Share your Thrifty Christmas Ideas….chance to win a $100.00 gift card

11/29/2010 2:55 pm · 50 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

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Growing up Christmas was my FAVORITE holiday,  of course I loved the magic of Santa, the snow, the Christmas songs and getting presents.  But my parents made sure we always remembered the true reason we celebrate, the birth of Christ.  They would try hard every year to make sure we felt the spirit of giving.  We normally had a rather modest Christmas, often  our gifts were homemade, 2nd hand or a lower dollar amount than most families would spend. Christmas was not about what you “got” but what you gave, and sharing your love.   Christmas was always  warm, loving, and HAPPY…. the best day of the year.

In an effort to see how blessed we were, my parents would normally pick a family in need.  We would then give them part of our Christmas, each year we would do it a little different.  But it became something we LOVED, and I grew to understand the joy of giving.  We still laugh about almost getting caught as we dropped off care packages, in the cold of night, or hiding in the bushes till our neighbors went back inside.

Now that I have my own family I realize the reason I love Christmas is the way it makes me feel inside, the family traditions, the music, the tree, trying to not get caught being a secret santa, the excitement in my children’s eyes as they see the pretty lights.    Christmas just makes me HAPPY.  Every family does it a little different so I want to hear what makes it special for you or how you make Christmas thrifty?

So do you want a chance to win a $100.00 Gift Card? We want to see our readers “ Thrifty Christmas ideas”.  Submit your ideas, it can be a post, video, photos…..anything Christmas related.  How do you make Christmas Thrifty??? Decorations, craft ideas, treats,  family traditions, gift ideas, silly stories,  how you came to understand the Joy of  giving, Neighbor gift ideas, …you get the idea.

Email us your ideas, videos, posts, or simply leave a comment on this post. We love photos, so add those too if you  have them. Our top 3 ideas will be selected and our readers will pick the $100.00 winner!  Hurry get your ideas in, and maybe you will win!!!

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J Roycraft
J Roycraft

Every year it became difficult to find the "right" gift for all so I started a theme gift giving Christmas.Everyones gift may not be the same but it is related to the theme I choose. I started simple with a sweater year, then PJ's, books, then I got creative. Beach was one of the favorites with sand and water toys for the little ones,sunscreens, flip flops, beach chairs for teens & young adults, beach towels, bags, umbrellas for the adults. Everyone's absolute favorite(believe it or not)was my gift wrap year,little ones got craft,ornament or card sets to make, high school and college age-gift wrap, tape, scissors, tissue, adults-men got gift bags, tissue, and cards(they were the most appreciative)women-gift wrap containers, tags, bows, tapes, ribbon. You choose the theme at the end of the year so I always snag very cheap after season sales and you can watch all year to fulfill your goals. There is no more gift comparing, and now everyone looks forward to and try to guess my surprise themes!

Heather
Heather

I buy toys that are in like-new condition at garage sales. Sometimes I will save them and wrap them for my kids for Christmas! My kids are so happy & I've saved a ton of money. I find garage sales are really hit-or-miss...but it's worth trying (especially if your kids are young)! It's worked for me!

misty osler
misty osler

I save the free samples I receive through out the year and then make gift baskets for my family members. If I have a lot of makeup samples I make a make up basket with the samples. This year I have 3 spa baskets and two makeup baskets.

Nancy
Nancy

My husband's side of the family is larger and when adding spouses and kids it got to be overwhelming and expensive. We eventually went the route of exchanging names which definitely cut the cost. One year, however, we had several with financial struggles and the thought was to do away with gifts that year but then we came up with an idea to draw names again but the gift had stipulations.... The gift could not be something that cost anything.... Rules were- *You can use items from your home that you already have (i.e. recycle, upcycle) *Regifting is okay *If you have to spend money on items to finish the gift (i.e an ingredient, glue, packaging) then no more than $5 can be spent. We drew names with plenty of time to allow people the opportunity to think about what to give and create if needed. We even included the kids.... here are some gifts I remember: Homemade candy A teacher's kit for a little girl (pens, pencils, papers to grade, a briefcase, a clipboard,etc) A puppet set- a slew of sock puppets stored in a bright paper covered box with a doorway puppet stage (tension rod with sheet) Pre-viewed movies Coloring books printed from internet An original poem (that brought tears to everyone in the family) Never used scrapbooks Drink mixes Printed recipes A wreath And more that I can't remember It was a great memory maker and it was a great way to express the fun of giving yet not spend more than what we really could afford.

