Friday, December 8, 2023

Christmas Happenings: Decorations, Great finds, Free Entertainment, and Grocery Deals!


I started using a mini tree I think about 5 or 6 years ago and I love it.  I don't want to go back to a big one now.  Last week I crocheted a star for the topper using yarn I already had and strung popcorn garland for it.  

When we go to put it up, I use a garbage bag to cover, store it in the garage,  and it's good.  

These would be great for small apartments, tiny houses, or old people (like me).  

My big find:

We stopped by a Goodwill on a drive and I found these snowmen salad plates.   They were $12.00 for 12, so $1.00 a piece.  Christmas paper plates would cost you that, maybe more!  

Free entertainment:

I've went to two school concerts this week for the grandkids.  Such great entertainment and I'm so proud of them both!  The kids love that we are there too!  


Just basics this week for groceries except for the spiral ham on sale at Meijers for .89 a pound.  

They have a special there this week if you buy $100 you get a $10 coupon.  I only spent $40.  I like to think that I saved $50.

How is it been going at your house?

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Lana said...

We are so tempted to go to a small tree and maybe next year we will. The big one is just too much work now. Our big deal was a 10# chub of Sam's 88% lean ground beef at the salvage grocery for 24.99. They were almost gone when Hubby got there but that stocked us up for months. You will get a lot of use out of those plates. I have some that came from Dollar Tree 25 years ago that we use all season and mix with white dishes on the Christmas dinner table. I'm with you on saving $50 at the grocery! It sure gets people to spend money when they offer a deal like that!

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

Lana, We are looking for a hamburger deal now...what a deal you got. I love that!
I just couldn't add up to $100 this week. I probably will next and the deal will be gone but that's how it goes.

Cheryl Kimbley said...

My small tree - which I haven't put up yet this year - is always stored that way. Take it out and plug it in and BOOM - good to go. Work smarter not harder!!!!! LOL
Cute dishes.

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

Cheryl, It is so easy for these trees. We are still celebrating but it's like you say, not so hard!

Nancy said...

Love your dishes! We too have a smaller tree-maybe about 4 1/2 feet tall. Came with lights and I really load it up with ornaments. Ordered a few years ago after Christmas so it was cheaper. Really like it and the fact it takes no time to put up.Got two sweaters at thrift store. Our big freezer is loaded with meat deals we've gotten over the months. We are thankful. Happy Holidays everyone-Vickie, thank you for your blog-always so enjoyable!

Belinda said...

We put up our Christmas tree yesterday and decorated the house. We also bought a smaller tree a few yeas ago and I prefer the smaller tree over a big one these days. That's so sweet that your grandchildren were happy to have you at the school concerts. Sometimes even parents do not make that effort, for various reasons, unfortunately. That is a good price on the ham and I'm with you, you saved over $50 by not getting in on that deal.

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

Nancy, I need ornaments for it...I'll look after the holidays like you did.
I'm glad you are all stocked up on meat..with good deals too!
Have a great holiday!

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

Belinda, there concerts were so good and it always makes me smile. It's a good feeling to go when we can. Those small trees are great and easy aren't they?
Have a great weekend

Madonna said...

Our Kroger has spiral hams on sale starting tomorrow for .89 a lb when you spend $25 limit of 2. I plan to get 2 and stock up. We eat ham for Christmas and might save the second one for Easter or might eat before that. I like to take the left over ham and freeze in small bundles to put in my beans when I cook them.

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

I just bought another one too- good for Easter in the freezer. Beans with may me hungry Madonna!