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Do More With Less This Holiday Season: Windows Phone 7 GIVEAWAY

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks to all who entered!

Ah, the holidays... Cheer! Merriment! Sugar cookies with peppermint sprinkles! Stress! Parties to buy expensive dresses for that you'll never wear again! Buying gazillions of gifts people will never, ever use or really appreciate! Pant, pant, pant... Okay, we're done hyperventilating. We think.

We know a lot of you are probably freaking out about the forthcoming 2010 holiday season, too, so we wanted to bring you our shortlist for "Doing More With Less This Holiday Season," courtesy of the new Windows Phone 7, a phone designed to help you do more with less, every day.

Give your time and skills instead of giving gifts! Offer to pet-sit for a friend while they're visiting family. Help a coworker out with a particularly frustrating project. Bake cookies with your nieces and nephews. Teach a pal to knit.

Donate: Give part of what you would have spent on gifts to charity, and let people know a donation was made in their name to _____ Foundation. Your money will go farther, and your friends & family will appreciate the charitable gesture and you won't get "guilted" for not getting them a cashmere scarf.

Do a Swap Meet with girlfriends: Have everyone gather up all the clothes and accessories they never wear, then host an exchange party at your place with wine & snacks. Everyone gets "new" items, and no one has to pay for them - this is especially great done in advance of holiday parties!

Potluck it! Throw a holiday potluck party or cookie exchange for your extended family & friends. Everyone can bring a dish to share, and that way, everyone sees each other all at once instead of going to multiple parties.

Want to win your very own Windows Phone 7? We thought so. To enter, leave a comment on this post or on our Facebook page with your favorite tip for doing more with less this holiday season.

Deadline to enter is Monday, November 29 at 12:00pm PST. Read the full rules & restrictions.



THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks to all who entered!

Congratulations to our winner, Samantha T.! Enjoy the holidays with your new phone!

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Phoenix

Posted on 11.15.10 at 8:41 AM

Our families (mine and my boyfriend's) get together every Christmas and, after the traditional family dinner/dessert has been finished, do a "cookie exchange" instead of exchanging gifts. Each new year we're amazed to see what sort of new, sweet delights our families bring to the table. In addition to exchanging cookies... everyone gets a recipe card featuring the cookies they've received. It's fun, there's never any waste, and no one's ever disappointed with their "presents"!

lonnapea

Posted on 11.15.10 at 8:57 AM

I like to do homemade edible gifts for extended family and buy in bulk!

frannie

Posted on 11.15.10 at 9:08 AM

i think there is something to be said for a homemade card or letter. a heartfelt expression of gratitude for someone in your life lasts much longer than a random present that may come and go. i also enjoy making mix cd's for people to help expand their musical horizons. if all else fails, you can never go wrong with homemade treats!

Jaimee

Posted on 11.15.10 at 9:21 AM

I really like to make gifts for friends and family. It can be hard to come up with the right inspiration though!

Clare

Posted on 11.15.10 at 9:23 AM

Two words: Internet Shopping.

I set a price limit for everyone, get all my shopping done from home in my jammies. And if you do it right you can save a buttload on shipping by doing it all at once.

Jeanetta

Posted on 11.15.10 at 9:25 AM

Doing lots with less has always been the story of my faimly. so i say as long as there is good food and family your christmas will be complete. That's what i look forward to. The gathering and the food. Foods and family that only come around once a year. There is no gift that can replace that. I luv it! Happy holidays to all!

Jeanetta

Posted on 11.15.10 at 9:26 AM

Doing lots with less has always been the story of my faimly. so i say as long as there is good food and family your christmas will be complete. That's what i look forward to. The gathering and the food. Foods and family that only come around once a year. There is no gift that can replace that. I luv it! Happy holidays to all!

Carla

Posted on 11.15.10 at 9:30 AM

Besides making handmade gifts, carts, reusing and recycling, I plan on not emphasizing gifts, but more time. I've had a few recent reminders that our time with loved ones is so precious. Maybe having friends and family over for dinner. Maybe taking a short road trip with someone.

