(Closed) Favorite frugal Christmas tips?

posted 7 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My fiance saved me money at Christmas by buying all the things I was going to get him for Christmas BEFORE Christmas.

Jerk.

 

EDIT: Your mom with the random gifts during the year is totally cute.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We do a gift exchange for the adults so we only buy one adult in the family a gift but I do buy for all the kids.  I also set a budget and list of who I am buying for and the amount.  I also have my boys set a budget and make a list so they learn how to manage money.  Our biggest tradition is baking.  We bake gingerbread houses for all the families we know with children and then make bags with candy and frosting for them to decorate with.  This year I crafted recipe books for all the kids in our family.  I laminated them and had them spiral bound.  I love the idea of using newspaper for wrapping! Very eco-chic

Post # 5
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Busy bee

HA! My mom used to hide Christmas presents and forget about them, too! Score for getting random gifts all year long!

I definitely vote for an artificial tree over a real one. Doesn’t smell as nice, but reusing the same one each year sure does save you a lot of money!

Post # 7
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Busy bee

@crebre80: I’m kind of your tree opposite–we always had real trees when I was little, but now that I’m grown I like the ease of a fake one. Also, no pine needles on the floor to stab me in the foot! Has that ever happened to you or did we just not do it right? If you’re interested in an artificial one, try shopping after Christmas sales–you can usually find great deals!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I love the wrapping with newspaper = “is a synonym for cheap as hell.”

My brother (27) still does this but it has to at least be the comics section. SIL hates it.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

your friend threw away ornaments?! i have never heard of someone doing that! my parents have ornaments that they received when they first got married 30+ years ago.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Shopping on Amazon.  I bought pretty much everyone’s gifts from Amazon.  No Tax and Free 2 day shipping using their Student Prime Membership.  It’s awesome!  And almost everything on there is cheaper than in the stores to begin with too, not factoring in the no tax and free shipping thing.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

You’re crafty, so you might like a few of these 🙂

I made my own ornaments a few years ago because my pets kept breaking the glass ball style ornaments!  Using a styrofoam cutter and sheets, I made 2 inch cubes, wrapped them with nice leftover paper from the previous year, added skinny wire ribbon and made present ornaments.  I also purchased decorative ‘table scatter’ like what you might put with candles in a hurricane or tossed on a table as part of your centerpieces – they looked like small disco balls, so I used some of my jewelry making tools and wire to glue hooks into them.  Total, I decorated the tree for under $20 and have used them for four years running.  Very unique and cute!

Last year I worked hard for a couple of weeks to make my MIL a prayer bracelet and matching earrings.  She loved them!  I’ve given crocheted scarves and blankets in the past.  

This year, I’m giving all the iPhone users in my life a set of stretchy style gloves (99 cents!) which I have sewn in fingerpads that allow you to use the touch screen with your gloves on.  After supplies and shipping, each pair came in around $2 including the price of the gloves 🙂

I’m giving a lot of baked goods for gifts this year.  Breads, cookies, cake bites.

And I’ll say it – I’m a re-gifter.  I try very hard to be sneaky about the way I do it – and so far I haven’t been ‘caught’.  I recently received something super useful from a name brand company that just doesn’t match my things – Mom is getting it under the tree because it goes with her kitchen. 🙂

 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

One last comment.  I’m AWFUL about buying too much for people – I’ll be in a store and see the ‘perfect thing’ and think, ‘Oh, I’ll just pick it up.  I know I already bought something else but oh well…’ and the next thing I know, I’m WAY overbudget.

Despite paying shipping and gift wrap fees, shopping online this year saved me the hassle AND a lot of money!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

Fake tree on Craigslist, cost as little as a real tree and we only had to pay once instead of every year.

The best idea I had this year when I was searching for ways to make our home look really beautiful and festive was to buy some of that three-inch-wide bendy white sparkly ribbon with gold edges that you can get to decorate presents, and put it all over the house. I draped it in loose curls all around our windows, bannisters, and ledges. It’s like the cheapest garland ever and looks splendid; we’ve gotten compliments from everyone who’s seen it.

Also, after considering paying fifty bucks each for our pets’ stockings on Etsy, I found my sanity and instead grabbed cute miniature stockings from our neighborhood grocery store for a dollar each.

Finally, Sam’s Club. We got a free membership through a friend and our light-up hearth garland and some under-the-tree light-up decorations were dirt cheap there. I love the sparkly glow they add.

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