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Frugal Friday: Budget Friendly Stocking Stuffers
Posted By Jessica Fisher On December 4, 2009 @ 2:45 am In Budget Living,Christmas,Frugal Friday | 21 Comments
Forgive me while I take the next few installments of Frugal Friday to talk about Frugal Christmas. I realize that not all my readers celebrate Christmas, so please indulge me just a wee bit. I think many of my suggestions for saving money at the holidays will transfer to any gift giving and celebrating that you might do according to your family’s traditions. For the FishFam, Christmas is a great time of celebrating and it is also a big time of potential spending. I gotta watch myself, especially when it comes to Christmas Stockings.
Our family has always been big on fun stockings . Years ago my Granny handknit me a stocking, and a tradition was born. Every sibling, cousin and grandchild on my mom’s side of the family has a stocking in the same style as mine. My mom, God bless her, has taken up the knitting needles to pass on these family heirlooms.
Years ago, like when I still lived with my parents, I offered to handle the stocking stuffers. At 18, I was sure I knew better than my mom what we would like to find on Christmas morning. Unfortunately, I promptly forgot! It wasn’t until about 9 pm on Christmas Eve that my mom asked me about them. Dumbfounded, I grabbed my keys and headed for the only grocery store that was still open. My sister and a friend and I rummaged through the store, looking for fun treats. The pressure was on, especially since my baby brother was only 4 at the time. We did not want him to be disappointed. In the end, I spent a small fortune due to poor planning.
Even with the best of planning, stockings stuffers can add up. Here are some suggestions to help you offset the costs that can accrue quickly.
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