Homemade Gifts Save Big Bucks! Holiday Savings Tip #8

by on December 21, 2010 in Meal Planning & Recipes,Personal Experiences

12 Days of Christmas Tips to Help You Save!

On the eighth day of Christmas…

This year, and last, we made all of the gifts that we gave family and friends. In college I often made gifts out of necessity, and now that we’re pinching pennies as hard as we can, homemade gifts make perfect sense again.

Give Homemade Gifts and you can save big bucks!

Homemade gift ideas are endless, so I am going to focus on two that I made this year and also just happen to have coupons available right now, plus a third idea for a speedy last minute gift!

All are gifts of food, and with a stop in at a store like Dollar Tree, you can find cheap (and cute!) buckets, containers, tins and more to use to package up and give these goodies.

Gift Idea #1: Chex Mix

Chex Mix is a no-brainer. I like the Original recipe, but there are so many new recipes that you could make a different Chex mix type for everyone you know! They even have Gluten-Free varieties!

Here is the recipe link, followed by some coupons and store sales you might like to take advantage of. Remember that you can print two of each coupon! Try and pair the cereal coupons with a good sale. I snagged mine during a Kroger Mega Sale event a few weeks back and got them for $1.00 or less a box.

Original Chex Party Mix (I substitute 1 – 1.5 cups of cheerios for the bagel chips)

Save $1.00 on 2 Big G Cereals (chex and cheerios included)

Save $1.00 on 2 Big G Cereals (chex)

Save $.60 on Morton’s Season Salt

Smartsource also has two different cereal coupons!

Kroger butter on sale $1.99 a pound (12/16/10 – 12/22/10)

Walmart butter on sale $2.00 a pound (week of 12/19/10)

Gift Idea #2: Cookies

Cookies of any kind are easy and popular gifts. Candy that can be used in baking is often on sale during the holidays, and candy coupons are hot right now!

Last night I made a tray of M&M cookies to take to the ladies at my daughter’s daycare, and last week I used Hershey’s kisses to make cookies for the pastors at church. They were so easy to make, and there are coupons you can use right now to snag M-n-Ms or kisses for a buck at CVS! Details after the recipe, coupon and store links.

M&M Party Cookiestip: use holiday M&Ms in red and green!

Hershey’s Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies – another great cookie to try!

Save $1.00 on 2 Hershey’s kisses (check your past newspaper insets for M&M coupons!)

Save $1.00 on Truvia Natural Sweetner

Kroger butter on sale $1.99 a pound (12/16/10 – 12/22/10)

Walmart butter on sale $2.00 a pound (week of 12/19/10)

Redplum has Domino Sugar & Truvia sweetner coupons!

CVS deal: this week CVS has holiday candies (M&Ms, kisses & more) on sale 2/$5 with $2.00 Extra Care Bucks (ECBs) back, making them 2/$3 after ECBs. Using the coupons linked above or from other sources, you can get them down to 2/$2 which is great!

Gift Idea #3: Semi-Homemade

This is the easiest way to make tasty gifts in a hurry. If you don’t have the time it takes to whip up truly homemade food stuffs, then check out some of the coupons available right now for items that you can use to make semi-homemade goodies that will still be a hit.

Save $.55 on 2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Cookie Dough

Save $.55 on 1 Pillsbury Simply…Refrigerated Cookie Dough

Save $1.00 on 2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Holiday Cookies

Redplum – Martha White baking mixes

Smartsource – Pillsbury Refrigerated Cookie Dough (tubes & break n’ bake), Pillsbury Simply…Refrigerated Cookie Dough, Pillsbury Refrigerated Holiday Cookie Dough, Betty Crocker Muffin Mix and Cookie Mix

Or maybe make a gift basket with some of these items: $.55 off any Black Creek cheese product or $.55 off one Stella cheese and $1.00 off any 2 Old Wisconsin Snack Bites.

Everyone loves food.

The ideas are endless, really!

What are your favorite homemade goodies to give?

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