Jan 13, 2011

Thrifty Thursday - Get the Biggest Bang for your Buck!

Hi guys - I realized I talk a lot about being cheap/thrifty but I haven't yet let you in on a little secret...The most fabulous place in the world for Entertaining/Decorating/Crafting on a budget...

Oh, yes, The $ Tree. Lets do a little walk through for some ideas:

These trays are perfect for a project like this one I copied from everything LEB and the tutorial can be found here and here.


After - everything LEB Papier Mache tray - perfect gift!!

 A very good gift for birthdays, holidays!  It is the perfect size to catch keys, jewelry, or even to use as a coaster next to the bed.  

Moving on to kitchenware - you can do a lot with anything in this aisle!  If you are entertaining it is a great place to get some extra glasses or dishes at $1 a pop.  Or, if you are especially handy, try etching them like Martha Stewart did here or another one of my fav blogs, Young House Love, did here:

After - YHL Etched glass for Thanksgiving!  So cute!

How about grabbing a package of brown paper bags so you can make these also seen on Martha's site :

After - Martha Stewart Brown Bag placeholder  :)

With the leftover bags you can make some delicious chemical-free microwave popcorn! Just put 2 TBS of popping corn in the bag, fold over the flap twice, and pop for a couple minutes. Actual time will vary depending on the strength of your microwave. Super cheap and healthy...until you add the following:

Parmesan/Garlic Popcorn
  • crush 2 cloves garlic into a bowl with 1-2TBS of olive oil.
  • when popcorn is out transfer to a bowl and drizzle garlic and oil on popcorn. 
  • Sprinkle with 1-2TBS of Parmesan...YUMMY!! 
Not fat free but WAY better than the fake butter crap they put in ordinary microwave popcorn. For a lighter version half the amount of olive oil and add fresh chopped rosemary, thyme, sage, or whatever else you have lying around.

That's it for our walk through the $ Store today.  Anyone else have a great craft idea that can be started by a $ store find??  Feel free to share it in the comments section of this post!

Head out to your local store to see whats in store (ha!) for you.


PS - all Before photos come direct from the $Tree website.  Did you know you can order products in bulk from there??  Such a great thing for entertaining! The After photos come from Martha and Young House Love as stated above.  Now get back to work!
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