Stacy

Posted on 11.15.10 at 9:36 AM

I will host a household party with family and friends and co-workers and use some of my hostess money to purchase gifts for family and friends. You know you can get something that they like by asking what are you looking at getting? That is one of my favorite things to do! Thanks and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

danica

Posted on 11.15.10 at 9:42 AM

We watch eachother's kids so that we can go xmas shopping with ease, and so our kids don't see what they're getting for Xmas! It's small but MAN it helps!

Jaimie

Posted on 11.15.10 at 9:44 AM

Living at least an 8 hour drive from all of my family and friends, this Christmas I will be relying heavily on homemade cards and photos!
It really is the thought that counts. I have already hand made all of my Christmas cards, along with each card I will be including some photos, an update with my life, and letting everyone know how much I love and miss them!

<3

Evin

Posted on 11.15.10 at 9:50 AM

Instead of giving lots of gifts, I like to go on a trip with my family. You can tailor-make trips to meet any budget, even down to a basically free camping trip somewhere. It saves me money and I would rather make new memories on new adventures than open a present any day.

Justine

Posted on 11.15.10 at 9:50 AM

Every year I like to pop plain old popcorn and get some cranberries (dried will do) and string them up to put in the yard for decoration. They also feed the local wildlife :)
This is my first Christmas from home, so hopefully I come up with more cheap ideas as the time draws closer.

Marissa

Posted on 11.15.10 at 10:23 AM

My husband and I got married this past July and we're doing more homemade gifts this year with our wedding photos. We used groupon to get a discount at Picaboo and are doing albums and calendars for everyone.

Anna

Posted on 11.15.10 at 10:26 AM

I think that sentimental gifts are the most memorable. My favorite gifts are photo calendars, filled with memories. These are easy and affordable, and can be tailored for families and friends.

Lastly, don't forget to spend a little something for those who can't spend - whether it is adopting a family for a holiday or buying something small for a toy drive. When I was little, I was the recipient of a secret toys-for-tots gift (I had no idea where it came from, it was left at my doorstep), and it helped me continue believing in Santa although my family was not able to afford gifts that year!

Rebecca V-H

Posted on 11.15.10 at 11:27 AM

This year my entire family will be together for the first time in several decades. I have an old friend who takes great photos and I have asked her to come to the house to take about an hour's worth of photos. She will touch them up and then send us a DVD of the photos so we can print them out as we like! In return, my husband will be helping to re-design her business website.

I have purchased several frames from Michael's (they have coupons in every week's paper, I clip them and buy 1 frame per week with about 40-60% off) to give as gifts.

Also, I have taken up cross stitching (it's cheap and really anyone can do it). So, for the kids, I stitched some samplers with home made designs of Nintendo characters :)

The tricks for a successful Christmas: plan early, embrace your family, and volunteer all year long.

Anna

Posted on 11.15.10 at 11:59 AM

I like to bake sugar cookies and decorate them for my friends, package them up in a basket with travel size bathroom goodies. They make great gifts and are very inexpensive. For my family I like to take them on one-on-one "dates." It gives us time to reconnect and doing things like going on walks, cooking a meal together, etc. are very low-cost.

katie

Posted on 11.15.10 at 12:36 PM

new idea for me this year: do something together, instead of buying/making something for each of my co-workers this year, we are going to get pedicures together! it's a great way to connect in this crazy season, takes the guess work out, and if we go before 5 we get the recession special - SCORE!

Maren

Posted on 11.15.10 at 1:12 PM

Our family has been getting together for the last 20 years to make Santa Cookies. Aunts, uncles, cousins and grandkids all come together to make this gorgeous cookie--as many as 250--to give to friends, classmates, teammates and co-workers. It's so fun to spend the day with the whole family, working together with Christmas music playing in the background. It's pretty fun to watch people's faces light up when they receive their Santa cookie, too!

Grace

Posted on 11.15.10 at 1:29 PM

I love baked goods in pretty cellophane bags and luxe ribbons :)

Beverly

Posted on 11.15.10 at 1:48 PM

A friend & I always exchange gifts at Christmas & this year I suggested we skip it...it's too much pressure to figure out what the other wants & we can still have our traditional dinner & drinks out, but avoid the stress of the gift & possible disappointment of the other person. I think she was secretly relieved....as was I.

