• FREE Download: Creating your Christmas Budget Map!

    It’s Christmas in July & time to start using your Christmas Budget Map from EasternShoreMom.com! This is how I plan out our Christmas shopping. I came up with this idea last year, not only to plan how much money we spend but also to keep up with who I have bought gifts and what I have purchased. It’s not just a budget, it is your map to your wrapping & a gameplan for next year’s holiday shopping.

    How do I do it? Here is the step by step instructions to the EasternShoreMom Christmas Budget map!

    1) Start in Microsoft Excell (or if you don’t have Excell use a spreadsheet making software). You want to make columns at the top for the following sections:

    2) Go through your Christmas list and type the names of everyone on your list in the column labeled “Name of Recipient”

    3) After all the names are plugged in, sit down and figure out a reasonable amount to spend on each one in the “Amount Budgeted” column. At the same time, you want to fill in any gift ideas you have into the “Gift Idea” column. The item should fall within your budgeted amount, or if not then you know you need to scour for a deal on the item to stay within budget. By setting a “Amount Budgeted” you don’t necessarily have to spend that much, because if you find a present for that person on sale then you will be UNDER BUDGET! That’s where we all want to be, right?

    4) In the end you want to have a TOTAL category at the bottom that gives you the total from each of the columns. You can total the columns by using the “Auto Sum” formula in Excel (if that confuses you just use a calculator or you can download the spreadsheet for FREE with the formulas already configured ). You can then create a line below that to take the amount budgeted and the amount left over to see what you have actually spent. The goal is to be right at or under budget!

    What does this Christmas Map help you do other than budget Christmas?

    • Keep up with what you have purchased- We have all done it, purchased something for someone then forgot where we put it or forgot we purchased it! Months later you are rumaging in the closet and you find the missing gift. By listing out on the spreadsheet what you have purchased when it comes to wrapping the items you can double check that you have everything and are not missing a gift.
    • Prepares you for next year- Not only will this give you an idea of what you spent for next year’s Christmas budget BUT it also helps you remember what you bought everyone! How embarassing would it be to give someone the same sort of gift twice? This will help you to remember what you purchased from last year!
    • Print the List- You can print the list and keep a copy in your purse at all times, that way you know what gifts you have purchased, who you are needing to buy for, what you are still looking for, etc. Just update the list and you are ready to print a new one!

    Download the ESM Christmas Budget Map for FREE!

    If you have Excel on your computer, I went ahead and made a downloadable version of the EasternShoreMom.com Christmas Budget Map! Just download and begin, the columns are already filled & and the formulas are already there to calculate for you!

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    Canvas Photo Print – Super Cute Easter Gift Idea!

    Have you tried this amazing offer yet? This is the perfect time – it would make an adorable Easter present!  Canvas People has come back with an amazing offer!

    This was the deal we were all salivating over before Christmas holidays.

    CanvasPeople.com is offering a free 8 x 10 photo canvas (just pay shipping) OR $35 off any size as a special introductory deal! Remember 2 Canvas are always better than 1 and with $35 off larger sizes, you can get the size you want even cheaper!

    Head here to get started!

    Is this really a good deal? YES! I actually had to order a canvas earlier in the year and this deal was not available. I was kicking myself with each dollar of the $50 I spent (before S&H) and vowed to take advantage when this offer came around again!

     

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    REMINDER – Canvas Photo Print – PERFECT Valentine’s Day Gift Idea

    Have you tried this amazing offer yet? This is the perfect time – it would make an adorable Valentine’s Day present!  Canvas People has come back with an amazing offer!

    This was the deal we were all salivating over before Christmas holidays.

    CanvasPeople.com is offering a free 8 x 10 photo canvas (just pay shipping) OR $35 off any size as a special introductory deal! Remember 2 Canvas are always better than 1 and with $35 off larger sizes, you can get the size you want even cheaper!

    Head here to get started!

    Is this really a good deal? YES! I actually had to order a canvas earlier in the year and this deal was not available. I was kicking myself with each dollar of the $50 I spent (before S&H) and vowed to take advantage when this offer came around again!

