10 Unique (Some sorta naughty) Activities to do with Your Honey on Valentine’s Day

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10 Unique (Some sorta naughty) Activities to do with Your Honey on Valentine’s Day

We all love getting gifts, but in all reality, your time is worth more to the person you love than the cost of even the most valuable gift. When you have been married as long as I have, cute little gifts are great, but not what you need. Let’s face it; we all need to spice things up every now and then! Here are 10 unique (Some sorta naughty ones!) activities to do with your significant other on Valentine’s Day!

#1 Take a Stroll Down Memory Lane

The restaurants are busy, the stores have millions of helpless lovers searching for the best gift, and the whole couple world has cupid on their head. Instead of joining in the chaos, take your spouse down memory lane. Visit an old park, your favorite place, or where you first met. Make it an adventure that no one else will be on.

#2 Go Skinny Dipping

Bring out your wild side. I mean you’re already together, so it’s not like your spouse will see anything forbidden. It might be cold, but the exhilaration of jumping naked into a pool of cold water with your love is sure to heat things up.

#3 Get Matching Tattoos or Piercings

Getting a tattoo or piercing certainly isn’t the norm on Valentine’s Day, but if you are both into getting a new tat or piercing, why not do it together? Pick something you both would like and make the leap.

#4 Go Sing Karaoke

Who knows, you both may be the next American Idol! Couples who sing together are couples who stay together. So, go out to your favorite Karaoke bar for a few drinks, and sing your hearts out. Of course, you could come up with a special song just for your spouse.

#5 Play Truth or Dare

Oh, come on. you know you want to know what the dare is! Just because you are coupled up doesn’t mean you don’t have secrets to tell or things you’ve never done. Have Valentine’s Truth or Dare, and see how fun and steamy your night can get.

#6 Play Your Their Favorite Video Game

Some of us have a significant other who is a hard-core gamer. Usually, it’s just one or the other that enjoy the games, so if you’re the one that isn’t too into it, surprise your SO with a game night complete with drinks, popcorn, and a little friendly competition.

#7 Be Goof Balls

They say laughter is the best medicine and that goes for having a healthy relationship as well. When you are constantly being a grown up, sometimes it’s just fun to let go and be goofballs. Here are a few ways to laugh it up:

  • Go shopping and have a cart race for everything on your list. Winner gets something from the loser.
  • Make blanket forts and tell stories.
  • See a comedy show or better yet, try an open mike night yourself!
  • Go to an arcade and play all the fun games.

#8 Become Tourists in Your Own City

Go around your city, taking pictures and acting like tourists. Pretend to be different people. Ask other people to take pictures of you, and ask them what the best places in town to do are. You may be surprised how much you can learn from other people about the city you live in.

#9 Make Memories in Your Car

Remember the days when you would go park in an exclusive part of town just to make-out? Reminisce on those adrenaline times of yore, and make some memories in your car. Figure out where “make-out hill” is in your town (probably good to know when your kids are older, too).  Bonus if you clean out all kid detritus first.  Nothing sexy about stale Cheerios stuck in your hair.

#10 Play Strip Bedroom Blackjack

This is a fun Strip Bedroom Blackjack game you can find online to spice up your life. The seductive deck lets you play games like poker, blackjack, go fish, or rummy in new and erotic ways. Just make sure if you have kids there is a babysitter!

What other unique Valentine’s Day activities have you done with your spouse? Share some fun ideas in the comments below!

 

 

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20 Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Crafts

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I heart every one of these amazing DIY Easy to make Valentine’s Day Crafts!  Great for fun activities with kids of all ages.  There is something for everyone to enjoy.  Check them out.