Tiffany R

Posted on 11.15.10 at 1:49 PM

It surprised me how often people don't include letters (handwritten or digital) with their gifts. I've always been a big fan of stocking stuffer-sized gifts - maybe two or three small gifts, plus a letter and a mix CD. This year I picked up some lovely postcards for cheap and am planning on writing postcard-sized stories/things I adore&appreciate about the giftee, then mailing them over time so that most days they can find something pretty waiting in their mailbox. The overall cost is minimal, but the effect will be great. Plus, it keeps my penmanship mostly legible.

andrea d

Posted on 11.15.10 at 2:05 PM

Doing more with less..Hmm just using as many coupons as u can and looking at deal hunting sites for the best deals so you save money this holiday season

Deborah

Posted on 11.15.10 at 2:09 PM

I try to make homemade gifts these days. One friend and I alternate years that we give each other gifts.

Stephanie

Posted on 11.15.10 at 2:13 PM

Between all the family get-togethers during Christmas, my family has our own, with just my mom, dad, and sisters and their respective families. Instead of a big fancy dinner (with 5 young children), we have a very simple buffet of things like ham, croissants and condiments, and different cheeses..really simple. It saves money and time spent cooking and we actually enjoy the time with each other, which doesn't come around frequently!

Heather P

Posted on 11.15.10 at 2:27 PM

I began canning last year and have made jams, spreads, and pickled veggies. I will give out baskets of what I've made to my family and friends!

rebeccah

Posted on 11.15.10 at 2:32 PM

I'm going to give more hugs. OR text hugs and kisses using my new phone! Yaaah!

Linda

Posted on 11.15.10 at 3:42 PM

I like to make flan or other homemade treats and give them as gifts to friends and neighbors.

Katrina

Posted on 11.15.10 at 4:31 PM

we always love to make cookies for all of our friends and family. Just getting time to visit them and keeping in contact with them over cookies is always nice.

Stephanie

Posted on 11.15.10 at 5:03 PM

1) Love to bake, pack up goodies in neat little colorful packages and watch recipients' faces light up.
2) Buying Groupons to give to family members as gifts (especially the restaurant/activity ones) so they have options to spend time with THEIR friends/significant others.

Stephanie

Posted on 11.15.10 at 5:05 PM

Giving the restaurant/experience Groupon certificates out as gifts this year - I know the recipients will enjoy experiencing new restaurants and creating memories with their own loved ones.

Julia

Posted on 11.15.10 at 5:07 PM

My family does an ornament swap each year instead of buying presents for each family member in our large family. We always have a lot of fun playing a game for the ornaments and each have a collection of ornaments from our family that have sentimental memories behind them.

Brittany

Posted on 11.15.10 at 5:11 PM

Making homemade presents is always a favorite for my family and friends. It shows that I put a lot of time and thought into their gifts, rather than just buying a gift card. These homemade presents also tend to represent my relationship with each person, or it says something great about that person. I love it and am so excited for christmas! :)

Diane

Posted on 11.15.10 at 5:22 PM

My 11 year old daughter does a gift exchange at her book club. They set a $10 limit for the exchange, and they vye to see who can get the best bargains with their $10 budget.

Elle Sees

Posted on 11.15.10 at 5:28 PM

I try to make homemade presents, whether it be crafts or food.

Emily

Posted on 11.15.10 at 5:30 PM

This year, I've decided to put my baking skills to good use, and give everyone homemade baked goodies for the holidays. That way, the people I care about can know that I put time (and love, and butter!) into their gifts.

Sara

Posted on 11.15.10 at 5:33 PM

We do the Chinese gift exchange in my family. Everyone 16 and older plays. That way you just have to buy one gift.

Kim

Posted on 11.15.10 at 6:25 PM

Not crafty enough to make stuff, but having a prepared list, starting early, comparing prices online, checking bargain & coupon websites usually prevents overspending.

Analee

Posted on 11.15.10 at 8:15 PM

Instead of gifts for siblings, we all go to the Children's Hospital and pull a name off of their tree, then we go to the department store and shop for the child!

