What frugal things are you doing for Christmas?

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Sheronda - posted on 10/12/2012

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When it comes to the children, I always buy fun but educational 1st. Kmart and Walmart has a nice selection on computers and learning pads for kids that are under 20.00. Another thing for adults and kids as well is socks, gloves, hats all for under 2 or 3 dollars. We also like to shop at stores where everything is 1 George Washington Dollar. LOL They have lots of great things that are really worth more than a dollar at other stores.

Melissa - posted on 10/08/2012

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last year I heard of the 4 gift rule-something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read. We were thinking of trying to stick with that this year. I also shop sales/clearance all through out the year and save stuff for Christmas, most of our stocking stuffers have been really cheap clearance items I have been picking up all year. I even got some toys on clearance after Christmas last year to save for this year.

Danielle - posted on 09/27/2012

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I make my kids write out a wishlist and send it off to all of our many relatives. Whatever the relatives don't get my husband and I buy and if the relatives bought it all then we buy them Disneyland tickets:)

Denikka - posted on 09/23/2012

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Same things I do every year :)

Look for sales, don't buy into all the hype, ignore the flashy, shiny things and try to keep it relatively small.

I leave most of the big stuff to other family members to buy :P

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Melissa - posted on 10/08/2012

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Brittany-I totally know that situation! If it wasn't for slowly buying throughout the year when we had a little extra money that would totally be us this year. I found books in the dollar section at Target, they often have paperback versions of old classics, like recently the had Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, those types of books so depending on your kids ages, that might be a good idea, the dollar tree has some decent books for more toddler age too. We doing a lot of stuff like toothpaste, toothbrush, bubble bath kinda stuff for stocking stuffers, my parents always did that for us as kids. Making homemade candies or hot cocoa mix and homemade marshmellows are fun and cheap stocking stuffers too.

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This year... the budget is tight. We have $180 total for the kids birthdays and Christmas presents. That's it. My husband is making a baby doll bed with his grandfather for our daughter. My son, I have no idea what we are going to get him.



What I wanted to do was get them a nice toy, a new book, and their stocking gifts. As of right now, I'm not sure if they'll get anything more than their toy.

Jurnee - posted on 10/01/2012

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I buy most of my sons video games used at game stop, last yr I got a great deal on a drum set on crags list. The adult kids just get one thing each, and I try to find sales, use coupons etc. I do try to make a list of what Im getting each person and stick with it. I have lots of nieces and nephew and try to keep the gift below 10, though I try to get them something worth more than that, just on clearance or on sale, at a discount store, etc.

Katherine - posted on 09/23/2012

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I like to have the girls make homemade projects for everyone. We buy from a magazine in bulk (can't remember the name) and do that. Oh Oriental Trading Post.

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