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Last Minute Holiday Shopping on a Budget

It’s crunch time and you still have not found that gift that puts the “thought” in “the thought that counts”, while Amazon Prime 2-day delivery in time for Christmas is now out of reach?

Feeling a little tight this holiday season and need to work within a limited budget?

Discount retailers to the rescue!  T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, Ross !

While many see Target as the one stop shop for all holiday shopping needs, often times it can put a larger dent in your spending than desirable.

Some smart shoppers may have caught on by now, but for those of you not yet aware of these discount shops, this is the year and holiday to discover some fantastic bargains!

Here you can find legitimate name brand products at a discounted price, from knit hats, designer purses, beddings, gardening tools, toys to home decor. You name it, these stores have some version of a product that will fit someone’s taste and price point.

Example deals under $20:

$14.99All Clad Stainless Steel Pasta Tongs
$12.99T-Fal non-stick Fry Pan
$12.99Calvin Klein knit hat
$11.99Nike Wallet
$9.99Remington Cordless Shaver
$15.99Guess Purse

These are the real deal–no knock offs!

Ross tends to have the steepest discounted items, while T.J.Maxx stores have more options for the name brand lovers out there.

So don’t be discouraged by the ticking of the clock.
Set a spending limit and go shopping–there are deals to be had out there!

More spending tips can be found here:   20 saving hacks at discount retailers

Happy Holidays!
Mrs Practical

Recipe: Green Bean Casserole

Green bean casserole is our staple side dish for Thanksgiving dinner.

green bean casserole


1 Tbsp butter
1 cup fresh mushrooms (sliced)

1/2 cup onions (diced)
3 garlic cloves (minced)
2 cups green beans (sliced into thirds)
3 cups chicken broth (low sodium)
1 can cream of mushroom soup (10.75 ounce)
1 (2.8-ounce) can French-fried onion rings
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
pinch salt
two slices bacon (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F
  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet. Saute the mushrooms in the butter. Add the onions. Add the garlic.
  3. Boil green beans in chicken broth for 10 minutes and drain.
  4. Add the green beans, cream of mushroom soup, 1/2 can onion rings, 1/2 cup cheese, salt and pepper, to the onion mixture. Stir well.
  5. Pour into a greased 1 1/2-quart baking dish.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes
  7. Top the casserole with 1/2 can onion rings and 1/2 cup cheese.
  8. Bake 5 minutes.

Adapted from: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/green-bean-casserole-recipe.html?oc=linkback