savinitup
savinitup

This year and the previous 2 years, my family and I have established a seperate savings account to be used for christmas gifts. This eliminates the need to come up with money at the end of the year and trying to figure out where in the budget it was going to come from. Also, Every year my kids clean out their toy box and donate toys they are no longer using.

Meme
Meme

Growing up my mom always made us clean out our toy box before christmas, normally I think she gave them to the salvation army. One year however there was a family that had just moved into the area and didn't have much money. These people were and still are some of my families best friends. My parents took our toys to their parents and their parents were able to give gifts to their kids giving them a christmas. I remember going to my friends house a few days later and seeing the joy in my friends eyes at having "new" toys. I was only about 10 but can still remember it. My thrifty tip: I buy all my wrapping paper, cards, bows, lights and stocking stuffers etc the week after christmas for the next year saving 75-90% I shop the week after christmas mainly the dollar stores and get packages of ornaments for about 25 cents. There are normally about 6 in a pack. Then wait for the next year and put my nephews names, my name and the year on it using it as a stocking stuffer. This way by the time they are old enough to leave home they will have a good start on their own collection of ornaments and maybe each ornament will help them remember that specific christmas. I also make homemade candy and give out boxes of it to friends and shut-ins.

kimme
kimme

I have a decent collection of high-value coupons and also coupons for free items that don't expire until several months into the new year. I have saved them to give as xmas presents this year. I'm so happy for couponing because without couponing I wouldn't be able to do this!

carrie
carrie

What I do with the glass ornaments is print out pictures of my children on regular paper cut it to the size of the ornament roll it up stick it inside the use a stick to push it to where it can be seen. Then I put tinsel or something colorful behind it to hold it in place. On the back I write their names and the year in glitter glue.

Sandy
Sandy

I love this idea of sharing thrifty Christmas stories! Things have been tight for us for several years now, but that certainly does not affect how much we love the holidays! I go to Michaels and buy 5-7 little ceramic holiday loaf pans (they are $1 each, sometimes cheaper!. I make different kind of breads or cakes in them and deliver them to friends and neighbors. It is nice because they get homemade goods in a container they can keep and use. I buy cookie tins and do that same thing with family, then they pass the tin back with cookies or treats they make. My grandma and I have been giving each other the same tin back and forth for years, it is so fun!

DonaW
DonaW

With one thing or another, someone in the family will need prescriptions during the year. I always clip the Rx coupons for Target, Kroger, etc. and when there is a script to be filled find an appropriate coupon. A lot of drugs are on the $4 (no insurance) list, so I get a $10 or $25 gift card for that store + the family gets well. We save up these cards and do shopping with them or donate them to families in need throughout the year - especially the grocery store gift cards.

Crystal
Crystal

This year has been a tight one for us. My husband got laid off from his job, and I am currently on maternity leave with our second child (with only 50% pay). My parents do not live close to us, and they do not get to see all of the art work that my daughter does at preschool throughout the year. So, this year, I decided to let my daughter pick out the pictures and crafts that she wanted to save for them and frame them into a large frame collage style. This way my parents have a neat piece of "art" to hang on the wall and her favorite drawings will be saved. Also, it is thrify because all I had to buy was the frame (for less than $10).

Cindy
Cindy

Last year my husband of twenty years and I started a new tradition. Instead of spending a lot of money on stocking stuffers for each other (something I've always loved to do), we set a $10 budget and went to the dollar store. It was so much fun seeing what treasures we found.

