This post is part of a series based on Laine’s Home Economics: 50 Ways We Paid Off Our House on One Income. Previous posts in the series are listed on my Budget page. Laine is a Christian woman living with her family in California and living off one income. I first started following her via an email list about 7 or 8 years ago.
Like Laine, one of the strategies I use to keep my gift budget under control is to shop year-round for gifts, and keep general gifts I find in a gift box. To pay for the gifts, I keep a cash envelope in my purse with $30 going in weekly from my husband’s paycheck. In my basement I have 5 gift boxes, 1 for each child, plus I have 2 general gift boxes which hold gifts for teachers, extended family, and the godparent for each child.
Generally, I keep a running list of the gifts I have for my children and husband in a Christmas notebook. I also have ideas for stocking stuffers in case I need inspiration. Whenever I’m in a thrift shop, Target or Kohl’s, I look through clearance to see if there are appropriate gifts for my children. I prefer thrift shops for toddler gifts since my toddlers don’t stay interested in their toys for very long.
For extended family, I keep an eye out when looking through clearance racks at stores, or I might have something specific in mind based on something the person said. If it’s a particularly busy year, I might fall back on homemade goodies from the garden like jams, jellies or pickles or homemade baked goods such as pumpkin gingerbread or cookies decorated by the kids.
Do you have a gift box? Do you shop year round for gifts?
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