1. Foam Valentine’s Day Hearts
2. Pencil Arrows
3. Salt Dough Heart Footprint
4. Fruit Loops Craft
5. Valentine’s Sun Catchers
6. Easy PlayDoh Craft
7. Duck Tape Frame
8. Cotton Ball Stamped Heart Card
9. Sign Language Valentine’s Day Card
10. Votive Jars
11. Heart-shaped Crayons
12. Toilet Roll Love Bugs
13. Gift Wrap Valentine’s Flowers
14. Potpourri Heart
15. Valentine’s Day Trees
16. Glitter Rock Valentines
17. Heart-Shaped Animals
18. I Love You to Pieces Card
19. Thumbprint Heart Jars
20. Yarn Wrapped Hearts

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Fabulous Appetizers For The Win

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Fabulous Appetizers For The Win

Chili Cheese Boats
Easy Sausage Balls
Chicken & Waffle Sliders
Bacon Cheese Ball
Game Day Nachos
Barbeque Chicken Stromboli
Layered Mexican Bean Dip
Cheesesteak Bites
Tangy Sesame Wings
Loaded Mashed Potato Bites
Bacon Cheese Mushrooms
Crescent Roll Pizza

 

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DIY Valentine Cherry Scented No Cook Pink Playdoh

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SUPPLIES NEEDED

2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup salt
Pink food color, optional
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon cherry flavoring
3/4 cup cold water
Glitter, to decorate
Valentine cookie cutters: Wilton 3 Piece Hearts Cutter SetWilton Comfort Grip Heart CutterWilton 2 Piece Cushioned Grip Lips with “XO” Cookie Cutter Set, Multicolor 

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DIRECTIONS
1.   In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.

2.  Add the pink food color, vegetable oil, cherry flavoring and cold water and mix until well incorporated. The cherry flavoring is red and gives the playdoh a nice light pink color. If you prefer the playdoh a darker pink (like we did!), use a touch or two of food color.

3.  Remove the playdoh from the mixing bowl and place on a flat, lightly floured working surface. Knead the playdoh for about 5-6 minutes until a soft and elastic dough forms and the color (if using dye), is evenly distributed. You will LOVE the cherry scent!!

4.  You can use cookie cutters to make Valentine shapes such as hearts and big lips, etc.  Sprinkle glitter onto your shapes to make them sparkle and shine even more! Most importantly, HAVE FUN!

*Store in ziplock bags for up to 3 months.

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Delicious and Savory Cold Dips to Try

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Delicious and Savory Cold Dips to Try

Pineapple Bacon Dip from Spaceships and Laser Beams

Cranberry & Caramelized Onion Cheese Spread from Who Needs a Cape

Parmesan & Bacon Dip from Who Needs a Cape

Avocado Hummus from Mama Likes to Cook

Sour Cream & Herb Dip from Spaceships and Laser Beams

Dill Pickle Dip from Cincy Shopper

Caramelized Onion Dip from Who Needs a Cape

Roasted Curry Cauliflower Dip from Savory Tooth

Perfect White Queso Spinach Dip Appetizer from Mrs. Wright Writes

Chunky Avocado Salsa from Leave No Leftovers

Spinach Hummus from Mama Likes to Cook

Mango Dipping Sauce from Spaceships and Laser Beams

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip from Crafty Housewife

Easy Veggie Cream Cheese Dip from Frazzled and Frugal

Homemade Ranch Dip and Dressing from Simply Sherryl

Perfect Veggie Dip from Daily Momtivity

Spicy Black Bean Hummus from The Foodie and The Fix

Copycat Fritos Bean Dip Recipe from Thrifty Jinxy

Easy Creamy Onion Dip Recipe from Thrifty Jinxy

Veggie Ranch Dip Recipe from Thrifty Jinxy

Roasted Garlic and Chia Guacamole from Eat Thrive Glow

Easy Bacon Ranch Dip from Baking Beauty

Seven Layer Dip Cups from Baking Beauty

Cream Cheese Pickle Wrap Dip from Living a Sunshine Life

Homemade French Onion Dip from Naturally Loriel

 

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Awesome Appetizers That WOW From the First Bite

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Everyone knows the best parties have the best food, so score a win with these awesome appetizers.  Each one is delicious and will satisfy and wow your guests from their very first bite.

