We had a baby shower for a girl at work today. I was a little worried because we had vowed to try and not spend as much for the rest of this month. I was trying to think of what I could get her that she could use and wasn’t too expensive. I know her mother in law has purchased a lot of items for the baby.
I had to make something for the luncheon, so I decided I would make a taco dip because that was easy to make and everyone enjoys it. When I got home, I realized an important thing. I forgot to buy a gift. After I got done kicking myself, I decided I was not going to go back out and I was going to make do with what I had. I had a lot of scrapbooking items left over, so I made a handmade card, and after that I saw the light bulb go off in my head: I had a pair of longies (wool baby pants) I had knitted this summer that would make an amazing gift. I went into my spare bedroom, found them, went to my basement and re used a bag I had received a gift in, and there I was! A beautiful baby shower gift for $0. Of course I had to buy the yarn and materials, but had I not been creative, I would have gone to the store, spent $20 on a gift, and then probably found something else I “needed”.
Sometimes it pays to be creative. I was so proud of myself, and when she opened the gift today, I felt so much better about my decision. She loved the fact that I had made them myself and it was a very thoughtful gift. Being frugal requires you to think outside the box a lot. I’m glad I did, and I know she’s grateful for the beautiful handmade gift.
What is something creative you’ve done to save money?