     

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    Canvas Photo Print – PERFECT Valentine’s Day Gift Idea

    Have you tried this amazing offer yet? This is the perfect time – it would make an adorable Valentine’s Day present!  Canvas People has come back with an amazing offer!

    This was the deal we were all salivating over before Christmas holidays.

    CanvasPeople.com is offering a free 8 x 10 photo canvas (just pay shipping) OR $35 off any size as a special introductory deal! Remember 2 Canvas are always better than 1 and with $35 off larger sizes, you can get the size you want even cheaper!

    Head here to get started!

    Is this really a good deal? YES! I actually had to order a canvas earlier in the year and this deal was not available. I was kicking myself with each dollar of the $50 I spent (before S&H) and vowed to take advantage when this offer came around again!

     

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    Merry Christmas from EasternShoreMom.com!

    December 24, 2011 by  
    Filed under Christmas on the Cheap 2011

    From our family to yours, we hope you have a wonderful & special Christmas Eve & Christmas! We are taking off Saturday & Sunday to spend time with our families but ESM will be back and in full-force on Monday for all of your after-holiday deals.

    In the mean time, enjoy the true meaning for the season. We wish you a blessed & Merry Christmas!

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    Reminder – HOT! $10 for $20 at Old Navy!

    December 23, 2011 by  
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    Up to 90% off top rated local fun!

    I love this Groupon deal!  YEAH! Looks like we can get another one today! WOOHOO!

    Grab your $20 Old Navy Groupon for $10 here!

    Here are the details:

    • Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift.
    • Limit 1 Groupon per visit.
    • Purchase of Groupon may take up to 24hrs to process.
    • Valid until 1/28/12 at US Old Navy Stores only

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    HOT! $10 for $20 at Old Navy!

    December 22, 2011 by  
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    Up to 90% off top rated local fun!

    I love this Groupon deal!  YEAH! Looks like we can get another one today! WOOHOO!

    Grab your $20 Old Navy Groupon for $10 here!

    Here are the details:

    • Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift.
    • Limit 1 Groupon per visit.
    • Purchase of Groupon may take up to 24hrs to process.
    • Valid until 1/28/12 at US Old Navy Stores only

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    Reminder – *HOT* 74% Off Terralina Skincare + B1G1 Offers + FREE S&H!

    Eversave has a SUPER HOT DEAL for us today! 74% off natural, gentle and allergen-free skin care from Terralina.com.

    Pay $20 for $75 worth of body lotions, facial cleansers, skin care systems and more. Products are natural, rich in vitamin E and antioxidants, and paraben-free.

    Are you ready for this?! Terralina is offering B1G1 for all orders placed before 12/31!! Woohoo!

    And if you needed any more amazing news to go along with this deal – it’s FREE shipping for Eversave customers!

    If you are new to Eversave – get signed up here to grab a $2 credit – making this deal just $18!

    If you have shopped and saved with Eversave before – grab this amazing Terralina deal here

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    Happy FREE National Shipping Day, December 16 2011!

    December 16, 2011 by  
    Filed under Christmas on the Cheap 2011

    Free Shipping Day - December 16

    Today is National Free Shipping Day! Over 2,000 retailers are participating and ensuring Christmas delivery to help you finish off your Christmas list. You can see the full list of participating retailers here but below are some of my favorite offers:

    Disney Store- FREE shipping on everything + get 8% cash back through Ebates!

    Lands End- FREE shipping + 30% off everything

    Columbia- FREE shipping on everything with code F11FREESHIP

    + TONS more! Check out the full list above and get to shopping!

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    Frugal Family Fun – Let’s Cookie Swap!

    December 15, 2011 by  
    Filed under Christmas on the Cheap 2011

    I know that we are all probably deep into baking season – and if you aren’t – you are real close!  There are lots of things that we are all running around doing this time of year and I thin it’s important that we take a minute and appreciate our family, friends, and loved ones…A great way to do that – especially this time of year – is with a fun cookie swap!

    Tracy has some great ideas on how to get one started, recipes, and even alittle giving back to the community – so make sure you check out this week’s Frugal Family Fun Ideas!

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