Amber

Posted on 11.15.10 at 8:20 PM

A lot of times I do more with less during the holidays by baking gifts, like baking cheesecakes, pies, and breads, and decorating and wrapping them nicely and giving to family and neighbors as gifts. That way a lot of the time I'm using supplies I already have on hand.

Liz

Posted on 11.15.10 at 10:23 PM

We "adopt" a family for Christmas, which is crazy fun in terms of all the shopping and planning - we give someone an entire Christmas, wrapped and everything. Feels amazing, and really makes an impact on the family. On a smaller scale, I make a personal effort to donate lots of items around the holidays - clothes, shoes, coats, home items I don't love ... I don't have much to give ($), I'm a broke college student in search of a job, but I can certainly take a stern eye to my closets and give what isn't being used to someone who might need it, or someone who'd like the items but can't afford them new. Simple, but really satisfying way to give back. For family gifts, we've gotten honest. No buying just to give something out of guilt. Extended family does a simple gift exchange, a secret santa, so nobody is without a surprise on Christmas, but nobody has to spend much or fret over a big family holiday.

Em

Posted on 11.15.10 at 10:50 PM

Secret santa. That way, everyone only has to buy 1 gift. We usually set a limit, and everyone makes a wish list to make it easy.

Maret

Posted on 11.16.10 at 12:51 AM

I shop all year round. Whenever I see a screaming deal on something someone would like, I buy it and save it for Christmas or their next birthday.

Samantha

Posted on 11.16.10 at 2:57 AM

I love giving baked goods as presents vs buying presents :)

Iris

Posted on 11.16.10 at 4:19 AM

I've always bought ahead, but this year I've bought really nice canvas totes and I'm filling them with smaller items that I really think the recipient will appreciate. It's the idea that I've paid attention to what they like and do.

kim

Posted on 11.16.10 at 7:16 AM

Put me down as another one that likes to give home-baked gifts.

Dele O

Posted on 11.16.10 at 8:21 AM

Doing more with less this christmas may involve buying fewer gifts and doing more vacation with the family.

Sarah O

Posted on 11.16.10 at 9:17 AM

We are just exchanging stocking stuffers instead of full on Christmas gifts this year. After two serious illnesses in the immediate family this year, we feel like it's about being together, not about material goods.

Sarah

Posted on 11.16.10 at 9:37 AM

I've found that a great way to do more for less during the holidays is to give framed photos or photo books as gifts. They are relatively inexpensive and mean so much more than a trinket from the store.

Stargirl

Posted on 11.16.10 at 9:51 AM

Most of the gifts I give are handmade. They're more thoughful and, well, they're cheaper!

Julie

Posted on 11.16.10 at 12:47 PM

I make chocolate dipped pretzels and Christmas ornaments and give them as gifts. People appreciate the home made treats and it means I don't have to find individual gifts for each person!

Emily

Posted on 11.16.10 at 3:03 PM

My family does a Yankee swap every year. I know some people dislike the competition feeling, but my family's so loud anyway, no one would notice the difference! Anyway, it feels like doing more with less, since each person just buys one present, but the whole family participates. Also, the trading makes it more likely that everyone ends up with a gift they appreciate.

Just a warning to treat-makers: one year I made homemade granola and ended up spending $50 on ingredients!

Em D.

Posted on 11.16.10 at 3:46 PM

Exchange quality time together instead of gifts. It's worth more!

Seattlite

Posted on 11.16.10 at 4:48 PM

Use Ebates and do all your shopping online! Seriously, sign up if you haven't. Pot o' gold.

Samantha

Posted on 11.16.10 at 11:32 PM

i love making collages for people with pictures they share with me.

Alison F.

Posted on 11.17.10 at 9:30 AM

Giving more gifts for less dough. Every year my family tries to see who can give the best present that they didn't buy. Rebates are great. One year I won a espresso maker in a poker game; Mom loved it. This year, Albertson's had free pans for collecting stickers. I know someone who is getting a roasting pan!

Dele O

Posted on 11.17.10 at 10:49 AM

We will be making a lot of our gifts this year. thus, more gifts, less money

Deborah Patrick

Posted on 11.17.10 at 11:54 AM

I read multiple blogs everyday and when they have cool promotions like this I enter at every site. I also am finding cool new blogs in the process. How's that for doing more with less? Since the rules state that I can enter once a day, as long as my responses are not similar every day, I'll be back tomorrow with a new answer!

jen

Posted on 11.17.10 at 2:23 PM

Draw names with your family, so that you can focus on buying for one person. This will allow you to do more for one, and in the end, everyone will be happier with what they receive!

