5 Christmas Shopping Thrift Tips
If you are looking to save money on your Christmas shopping this year, you are not alone. Persistently high unemployment, job angst and uncertainty about tax increases has consumers looking for ways to stretch their hard-earned dollars. “Thrift” is the operative word for savings, with the following tips given to help you save money this Christmas.
1. Reuse and repurpose. You tend to spend money on new wrapping paper every Christmas, while keeping unfinished rolls of paper along with bows and gift tags from bygone holidays. This year, why not forget about coordinating your wrap, by using your unfinished inventory this year? You can also use colorful comic strip pages to wrap some gifts too, for a unique way to showcase what you are giving.
2. Just bake it. Those bakery cookies and cakes are delightsome, but also very expensive. Even if you only know how to bake sugar cookies, thumbprint cookies with jam or gingerbread people cookies, you can still acquire more elaborate baked goods through a cookie swap. Get together with your church group, ladies’ circle or neighborhood group and share bratseli, peppermint sticks, orange-cardamom madeleines, snickerdoodles and other favorites with each other. You will save time, money and have fun too!
3. Give photographs. Grandparents, aunts, uncles and relatives that live far away probably do not get enough of your children. Have your children dress up in their favorite Christmas outfits or tees and gather them around the Christmas tree. Bring out your digital camera, take shots and send these to your local photo development store. Order several that are suitable for framing and use existing frames or quality new frames from craft stores for your photos. Wrap and send for a thoughtful and welcome Christmas gift idea.
4. Visit thrift stores. Speaking of thrift, so-called thrift stores can save you a bundle too. Visit these stores during the holiday season to look for decorations for your tree, lights for the outside of your home and unused Christmas cards that you can send out. Find that “white elephant” gift to place in your office holiday grab bag.
5. O tannenbaum. Live Christmas trees tend to sell very fast with your local retailer getting perhaps just one shipment before its runs out. Chances are that the trees were cut down the first week of November, which means they may be dried out well before Santa comes down the chimney. This year, look around the yard for a tree that might suit your purposes and use that tree instead. You may have a misshapen fir tree that can be pruned and brought inside. Or, if your neighbor has an unwanted tree, you may be able to do them a favor and take it off their hands.
There are so many other ways you stretch your Christmas budget this year. Consider setting a budget, hosting a family gift exchange, buying gift cards or making something and giving that item as a gift instead. Christmas does not need to bust your budget and with care you can enjoy the season without going broke.