Links Worth Sharing: Week of November 7, 2020

A round up of inspiring articles from around the web.

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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Affordable Flannel Sheets for Winter

The best affordable flannel sheets in Canada

With cold weather nearly upon us, it’s time to start thinking about how you are going to stay cozy and warm in your home. One way to combat the chill is to invest in a set of flannel sheets for all the beds in your home. Flannel sheets are made out of cotton but are heavier, warmer, and softer than your normal cotton bedding.

In this post today, I have rounded up the some of the best flannel sheets to keep you sleeping peacefully until warmer weather arrives again. Because this is Simply Frugal, this list contains affordable, budget-friendly options that will keep your wallet happy too!

It's time to break out the cozy bedding! Here's a list of the best affordable flannel sheets that you can buy in Canada!

One fun thing about flannel is that there are a ton of fun patterns to choose from. Plaids, Christmas themes, winter themes, kid patterns, geometric designs and so many more. Here’s a list of some really fun patterns I found on a budget:

  1. Check organic cotton flannel sheet set – From Simons starting at $39.95
  2. Arabesque organic cotton flannel sheet set – From Simons starting at $39.95
  3. Dinosaur organic cotton flannel sheet set – From Simons starting at $39.95

4. Navy Snowflakes Flannel Sheet Set – From Amazon.ca around $40 for Queen size
5. Eddie Bauer Grey Plaid Flannel Sheet Set – From Amazon.ca around $70 for Queen size
6. Wildlife Flannel Sheet Set – From Walmart $49.97 for Queen size

7. Black Plaid Flannel Sheet Set – From Walmart $39.88 for Queen size
8. Blue Stripe Flannel Sheet Set – From Walmart $39.88 for Queen size
9. Pinecone Flannel Sheet Set – From Walmart $39.88 for Queen size

10. Dogs Flannel Sheet Set – From Walmart $39.88 for Queen size
11. Firetruck Flannel Sheet Set – From Walmart $47.98 for Queen size
12. Chickadee Flannel Sheet Set – From Linen Chest $59.95 for Queen size

13. Stag Head Flannel Sheet Set – From Linen Chest $59.95 for Queen size.
14. Penguin Flannel Sheet Set – From Linen Chest $59.95 for Queen size
15. Hockey Flannel Sheet Set – From Hudson’s Bay $69.99 for Queen size

Costco also has some great flannel sheet sets, but I am unable to link to them as they are a seasonal item in-store only. Homesense is also worth a look for budget friendly sheets.

Because there are great solid colour flannel sheets too, I’ve rounded up my favourites below. Solid colours are great to dress up a patterned duvet or to simply add a pop of colour or coziness to any bed.

  1. Grey solid Flannel Sheet Set – From Walmart $39.88 in Queen size
  2. Luxury Solid Flannel Sheet Set – From Linen Chest $59.95 in Queen size
  3. Solid Flannel Sheet Set – From Simons $59.95 in Queen size

4. Bare Home Flannel Sheet Set – From Amazon.ca $65.99 in Queen size
5. Bedsure Flannel Bed Sheet Set – From Amazon.ca $65.99 in Queen size
6. BHT Cozy Flannel 100% Cotton Sheet Set – From Amazon.ca $39.99 in Queen size

I hope you enjoyed this selection of cozy flannel sheets! There are so many different designs and price ranges from the sources I found. I’m sure you’ll find something that suits you well!

It's time to break out the cozy bedding! Here's a list of the best affordable flannel sheet sets that you can buy in Canada!

8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas: Plan Your Gift List

8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas: How to Plan Your Gift List

Here we are, week two of the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas series!  I hope you had time to do last week’s task: your Holiday Budget!

While I’m fairly certain that many of you are striving to live daily life more simply in terms of less stuff, less waste and less expenses, this series is focusing on simplifying the process of Christmas.  Focusing on the organization aspect so that you don’t give too much of yourself in terms of finances or time.

Christmas can become a nuisance rather than a joyful, meaningful time if we’re constantly feeling stressed. This goes to say, I think the best way to have a more organized, more peaceful Christmas is to do your holiday tasks a little at a time. Tasks on our holiday to-do list can easily morph from fun to miserable when we’re too busy or wandering without a plan.

This week’s task is to plan your gift list.

It’s definitely not too early to plan your gift giving, especially if you plan on making some homemade gifts. Since you’ve hopefully planned your holiday budget already, you should know exactly how much money you have for gifts.

This week you should:

  • Write down all the names of the people you have to purchase gifts for
  • Add gift ideas for each person

Take a look at this year’s Simply Frugal Holiday Gift Guides that are available!  I hope it will help you find a ton of great affordable gift ideas!

But for now, what’s the hardest part about gift giving for your family? What are your solutions?

