I love to give our friends and neighbors homemade treats at Christmas. (Psst….and I love to receive them, if any neighbors are reading this!) But since I also love to save money, I’d rather not spend a week’s grocery budget on baking ingredients, goods and containers. And that means I’m always looking for inexpensive, yet creative, ways to bless those around us during the holidays.
This year, I made Chex® Muddy Buddies® Christmas Gift Jars and each one cost me just around $1. Not bad, right? So, how did I do it?
Well, this summer I came across a Manager Markdown for Laura Scudder’s Peanut Butter and brought about 20 jars. Yes, my three boys eat a LOT of peanut butter around here!! Each time we finished a jar, instead of trashing it, I washed it and stuck it in the back of the pantry. I saved pasta sauce and pickle jars, too.
To make the lids festive (and cover the product logo), I first used green spray paint just across the top. I let it dry a few minutes, then laid a little cardboard craft cut-out with the word “Peace” on top of the green paint. I used it as a reverse stencil, then used red spray paint on the entire lid. While the paint was still wet I dropped a couple of metallic snowflakes on top.
Of course ALL the ingredients I bought were on sale, plus I used a coupon. Here’s the breakdown for the Chex Muddy Buddies recipe:2 bags Nestle chocolate chips – $1 each 2 Cups Peanut Butter – $1.50 5 boxes Chex Cereal – $1.50 each 2 sticks of Challenge butter – $.25 each 1 Bag C&H powdered suger – $1.20 19oz bag M&M’s – $2.43 This made 14 jars (minus all the handfuls that were stolen by my boys and hubby along the way!).
Another one of my favorite kitchen gadget is my KitchenAid Pro Set of 3 Funnels. I use these more than I ever thought I would! The big one was perfect for easily filling the jars.
Finally, I placed a label on each jar that read, “Merry Christmas!!! From your buddies, The Reids” and tied a little green raffia around then neck. And then they were ready for delivery!