Dianna
Dianna

My family loves to find ways to make a thrifty Christmas. My son is 15 and for the past 5 years he has made a Photostory (it's a free program for Microsoft)for each person in our family. He takes the pictures that we have taken all year and decided on the best ones for each person and makes it all about them. He then puts them to music and puts them on a DVD (in order to put them on a DVD you have to pay for a program $20 to use forever and with as many as you want). On Christmas we all open them and watch them together. It is a great way to laugh and enjoy all the things that happened through the year and spend a couple of dollars on a DVD. Everyone waits for them now. My other son creates a calendar for each family member from photos he has taken through the year. It's nice because then everyone remembers birthdays and gets to see his amazing photos. We try to make something for each person. It could be a simple gift like carmel popcorn. Something that person enjoys. Now presents are fun to open and see what they are not how much they are and we know that they the giver took the time to think about the present not just buy something.

Teresa
Teresa

A few years ago we started a family tradition that our three children only receive three gifts. One from mom and dad and the other two from santa claus. We explain the reasoning for this relating to the story of Jesus and the three kings bringing him three gifts. It is one more way to show our children the reason for the season and not go overboard. It really makes our children think about why we celebrate Christmas to begin with and they really appreciate the gifts they receive.

Kendra
Kendra

I have a group of friends in Spokane and we all get together for a gift party and make homemade wreaths, gifts from the kitchen etc. to give to family and friends. This year, we are making sweet breads and nesting them in coffee filters and wrapped with big red ribbon bows. I will try and take pictures to send. They are beautiful and such a cheap adorable way to wrap. Homemade wreaths made from trees in the yard are so thrifty and easy to make, add a bow and it is beautiful, especially when wreaths at the store go for $20 each!

cassie
cassie

One of our traditions is we go as a family into the woods and pick out a christmas tree. For 10.00 dollars you can get a tree permit and cut your own. We make a day of it with a picnic lunch and enjoy spending time together. Another thing that we do is when we harvest our garden at the end of the season we can salsas, jams, fruit, and pie fillings to give out. We try to find a cute serving dish or make a loaf of homemade bread to pair with it for a great gift and the best part is that it only costs the price of the jar since we grow everything ourselves.

Lindsey
Lindsey

My children saw the christmas tree going up at the front of Walmart and they were so excited because that meant they could pick out children to give presents to. We have always tried to make Christmas about giving to others and helping people. The funny thing is that we don't have alot of money, but we always have our needs met. I really try to stay focused and thankful for what we do have. My oldest child is about to turn 7, she is amazing. We have five healthy children that love the Lord and we have new memories made each day: from playing in the snow, to decorating christmas cookies, baking goodies and spreading cheer. I encourage every mom out there to sit down enjoy a cup of tea or coffee :) and be thankful for all they have. We are inundated with things and more things we shouldn't be able to live without during this time of year... I will keep my eyes on the important things. Or at least do my very best. One of my favorite things is watching children touch the lives of others... with their little dances in the store aisles or singing "It's Beginning To Look Alot Like Christmas" in Ross at the top of their lungs. Jesus really is the reason for the season... so share with people you love and maybe even people you don't even know. God Bless and Merry Christmas. And thanks Thrify Mom for the time you take to help others. You have blessed our family.

Skye M
Skye M

We had fun family traditions growing up too. Christmas is such a special time of year. My husband and I just had our first baby about six months ago, so we are now trying to create our "own" family traditions. A few ideas we've had: *sew your own stockings out of old sweaters (no longer used). *For decorations, wrap a book as a gift *Fill Jars with christmas bulbs for decoration I heard this somewhere and I want to incorporate this into our family traditions for Christmas (each family member gets only 4 things): 1. Something you want 2. Something you need 3. Something to wear 4. Something to read -and you can put a price limit on each of those items to make a thrifty Christmas...!

