Tiana Smith is very resourceful and just earned herself an extra entry into my contest/giveaway.... I'm just not sure what I'll be giving away just yet!
That's right, my blogging anniversary is December 10th! A whole YEAR!!
Be on the look out for the announcement!!
Now... onto Christmas with a Budget. Every year since I've been married, we get a real tree for Christmas. They're pretty, and they've already been chopped down, so why not let them go out in style. This year, I'm not making a whole lot of money--we're surviving (hubs is keeping us afloat), but we've been very careful since the layoff, cutting out things that are nice to have, but not vital... like a tree. Here's ours this year:
I know it's a terrible picture snapped with my iPhone at night, but you get idea. It's a branch. And it was free from my parent's burning pile. Now, don't go getting all sad--we didn't go hunting for a tree/branch--this was the reject branch for my table at my first Christmas Market (which was a bit of a bust--I don't think they advertised). Here's the one we actually used for that:
So we had this extra branch in the garage, and Sunday when I got home from a photo shoot, hubs had rigged it up in the tree stand (we had sort of joked about it before). We decorated it that night, and I'm not going to lie, I almost cried it looks so pathetic. I miss the smell of the real tree--the coziness of it.
Well, that's one way to save $70. :) Now we won't show up empty handed to the family functions this month.