FRUGAL CHRISTMAS TIPS
Cut Christmas Shopping Expenses
Reduce your Christmas budget.
Complete strategy for lowering holiday costs while still enjoying the yuletide season. Get best quality gifts at discounts, avoid credit card hangover, plan for gift giving, stock up on after-Christmas sales.
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2.0 FRUGAL CHRISTMAS TIPS; CUT AND REDUCE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EXPENSES.
== If you own a computer, make your own cards.
Make cards with inexpensive and easy to use software. It takes at most an hour. Simply print the cards on regular sheets of paper (or colored paper) and then fold. Your kids can color for a little flair. Most people love getting a custom card.
== Use your PC to make calendars for gifts.
A simple program will make calendars in numerous formats. You can add graphics and messages. Give these as gifts and make some for yourself.
== Stock up on Christmas wrapping paper, ribbon, and cards.
Before Christmas buy from the a discount catalog such as Oriental Trading.
After Christmas, stock up at half price sales.
== Fast & fun wrapping paper
Did you forget to buy wrapping paper for that present? Never fear! Use the colorful Sunday comics. Kids especially love this. Some people get so interested in reading the comics, they almost forget to open the present.
You can also use aluminum foil with ribbons, old music sheets, a cut open painted brown paper bag, the sports section for sports fans.
2.0.1 WHAT TO DO IF YOU WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE:
How to save money on gifts even in December
Remember that some things are actually less expensive around Christmas. See the next page (click on next).
Look for spectacular thrift store sales. In Durham, NC where I used to live, the Junior League had an annual sale right after Thanksgiving which was a bonanza. My wife and I bought a used dishwasher there for $40 which we used for 8 years. Thrift stores and church sales often save some of their best sales and merchandise for Christmas time.