Start Your Own Gift Basket Business From Your Home

Start Your Own Gift Basket Business From Your Home

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You Can Have A Gift Basket Business and Get Started On a Shoestring!

gift basket business

 

Many people today are looking for ways to work from home and have a business that they can grow at their own pace.  A gift basket business is one of these exciting ways to change your life for the better!  The good news is that it doesn’t take much money to get started and it’s a fun way to make money.

Gift baskets are easy to make and there are many different ways to make them look beautiful.  If you just want to make gift baskets for your friends and family you can read about it in this article.

gift basket

There are so many types of gift baskets you can offer, including the nut basket above.  And don’t forget all the holidays that come up each and every year.  Everyone is a possible customer. My sister has taken her homemade gift baskets and simply walked into a firehouse right before Valentines or Mother’s day and made a killing.  However, that was just a simple part-time venture and to set up a true gift basket business has a lot more to it.

There is only one person I know of that has a very successful gift basket business, and that is Rita Wilhelm.  Rita had sales of $6300 in her first four months.  Her business is now set up to do a quarter of a million dollars per year!  That’s some real money! Rita has admitted she started her business in one of her spare bedrooms in her home.

Rita has a course that teaches you everything you need to know about selling gift baskets for a business.  She explains how she got started on a shoestring and which types of baskets sell the best.  There is even a video to help you get started.

Rita shows you how to sell to big corporations and what you should charge.  And she also gives you a list of great wholesale suppliers.  Last, but not least, Rita gives you a crash course in marketing, which is the crux of any business.

If you want to know more about this great opportunity with Rita then please click here.  

 

 

Step by Step How To Make Gift Baskets

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  Budget and Savings General Work From Home

How to Make Awesome Gift Baskets

gift baskets



Throughout the year there are numerous occasions where gifts are needed for friends and family.  If you are like me you always wonder what to give.  I also live on a tight budget so I want to give the best gift possible without spending a ton of money.

Making great looking baskets is simply a matter of knowing where to get items for the baskets, find the baskets, and learn how to put them together in an appealing way.

I first learned to do this at church.  Recently my women’s ministry group decided to do a fundraiser for the church building fund and we decided to make gift baskets and auction them off at the next potluck dinner the church had.  Most of us had never made a gift basket but we soon found out how incredibly easy they are to put together.

The first step is making gift baskets is to come up with a theme for the basket.  Below are some of the themes we used for the church auction.

  • Baby shower gift basket
  • Housewarming gift basket
  • Assorted kitchen gadget gift basket
  • Travel kit gift basket
  • Little boy’s gift basket
  • Little girl’s gift basket
  • Bath and beauty gift basket
  • Office supply gift basket
  • Golfer gift basket
  • Gardener gift basket
  • Crafter gift basket

There are many ideas you can come up with once you get your creative juices flowing.  I know I personally did an office supply basket which cost me $12 to produce and it brought $45 at the auction!

I went to a dollar store and purchase a writing pad, stapler and staples, ballpoint pens, sticky notes, hole punch, and other office supplies.

Our church fundraiser was a huge success raising $1600 for the building fund with only 13 baskets auctioned off!

 

Some of the Supplies You May Need

  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Twist Tie
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Shredded filler or tissue paper

 

Type of Containers You Can Use For Baskets

  • Baskets
  • Buckets
  • Small Laundry baskets
  • Small plastic tubs

 

wicker baskets

All the items listed above make for great baskets but I prefer the wicker baskets myself.  Baskets with a handle are the best to work with because they help the cellophane stand up.  If you don’t use that kind of basket you will need something in the basket to hold up the cellophane.


Step One:  Buy the items you want in the gift basket first, then look for the container that will best fit the items you purchased.  The dollar stores have great containers that aren’t expensive and the Goodwill and other thrift stores have tons of beautiful wicker baskets.  Most look like they have never been used!

Step Two:  Put some filler in your container and start arranging your basket.  Usually, if you put the taller items toward the back of the basket it will look better.  Next put in the medium size items in the middle and the smaller items at the front of the basket.  This type of display looks great once you get the cellophane around the basket.