Samantha

Posted on 11.17.10 at 11:39 PM

i like making dishes with pumpkin so theres pumpkin soup, roasted pumpkin and pumpkin pie. a really good way to save money

Rian

Posted on 11.18.10 at 9:03 AM

I really utilize buying in bulk to an art form at the holidays. Good for holiday baking and all those little gifts that pop up that you might not be thinking about when shopping.

Dele O

Posted on 11.18.10 at 9:32 AM

Doing more with less sometimes means working on the go. Which is where my laptop and a good smartphone comes in handy. Go windows phone

Yogi

Posted on 11.18.10 at 12:50 PM

I stay organized with Microsoft OneNote, which helps me do more with less time.

Overfriendly Concierge

Posted on 11.18.10 at 1:05 PM

We do more with less by holding a cookie exchange with our friends every year, and having a big cookie-eating party to celebrate. FUN!

Deborah Patrick

Posted on 11.18.10 at 4:00 PM

As per the official rules I am entering for the day with this suggestion: I go to the thrift store and find cool sweaters for about a buck. Then I cut them and serge the edges. Sew them together and make them into pillows.

Makalah

Posted on 11.18.10 at 10:02 PM

DIY all the way! From designing and making your own holiday cards and gift tags, to sewing or knitting gifts, to making a jewelry piece inspired by the latest trends - you can create unique, personalized gifts that show you spent time on the person rather than buying something off their wishlist.

Samantha

Posted on 11.18.10 at 11:59 PM

i love using wax paper for everything, lining dishes, easily move sifted flour, so useful

Erin H.

Posted on 11.19.10 at 5:32 AM

I bought an inexpensive piece of red fabric with white dots to use as a tablecloth. Cheaper than a tablecloth, and it will also work for Valentine's Day and 4th of July.

Ducky

Posted on 11.19.10 at 9:01 AM

Whenever I get mail, I am typically very disappointed. It is usually junk mail, with the occasional "suspicious package." What I usually do is keep a sort of "incinerator" out back to burn all of my junk mail. Great way to do less with more!

Dele O

Posted on 11.19.10 at 11:46 AM

I'm all about replacing my stone-age phone with a revolutionary one. And I'm sure with it, i'll be doing more in less time. Thanks for the giveaway.

Matt

Posted on 11.19.10 at 2:55 PM

My wife is very talented in crafts department(among a great deal of other things). Whenever we have a gathering, she's taken to making spiffy keen hand made invitations, which would undoubtedly cost a fortune to have made for you.

Shahn Hogan

Posted on 11.19.10 at 4:29 PM

This year we are only buying gifts for the kids in our family.

Gina Cox

Posted on 11.19.10 at 9:55 PM

My not so "secret" weapon to getting more done with less is shopping online! Most of the time you can get BETTER, online only bargins and NO LINES!! Win-Win!!

Jearv

Posted on 11.19.10 at 10:27 PM

I'm planning to spend more time with my actual family and friends with the festivities and less time looking for expensive gifts. It's more fun being with people I love. It would be great to win!

Jaxim

Posted on 11.19.10 at 10:41 PM

Use brown paper bags and the the funny pages to wrap your presents in lieu of wasteful wrapping paper. Reuse and recycle.

Samantha

Posted on 11.19.10 at 11:49 PM

cardboard, plain ol cardboard has always helped me. fold them into boxes, use as a make shift table, line areas for crafts. always works for me :)

Maureen

Posted on 11.20.10 at 6:51 AM

Instead of giving presents, I found that baking something is also appreciated when you are visiting places.

Dele O

Posted on 11.20.10 at 9:00 AM

Calendars are a huge help. And the Outlook Quickstep is a great shortcut tool that helps me quickly create some of my common tasks, appointments, and emails while on the go. The win phone 7 will be a great mobile tool to aid in this

Deborah Patrick

Posted on 11.20.10 at 11:11 AM

I become the switch witch at Halloween and trade my kiddo a cheap toy for all of her chocolate. Then I use it to make cookies and brownies for the holidays and beyond! More candy for other uses, and less sugar coma and cavities for her.