Awesome Appetizers to WOW Your Guests

3 Ingredient Cheese Ball from Frazzled and Frugal

Cheesy Bacon Pull Apart Bread from Living Sweet Moments

Veggie Pizza Bites from Cincy Shopper

Cucumber Hummus Cups from A Bird and a Bean

Garlic and Ranch Cheesy Bread from The Real Pantry

Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Manchego Cheese and Ham from Naturally Loriel

Easy Baked Chimichanga Recipe from Thrifty Jinxy

Cheesy Hashbrown Bites from Coffee With Us 3

Chelo Kebabs and Cucumber Yogurt Salad from And Here We Are

Buffalo Chicken Pizza Recipe from Baking Beauty

Bacon Wrapped Pretzel Rods from Bunny’s Warm Oven

Roasted Pepper & Cheese Spread from Who Needs a Cape

Guacamole Bruschetta from Daily Momtivity

Thai Style Pork Meatballs from Leelalicious

Taco Casserole from The Real Pantry

Crispy Bacon Wrapped Asparagus (Paleo, Low Carb) from Wholesome Yum

Meatball Sub Cups from Mom’s Messy Miracles

Homemade Baked Potato Wedges from Savory Tooth

Easy Potato Bites Recipe from Not Quite Susie Homemaker

Three Cheese Bacon Puff Pastry Appetizers from Food n Service

Sausage Cheese Puffs from Joyfully Thriving

Italian Sausage Sliders from 2 Kids and a Coupon

Savory Bacon Pineapple Bites from Small Town Woman

Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta from Happy Deal Happy Day

Buffalo Quinoa Balls With Ranch Dipping Sauce from V Nutrition

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Printable just for you! 14 Days of Valentine’s Calendars for Him and Her

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Why limit your affections for your Valentine to just one day?  Make the lead up to Valentine’s Day special for your significant other with these great ideas on these FREE printable 14 Days of Valentine’s Advent Calendars.  One for HIM and one for HER.  Printable and just for you!, these are set up for 8.5×11 landscape printing.

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

PRINT HERE ► Valentine’s Calendar for Him

PRINT HERE ► Valentine’s Calendar for Her 

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Decadent Dessert Dips to Satisfy ANY Sweet Tooth

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Having a get together?  Make (or take with you!) one of these easy and scrumptious sweet dips.  There is something here to satisfy every sweet tooth, and maybe make a few converts of the savory only crowd in the process.  In fact, I don’t see a single one that I would not like.  Probably too much!  These would be great for any party, bbq, Holiday event or the Big Game.  Enjoy!

Decadent Dessert Dips to Satisfy ANY Sweet Tooth

SNICKERS® Almond Cheesecake Fruit Dip from Spaceships and Laser Beams

Brownie Batter Dessert Hummus from A Virtual Vegan

Homemade Salted Caramel Dulce De Leche Dip from Inspiring Savings

Raspberry Whipped Fruit Dip from Crafty Housewife

Quick Mango Salsa from Living Sweet Moments

Cookie Dough Dip from Family Food and Travel

Snowman Appetizers with Honeycomb Dip from Spaceships and Laser Beams

Cherry Cheesecake Dip from Cincy Shopper

Key Lime Pie Dip from Shaken Together

Chocolate Avocado Fruit Dip from Slap Dash Mom

Birthday Cake Dip from Six Dollar Family

Peanut Butter Dip from The Bewitchin Kitchen

Sweet & Fluffy Creamsicle Dip from Shaken Together

Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake Dip from Food Folks and Fun

Peanut Butter Snack Spread from Bunny’s Warm Oven

Sweet Cherry Fruit Dip from Bunny’s Warm Oven

Cream Cheese Fruit Dip from Mama by Fire

Strawberry Jalapeno Cream Cheese Spread from Daily Momtivity

Sweet Cherry Fruit Dip from Bunny’s Warm Oven

Cinnamon Cheesecake Dip from Kleinworth & Co.

