Thinking About Christmas


We’re exactly three months away from Christmas.  Yikes.  I’m already planning because this is my first Christmas as a stay-at-home mom, and my lack of income is going to make it more interesting to purchase Christmas gifts.  I’m sure we’ll be fine though, and it will just spur me to be more creative.  Here are some things I’m working on to make our Christmas season a good one without over spending!

1. Make gifts. This is an obvious.  I need to get a move on this because if I’m going to knit things, it is going to take time.  And with an 8 month old baby, I’m going to have to find time first!  My plan is to knit a ton of dish cloths while I’m riding in the car and when I have some down time.  I think that will be the easiest.  I’d also like to knit some socks for people and maybe some new cute things for Penny.

2. Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a great way to make a little extra money for me.  What I do is use the search engine every time I need to search for something, and when I accumulate enough Swagbucks I cash them in for $5 Amazon gift cards. I am banking them right now to buy Christmas presents.  I think I may also get some Target gift cards so I can do some shopping in person!  I make sure to do some of the easy things to earn more Swagbucks too.  Sign up and start earning.

3. Doing an activity versus purchasing items for people. One of my best friends has two girls and we were discussing Christmas and how it’s going to be different this year.  We decided that instead of exchanging gifts (since our girls are going to get tons of things from other people any way) we’re going to do a special outing or make a nice dinner and spend time together.  That will be very enjoyable, and will save us each money and clutter.

4. Stashing away a little extra cash whenever I’ve got it. $20 here and there adds up, and I’ve been taking $20 from each paycheck for months now and saving that in our Christmas fund.  Also, when I sell things on Craigslist or online, I separate that money and save it for Christmas.

Have you started thinking about Christmas yet?

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3 thoughts on “Thinking About Christmas

  1. Jenny says:

    Don’t you make soap? I have been thinking of trying to learn, because I love handmade soap and it’d be the perfect Christmas gift for so many people on our list! I’m envisioning a couple of bars of scented soap tied up with ribbon, on a wooden soap deck that perhaps my husband could make, on a pretty ceramic dish. It’d also be a gift that we could repeat year after year, as it’d get used up! The thing is, I’d have to get my parents to watch the kids or I wouldn’t feel comfortable using lye in the house. Is it hard to make? Does it normally take a few practice batches before the soap turns out decent?

    We normally go to a ton of trouble to make gifts for Christmas, but this year we’re taking it easy. There are a couple of ideas we have for gifts that would fit most people on our list, so we could just make a bunch of the same thing assembly-line style. One of our ideas is a wooden cheese board and spreader, topped with a chevre log from our local goat farm. If these ideas don’t work out, we’re going to spend a little more and just buy most of our gifts. It gets hard to keep coming up with DIY ideas year after year! Our town has several little antique and craft shops that appreciate the business, and money is not quite as tight this Christmas as it has been in the past. Since we are now homeschooling (kindergarten) and my kids are keeping me busier than ever, I just want to be sure I don’t make myself miserable by trying to overachieve this Christmas season!

    One other thing I’ve thought of doing is spending the several months before Christmas frequenting antique malls, flea markets, even yard sales. You can sometimes get an awesome deal on something vintage, or even something new with tags to use as a gift. I think this is totally okay to do. I found my grandma’s gift at a yard sale already and as my tightwad role model, I know for a fact she’d be proud!


  2. Maggie@SquarePennies says:

    I love Christmas, and every year I try to get finished with gift shopping as early as possible. Basically I shop year round, keeping an eye out for the perfect gift at the perfect price. And I love to make food gifts as those always seem to be appreciated.


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