Amanda

Posted on 11.20.10 at 11:21 AM

Make all your parties a potluck. If everyone brings one dish (it helps if you plan who is bringing what), you made one dish and yet you'll have a ton of food at the party. It's really a great way to save money on buying food and time cooking.

Iqbal Shahid

Posted on 11.20.10 at 5:08 PM

play jenga :D

Steph

Posted on 11.20.10 at 5:29 PM

volunteer at the local Sally Ann or ACS Discovery Shop - you get first dibs on the good stuff when it comes in and you're helping a good cause!

Overfriendly Concierge

Posted on 11.21.10 at 8:47 AM

We do more with less by recycling/repurposing all the plastic food packaging we use (butter containers, yogurt tubs, etc.).

Connie

Posted on 11.21.10 at 9:28 AM

When the holidays roll around, my girlfriends and I usually get together and make or buy presents for each other! We especially love making food for each other or having spa days--saving a ton of money on presents. It feels great to give something that's actually from the heart!

Deborah Patrick

Posted on 11.21.10 at 10:55 AM

My favorite gift to give is homebaked goods. When I do that I save a ton of money. But I also make extra and freeze it for later to save time. When my family gets tired of the banana bread and pumpkin bread it dries up a bit, then NO ONE wants it. Until I use it to make bread pudding! More with less wins again!

Sharon

Posted on 11.21.10 at 5:14 PM

I do more for much less by hitting the garage sales and thrift stores for much of the basics, and yep, using coupons and shopping online steals and deals.

Jearv

Posted on 11.21.10 at 8:24 PM

For the holidays, my family set a price limit on gift giving so people don't feel bad in not having an extravagant gift and also, no one has to blow their budgets! It's actually fun to give something more creative. More fun with less spending!

Dele O

Posted on 11.21.10 at 8:45 PM

I do more with less by spending my time wisely with family, friends, and loved ones.

kels0119

Posted on 11.21.10 at 9:15 PM

Our family has gotten very large with marriages and children so instead of buying gifts for everyone we usually just get things for the kids. We also make at least 10 boxes of goodies and toiletries to be sent over seas to troops. We usually bake some cookies as well so they have a taste of home. That way they get something after christmas since thats when they get the majority of their pkgs.

Overfriendly Concierge

Posted on 11.22.10 at 7:00 AM

In our house, we do more with less by eating at restaurants much less often.

Dele O

Posted on 11.22.10 at 10:55 AM

I'm all about doing more with less by using free tools such as the Google calendar to organize my day, week, month, year...need I go on!!!

Schmidty

Posted on 11.22.10 at 12:04 PM

My more for less: Bake family goodies instead of buying storebought. Make extra and freeze for later. Do the same for meals: cook more, freeze extras.

Deborah Patrick

Posted on 11.22.10 at 1:14 PM

I save all the magnetic business cards and calendars that are sent to me or that I pick up at trade shows. Then I tape my family pictures on them to display on the fridge!

Rachel Thompson`

Posted on 11.22.10 at 2:16 PM

I have an address book that doubles as a journal, I have all of my friends and families contact information, and I have a place to write out all of my thoughts!

Mathew Schelsky

Posted on 11.22.10 at 2:18 PM

I use my xbox 360 for movies, games, and music, and also to check my facebook and watch sports!

Shelby M.

Posted on 11.22.10 at 2:30 PM

I freeze any leftovers for later in the week or the next week. Keeps the kids from eating the same thing day after day. :-)

Jearv

Posted on 11.22.10 at 4:17 PM

My family buys the holiday wrappings, ribbons and ornaments the week after Christmas. This way the products are way cheaper than if we had bought them before the holiday season. Less spending on the decorations and more on gifts!

Alison F.

Posted on 11.22.10 at 7:53 PM

Last year I bought Christmas/winter themed fabric and wrapped all of my gifts in them. Less paper waste, better for the environment, and I kept them so I can reuse them again this year.