Nutella Dipping Sauce from Average But Inspired

Weight Watchers Mint Fluff from Slap Dash Mom

Fluffy Pumpkin Dip from Thrifty Jinxy

Creamsicle Fluff Dip from Life on Deer Run

Chocolate Chocolate Cheese Ball from Making of a Mom

 

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20 Awesome and Creative DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

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True love is not measured in dollars, but in things like time and care and thought.  I treasure each homemade gift I have ever been given.  To know that someone cared enough about be to create something with their own hands means the world to me.  Make something memorable, with your own hands, and gift it with LOVE.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

  1. DIY : Valentine’s Pom Pom Bouquet from camillestyles.com
  2. Glitter Heart Key Chain DIY from flaxandtwine.com
  3. Cute As A Button Valentine from sugarandcloth.com
  4. Handmade Valentine’s Gifts: DIY Wire-wrapped Heart Necklace from happyhourprojects.com
  5. DIY Tin Can Valentine’s Votive from camillestyles.com
  6. DIY Wooden Polaroid Gift Set from sugarandcloth.com
  7. Valentine Tea DIY Gift Sets from bakelovegive.com
  8. DIY Candle Carved With Initials from helloglow.co
  9. Gold Polka Dot DIY Vase from linesacross.com
  10. Mini Mason Jar Valentines from artfuldays.io
  11. Jewelry Box Of Chocolates from wellmadeheart.com
  12. Free Printable “LOBSTERS FOREVER” from patchworkcactus.typepad.com
  13. Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift For Him from blitsy.com
  14. Pomegranate Sugar Scrub from thecasualcraftlete.com
  15. DIY Paper Sack Vase & Realistic Faux Flowers from craftberrybush.com
  16. How To Make A Sentimental Carved Heart Wood Slice from averageinspired.com
  17. DIY Kraft Paper Bouquet from thebeautydojo.com
  18. Valentine’s Day Craft! Dollar Store Gold Dipped Heart Dish Tutorial from domesticbliss2.com
  19. Free Printable Wine or Champagne Valentines from allforthememories.com
  20. Valentine Rose Lollipops from creativemeinspiredyou.com
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DIY Valentine’s Day Craft and Decor Projects

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Vicky Barone – DIY Mini Heart Mobile

DIY Candy – Clay Conversation Heart Hair Bows

The Decorated Cookie – Conversation Heart Jewelry

A Bird and a Bean – Valentines Day Candy Wreath

Happiness Is Homemade – Valentines Day Love Hoop Art

Creative Green Living – Glitter Mason Jar Mug

Trish Sutton – Wine Cork Heart

Vicky Barone – DIY Valentines Day Garland

Ribbons and Glue – Paper Ribbon Topiary

Live Craft Love – DIY Valentine Chalkboard with Heart Clothespins

DIY Candy – Conversation Hearts Magnets

Mason Jar Crafts Love – Valentine Glitter Votives

Shaken Together Life – Valentine Yarn Wrapped Trees

Make It Love It – Crepe Paper Rose Heart Decor

Lil Luna – Love You Always Valentines Sign

Sisters Suitcase Blog – LOVE Yarn Letters

Snap Creativity- Conversation Heart Chalkboard

I Heart Naptime – DIY Lipstick Heart Valentines Wall Art

Brite and Bubbly – DIY Valentines Day Emoji Pinata

Studio DIY – DIY Conversation Heart Leggings

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Hot Dip Recipes to Please a Crowd

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Score big at any gathering with these sure to satisfy hot dip recipes.  I have to say every single one of these looks amazingly delicious, and is easy to make.  I would have two or three of these for a party.  Keep your masterpieces nice and hot and keep the crowd happy when you serve from a dip sized slow cooker or (How cool is this??!!) a double sided dip warmer.  No matter what you make, these are sure to be a hit.  Enjoy!