Step Three:  Get your cellophane ready for covering the basket.  You may need an extra pair of hands for this.  Pull the cellophane up straight and as tight as possible without tearing.  Once it’s pulled up you can use string to tie, or a twist tie for holding the ends together.  To cover this up you can wrap some ribbon around this area.  Some people prefer to place a bow here and put the ribbon all around the bottom of the basket.

Step Four:  This step will not be used by all, however, if you are sending a basket of baked goods, it’s important to list the ingredients in the foods in case of food allergies.  Some people put this information on a pretty card and tape to the outside of basket while others place it on the inside of the basket.  So many people have allergies to things like nuts, coconut, etc., it’s very important not to skip this step.

 

Once you have all the items you want in your gift basket and they are arranged like you want, you either slip into a cellophane bag or cut cellophane to fit your project.  You can see step by step instructions here on how to wrap with cellophane.

Fruit basket

Remember, if you make a fruit basket, or anything else that is time sensitive, don’t make it untill almost time to make the delivery.

Now that I know how easy it is to make gift baskets I will probably make some for Christmas presents.  The possibilities for cute baskets are virtually endless.  Making your own baskets is a lot of fun and the people that receive them absolutely love them!  The assortment of small items in the baskets makes it so much fun for the recipient.

Please share your ideas for homemade gifts or gift baskets that can save money.  Depending on what you put in the basket will determine the price but making it yourself is still cheaper than buying the basket already make from a store or ordering it online.

If You Want To Start a Gift Basket Business Click The Picture Below

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Electric Pressure Cookers That Rock!

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  Budget and Savings Food Kitchen Uncategorized

Electric Pressure Cookers

Save Time and Money

Electric Pressure Cooker

Pressure cookers aren’t the scary explosive pots they used to be.  The electric pressure cookers on the market today are practically “set it and forget it” appliances.  Why?  Because once you program an item to cook in the electric pressure cooker it will automatically set itself on “keep warm” after the item is completely cooked.  I know that my life in the kitchen has really become a lot more fun since I got my pressure cooker!

My husband is a big eater and after working hard all day he likes to come home to a large home cooked meal.  Before I got my XL Pressure cooker I was spending a great deal of time preparing this evening meal.  Cooking in a pressure cooker not only saves time, it really infusions your seasonings into the foods.  This means better tasting foods plus you use fewer seasonings because they don’t cook away.




After I got my cooker, both my sisters bought one.  Each sister bought a completely different brand than I did, but we found that most of them work exactly the same and do a good job.  They come in 6, 8, and 10-quart sizes.  I have the six-quart size since I’m only cooking for two.  In fact, the 6-quart size makes a ton of food and we always have leftovers for lunches the next day.

An interesting fact about pressure cookers is that they don’t always save cooking time but they do save me time.  For example, I love to cook potatoes I’m going to mash in my cooker.  It doesn’t save much time since the cooker has to build up steam and pressure before the cooking time begins.  But…, and this is a biggie for me.  It does save me time.  When cooking potatoes on the stove you have to watch and stir to make sure they don’t boil over.  You have to adjust the temperature once they come to a boil, etc.  Also, when cooking on the stove I would dice the potatoes up which takes time.  When cooking in the pressure cooker I just peel and cut the potato into four large chunks and cook.  Just set the time and forget about it until time to mash the potatoes!

Dishes I Have Cooked in My Electric Pressure Cooker

  1. Roast Beef
  2. Country Style Pork Ribs
  3. Mac and Beef
  4. Cabbage
  5. Baked Potatoes
  6. Mashed Potatoes
  7. Pinto Beans
  8. Fresh Green Beans
  9. Venison
  10. Pork Chops
  11. Chicken
  12. Soups
  13. Butter Beans
  14. Northern Beans
  15. Rice

I still have a lot more experimenting to go, but so far I’m loving it! Sometimes I cook my foods longer than the recipe calls for so you have to adjust for how you like your foods cooked.  I believe an electric pressure cooker is one appliance everyone needs in their kitchen.  The main reason I first got one is to save money buying cheaper cuts of meat.  You can cook a cheap cut of meat in the pressure cooker and it comes out moist and tender every time.  Although we live on a frugal budget our food doesn’t have to taste like it!

Below are two of the electric pressure cookers I love the best  I will share the details and benefits of each and hope this helps you make a good decision should you decide to have one of these wonderful appliances in your kitchen.  I’ll start with my favorite cooker, the Power Pressure Cooker XL.

