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To all the moms out there, we all want to find ways to save money this holiday season right? If your answer is no then…nothing because I cannot write what I want to say.  If your answer is yes then read on. Family members, mainly children will want to eat lots of things during the holidays. A lot of those things are sweets. We all know that we can spend a lot of money purchasing candies, cookies, and snacks from the store. Here are a few tricks on how to save money and on how to be creative doing it too. Plus you can get the kids involved.

Tip 1: Anything can be dipped. You can dip fruit in caramel. You can dip fruit in chocolate. Make your own homemade caramel. Do be careful to not let the sugar burn you while you are heating it up. When it comes to melting chocolate, do not go for name brand, the kids will not care. Purchase whatever is on sale. I go to the dollar store. Microwave the chocolate on med-low every 20 seconds for a 1 minute. Make sure to stir every 20 seconds. Now comes the fun part. Have your kids search the pantry for anything they want to dip. You can use Oreos, rice cakes, pretzels, donuts, popcorn balls, candy canes, dried fruits, and yes you will have one child ask, “Can I dip my tongue in the chocolate?” Once dipped put them on a tray and cool them in the fridge for thirty minutes. $5 dollars spent on chocolate, left-over snacks used and you have happy children for the holidays. What more can you ask for?

Tip 2: Double a cookie dough recipe, and reuse it to make multiple types of cookies. You can use a sugar cookie recipe to make chocolate chip cookies, M&Ms cookies, candy cane cookies, and white chocolate cookies.

Tip 3: Peppermint bark is so easy and cheap to make. All you need is a box of candy cane ($1 dollar), and two bags of chocolate chips ($2 dollars). Melt the chocolate. Pour it on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Crumble up the candy cane and sprinkle them on top. Let it harden. Now break it into medium sized pieces.

Tip 4: A mean way to save money during the holidays when it comes to treats is to tell all your kids that they are diabetic. I know it is cruel, but did everyone hate the Grinch when he stole Christmas? Once the holidays are over tell them that they are cured. Just kidding…or am I?

Hopefully you can use these helpful tips to save some cash during the holiday season. We want laughter and fun. The last thing you want is headaches and a cup full of rum.