Hot Dip Recipes to Please a Crowd

Baked Broccoli Cheese Dip from Who Needs a Cape

Buffalo Chicken Dip from Spaceships and Laser Beams

Chunky Jalapeno Artichoke and Spinach Dip from Savory Tooth

Mexican Fiesta Dip from My Organized Chaos

Warm and Cheesy Brussels Sprouts Dip from Mama Likes to Cook

Crockpot Queso from Frazzled and Frugal

Buffalo Chicken Dip from 3 Boys and a Dog

Slow Cooker Mexican Corn Dip from Sugar Spice and Family Life

Loaded Baked Potato Dip from Wanna Bite

Hot Shrimp Dip from My Organized Chaos

Pizza Dip from 3 Boys and a Dog

Bacon Jalapeno Popper Dip from Baking Beauty

Spinach and Artichoke Dip from My Organized Chaos

Frito Pie Dip from The Baking Fairy

5-ingredient White Queso from The Baking Fairy

Best Ever Jalapeño Popper Dip from A Bird and A Bean

 

Hot Cheesy Crab Dip from My Organized Chaos

Kickin’ Corn off the Cob Dip from Ann’s Entitled Life

Crock Pot Sausage Dip from Nerdy Foodie Mom

Game Day Seafood Dip from Wanna Bite

Skyline Chili Dip from Simply Sherryl

Red Gold Monterey Jack Queso from Simply Sherryl

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Dip from Mom’s Messy Miracles

Italian Dipping Oil from Bunny’s Warm Oven

 

Slow Cooker Apricot Brie Dip from Today’s Creative Life

 

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Party Perfect Salty and Sweet Snack Mixes

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I love the combination of salty and sweet when I snack.  There is something so satisfying about cutting that sweetness with a yummy hit of salt.  Ditch the boring same old chips n dip for your next party and mix up one or two of these amazing Salty and Sweet Snack Mixes.  Perfect for everything from Game Day to a Poker Night, every one of these is sure to keep your hand dipping in for more!

 

Toffee Peanut Snack from Bunny’s Warm Oven

 

Sriracha-Honey Nut Mix from An Oregon Cottage

Turkey Munch Popcorn Snack Mix from Tidy Mom

Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix from Hello Little Home

Spicy Buffalo Baked Pretzels from Today’s Creative Life

Homemade Chex Party Mix from Our Southern Home

Corn Snack Nut Mix from Bunny’s Warm Oven

Caramel Honeycomb Snack Mix from Upstate Ramblings

Nuts and Bolts Robot Trail Mix from Lemon Lime Adventures

Easy & Healthy Spiced Nuts from An Oregon Cottage

Chili Spiced Mixed Nuts from Cook Eat Paleo

Quick and Easy Paleo Party Mix from Cook Eat Paleo

Cinnamon & Sugar Pretzels from My Heavenly Recipes

Homemade Trail Mix (GF, NF, DF, WF) from The Thrifty Couple

Quick and Easy Paleo Party Mix from Cooke Eat Paleo

 

Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix from Hello Little Home

Spicy Ranch Goldfish Snack Mix from Tidy Mom

Winter Wonderland Snack Mix from Shaken Together Life

S’mores Snack Mix from The Shabby Creek Cottage

Easy DIY Honey-Cinnamon Snack Mix Recipe from DIY Swank

Savory Crunchy Snack Mix from Time with Thea

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas from A Bird and a Bean

Spiced Peanut Snack from Bunny’s Warm Oven

Ranch Flavored Pretzel Nibs from Bunny’s Warm Oven

Sweet, Salty and Chocolatey Snack Mix from Cupcakes and Crinoline

 

 

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15 Cute as Can Be Homemade Valentine’s

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15 Cute as Can Be Homemade Valentine’s

