Kelly’s Thrifty Tips for November 29, 2012


I am on the hunt for a good gift to make a guy…as of yet, nothing is screaming out to me.¬† But I loved making these epsom salt bottles and votive holders.¬† They are super easy too!

What you need:

Glass jars and bottles  (I used an old relish jar, two Snapple bottles and a Christmas tree candy jar that I got for cheap at Walmart.  I save up jars all the time, because you never know what you can use them for. Mason jars would work well for this too.

Modge Podge

Epsom salts

Food coloring (not necessary but it can make a nice effect)

Paint brush

Spray Gloss

1-  Take clean jar and paint on a thick coat of Modge Podge (not so thick that it is drippy).

2- Pour epsom salts onto a plate or wax paper and roll Modge Podge coated glass into the salts or pour salts over the jar.

2A- If you want you can add food coloring to the salts to make a sea glass effect.  Just add a few drops and stir.

3 РSet coated glass to dry for a few hours. Follow drying with spraying the coated glass with spray gloss (I used Krylon).  Spray and let rest for 20 minutes before respraying 3 to 4 times.

4 – Put votive candle or LED votive inside for a pretty effect.

(Remember that these were free at the time of my posting. That can change. Always look at the price before you download in case it has gone up.)

Twas The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore (AMAZON) 

66 Amish Recipes by Luke Wren (AMAZON)

Nice!¬† FreeCCM has 7 free music downloads including “Christmas Time” by Phil Wickham. has two free downloads including “Christmas Time Again” by Steven Curtis Chapman.

New Release Tuesday has six free downloads this week including “Joy To The World” by Jason Gray.

Hear it First will send you a free download a week when you join their newsletter, and on December 3 they will kick off a 12 Days of Christmas contest.  Totally worth signing up considering it is ALL free.  :)


While supplies last sign up for a free sample of Aveeno Nourish Hair Care.

Give your pup a free sample of Beneful Tuscan Style Medley (yep fancy dog food) while supplies last at their Facebook page. 


Emily has some awesome Christmas printables at her blog Toad’s Treasures.¬† You will love the gift tags and stickers!¬†

World Label also has a great variety of sweet Christmas printables.  Cute little Christmas penguins and more!

Like Design Dazzle on Facebook and you can download and print the sweetest little Nativity set!



Pork Sirloin Chops Boneless $1.77 lb


Fresh Whole Pork Shoulder Blade Roast Bone-in, Sold Whole in the bag $1.49 lb


Kroger Boneless Chicken Breasts $1.67 lb