Clearance Items for Your Christmas Gifts

This is another installment of the Holiday Money series co-hosted by Becky from and myself. This week Becky is talking about Why Planning is the Key to a Successful Budget Christmas. If you missed the previous weeks posts during this series be sure to scroll to the bottom where all the weeks and posts are listed for easy reference.


Clearance items make for great and inexpensive Christmas Gifts. We have done this many many times for all sorts of wonderful surprises! Do you have children who like to draw or write? Then Back to School Clearance deals are right up your alley. Sometimes stores make things down in September or October or November depending on the size of store and amount of “leftover” school supplies.

For all the little ones that like dress-up hitting up Halloween Clearance is a VERY good idea. We have bought most of our costumes that way and we play dress-up all year long. Occasionally we find a non-traditional item in the Halloween clearance aisle. Last year we found tiered skirts on clearance for $3 that were super cute! I bought a couple for Princess and a couple for my niece for Christmas last year. They do not have a bit of Halloween about them. They are purple and pink ruffled skirts that are perfect over leggings.

Lots of great items in yellow, orange, brown, and red can be found in the Thanksgiving Clearance. Not everything will be Turkey themed. Sometimes you can find plain or solid items ranging from tablecloths to plastic silver wear to cute clothing items. Even though most people associate “Turkey” with Thanksgiving we eat it at more Holidays so the super cute shirts that say, “Grandma Makes the Best Turkey!” can be worn at Christmas and Easter as well if they still fit! Clothing always is a nice gift for those with growing infants and toddlers who grow each season and need an ENTIRE new wardrobe. Those lucky little ones:)


Here are more Christmas Gift Suggestions:

stocking stuffers for all ages


creative craft kits Collage

pretend play Collage


#HolidayMoney tips and tricks to afford Christmas

Week 1 Jingle In Your Pocket (Ways to Earn Extra Money before Christmas!)

Week 1 Easy Ways to EARN Your Christmas Money from Thaleia at Something2Offer

Week 2 Using Fiverr to Generate Christmas Cash from Becky at Franticmommy

Week 2 Save Money on Educational Christmas Gifts from Thaleia at Something2Offer

Week 3 Why Planning is the Key to a Successful Budget Christmas from Becky

Week 3 Clearance Items for Your Christmas Gifts from Thaleia

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Maxpedition Vulture II Backpack Giveaway

Some of you may have read a few of my Emergency Preparedness articles that I wrote a while back if not please check out Being Prepared while Pregnant or with a Newborn or 10 Steps for Getting Prepared for an Emergency. Since it is Fall and Winter will soon be here I am beginning to think and plan for Ice and Snow storms. We are spoiled living less then 5 minutes from Walmart, Aldi, and Kroger BUT if the power or internet were to go out at the stores you would not be able to buy anything! If the power went out at home then we would be up a creek without a paddle.

Now is the time to think, plan, and prepare for your future and upcoming season’s. Do you have enough supplies for 2 days, 2 weeks, or 2 months? Do you have ways to keep yourself dry and warm? Do you have food and water? Do you have a way to keep your children, pets, or family safe? These are all questions you will need to answer for yourself.

backpack giveaway

Today I have a giveaway to help with the idea of having a Bug out Bag. Maybe you need to get away from disaster, storm, etc. This backpack is a great addition to any family who needs to pack items for camping, sports, trips, or an emergency. I think I would have it packed for my hubby in case he became stranded at work.

Whether you use this backpack for camping, hiking, cross-country skiing, or as an emergency pack, you are sure to love it. On the off-chance that you already have too many quality backpacks, this would make a fabulous Christmas or Hanukkah present for someone special!

Meet the Participating Bloggers

The bloggers listed in the Rafflecopter form below have come together to purchase this prize for one lucky contestant. As you click “Like” on the giveaway form, visit their pages and get to know them. Every time you like, comment on or share one of their posts, you are supporting their page. We all appreciate you so much.

Enter to Win

This giveaway is open to residents of the United States only. Entrants must be age 18 or older to enter. Giveaway runs from 12:00 am MST October 25th to 12:00 am MST November 2nd. Winner will be drawn November 2nd and emailed. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email before another entrant is chosen, so check your spam folders too!


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Remember to join us for a Twitter Party Tuesday October 28 where we will be chatting about
–Camping, Hiking/Trekking, Climbing, or Cross-country skiing,
–using backpacks for emergency supplies (car pack/get-home bag, 72-hour go bag, etc.).
— Any experiences you have using military grade backpacks – features that could be helpful and/or important in emergency situations.

Keep an eye out for the hashtag- #WinBackPack
Time: 2:00pm MST and PDT, 3:00pm CDT, and 4:00pm EDT

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Wonder Oven Giveaway

Why All the Giveaways?

So glad you asked or noticed! Facebook is getting rid of the opportunity for readers to enter giveaways via Facebook likes in November! This means other means of entries which limits those not using Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram! Those of us who have lots of readers who are only following us on the blog and Facebook would then loose out on a chance to win future giveaways. So we are doing our best to bring some unique giveaways to our readers before the Facebook likes as an entry go away.

I really hope you have had a chance to enter the Maxpedition Backpack and the Slimline Bible Giveaway! If NOT what are you waiting for? Hop on over and enter to win some more potential Christmas presents.

Top Ten Features of My Wonder Oven

My Wonder Oven Slow Cooker Giveaway-Oct.24th-29th, 2014 by
The picture of our yummy, deliciously Autumn giveaway was taken by Joyce at
My Wonder A group of bloggers decided to let you know about these awesome energy-saving, non-electric slow cookers. In order to slow cook food, all you do is use a pan with a lid and bring the food to a rolling boil for about 10-15 minutes. Quickly place the lid on your pan and place it in the Wonder Oven. By entering the giveaway below, you will have a chance to win one of these awesome My Wonder Ovens! Good luck!

My Wonder Oven Top Ten Features:

1. 100% Cotton

We promise the fabric won’t melt!

2. Double Stitched

We want to make sure those beads stay right where we put them!

3. Filled with 3 mm polystyrene beads

Smaller beads conduct the heat better because there is less air space around them. Bigger is NOT always better.

4. VIRGIN beads

My Wonder Oven beads have not not been recycled from someone else’s bean bag.

5. Floppy rather than overstuffed

My Wonder Oven Slow Cooker Giveaway-Oct.24th-29th, 2014 by
This feature makes it easier to store, and allows you to fit it into a container (which is great when you’re cooking on the go) or wrap it around your food. Go freestyle, baby.

6. Washable

If My Wonder Oven gets soiled, simply wash that area with soap and water and allow to air dry. It’s a good idea to wrap your pot with a towel to avoid spills. A solar blanket also works great to catch spills and reduce condensation.

7. Cook on the road!

Think of it as a non-electric slow cooker.

My Wonder Oven Slow Cooker Giveaway-Oct.24th-29th, 2014 by

8. Refrigerate on the road

Great for keeping groceries cool, or even frozen, on the ride home.

9. Made is the USA

Even better, made in TEXAS.

10. Affordable pricing

Because I can purchase the fabric and those 3 mm VIRGIN beads here locally, I can keep the costs down.

Terms & Conditions:

This My Wonder Oven Giveaway is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. This giveaway starts on Friday, Oct. 24th at 5:00 am (MDT) and ends on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at 5:00 pm (MDT). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders. Good luck to everyone! Let’s be prepared for the unexpected!

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