Anatomy of a Dinner Party: a day in the life of a hospitalityaholic

Saving Money Can Be Fun!

Written by Patti on January 26th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

I have been on a crusade to save money recently. And I bet you might be, too. Let’s help each other, shall we?

There are more than a few websites and blogs that specialize in just this thing. One site I found recently that I have fallen in love with is “Budget Bytes” written by an adorable blogger named Beth. So it is “Beth’s Budget Bytes”! She dissects each recipe and tells you how much each ingredient costs and it all looks mouthwatering. I am making one of her dishes tonight but I am surprising Eric so I will share it with you tomorrow.

My sweet friend Aimee is the author of the blog “The Coupon Diva“, another amazing way to watch your pennies. She works very hard to bring you the best deals, so go check her out.

For flat out fun and all out hilarity, visit my friend Susan at her blog “The Frugal Hostess” – she is a hoot and has some wonderful ideas to boot. Hey, that rhymes!

What am I doing to save? Well, I am certainly throwing more interactive parties. We really debated over having a Super Bowl party, and decided to invite everyone over to share their favorite football watching snack, bring their own beverages and we will rev up the Pop Corn Machine (did I tell you about the POP CORN MACHINE? We bought it for a song at a yard sale. In fact, when they told us the price, Eric and I just howled because it was exactly the amount of money we brought to the yard sale. To the penny. And it is the big kind – like at the movie theatre. So now my house always smells like pop corn. But that’s not a bad thing.) We will whip up another snack or two to share and we will open our home. Because that’s what matters – having everyone together. Not how much you spend. If you treat each guest like royalty and greet them with a huge smile and a hug, they will always be happy to contribute.

And if they don’t  – well, you don’t want them in your home anyway, now do you?

Please share your money saving tips with me!

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Ginger Rogers – We’re In The Money


7 Comments so far ↓

  1. Chris says:

    Hi Patti,
    Erin and I get the Sunday paper for about $12 a month and it more than pays for itself with all the coupons we get from it. Plus it’s a nice Sunday activity for us to sit together and read the paper with our morning (or early afternoon) coffee.

  2. Melanie says:

    I think it is more fun & less stress on the hostess for guest to contribute. Everyone gets to enjoy each other’s company, share what they made & have a fabulously frugal good time! Just found a brand new table top chocolate fountain at my local Goodwill, how fun is a fountain full of chocolate?!
    AND by the way, that popcorn machine is to die for! I would pop day & night just for the aroma ….lovely!

  3. Patti says:

    Melanie! A chocolate fountain? I think I’m going to faint! How marvelous. So funny to hear from you today – I had a dream about you making these gorgeous cookie buildings last night…xxoox

  4. Patti says:

    Hi Chris – Great tip! Just curious – are there are ton of coupons in the paper for stuff you would normally purchase? xxoox, p

  5. Chris says:

    Oh yes……always plenty of coupons for items we would normally purchase and sometimes, it’s nice to get one for something I was wanting to try. As we all know, even small savings are nice to have.

  6. Thanks for the shout-out, Patti! I saw a chocolate fountain at Value Village last week, but someone else grabbed it. Good news, though – Aldi sometimes has them for $20.

  7. Patti says:

    Susan – You Bet! Hope to see you soon, my dear! xoxo, P