A Frugal Christmas
November 1, 2015 5:20pm CST
I don't know why it bothers me so much. I saw Halloween stock come out in September. I even started seeing Christmas decorations stocked in October. It seems like holidays are getting more and more commercialized. Less people at the shelters giving food and more riots for "big savings" on black Friday. At one point, I started buying clearance birthday gifts as far in advance as six months in order to keep up with the expectations of what a family home is supposed to look like. At this point, the amount of money that I could have saved by gifting frugally probably could have paid off all of my debt. I'm looking at Christmas with a new set of eyes. I've found a way to make a fake chimney with cardboard boxes and wrapping paper. I've found ways to make miniature tress out of discarded plastic bottles. You can even make strings of icicles by melting plastic bottles!
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2 Nov 15
@Kazemononoke I know what you mean but the only expensive tech thing I ever bought my boys was their first Nintendo and gameboy. Everything else, Xbox and all the new and improved tech toys they bought for themselves. As they got into the teenage years and now it is all books and CDs and DVDs they want.
• Marion, Kansas
7 Nov 15
There was a year I did not have time or money for much of a Christmas, then i was hit with the inspiration of using some evergreen garland and tinsel and mini lights to turn a tomato cage into a Christmas tree. I use it often, now. I saw the same idea on a post on Facebook this year. I will have grandkids here before Christmas this year and I think I am going to cut a green felt tree and decorations for them to play with.