Jean
Jean

This year we saved our Swag Bucks and turned them into $215.00 worth of Amazon gift cards. Our kid's gifts are bought and wrapped with $0.00 money out of pocket. Our family decided last year that the adults would not exchange gifts. We buy only for the 4 children. This eliminates worrying about spending money on 16 adults that don't need any thing. My husband and I do not exchange gifts either. If we need something during the year we do research and buy what we need, looking for the best deal. My daughter and I bake cookies. We goto the dollar store to buy pretty plates or tins and give them to people who drop in and give our family an unexpected gift. We always pay cash and are able to enjoy Christmas with our families without worrying about Christmas bills.

Amy B.
Amy B.

I have 4 children with plenty of toys of thier own. But I would really like the oportunity to have them help others that could use a little holiday chear, normally I'd say lets help the kids at the Hospital since my son spent so much time there while getting Chemo for his leukimia, but it seams that a lot of people have that idea this time of year. So I think I would like to have them pick a few names off of the "tree" that has elderly people's names from our local care center. As a young adult I worked at a retirement home and it was fun seeing most of them every day, but there were some that never had visitors. The wishes on the "ornaments" are always so simple, a new sweater or scarf, I think with $100 and the excelent sales we could forfil several wishes for the elderly. I think it would do my kids a lot of good to learn and shop for them.

Liz L
Liz L

I have been saving a few dollars every month on the online saving site SmartyPig. I buy a lot of my gifts on Amazon, and if you buy a gift card for them through SmartyPig, they add 3%. I have also been saving my Swagbucks gift cards for Amazon so I can use them for Christmas gifts. I make a list of gifts I want to buy, and then wait for the Cyber Monday deals, which have been awesome this year! Thanks for all you do here on your blog!

Janet T
Janet T

This year my husband and I have had to cut our Christmas budget way back, so we're not doing presents for each other. Instead with your coupon tips and a little help from Groupon, we've put together everything for nice relaxing home cooked dinner together. Our gift to each other this year will be slowing down and enjoying each others company, walking the neighborhood looking a lights and really focusing on what Christmas is about.

michelle
michelle

My kids only get 3 items from "Santa". I explained to them that when baby Jesus was born that he only got 3 gifts,so therefore they understand & I let them tell others of why they only get 3 gifts. Which helps my pocket book out. For teachers gifts I purchased sticky pads, magnets, paperclips, large binder clips, thumb tacks all for .10 ea. when the store marked down all the school items. So I will have about $1.00 for each of my teachers gifts plus it is something that they can use in the class room and they are constantly asking for on their "wish list" that comes out each month.

Jill
Jill

Christmas was always fun at my house because my mother would take a simple gift (like a package of socks) and make it fun (by wrapping each sock by itself). She would place one half of the pair under the tree and hide the other half somewhere in the house. My sister and I tended to argue a lot after presents were done, so this gave us something fun to do and made the fun and excitement of christmas morning last even longer. Since I started couponing this year and I have a very tight budget, my kids will get a few special gifts and I am doing baskets with baked goods and favorite items for family and friends (using all my thrifty albertsons deals). I am done with all my christmas shopping and only spent $150 for 30 people.

jamie
jamie

I go Christmas shopping the week after New Years when everything is marked 90% off. I buy for Christmas and for birthdays. I buy for all the extended family and then take them their year's worth of birthday and Christmas presents when we visit them during summer vacation. I don't have to pay any shipping on presents I already bought at 90% off and can really enjoy the holidays because I'm not worried about what to get everyone! I also get extras so I have presents for school birthday parties. We love to carol and bring treats to friends and neighbors. We also love to do the 12 days of Christmas for other families. I hope these are the memories that my children cherish, not the presents under the tree. Happy Holidays!!!

danielle
danielle

I just started couponing last March, and since then my entire family likes to tease me about the deals I find. 2 months ago I mentioned that I was saving enough money I already had my Christmas shopping done, they said "we don't need anymore of your free cereal. Ha Ha Ha" So....this year I am not buying ANY wrapping paper, I will be "wrapping" all the gifts in food boxes.

jenny
jenny

I made Christmas thrifty by making gifts this year. I knit my nieces and nephews a hat, scarf and mitten set. I made my sisters a small scrapbook album with extra supplies. I made my mom a stationary and card set. I just have to come up with some thrifty gift ideas for my dad and brothers!

andrea F.
andrea F.

