Friday, October 18, 2019 AnnMarie Brown 0 Comments

Christmas can be a stressful time of year with the added pressure we put on ourselves to have the perfect Christmas for our family and friends. I thought I would share some of the things I have done over the years to create a wonderful and frugal Christmas for my family over the years.

Buy what you can afford - Find that special gift that is in your budget range. You do not have to spend a lot of money to let those you love know you are thinking of them.

Buy useful gifts - For my children I know from past gift-giving that giving gifts that can be used over and over again is the way to go. I tend to stay away from novelty items because my children never really played with that toy over and over. 

Make food gifts - People on your list are busy and finding time to back for the holidays is not something they have time to do. Making them something homemade helps them tick stuff off their list to do and also gives their family a tasty treat.

Shop the clearance rack - remember to shop the clearance rack all year long. You can get some great toys for amazing prices at any time of the year.

Make crochet or hand-knitted items - if you have the skills of crocheting and knitting use them to make gifts for the holiday season. You can make slippers for everyone on your list or some dishcloths to wash your dishes with. These are my personal favorites. 

Start shopping as soon as Christmas is over - this won't help you this year but it is something to keep in mind for next year. 

Christmas activities - Look online and in your local newspaper for fun free activities to do with your family. I know we go for drives and walk parks that are lit up. Sometimes we stop for hot cocoa if it is in the budget or bring it with us from home. 

Don't focus on what others are doing - Try to set the traditions that are important to you and stop focusing on what others around you are doing and getting for their family members.

Give Experiences - instead of that toy that is only fun to play with for a day or two give an experience like movie passes, hobby classes, and mini day trips.

Set a limit for adults - Do a white elephant gift exchange or set a $10 limit for the adults you are buying for. Pull names to do a gift exchange for.

Let's Chat 

Please share in the comments what you do to help keep the cost of Christmas down.