1. High Five Valentine

2. Color My World

3. Valentine Gardening Card

4. Color My World Teacher

5. I spy Valentine

6. Free Valentine Snack Tags

7. Valentine Tic-Tac-Treats

8. Dump Truck Coloring Valentines

9. Easy DIY Valentine Cards

10. Race Car Valentines

11. Lego Valentines

12. Star Wars Valentines

13. DIY Playing Card Valentines

14. Valentine Poppers

15. Folded Hearts Valentines

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10 Party Perfect Foods

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10 Party Perfect Foods

  1. Greek Lamb and Feta Pinwheels
  2. Chicken Cordon Bleu Crescents
  3. Turkey Sliders
  4. Mini Ham, Bacon and Cheddar Cups
  5. Poppy Seed Pretzel Dogs
  6. Tomato and Feta Bruschetta 
  7. Cranberry Feta Pinwheels
  8. Spaghetti and Meatball Cupcakes
  9. Cheeseburger Sliders
  10. Mini Quiches

 

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Tips for Returning Holiday Gifts

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Tips for Returning Holiday Gifts

Christmas and the Holidays are a magical and fabulous time, but sometimes you get gifts that either don’t suit, don’t fit, are broken, or you just can’t use. When it comes to returning gifts, it is usually a dreaded experience right up there with a visit to the DMV. Here are some tips for returning gifts that may save you some hassle and stress!

Know where the Item Came From

Let’s face it; just because a family member said they got you that gift at Kohl’s, doesn’t mean that is where it really came from. We are human and forget exactly where each item came from.  We also fib! Do a quick search on Google for the brand name, check the tag, or look at the receipt to try make sure you are returning it to the right store.  You can also just ‘fess up and ask the giver.  Awkward maybe but you will know, especially in the event that the gift was broken or needs a size adjustment.

Ask for an Exchange

Instead of just asking for your money back, store clerks are more likely to give you less hassle when you ask for an exchange or in-store credit. If you know you will want something from that store later, ask for in-store credit right away.  If you are lacking a receipt, you will likely be given store credit at the current selling price.

Remember the Card You Purchased the Item With

If you bought the gift and need to return it, remember which card you used. Even if you have the receipt, most stores will not give you cash back but will put it back on the card you used. This is where asking for in-store credit, or an exchange makes it easier if you don’t have the card you used.

Beat the Crowds by Waiting

The absolute worst time to get in and out of a store quickly and efficiently is the week after Christmas. Of course, everyone wants to get their Christmas gifts returned and enjoy their new item, and lots of people are off work and school making the stores busy and the clerks harried. If you want to beat the crowds, wait until the holiday season calms down. Two weeks after the holiday is an ideal time to make your returns or exchanges.  Just be aware of store time limits on returns and exchanges.

Know the Return Policy

If you go to the store not knowing the return policy, many clerks are going to tell you their version of it. Know what the policy is before you step foot in the store. Print a copy if you can. This will make your return smooth and easy. If a clerk is giving you a hassle, ask for the manager immediately.  Try to stay calm and nice and you are much more likely to have a positive outcome.

Find the Receipt

Making returns is so much easier with a receipt. Many gifts don’t come with a gift receipt unless requested upon purchase, or you have bought so many gifts you have no clue where the receipt is. If you don’t have a receipt, it’s ok because you can still do in-store credit or an exchange. However, the receipt makes the transaction that much smoother.  Next year designate an envelope for all holiday receipts and you will be ahead of the game.  I like to just include the gift receipt with the gift so that the recipient has it.  Easy and done.

What tips do you have for returning Christmas gifts? Share your tips in the comments below!

 

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Fun Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve

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The holidays are a spending frenzy, so why not save some money on the last holiday of the season?  Instead of going out and spending a ton on dinner and a party that you may regret on New Year’s Day [See 5 Tips to Avoid a Hangover], try New Year’s Eve in a different way!  These fun activities may save you some money, while you are having fun and making memories.