Samantha

Posted on 11.22.10 at 10:21 PM

I am loving aluminum foil as an insulation material these days, helps me shape cakes, and keep things warm :)

Shelby M.

Posted on 11.23.10 at 9:18 AM

I do more by sleeping less. It is amazing what you can get done in the morning without distractions.

Dele O

Posted on 11.23.10 at 9:28 AM

I do more with less by using awesome phone apps. There are many useful, fun, and creative apps out there that help make life a little bit easier to manage.

Heather D

Posted on 11.23.10 at 9:49 AM

I love doing more for less during the holidays. I like to bake homemade goodies and make gifts to give.

Deborah Patrick

Posted on 11.23.10 at 10:34 AM

I donate my used cards to St. Jude's Ranch for Children. They take the front of cards and make new ones they can sell to raise funds. http://stjudesranch.org/help_card.php

Schmidty

Posted on 11.23.10 at 11:29 AM

Doing more with less means creating a tight budget and sticking to it, avoiding impulse buys, and saving for rainy days. Peace of mind generates productivity.

Yogi

Posted on 11.23.10 at 6:27 PM

I get more done by using the Microsoft Outlook junk filters to see less spam.

Turtle Mom

Posted on 11.23.10 at 8:23 PM

I am making most of our gifts this year. I think Christmas is too commercialized anyway and I think something made with love means more.

Yogi

Posted on 11.24.10 at 6:11 AM

I get my screen more organized with less hassle using Windows 7’s Snaps feature.

christy r

Posted on 11.24.10 at 9:44 AM

Hi,

My favorite tip for doing more with less this holiday season is recycling last year's decorations and not buying new ones.

Thanks

Deborah Patrick

Posted on 11.24.10 at 10:37 AM

I make photo books online and have them ready when there is a two for one sale. I also follow them on facebook or twitter, and get email reminders so I will never miss a great sale.

Dele O

Posted on 11.24.10 at 1:00 PM

Doing more with less means keeping your cars as long as possible especially when they are paid off.

Jearv

Posted on 11.24.10 at 3:04 PM

One example of me doing more with less is carpooling with friends to school (when I don't take the train). Being college students, we'll save all the money we can and it's so convenient that I have a group of friends that all live pretty close! It's fun to see each other in the mornings, ha and eat breakfast on the go. It'd be so awesome to win! The commercials make me laugh!

John

Posted on 11.24.10 at 8:19 PM

Volunteer at your local charity organization. It doesn't cost you anything but you'll gain so much from the experience.

Turtle Mom

Posted on 11.24.10 at 9:23 PM

Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for people who pour their hearts and souls into blogging! I am especially thankful for the phone giveaway as I am in desperate need of a new one!

Schmidty

Posted on 11.24.10 at 9:43 PM

Doing more for less means buying a gently used car that's been cared for and maintaining it carefully for another ten years.

Samantha

Posted on 11.25.10 at 12:53 AM

i love giving out coupons as presents. Like ill watch your kids for an hour or help you clean your house. they are cheap and effective. so everyone is happy

Deborah Patrick

Posted on 11.25.10 at 10:05 AM

I recycled the cotton batting from an old quilt and am using it as snow in my Christmas village display this year.

Gemma

Posted on 11.25.10 at 11:04 AM

I'm a college student so "more for less" is kind of my Christmas mantra. I'm an artsy person so I love to frame my photographs or paint them and give them as gifts, or else if I want to give jewelry I love to go to bead stores (if anyone's heard of the Bead Monkey, it's my favorite) where I can make beautiful, one-of-a-kind jewelry for under $10. If all else fails, I just make them my decadent chocolate truffles.

Dele O

Posted on 11.25.10 at 8:33 PM

Doing more for less is all about doing dishes before, during, and after thanksgiving dinner. Saves a lot of time the next day.

P.S. happy thanksgiving

Steph

Posted on 11.25.10 at 10:02 PM

This holiday season I try to do more with less by making things myself! Whether it is food, presents, clothes, or cards I do more nice things with less money.

Yogi

Posted on 11.26.10 at 11:32 AM

I do more with less redundancy by syncing my files using Windows Live Mesh.

