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15, 2010

In This Issue
Molly Members
Ideas From Around the Web
Molly's Money-Saving Digest
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Digital Holiday Supplement! It's full of holiday recipes, ideas and encouragement. And it's FREE!

2010 Holiday Digital Supplement/Idea Book


A Look Back at the November 2009 Digest


Photo Treasures--Don't you love to look back on those memories?

With today's digital camera capabilities, we have awesome opportunities to snap those perfect shots of our own families, and often we do--only to have them sit for years, unused or lost somewhere in computer limbo.

It's time to do something about it!

Smile BIG now . . .

November's special feature is:
Family Photography

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12-Week Holiday Planner

Don't wait until the last minute! Use this planner to prepare for Thanksgiving and Christmas without all the rush. This planner lets you focus on the meaning of the season without being overwhelmed by the stress of it.

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140 deliciously simple recipes --
140 wonderful ways to feed your family!
Our daily lives often seem to run on overdrive. Too frequently a healthy, home-cooked meal is one of the things sacrificed. If only you had  more time! Okay, maybe you really like to cook and it's worth all the effort it takes. But every day, day in and day out, perhaps two or even three meals a day. . .  14 to 20 meals a week, whew! A homemaker needs a reprieve!


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The holiday shopping season is upon us! If you are like me, you have quite a few people on your gift-giving list. However, your wallet doesn't have to be depleted to fill your gift list.

This holiday, I plan to stick within my budget (if you haven't set a holiday budget, DO!)  and then fill in with special gifts that I  find discounted on clearance shelves, pick up at thrift stores and other money-saving outlets, or am able to make myself.

This week, I give you some ideas for making your holiday shopping as frugal as possible, without sacrificing quality and meaning. I have found some neat links, great ideas, and tutorials to help you "gift away" without breaking the bank!

While we are talking about gift giving, one of the BEST gifts you can give frugal friends or family members is a one-year membership to the Molly Members program for only $47.40. They will appreciate your aiding them in their money-saving journey. This is a gift they will enjoy all year long!
From the Blog

Here is what I shared last week on the blog, just in case you missed a post or two.
Molly Members
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Hi Molly Members! Be sure and check out your November Member's Page as I've just updated it with a video of my Company's Coming webinar. Enjoy!

Looking for a great gift idea for a special someone? What about a Molly Membership? The recipient will enjoy receiving a Digest each and every month as well as monthly surprise freebies!

If what I've been reading lately is any indication, 2011 could be another difficult year, financially. What better gift than that of practical information in frugality related skills as well as a regular shot of encouragement for the journey? 

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Hey I Can Make That!
Ann's Amazing Holiday Planner
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While browsing the Disney Family Fun website, I found this very helpful tutorial on making a holiday planner to help organize you and all your recipes, gift ideas, and more.

There is a gift-giving printable that will come in handy as you are shopping for your loved ones. And don't forget to check the many, many resources in our Molly Member pages to get your own binder off to a great start.

Ideas From Around the Web

Here are some tips and tricks to make your Thanksgiving gathering frugal, fun, and fabulous!
In the Kitchen
Christmas Cookies in a Jar

Photo courtesy of All Recipes

I made this last year and gave it to a family who recently moved into our neighborhood. The family thanked me many times before I left that day. A couple of weeks later, I was gifted back by the children of this family as they brought me some cookies that they had made using the mix that I had given them. How neat was that?!


1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 cup quick-cooking oats

1 cup orange flavored dried cranberries

1 cup vanilla or white chips

Additional Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a 1-quart glass jar, layer the sugar and brown sugar, packing well between each layer. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; spoon into jar. Top with oats, cranberries and chips. Cover and store in a cool dry place for up to 6 months or give it to a friend or family member.
  2. To prepare cookies: Pour cookie mix into a large mixing bowl; stir to combine. Beat in the additional ingredients--butter, egg and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Drop by the tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees F for 8-10 minutes or until browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Recipe reprinted with permission from All Recipes.

Is overspending something you hope to under-do this year?

Are you always prepared with an impromptu meal for unexpected guests?

Need help with a successful holiday approach?

Steer clear of festive flops and dinner disasters and remember the reason for the season as Molly's Money-Saving Digest for November 2010 helps you stay focused and fulfilled during the often hectic holidays!

This month's special feature is

Preparing Our Hearts and Homes for the Holidays

This may be a time of year when energy is low and temptations are high to just pull out the credit card-but wait just a second. By keeping a few perspectives in mind and tackling some preparation projects now, you can enjoy the holidays and avoid throwing your frugal lifestyle out the window!   

This month's feature will help you prepare for the holidays-physically, spiritually, and mentally. A little preparation, forethought, and planning can make it a time of peace and joy as it was intended to be. Molly and her special guests will inspire you with many low- or no-cost ideas and remind you that holiday preparation really begins in your heart. 

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