Christmastime is often a huge budget buster with many Americans still paying for gifts 9 months later. Today we’ll be sharing ideas to save money on Christmas, whether it’s decorations, food, or gifts. Don’t forget to check the ideas submitted below.
Frugal Gifts for Classmates
At Christmastime ever since my second son started school, we make up treat bags to give out to my children’s classmates. With 3 kids in elementary school this year, these classmate gifts can become expensive if I’m not careful. My goal is to keep my cost under $.20 per gift.
Over the years, I’ve learned to keep an eye out all year for little “goodies” to put in the bags like playdough and pencils. I find these in the clearance section after Christmas and Valentine’s Day. I’ve also had some success with Target’s dollar section and The Dollar Tree Store. The Dollar Tree Store carries packs of 40 or 5o treat bags for $1, along with party packages of erasers, pencils, and other fun stuff.
I usually put 1 or 2 items in the bags, and then we put name tags on the outside of the bags. I have my children contribute to putting the bags together as much as possible. The only part I do myself besides buying the supplies is writing the name tags. My goal is to put the Christmas treat bags together Thanksgiving weekend or in early December before the Christmas rush.
For the older grades like 7th and 8th grade, we’ve just handed out candy canes or holiday lollipops.
Ideas for Gifts for Treat Bags
Valentine Gifts for School and Making Valentines for Preschool
Room Mom 101 – lots of ideas for all the holidays and everything in between
Martha Stewart’s Christmas Workshop