I grew up in a Christian home and VERY thankful for that. We were in evangelism and there was hardly EVER any extra money. Don't take me wrong God NEVER failed to take care of us! Now that I have my own family and we too are in evangelism I am right back in the same situation and there is still never any extra money laying around. But, again God has NEVEr failed to take care of me and my family, as HE promises in HIS word. My mom and dad taught me to save and be very frugal with my money growing up. One way that I save and have carried on that tradition is this. My husband is a SUPER fast reader and it NEVEr pays to buy a new book because he can have a 500 page book and then tell you everything about it in about 3 hours!!!! So needless to say since being married I have the tradition every year of looking and stocking up on books from goodwill. Making him up a BIG box of the books for Christmas and this is one of his gifts every year!!! He LOVES it! And I usually only have about $5.00 into it and he usually ends up with about 15/20 books!!! Hope that you all have a very merry CHRISTmas!! Andrea F.

Jennifer Lemke
Jennifer Lemke

A thrifty tip that works for me is to have a stock pile of gifts just like the stock pile of food all of us have, only on a smaller scale. I can go to the stock pile and put a few things together and spend extra time on the wrapping of the gift and create a personalized gift for the recipient.

Melissa
Melissa

I try and shop all year and watch the sales. I have been busy doing cyber sales today. We do Christmas on a more modest amount than a lot of families. We usually buy gifts for a needy family through our church. The kids enjoy helping to pick them out and wrapping them. They have even went with us to deliver them.

Lisa
Lisa

My favorite Christmas tradition is our Happy Birthday Jesus party. We invite all the little kids my girls hang out with. We do the whole birthday party with cake and gifts. We sing happy birthday to Jesus and blow out His candle for him. Before the party I find a famly with kids who need Chrismas. I send out the info to moms whose kids are coming to the party and they all bring gifts for the family we have adopted and put them under our tree. Then before Christmas our family delivers the gifts. And this year our little girl got picked to sing the solo at church of Happy birthday Jesus which is the song we always sing at Jesus' birthday party

Darla
Darla

It always seemed like such a let down the day after Christmas that my mom started the tradition of "stocking presents". We would have seven presents in our stocking. We opened one present a day starting the day after Christmas through New Year"s Day.We continued this tradition with our children. We never went overboard on buying them Christmas presents because that's not what Christmas is about. The stocking presents usually never cost a more than a dollar each as we picked up bargains throughout the year.

Dawn
Dawn

I just like to donate some of the great deals I get. Sometimes I go a little overboard, but I know what its like to grow up with very little. If we can help even just a few people/families, I feel good about it & hopefully my kids will learn a very good life lesson.Pay it forward, blessings to all.

Clarelle
Clarelle

Hmmm thrifty ideas. Not sure, but sometimes I like to just make my own gifts... You know, like baking things and packaging them myself. It's not very expensive :) And I also use up giftcards that I haven't used and buy gifts with it.

Kristi
Kristi

My husband & I both, seperately take each of our 3 children out for breakfast and then to our local dollar tree. We allow them to pick out up to 5 items for mommie/daddy, we let them wrap the presents themselves. They really enjoy watching us (parents) open up their (children) gifts that they picked out just for us. The kids think its great and we like that they are actually only spending $5.00 each!!!

Michelle Crooker
Michelle Crooker

My husband and I have six children and with the way the economys been the last two years we've had to watch our money real close. I started shopping early this spring. I belong to many different type of money saving pages on face-book, yours being one of them. And bought things here and there when there were good deals or sales. My son wants a Nintendo DS for Christmas this year and I kept check out eBay but the prices were still too high so I asked on face-book if any of my friends had one just hanging around they wanted to sell. Well one of my friends did and she sold my the DS with 16 games and 2 chargers for $65.00! We also when shopping on black Friday and got some good deals. I also check criagslist and bid on things on eBay.