Pressure Cooker XL

 

The Power Pressure Cooker XL comes in a 6-quart for $89.99 and the 10-quart for $153.29.  These prices were obtained from Amazon and are subject to change.  The display is digital so cooking is a simple matter of pushing a button and closing the pressure lock.  Once your item is cooked you release the pressure lock and let the steam release before opening the lid.

This cooker can also be used as a slow cooker, which I have tried and works.  It has a removable non-stick pot on the inside for cooking and canning.  That’s right you can actually use this machine for canning your foods from the garden!  It also is a rice cooker, which only takes six minutes!  There are buttons for cooking meats, soups, stews, rice, lentils, and much more.

I love my Power Pressure Cooker XL and think you will too!  You can read more about it here.

 

 

Instapot

The Instapot is a very well-known brand as well and I have friends that swear by it.  The prices on Amazon for the Instapot are $99 for the 6-quart and $119.95 for the 10-quart.  This cooker doesn’t say that it cans but the Instapot Duo60 also makes yogurt.  It is also a slow cooker, rice cooker, egg cooker, and has the saute and keep warm functions just like the Power Pressure XL. You can read more about the Instapot here.

Both of these cookers use approximately 60-70% less energy than other appliances and can speed up cooking 2-6 times.

Although these cookers come with a few recipes you will want to experiment more.  One of the best places I’ve found for electric pressure cooker recipes is Allrecipes. Take a look at all the recipes they have to offer!

 

For reading this entire article I have a bonus recipe for you below.

Bonus Recipe For Pressure Cooker

Mac and Beef

mac and beef





One of my favorite things to make in the pressure cooker is mac and beef.  Here is the recipe.

  • First, you brown your hamburger meat in a skillet on the stove or in the cooker.  It has a browning feature.  I prefer a skillet because it’s faster.
  • Add the meat to the cooker if you cooked it on the stove.
  • Next, you pour two small cans of tomato sauce and one large can of diced tomatoes into the non-stick pot.
  • Add your seasonings like garlic, salt, pepper, etc to the tomato base.
  • You then add in about two cups of dry elbow macaroni and stir up the mixture.
  • Set the cooker for six (6) minutes!

This recipe is so easy and there is no stirring or cooking the macaroni first.  Your family will love this dish along with a salad and garlic bread.  Enjoy!

10 Ways You May Be Throwing Hundreds of Dollars Away Each Month

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10 Habits You Should Break

 

Everyone is busy these days and time may seem elusive, but during our mad rushes to get everything done there is a lot of money wasted.  This is money that could buy you a new car or take your entire family on a great vacation each year.

The sad truth is many times we don’t realize what we are doing is costing us so much.  I’m going to share with you 10 ways you may be spending money without really thinking about the cost.  It opened my eyes and I think it will open yours as well.  Below are some things you should not be doing if you want to save money.

#1 Eating lunch out each day with fellow workers

This small thing can run into big bucks.  If the average lunch is $10 and you eat out five days a week, you are spending $200 a month!  Try taking your lunch four days a week and eating out on one special day.  It’s a great compromise.

#2 Picking up dinner or taking the family out to dinner

I understand you are tired after working but eating out all the time is eating up your budget.  Eat out once or twice and cook the rest of the time.  These days it’s so easy to put something in a slow cooker and have it waiting for you when you get home.  The kids will love you for it!

The average price for a family of four to eat out is $50, sometimes more.  Again, you’ve spent another $200 plus the money you spend eating lunches out.  It really adds up.



#3 Stopping for morning coffee at the local coffee shop or Starbucks

Some places charge $4 for a latte and if you have one every work day you’ve spent another $80.  Invest in a coffee maker that makes espresso, or lattes.  Buy a good thermos and take it on the go with you.  You can also sleep in a little longer because you won’t be making that extra stop and waiting in line on the way to work.

#4 Buying prepackaged foods instead of cooking from scratch

Prepackaged foods are not only expensive they are full of preservatives and additives that you can’t even pronounce.  I make almost everything from scratch and it’s so much cheaper.  You can make great chocolate chip cookies for about $1.87 per dozen!  Read how I did it here.