Sign up for the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas newsletter to receive a FREE Christmas Dinner Checklist!  This checklist is quite detailed and will help you remember all the details needed for a memory filled dinner with family and friends. You’ll also receive a weekly email with each week’s “task”.

Not only do I want a more organized Christmas season of my own, I'm hoping I can help you as well! Introducing... the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas series!

Links Worth Sharing: Week of October 31, 2020

A round up of inspiring articles from around the web.

Happy Halloween! May you have a fantastic day no matter how you partake or not partake in the festivities.

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas: Create Your Holiday Budget

How to create your Christmas budget. Sit down with a hot drink and create your Christmas budget with these tips! #Christmasbudget #budgettips

Are you excited to work your way to a more organized Christmas?  Today marks the first day and task in the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas series that I hope will be super helpful to you!

Before we get started, I have a whole bunch of printables and checklists for you to print out to help you along:

Alright, on to the first task, an important one. 🙂 This week, if you haven’t already, sit down with a hot cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate… and create your holiday budget.  This is what you think your holiday season will cost and will allow you to put limits on your holiday spending to keep you from shopping regrets if a credit card bill comes your way!

Related: How to Have a Merry Christmas Without Spending a Dime

Here is an extensive list of things you should keep in mind when you create your holiday budget:

Gifts:

  • spouse
  • kids
  • parents
  • siblings
  • nieces/nephews
  • grandparents
  • neighbors
  • coworkers
  • friends
  • secret Santa gift exchanges

Activities/Events/Parties:

  • tickets
  • dining out
  • clothing

Food (not including regular groceries):

  • baking ingredients
  • dessert ingredients
  • Christmas eve
  • Christmas dinner/brunch
  • Boxing day
  • parties

Cards:

  • stamps
  • cards/envelopes
  • stationary for family newsletter
  • photos

Clothing:

  • outfits for photos
  • parties
  • Christmas day outfit

Decorations:

  • tree
  • lights
  • ornaments/candles/wreath/etc.
  • craft supplies

Giving:

  • charities
  • volunteering

Now, these suggestions are just a guideline. Every family is different and has different needs. My intent is to bring to mind every possible thing that could incur an expense during the holiday season.  I’m sure many of you won’t even spend money on half of these things this year. Also, in my mind, the more planning you do, the more money you will save and the saner you will feel. 🙂

As for my family, we only buy gifts for immediate family and a couple of close friends. My husband and I only exchange stockings. I make some homemade gifts as well as collect credits throughout the year so I can do some online shopping for “free”. Of course, I search for deals too. I will probably buy a few inexpensive Christmas decorations this year. This year, I’m toying with the idea of having a cookie decorating party with the girls’ friends. I think that would be fun! As for any party that we are invited to, I like to bring some baking along.

But enough about us.  🙂

If after writing down your expenses, you’re scared of the number you see, you have two options: Decrease your expenses or increase your income.

Decrease your expenses

To make a happy holiday season, you really don’t need to spend a lot of money.  In fact, I’m daring to say, that being extravagant in your spending can be overwhelming not only to you, but the recipient as well. When I was a child, one set of grandparents used to be quite extreme in their gift giving.  It was SO exciting, but I remember being quite overwhelmed with all the gifts once Christmas was over.

Gift giving is probably the easiest expense to cut back on.  If you have a large extended family, consider drawing names so each member is only responsible for one gift.  Or do what our family does and only give gifts to the children.  My parents have also started to set a $20 limit on each other in recent years.  Jesse and I exchange stockings.

Setting a price limit on each gift will allow you to shop within that budget.  If your limit on sister Sue is $30, then that $50 purse is off limits.

It’s possible to decrease your food budget too by shopping the sales and limiting the baking and Christmas dishes you prepare.

When it comes to decorations, why not create some memories by making some homemade decorations?  (I’ll be featuring some ideas in a few weeks)  Or read my Fond, Frugal Christmas Memory post for a fun Christmas tree idea.

Increase your Income

If decreasing your holiday expenses is not an option, then consider increasing your income.  Many retailers hire for the holiday season (and may offer an employee discount!).

A couple of other ideas are to:

  • Sell extra baking to those that may not have much time to create their own.
  • Sell unwanted household items for cash (make room for new stuff too!)

What are your tips for staying on budget at Christmas time?

Sign up for the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas newsletter to receive a FREE Christmas Dinner Checklist!  This checklist is quite detailed and will help you remember all the details needed for a memory filled dinner with family and friends. You’ll also receive a weekly email with each week’s “task”.

Not only do I want a more organized Christmas season of my own, I'm hoping I can help you as well! Introducing... the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas series!

Links Worth Sharing: Week of October 24, 2020

A round up of inspiring articles from around the web.

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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