Jessica Wilhite
Jessica Wilhite

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. My boys are 4 1/2, 3 & 19 months & I have another one on the way in the next month so they are just at the age of understanding what Christmas is all about. We are just starting to make our own Christmas traditions, which I think is so awesome to see that spark of excitement in their eyes. We are on a budget, so last year we started making homemade gift baskets full of baked goods for our family & friends. My boys had so much fun helping me prep & cook for our baking week last year that they are so excited to help me again this year. I think this will be a tradition we will have for many years to come because I love baking & it's a good way to share the love, but stay on a budget as well. Merry Christmas!

April
April

Oh this year our Christmas budget is zero, but we saw this day coming and have been stacking our swagbucks and irazoo points, and my points from mypoints.com. I cash the swagbucks and irazoo points in for Amazon gift cards and the my points are cashed in for $10 gift cards. I have been able to get my 5 month old a baby gym, and a walker with no money out of pocket. For my nephews I give them stockings that I stuff with freebies and items from the dollar tree like they love the little compress washcloths that grow when you add water. The key it to plan for christmas all year round. For example right after Christmas I'll start saving for my Daughter's birthday which is in July. Also I love to look at Christmas lights and go to all of the local free Christmas Events. One thing I did spend money on was a princess and the frog Christmas Ornament for my daughter I couldn't resist the Disney Store Deal.

Brynn
Brynn

We have 2 daughters ages 7 and 5, and we love Christmas. Throughout the year I buy gifts that are "frugal finds" and we also make a lot of sweet-treat gifts. But we do spend money at Christmas because we love to give so much. My girls have been participating with us in giving gifts to needy children/families since they were babies. They help me stuff the stockings, pack the bookbags, wrap the gifts, bake the cookies, make the meals...they do everything with us! In our home we celebrate Christ's birth and they know that is the real meaning of Christmas and to give is in honor of Christ, not just because we have to, or because we're getting presents too. It's a joy to give at Christmas and it feels even better when it doesn't break the bank :)

Ann
Ann

What a great way to get in to the Christmas spirit (setting up my Christmas tree did not do give me the Christmas spirit since I can't get all my lights to work). Anyway, my thrifty idea has to do with gift cards. We have several family members out of state who prefer to receive gift cards. I have found a great way to score some great gift card presents. I have a Discover card that I use all year long for every purchase possible. I pay off the bill on this card in full every month and never pay interest. My Discover card earns at least 1% back on all purchases and even more for some purchases. I save up all of my rewards and use them for Christmas gift card purchases. These rewards are used to purchase discounted gift cards. For example, Borders gift cards are $25 for $20 of rewards. I end up paying nothing for gift cards just because I am a disciplined credit card user. Yeah!. I would only recommend this thrifty advise to those that are disciplined credit card users because any interest payments will definately outweight any benefit received.

Becky
Becky

This is not really a thrifty idea but it is something we do every year. our kids are teens and theyreally don't have any real needs or wants. We pick a family we know that is struggling financially and do a ding dong dash. We choose gifts for the kids. ( Usually we know the family) We then drop off the presents anonymously, ringing the doorbell and running away before they can figure out who did it. One year we had 2 feet of snow on the ground and many of our neighborhoods are not plowed. My boys took the presents up and had to run through the snow, they even fell. It was a very good feeling to do it as a family and keep it a total secret. This year we have chosen my oldest sons best friends family. ( My son is almost 17)

Brittany
Brittany

Every year on Christmas Eve my family would drive around town and look at all the christmas lights that were up. Everytime we would see a manger scene we would cheer and we would tally up how many lights displays had nativity scenes. It was always so much fun and a great way to spend time with everyone (no one can leave because we're in the car;)) and keep the true meaning of christmas in our celebration

heather
heather

we like to do "thrift gifts", which are cheap things we find at thrift stores for each other. it "fills in" on christmas morning so everyone feels like they are getting more. The "thrift gifts" have become my favoite things to recieve. but we are sure to label them as "thrift gifts" so no one expects much from package. also, we draw names for a 5.00 gift that we open on christmas eve.

