Here is a frigal tip sent in by a reader:
Cassie, here is my frugal tip which I am proud to say my family started last year.
Each Christmas, we try to come up with different ideas in order to lessen some of the stresses which come along with the season: financial, mall anxiety, etc. Some of the ideas were picking names, only buying for the kids, homemade gifts (yikes – stressful!), etc.
Well, last year, we decided that we would purchase used gifts for each other; yard sales, ebay, kijiji, secondhand stores. So, we became serious yardsalers and thoroughly enjoyed it! We felt we were taking the consumerism out of Christmas. The shopping was done in an enjoyable environment (outdoors in summer), it was less stressful financially, we had to put more creative thought into the gifts, and we were reducing, reusing and recycling – good for the environment too!
You can find really great things at yardsales: many unopened items, things that are reminescent of your childhood, things that evoke memories which you could not find in a store (ie. my late Grandfather had a brass plate where he would place his loose change – I found one exactly like it a a yard sale and gave it to my father for Christmas which he loved!), many great deals.
In any case, it is a fun, cheap summer activity which can translate into a more relaxing Christmas season. A few things to remember however are that yardsale season is starting so it is best to start now and look throughout the summer. Also, it is key to be out there as early as possible – being the first to get there and see all the good stuff is part of the fun!
It is exciting when people open their gifts and you get to show off the great treasures you found at a yardsale! We found a Christmas idea that we like and enjoy and we’ve started all over again this yardsale season!
Thanks for letting me share and keep up the great work!
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