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Holiday Gift Giving the Frugal Way

In my family, we have 50+ members and that makes it very difficult when it comes to Christmas shopping. Since I can remember we’ve drawn names so we only purchase one present per person. We have dollar limits set in place so we all spend the same amount of money. It’s the only way we can make it work.

When you’re trying to keep your frugal ways Christmas can put a damper on that at times. So using the gift exchange idea will slim down your purchases which in return helps you save money. Set a limit of $25 for the adults and $15 for the kids and that will help you save even more money.

You need to remember that Christmas is not about the number of gifts or the price spent it’s the thought that counts the most. You should consider purchasing gifts online through eBay since they usually have better deals than what you may find in the stores and that will help you get more for your money.

The best thing you can do is go into the store with your list in hand and have your mind set to one item and don’t go over. Just remember you need to stick by the amount of money you set in place so others don’t feel bad if you spend more than they did.

Frugal living is possible during the Christmas season when you set your mind to it and find ways that make it work. It may take a little bit of time, but you can do it.

5 Tips to Staying Frugal During the Holiday Season

Staying frugal during the holiday season can be a challenge, but it is possible. The first thing you need to do is stick to your goal and keep doing everything possible to stay frugal. Continue to print and gather coupons and remember to only buy what you really need. The temptation will be there to purchase other things, but remember what your ultimate goal is and stick to being frugal.

During the holiday season we all have meals we plan and attend. This can be very costly when you’re not prepared to make the additional purchases. Here are a few things to consider when trying to be frugal with your budget.

• If it’s possible, try to do your meals as a potluck type dinner. This will save you money because you won’t have to purchase everything yourself. When you have help with the meal the money you spend will be a lot less for you.

• When planning a family meal, only include the things you need. Multiple vegetables, potatoes, and casseroles are not necessary and will cause you to spend more money than what’s really needed.

• Purchasing gifts can be costly. Consider making gifts whenever it’s possible. People enjoy a plate full of cookies or a jar of cake mix or hot chocolate. Just remember it’s not the price of the gift, but the thought that counts.

• When you have a party to go to consider doing a white elephant gift to give away. Not only will be cleaning hose when you do this, but you’ll also have a great gift and not spend a dime doing it. Look around to see if you have anything that’s in brand new condition that you don’t use.

• Create a coupon book that contains things you’ll do for the recipient for free. You could include a back rub, a night when you cook dinner or a day where you clean the house by yourself. The recipient will very much appreciate these and you won’t spend any more doing it.

No matter if the economy is bad or you need to save money so you can pay your bills each month, being frugal will help you make this happen. During the holiday season it’s even more important to stay frugal because you have so many different things to purchase. Just remember the reason why you live frugally and you’ll be able to stay in frugal mode. These suggestions will help make it a little easier.

Corrie Petersen is a Work At Home Mom who is married and has two boys. She loves to help others in her business, but more importantly she loves spending time with her husband and sons. Click here to read what she is up to with her family by visiting her mommy blog.

About Corrie


My name is Corrie and I'm from Wyoming. I've been married to Kevin since 1993 and we have two wonderful boys.

I'm a Virtual Assistant and a Ghostwriter. I love what I do and I enjoy spending time with my family.

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