39 Frugal Tips For
Saving Money At Christmas
By Michelle Jones
There are gazillions of ways to save
money and Christmas is one of those times when we need to implement
as many money-saving tips as we can, so that we can spend less and
enjoy the true meaning of Christmas even more!! Below I've
listed 39 frugal ways to save money at Christmas. You may have
tried some of them already but hopefully there will be something you
can take from the list and add to your 'money-saving traditions.'
Either don't send Christmas cards,
or cut your list in half!
Send postcards or letters, instead
of Christmas cards.
You can even cut your old
Christmas cards from last year in half, and send the pretty side
as a postcard. I did this many years and it works great,
plus you're being 'earth friendly' by keeping new cards out of
the garbage dumps.
If you send postcards, whether
purchased or homemade, remember they require less postage than a
Christmas cards always go on sale
better in December; this is one time when the early birds do not
If you purchase inexpensive cards
at a discount store, just look them through carefully.
Some look really cheap, while others are much prettier. If
you're going to buy Christmas cards, they might as well look
Make a short phone call at 5 cents
a minute, a 7 minute call would still cost less than a postage
stamp, and your loved ones would probably much rather you're
your voice than receive a card in the mail.
Use magazine pages to wrap small
The comic section of your
newspaper also makes pretty paper. (I once saved them up for a
few months before Christmas and had enough to make a gift out of
a relative's favorite comic strip. They loved it!)
Use your children's artwork, or
create your own on plain paper. the large reams of packing paper
are great for this, contact anyone who's in the process of
Save used wrapping paper all
through the year, just roll them back onto the paper tube and
place a small piece of scotch tape on the edge to hold in place.
These really work great for small gifts where the previously
folded lines won't even show. If the paper is the wrong
theme, you could just turn it over and decorate the plain side
Don't buy expensive ribbons and
bows to decorate your packages, if you hunt around you can find
the cheap stuff that will be just as pretty!
Forget the gift tags, make your
own by cutting a small piece of matching paper and folding it in
half. Write the "To and From" on the inside of
the paper and tape it to the wrapped present. This is
great for scraps of paper that are too small to wrap a gift, but
too large to toss away.
Cut up old Christmas cards make
great gift tags too!
If you sew, you could even use
scrap material to wrap gifts.
Or inexpensive tissue paper that
you've saved from other gifts throughout the year. Then
decorate the wrapped gift with little smiley faces, Christmas
trees, or even just the words "Merry Christmas!" You
could even add some glitter if you have some on hand.
Don't decorate with expensive
The stores have incredible sales
every year for decorations, buy close to the holiday or even
better, after the holiday! You could fill your house with
beautiful holiday decorations every year (if you wanted to), for
a small fraction of what they originally cost!
Save your children's (or
grandchildren's) holiday crafts and artwork from school each
year, after a few years you'll have a houseful of free and
beautiful decorations! And the joy your child will feel
seeing his/her artwork proudly displayed year after year is
Have a warm and cozy Christmas the
old-fashioned way. Pop some popcorn and string it up all
over the house!
Add some cranberries to your
popcorn string for a touch of color.
Decorate your house by bringing
the outside in, using pinecones and acorns! Sprinkle with
a few drops of pine scented oil if you have it on hand, I know a
lot of you just might!
Invest in an artificial tree after
Christmas - when they go on clearance!
And don't try to get all your tree
ornaments in one year (this one is especially true for
newlyweds), it took your parents years to collect what they
have. and each ornament is more special because of it.
Many grocery stores are offering
great deals during the holidays, some are even giving away food,
or cash! Read the paper every week for your local deals,
or if you don't subscribe to the newspaper, pick up the free ad
flyers at the store and take it home so you'll have time to look
it over really good before shopping.
Compare prices! I like to
buy whatever's on sale at one store, then a few days later when
we need more milk anyways, I go to a second store and get their
best deals, it's a great money-saver!
Store brands are great when making
casseroles and side dishes. no one will even notice!
Cook your turkey in a large
Reynolds cooking bag and you won't need to buy an expensive
Butterball, any brand will be wonderful!
Stock up while everything's on
sale, just an extra can or box here and there. not a storage
closet full! If you end up with too many bargain buys,
share them with your local food bank!
I'm still working on the
GrocerySavingTips.com site (There never seems to be enough time
to post all the money saving tips I want to share with you!),
but I have listed many tips already that will help you save
big!! I hope to get this sister site finished in the
It's wonderful to take your family
to the movie theater during the Christmas holiday break, but
this could also be a good time to catch up on the videos that
have come out for rental during the holiday season.
Another great frugal way to
entertain the family through the holidays is to take a drive
around your town, or another one nearby, to see the Christmas
lights! It's a family tradition of ours to do this on
Christmas Eve, we look forward to it every year, and it's free!
Get out the board games, the kids
will love spending time with you. If you don't have many
to choose from, maybe you can borrow a new game from a friend or
neighbor. You never know, they might have a closet full
they never even use!
Playing cards is always fun too,
even when the kids are little you can play Go Fish. we're making
Sing, sing, sing! Many
churches and groups even have caroling get-togethers in
December, what fun!
Sit around a warm fire, or cozy up
in the living room with blankets and hot cocoa, and tell family
stories. or have everyone take turns saying how they have been
blessed throughout the year - like we do at Thanksgiving. Being
thankful shouldn't end on Turkey Day, keep the spirit
Have a family gathering to
decorate the tree, wrap gifts, or bake cookies! Don't
forget our wonderful cookie site at CookieClubRecipes.com, we'd
love to have you join us!!! (Baking is my favorite hobby,
so I started the club just for fun!!)
Read a Christmas book together as
a family. Or, decide on a story and have everyone
contribute a chapter and create a new Christmas book... it could
even be about your own family!