admin / November 27, 2018

Easy to Make, Budget Friendly, Candy Cane Wreath

I know some of you love to make crafts (especially during the holiday season), so I asked my friend Sue to share one of her easy to make and very budget friendly Christmas crafts with you. Sue has her own craft blog and this month’s theme is homemade cards so go check it out.



If you’re on a tight budget, yet love to decorate your house for the holidays, you don’t need to spend a fortune. In fact I have the perfect thing you can make and all the supplies are from the Dollar Store. Can’t get any cheaper than that, can you?

The Dollar Store has a wire frame shaped candy cane and ribbons to make a cute and easy decoration. If you’re worried that you don’t have the skill to create it, don’t fret. Not only is it a cheap but I promise you this creation is super easy.

The only tools you will need are a scissors, hot glue gun and your own two hands. If you don’t have a hot glue gun, you could use any form of super glue. However, a hot glue gun makes it easier.


The first step is to wrap the end of the candy cane wire with ribbon. I chose to use a red ribbon that is decorated with white snowflakes. The end is wrapped kind of like a Christmas present. Tuck the ends of the ribbon under at the bottom and glue it to the wire. Then take the ribbon and wrap it around the wire three times moving up the wire as you go. After the third wrap, give it a shot of glue to make it stay together. Continue to do this until you get to the top of the candy cane. Then again glue it to the wire.



The ribbon has probably bunched up a bit in a few spots so take the ribbon and push it up to stretch it. Be gentle so you don’t rip the ribbon apart where you have glued it. It doesn’t matter if you can see the wire in spots because you will be covering that up with the white ribbon.

Once you are satisfied you have the red ribbon placed where you want it, it is time to do the same with the white ribbon. I first glued the end of the white ribbon to the red ribbon on the back of the wired candy cane. This time as you are wrapping the ribbon around the wire, you will want to leave a space between the ribbons to give it the stripe candy cane effect. Again after the third wrap give it a shot of glue to keep it tightly together. Continue to wrap and glue the ribbon until you get to the top of the candy cane wire. Then take the end of the white ribbon and tuck the ends under and glue it to the wire and red ribbon.



It should resemble a candy cane now. All that is left is for you to decorate it to your liking. I used a solid red ribbon and made a bow. Then I glued a silver bell on to the ribbon and glued red mini ornaments down the bottom front.

This candy cane design can be used in color that you wish. And with the supplies this cheap, several can be made to decorate your home or make as last minute gifts.


Wire candy cane- $1.00

Red wired snowflake ribbon (9 feet long)-$1.00

White wired Merry Christmas ribbon (9 feet long)-$1.00

Solid red wired ribbon (9 feet long)-$1.00

Silver jingle bells (9 count)-$1.00

Mini red glittered ornaments (16 count)-$1.00

Total: $6.00

This can be made in an hour and for $6.00. For that price you can’t go wrong. Give it a try.

Be sure to visit my blog @ and find other easy crafts you can make that are affordable. This month it’s all about homemade Christmas cards.

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admin / November 7, 2018

Canadian Free Stuff



Over the years of running Budget Smart Girl, I’ve had lots of Canadian subscribers ask me about coupons and deals for them. Finally I have a site for you to check out. Here’s an interview with Theresa Bruce who runs CanadianFreeStuff…


Budget Smart Girl (BSG)-Tell us about you and your site?

Theresa Bruce (TB)-I first started out this free Canadianfreestuff back in 2000 as a hobby, and at that time loved getting free samples in the mail – Back in those days there were some fabulous free offers you could receive. My mailbox had something new and cool every week back in those days. Free T-shirts and other fabulous finds were hot back in those days. But the industry has changed so much – When it comes to getting Free Samples – It’s now being a Product Tester or Reviewer in order to get full sized free samples.


BSG-What gave you the initial idea to start a money saving site and when did you launch it?

TB-I started out in order to help out other Canadians to save money – Free Samples and Coupons and free to enter contests. – Coupons were plentiful back in the day with huge savings like Buy 1 Get 1 Free on many everyday brands – but with the course of time, coupons are getting smaller for savings and now you have to do more legwork by either print coupons, or do a Mobile Rebate such as Checkout51 and Caddle.


BSG-How often do you update coupons and deals?

TB-We Blog approximately between 20-30 Money saving ideas every day of the week – a Mixture of Freebies, Mail-in Rebates, Coupons, Deals, and Contests.


BSG-Do you have a favorite money saving tip?

TB-My Favorite Money Saving Tip is to know your Prices. Example for me: Laundry is a good deal at 10 cents per load. This is my purchase price and I’m not “brand” specific. But if your brand specific and only, for example, buy Tide Free & Clean your best price might be $015 per load. To me, Points & Coupons are just “extra” savings. Now that I’m empty nester I don’t “coupon” much anymore. Now when I see my “Folgers” Coffee on sale for less than $6.99 I’ll simply purchase 3 of them, and patiently wait for another sales cycle to come along and purchase another 3.


BSG-Any other sites you recommend for the budget minded?

TB-Some other Great Canadian Budget Sites:


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