Thursday, October 14, 2010

Six Ways To Save On Christmas Spending ~ 2010



1 Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;


Well if you have walked into my favorite store lately~Hobby Lobby~ you know that as you walk into the front door you will be greeted by "Autumn Scarecrows", "Thanksgiving Turkeys" and "Christmas Trees" galore.  Where in the world did 2010 go? I blinked and it is coming to an end. It's that time of year again. I have already starting feeling the stress level rise with plans of getting it all done and having enough budget to do so!


I have decided that I will not get caught up in the materialistic aspect of the 2010 Holidays. Yet~ I get a little tired of hearing how horrible our economy is~ while driving down our little main street I see every restaurant in town so packed you have a hour's waiting time. My friend~we are so blessed.

What’s Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, and not an hour richer; a time for balancing your books and having every item in ‘em through a round dozen of months presented against you? If I would work my will … every idiot who goes about with “Merry Christmas,” on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.” ~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol.


Six Ways To Save On Christmas Spending For 2010


1.  Make a budget. Always beware of your budget. Give yourself some wiggle room and plan accordingly. Remember it really is the thought behind the gift. So it is truly fine to buy an heartfelt gift that is not so expensive. Vow to keep Christmas debt free.


2. Shop Online. Here are some websites I have signed up to get emails from daily. Each day they send me some amazing deals to my email.  You must sign up to receive their emails. I have found so many amazing deals . You will be so glad you did!


http://moneysavingmom.com/
http://www.pinchingyourpennies.com/
http://www.becentsable.net/


3. Make homemade gifts. I will be sharing my homemade gift ideas and tutorials on my blog. (SOON) Homemade gifts are the best! 


4. Bake items instead of giving a gift. The Dollar Tree has some amazing gift wrap options to make your homemade goodies look professional for pennies.


5. Shop Black Friday. Did you know that you could shop at home in your jammies with a cup of hot coffee and not get knocked down and ran over? Most all stores will ship to their store for free. You can pick it up once the crowds have all gone home. What a clever idea! The sale times will be the same ~so you still will have to get up in the middle of the night~ Sorry!  


 I am going to shop Black Friday this year at home~one of my friends  did this last year and she did not miss one single sale item she wanted to get. Of course she had her husband on a computer too. (TeHe) I don't think I could get mine awake at that hour. 


6. Plan your baking list now and start buying a few items each week instead of buying them all at once. Get baking~ Most things freeze well.


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