Glitter)

Directions:

1- Depending on the weather you may want to head outside.  This can be messy!
2- Paint each section of the pumpkin a different color and then shake the coordinating glitter color on top before it drys!
3- Rinse paint brush and repeat until fully covered
4- Give time to dry

That’s all it takes.  You can use themed colors if you would like (sports teams colors, fall colors, favorite colors).  Whatever you think would be pretty!

A big thank you to my friend Brandy who did this with her kids and took these great pictures!

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Home Carpeting Made Easy

Home carpeting made easy

There’s nothing like wall-to-wall carpeting for the coziest comfort in the autumn and winter. It reminds you that the small day-to-day luxuries are the most important every time you put your feet down on that soft pile when you get out of bed each morning.

Comfort is a high priority when selecting a carpet but so is expressing your individuality. Do you go dark or light? Bright or neutral? Rich or pastel?

The choice is yours and will depend on the room size and other interior design aspects. Luckily, the Concord Berber Carpet Collection offers a delightful selection of colours to choose from.

Colour palette

Just the names of the Concord Berber Collection make your design taste buds water. How do mocha, cream and anthracite sound to you for starters?

One of the chief features of the collection is the carpets are each composed of two shades of one colour and so tightly woven that the effect is one, gentle uniform hue. However, the subtle combination of two shades expands the options for mixing and matching in colour schemes. A dark curtain or blind will go with the carpet just as well as one of a lighter colour.

Which room?

Choosing a colour scheme depends on each room. Generally, you can be as indulgent as you like in your bedroom as this is your sanctuary where you recharge.

Rooms and areas with high traffic, like the lounge or hallway, are usually better-suited to darker colours as the wear and tear they naturally endure is not so visible then. There is a misconception that the bathroom is not suitable for a carpet but there are plenty of great options if you know what you’re looking for.

The Concord Berber Carpet Collection is durable enough to withstand the bathroom environment and during the winter it is a welcome floor covering for extra warmth and comfort. Of course, all of the above are nothing more than guidelines. If you fancy carpeting your entire home in ivory then the collection can happily oblige!

Carpet care

The way the carpets in the collection are composed enables straightforward care. One reason for this is that the special design of the pile prevents spillages from seeping too deep into the carpet, thus helping to prevent stains.

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