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No Money for Christmas - Creative Suggestions

post #1 of 16
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What do you do when there's no money for Christmas?  Here are a few creative suggestions.  Please add more!

 

  • Collect all the loose coins in your home, car, and pockets that you can.  Make it a game!  See how much you can come up with.  Walmart has a Coinstar kiosk that you can use for thes sake of convenience if you don't want to go to the bank.  Sometimes they offer good deals when you redeem your cash for gift cards instead of cash.

 

 

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  • I found these Novelty Debit Cards at The Dollar Tree, but any type of homemade coupon would work to give someone.  I know that when my kids were little, I would have LOVED a free babysitting coupon.

 

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  • You can host a party for your friends that do Partylite, Pampered Chef, etc. and use the free merchandise credits you earn to buy Christmas gifts.

 

  • Bring your kids' clothes in to places like Once Upon a Child that will give you cash on the spot.  I just got $32 for some of my son's things.

 

 

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  • Consider giving a recycled gift from something you already have at home
post #2 of 16

Since I was this person many many years ago, when dd was little I know first hand how to have a free Christmas

 

*paint burnt out light bulbs to hang on the tree'

*string popcorn, pop top tabs, make paper chains to hang on the tree as garland

*take jar tops punch a hole in the top put a ribbon through it, decorate the jar top and hang it on the tree.

 

Gifts!

*Make cookies or pound cakes to give as gifts, the ingredients are normally cheap this time of the year and a big batch goes a long way on gifts.

*Go to the thrift stores or good wills, get picture frames, vases, unusual coffee mugs and make one of a kind gift out of them. Frames can be used for memory boards for kids. Coffee mugs can hold a plant cutting. 

post #3 of 16

I agree with Goodwills and salavations army's.

 

If your really in a bind see if you can get in on toys for tots

 

Dollar stores like Family Dollar or Dollar General have barbies and stuff for around $4 bucks.

post #4 of 16

Homemade, inexpensive, and repurposed gifts can still be amazing. For example, there is no reason a fun toy for a child has to be a $60 video game or Christmas is ruined. That's probably why I don't understand Black Friday...but I digress haha.

 

I've mentioned before how one very lean Christmas, like condiment sandwiches lean, my dad got a slingshot. Birch branch from the woods, a piece of surgical tubing my grandmother pilfered from work (she was a nurse), and a scrap of leather. It's been more than 40 years and my father still has it. We all loved using it growing up. And he has fond memories of busting out street lights wink.gif

 

My mom never bought name brand sugary cereals when we were little. We got boxes of Lucky Charms wrapped up one Christmas. Holy moly, we went nuts over that.

 

Romper stompers. Baling string and two large metal coffee cans that had gotten a quick coat of spray paint. We spent hours upon hours stomping around on those and having american gladiatoresque fights with large staffs. The large coffee cans all seem to be plastic nowadays, but washed out gallon paint cans would work just as well.

 

For readers, bookmarks. I have a box I keep all my bookmarks in and it still makes me happy to use one that I used in grade school.

 

Fall backs are always something you can eat or something you can snuggle (blanket, scarf, stuffed animal, socks, slippers, etc, etc). Never underestimate the power of a few cookies and a cushy throw.

 

I made vanilla this year, as well as some vanilla sugar, rosemary salt, jams and jellies, a few other things for all the bakers.

 

Everyone loved mix tapes back in the day. You can still do the same but make personal cds instead. I have a long commute and DH made me a few that I've had in the car for years, I love them.

 

Pampering. I've got candles coming out my ears, and you can inexpensively make awesome salt or sugar scrubs, lotion bars, heating packs, lip balm, etc.

 

 

Wrapping gifts shouldn't cost an arm and leg either. Use whatever you have. Newspaper, comics, printer paper, butcher block paper, fabric, etc. Drawstring bags are super easy to sew and are reusable. Also save gift bags and salvage wrapping paper or bows from the previous year. Gift tags never need cost anything either. We cut up Christmas cards for tags. People seem to be mailing less so I went on Craigslist a few years ago asking for old Christmas cards, I got a filing box filled to the brim from a sweet older woman. I now have tags for the rest of my life.

 

Speaking of Christmas cards, with the free deals through cardstore.com, treat.com, and others I haven't paid for cards in years. If you scrap and make your own take advantage of the weekly coupons from Michaels and JoAnns. If it's not out of your way just grab items a few pieces at a time when you're running other errands and never pay full price for any component, the savings add up.

 

Have you seen the price of ornaments at the store? Holy crap! Don't go out and decorate your whole tree in those, you'll accumulate plenty as time wears on. Paper chains, strings of popcorn, cranberries, pine cones, etc. Salt dough ornaments. Paper, fabric, or felt ornaments, etc. I've got a pair of dove ornaments made out of newspaper that my mom let me have when I moved out. The date is barely legible on one of them, 1938. My great-grandmother made them the year my grandmother was born. The star for our tree is cardboard covered in tinfoil from DH and I first Christmas when we didn't have disposable income for something so frivolous. Now it's just sentimental and we'll never replace it.

post #5 of 16
A great idea for the kids is to let the oldest wrap and pass some toys down to the youngest. My oldest does this each year.

Freecycle is a great way to try to get some used toys if you are low on cash. Many people clean out the old toys and post them to give away before Christmas.
post #6 of 16
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 These are GREAT ideas, Karen.  Thanks for sharing them!

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For readers, bookmarks. I have a box I keep all my bookmarks in and it still makes me happy to use one that I used in grade school.

 

 

How fun would it be to make them with extra 4x6 photo prints you have?  Then just laminate them or cover them in clear contact paper.

post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by JenJoe725 View Post

A great idea for the kids is to let the oldest wrap and pass some toys down to the youngest. My oldest does this each year.

 

 

I love it!!  

post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by JenJoe725 View Post

A great idea for the kids is to let the oldest wrap and pass some toys down to the youngest. My oldest does this each year.
Freecycle is a great way to try to get some used toys if you are low on cash. Many people clean out the old toys and post them to give away before Christmas.

I agree with Freecycle.

 

Doing a family event instead of making the focus on presents could be helpful.  Helping out at a soup kitchen or other community center, the SPCA, etc. will all be memorable.

post #9 of 16

All great ideas.

 

Look at consignment stores. They often have toys in boxes.

 

Make your own coupons for the kids. (Pick the meal, Pass on cleaning your room)

post #10 of 16
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All great ideas.

 

Look at consignment stores. They often have toys in boxes.

 

 

Good will does too.  They carry NEW merchandise from Target, still with the tags on.

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