Like a lot of people, I have less money to spend on holiday gifts and other items this year. But I still want to do the same things that I do every year. Here, you can read about my plan, and how I will have a nice Christmas with a little money and a lot of imagination and, you got it, thrift. Thrift is good, if you use it at the right times.
For example, I always buy wrapping paper the day after Christmas. It’s usually at least fifty percent off, but may be as much as seventy five percent off. I probably have enough Christmas wrapping paper for the next five years, and yet on December 26th I will be at the dollar store first, then the drug stores, to grab up all the holiday leftovers. Not just wrapping paper, but a lot of other things too. New ornaments, boxed cards, and generic gift items like holiday coffee mugs are some of the things I look for. So of course I already have a lot of this stuff, but if I didn’t, I’d probably get it from the dollar store. With a little imagination and a little more time, your packages can be wrapped as beautifully as those from the most exclusive department store.
There are certain people that you should get a nice gift for every year, like your mother-in-law. Decide on a nice and appropriate gift that she will really like, then shop around for it. It’s ok if you have to buy a couple of nice things. This is not the time to be thrifty. Just stay within your budget and don’t overpay for the item(s).
It just so happens that I know how to knit, and can whip out a hat and scarf set in a couple of days if I really put my head down. I am knitting several hat and scarf sets for relatives and friends. I use very nice yarn, but I know how to find nice yarn at great discounts and in fact I have a lot of yarn already. These gifts will be super inexpensive and will be loved for years to come because they were hand made.
Another inexpensive homemade item is something from the oven. I give baked goods every year, not only because they are inexpensive and easy to make, but also because most people love to get food items for Christmas. They are great gifts for neighbors and relatives. I bake an assortment of breads in mini loaf pans and wrap them in holiday colored cellophane and ribbons.
Last year I switched all my outside lights to LED lights from traditional incandescent bulbs. It cost a fortune, but I am so glad I did it because LED lights cost about twelve percent of the electricity of regular bulbs, according to the information on the LED light box. In addition, LED lights last longer. With traditional bulbs, I have always had to buy new lights every year. This year I will not have that expense, so I can spend a few extra dollars on more outside lighted decorations, which is my yearly passion.
This plan may not exactly fit for you. For example, you may not know how to knit. That doesn’t matter. What matters is that you can use the things that you have and turn them into clever and inexpensive gift ideas that will stretch your budget and come straight from the heart at the same time.