Mandy Kauffman
Mandy Kauffman

This year I not only discovered Restaurant.com, but that they have fabulous promotion codes throughout the year. Since we just welcomed a little one into the world in April, our budget is VERY tight this year! I decided to try giving Restaurant.com gift certificates to local restaurants to many members of our family for Christmas this year. Using a 90% off promo code, I got about $425 worth of gift certificates for only around $16!! I made sure to buy only $25 gift certificates, which usually only require the patron to spend at least $35 (about what we normally spend when someone gives us a $25 gift card to a restaurant as a gift anyway). While the 90% off promo code applied to all gift certificates, I decided $50 or $100 gift certificates would not be a good gift since the patron would have to spend double those amounts to use them! This year will be the test run for the Restaurant.com gift certificates. I hope everyone likes them! But man, going this route for family gifts certainly saved us some MAJOR dough this holiday season!! :)

Janeen
Janeen

I also grew up being taught the real meaning of Christmas. We not only knew why we celebrated this wonderful time of the year, but we felt it. To us, Christmas was an action not "presents". Service is deeply imbeded in my family because my parents worked hard to teach us that to truely be happy, you had to be grateful. In order to be grateful, you have to serve. We begin in November to prayerfully ask for service opportunities. Some costs money, but many just costs our time. This year I am encouraging the kids not to tell me or dad what they have done. This way, they don't feel the need to be praised. Serving most often should be done anonymously to ensure a deep feeling of gratitude.

Athena Nagel
Athena Nagel

Years ago you could get internet cd's for free for things like AOL, Yahoo and Netzero. I always grabbed the free cd's and decorated the cd's with photos and trim (scraps of whatever is around) for ornaments for the Christmas tree. Although we can't get those free cd's anymore there are always plenty of scratched cd's, dvds, and deals to get free blank cd's. It is now to the point where our entire tree is decorated with these ornaments and they are always a topic of discussion with guests.

Lora R.
Lora R.

This year we are on a very tight budget. I love being generous but had to realize that I can still be generous but give as well. We get our budget and write down everyone we are buying for and about how much we have to spend on each person. We started early and when we found a gift that was on our list we would buy it if it was on sale or we had a great coupon. Just spending 30 minutes each day online we have received many of our kids gifts for free. I have won some and other I have received because they offered $20 credits if you signed up. We also were able to open a savings account for both our kids through ING recently and received $25.00 for each child for opening a savings account. So my biggest tip, spend some time online and you can get great gifts and save BIG! Every year we have Christmas lunch at our house and I make prime rib. I ask my family to help out with the cost instead of bringing food since prime rib can be pricey. Every one pitches in and I get to make a wonderful Christmas lunch. We finish lunch by making a brithday cake for Jesus and each kid has a part to read and then they decorate the cake based on what they read. It is a lot of fun and gets everyone to participate in the story of Christs' birth. For neighbors and teachers I bake and wrap them nicely. There is nothing like homemade treats! It is easy to buy things, but when you take time to make something it is more special. That is how we have a thrify Christmas and no one would ever guess how little we spent and nothing was charged, all paid for with cash.

Francine Chick
Francine Chick

I have two sisters who like to get a new skillet each year so I am ready on Black Friday to find the best deal on skillets and skillet sets. I was able to get three Caphalon skillets worth $100 for $30 and will separate them and give the large skillets to my sisters and the smaller skillets to my nieces and nephews families. I will fill each skillet with colored filler and then fancy wrapped candies and maybe a jar of seasonings and then wrap in transparent wrap and tie it with a very nice wired ribbon bow. I believe it will be a nice inexpensive and yet useful gift with a nice touch of sweet and savory!

Shanon
Shanon

We take our children to the Dollar Tree every year and let them buy a gift for each sibling. This way they get to give a gift to their sisters and we don't have worry about following them around a department store telling them to pick a less expensive gift. My girls get very excited about the $1 gifts that they pick for eachother, sometimes they can't hold the excitement of it and end up telling eachother what they bought..haha

Denise
Denise

I save up my gift cards throughout the year and use them towards gifts or give them out as gifts themselves.

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