Celebrating New Year’s is about the start of a new year, so why not go on a small vacation to kick it off?  Though not necessarily as cheap as a one night party, the memories are priceless and a weekend trip can totally be budget friendly.  Cruises are a great, fun, inexpensive way to party away the New Year and get away from the cold. Cruises offer a variety of states to cruise from including California, Florida, and Texas, and have options like Mexico, Jamaica, the Bahamas, and more.  Some have 3 day trips, a fast getaway that can be really cheap. Food and non-alcoholic beverages are normally included in the price of the cruise, and you will save hundreds of dollars on airfare if you just drive to the departure port. Cruises vary in price, but many people book cruises under $600, and this includes two guests! The earlier you book, the better options you will have.  You can also get away to a near by city for the weekend and be a tourist.  Winter prices in many areas are cheaper, and even exploring a familiar city in the winter can lead to unexpected new places to see, even in your own town.  Check out a site like Booking.com (I use this site a lot) and they can even alert you when there is a great deal in your chosen destination.

Staying at home is a great way to save money, and may be your only option anyhow if you have kids.  You may be broke, or you may be broke down tired and cannot even fathom trying to find a reliable sitter and putting on a bra, makeup, and heels while hanging out in a noisy place paying God knows how much to be with complete strangers.  Whew, I have just talked myself right into staying home!  Creating food and entertainment is easy and inexpensive at home with the family. A family favorite is to watch movies, play games, and make food.  A potato bar or nacho bar is a delicious and inexpensive way to have a creative appetizer, or make individual pizzas.  Setting up a cupcake decorating station and hot chocolate bar is a fun dessert that we love.  If you have little ones, do the countdown early and pop them into bed, and enjoy some time doing whatever you want to do.  A money saving tip! Instead of buying or renting movies, borrow them from the local library (FREE!), borrow from friends, or use what you have.  Amazon Prime has tons of free movies, along with streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.

Instead of staying inside all day, why not enjoy some fresh air?  Enjoying nature can be a beautiful way to welcome a new year. It is also a sure fire way to make sure your kids have no chance of making it anywhere close to midnight (ALONE TIME PEOPLE!).  So go Ice-skating.  Go sledding.  Bundle up and take a walk! Parks are a wonderful free activity, and a great way to start a fitness resolution.  Pack a lunch with hot cocoa and some warm blankets and let the kids run off some steam.

PARTY TIME! If you want to enjoy the holiday, and you REALLY want to party all night with guests, here are some tips to make it less pricey. Start the party after dinner time, around 8 or 9 pm, so people know to eat dinner before.  Have an appetizer potluck, and ask everyone to bring a dish.  Make it fun and vote on the best one!  This will save a pile of money for you when it comes to food costs. Serving some bubbly at midnight is a classic tradition, but if it is made into a punch it will create more for everyone (And taste better.  Most people don’t really like the taste of champagne.)  Either serve one alcoholic signature drink [Check out our Hard Cran Orange Cocktail] OR offer a fun non-alcoholic option [See our 25 Fun Mocktails for New Year’s Eve] You can also simply ask guests to BYOB, and you provide the coolers, ice, cups, and some soft drinks and definitely some water.  Unplug from the electronic devices, and play some party games or board games together.  Make staying off of phones a game.  Give everyone a safety pin/clothes pin.  If someone is caught looking at their phone (other than taking pictures to memorialize the fun, or communicating with the babysitter/on call at work/you get the idea.) you can take their pin.  At midnight, the one with the most pins wins a small prize [Pick up some fun prizes from the after Christmas clearance sales or from the dollar store.]  If you choose to have kids at the party, and you probably will because most people can’t get a sitter, consider everyone going in on ONE sitter who will be at at the party to entertain and watch the littles while the parents relax with the adults.  Whatever you do, please party responsibly and use Uber or just stay over if you over indulge.

Go to the movies! Make some tasty finger foods or have dinner before leaving, so that you are not hungry when you arrive and overindulge at the expensive snack bar. If you are tired of staying home, and want to unplug from life for a bit, go see a movie.  The matinee showing will save a quite a bit, and some areas have theaters that show older movies for cheap.  Many of these “older” movies are new to me lol since we don’t get to go a lot. Take a group of people or just go with your sweetie or kids. Certain apps like IMDB will let you know the upcoming movies in January.

Saving money allows you to not only enjoy these activities without the added stress of spending money, and it allows you to enjoy simple moments.

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