Deborah Patrick

Posted on 11.26.10 at 4:21 PM

I make my chicken stock when I have leftover bones from roast chicken then freeze it in ice cube trays to save time when cooking later on.

Dele O

Posted on 11.26.10 at 5:09 PM

doing more with less could mean budgeting and adhering to it. It allows us to save properly and spend wisely

Lisa Carr

Posted on 11.26.10 at 7:14 PM

I like the idea of a pot luck party. Less time cooking, more fun chatting. lisacarr7 ataol dot com

Deborah Patrick

Posted on 11.27.10 at 11:45 AM

Traditional moose country do more with less- Save the moose nuggets from your yard. Shellac them and make gross gag gifts like moose nugget earrings or moose nugget swizzle sticks!

Erica Best

Posted on 11.27.10 at 5:10 PM

i do more with less when i use coupons they help so much and it hard sometime. But it help when u use then with a store sale and u cant save so much money it makes me so help when i do more for less.

Schmidty

Posted on 11.27.10 at 7:19 PM

My grandmother taught me to "save steps". During chore time around the house, always have something with you to be returned or replaced as you move from area to area and room to room.

Suzy Q

Posted on 11.27.10 at 7:22 PM

Eeney, meeney, miney, phone!!!!!

Turtle Mom

Posted on 11.27.10 at 9:17 PM

I am trying to do more with less by entering to win wonderful giveaways!

Kate

Posted on 11.27.10 at 9:37 PM

i buy decorations after x-mas

Samantha

Posted on 11.28.10 at 1:36 AM

m and ms are probably my favorite more with less candy. i use them to decorate cakes, i use them in counting games with kids, and they just taste good

Dele O

Posted on 11.28.10 at 7:43 AM

Doing more with less sometimes means reusing grocery bags, or buying the recyclable types and using those. Saves the environment and saves the grocery stores money, which in turn saves you money.

Deborah Patrick

Posted on 11.28.10 at 9:42 AM

I take plastic shopping bags and cut them into strips. Then I use them when quilting by pinning them over the batting so it won't get snagged while I stitch on my sewing machine.

Turtle Mom

Posted on 11.28.10 at 6:35 PM

This phone would help keep me organized so that I can do more with less!

Kate

Posted on 11.28.10 at 8:05 PM

this year we are going to do more with less by scaling back on presents

Mare Petrelli

Posted on 11.28.10 at 8:12 PM

I could do more with less if I won the Windows Phone 7. I wouldn't miss calls from my kids & family, I would have my x-mas & shopping list on it & could get more done easier. I've need a cell phone & would love to win the Windows Phone 7. Thanks!

Jose D

Posted on 11.28.10 at 8:19 PM

I do more with less when I shop on Black Friday for presents I will give on Christmas!

Schmidty

Posted on 11.28.10 at 9:27 PM

Doing more for less means delegating more responsibilities to the kids so my time can be used more productively.

Samantha

Posted on 11.29.10 at 1:28 AM

I really like spices and herbs. If you buy them in the ethnic food section, especially the hispanic themed aisle they can be only 99 cents a bag! They add flavor to everything including cheap cuts of meat and inexpensive dishes

Overfriendly Concierge

Posted on 11.29.10 at 6:56 AM

We do more with less by finishing all our holiday shopping waaay before the season gets underway. That way, we aren’t caught up in holiday mania or retail marketing when the gifts are being purchased, and we don’t spend as much money.

Kate

Posted on 11.29.10 at 11:39 AM

we do more with less by dividing up present buying duties

D

Posted on 11.29.10 at 11:41 AM

Tip: Don't give gifts, just spend time with people you love.

Tiffany

Posted on 11.29.10 at 12:51 PM

Homemade gifts have really helped me stay within a reasonable budget around the holidays. I also love the personal touch and extra thought that's required.

Deborah Patrick

Posted on 11.29.10 at 1:20 PM

Compost! Composting for the garden is more for less in so many different ways!

Turtle Mom

Posted on 11.29.10 at 6:28 PM

I need organization in my life! I need to do more with less! I really need this phone!

Schmidty

Posted on 11.29.10 at 8:34 PM

More for less mean having an emergency kit in my car when I travel, and also carrying our own snacks and drinks so that we don't have to make expensive stops.

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