#5 Buying your kids a toy or treat every time you go to the store

So many parents and grandparents take their children to the store and when the child throws a fit they give in and purchase what they wanted.  This not only makes them not appreciate it when they get a present, it cost you money.  Children need to learn that gifts are for special occasions or when you earn them.  (just my opinion here)  Even if you spring for a $3 toy this can really add up over a years’ time.

#6 Not using shopping apps to help you find bargains and get cash back

There are many apps for this kind of savings.  I personally like to use Ebates.  If you are shopping online most likely your store will be on Ebates and you will get some cash back.

#7 Not shopping clearance and buying on impulse

Every store has clearance somewhere.  If you shop online they will usually have a clearance section and if you go in the store you can ask the clerk where the clearance items are.

I know Walmart devotes an entire row in the store to their clearance.  I always check there first because they have anything from makeup to toys. Even large department stores like Kohls and Dillards have great sales.

#8 Not utilizing easy to make cleaners and soaps

Making your own cleaning supplies is very cheap and also fast and easy.  I make my own dishwasher pods in less than ten minutes.  I get about 20 pods for $1.  You can find tons of recipes for cleaners, soaps, shampoos, and even pet food on YouTube.

#9 Not shopping around for cheaper car and house insurance

My husband insisted on staying with the same agent for 15 years and I knew we were paying too much.  He finally did some research and we found a well-known company that insured our cars and house at a savings of over $600 per year!

#10 Not making a menu and shopping list

This was a biggie for me.  Once I started doing this my grocery bill went down a lot.  I now make my menu first, and then make the grocery list from the menu.  I don’t vary from my list unless it’s something I forgot to put on the list.

It’s All About Mindset

Once you make up your mind you want to stop wasting your hard earned money it’s really not hard or complicated.  Most families can save at least $500 per month when they start watching their spending.  Just think of how you and your family can benefit from the extra money.

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How The “F” Word Can Change Your Life

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Three “F” Words That Can Change Your Life

That’s right, I said the “F” word!  But for me, the “F” word means something totally different than what most people think.  Actually, there are three “F” words I live by and they have served me well.  I’m going to share those “F” words with you today and if you follow them your life will change for the better!

 

The F Word#1 Frugal

About now most people will turn their nose up and leave this page.  I hope you will hang in there because being frugal is not about being a poor ragamuffin that looks like they haven’t eaten in a month.


What is being frugal?  It’s simply making use of what you have already and not buying things you really don’t need.  There are so many ways to stretch your money and live even better than you are right now.  It’s not always about doing without but about doing things a better way.  If you don’t know where to start you can sign up to the Family Dollar Newsletter and receive notifications of all the new tips right off the press so-to-speak.

Oh, and when you sign up you get my book, “Get Out of The Kitchen” which teaches you how to start saving money immediately by buying, cooking, and freezing in bulk.  You can get it by clicking here!

#2 Freedom

This is my favorite “F” word and one you too will be able to enjoy soon.  Because of being frugal and working a couple of at-home side hustles, I now have a freedom that blows me away.

I have freedom from debt.

Freedom from stress.

Freedom of time.

Freedom to make extra money whenever I want.

#3 Fight

Getting out of debt and learning frugal living may take a little bit of fight.  You are strong so don’t let getting started to overwhelm you.  It’s time to fight for a budget that will take care of your family without draining all your resources!

Start small and work your way up to bigger and better savings.  When I first started it was all about bundling utilities for savings, looking for cheaper services I was paying for, and cooking from scratch to save money.

I Challenge You To an “F” Word Life

There is so much more to living this wonderful frugal and happy lifestyle but to wrap things up you can start like I did and see where you can save automatically.  The first month after I quit my job I saved $275!  If you pay daycare your savings will be even higher.  You can read how I did it by clicking this link.

Please feel free to share your money saving tips in the comments.


 

Writing Slogans For Money

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Cash for Slogans

Make Money Writing Slogans

 

Today’s post will be short and sweet but worth its weight in gold if you love writing.  There are two sites which you will learn about in the video below that run contest all the time for the best slogans.  The good news is the winner gets anywhere from $50 to $500!  That’s a cool chunk of change for just a line or two.  Watch the video and then sign up for both Slogan Slingers and Get A Slogan.  Once you sign up they will email you every time there is a new contest.  There is usually more contests than you have time to write for so don’t worry about that.

Enjoy and let me know what you think!

 

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