It’s the holiday season. Some people in our lives can be more difficult to buy for than others. It can be hard to purchase for our kids teachers, because we don’t spend much time with them to get a good idea of their likes and dislikes. And, if you’re like me and have multiple kiddos and/or kids that are in middle or high school and have multiple teachers, it can get expensive. But, it doesn’t have to be. I put together some budget friendly gift ideas for you:
School supplies: Due to enormous budget cuts, many teachers have to come out of their own pockets for school supplies. Why not lessen their burden by replenishing these items this holiday season? Send in a basket with tissues, pencils, hand sanitizer, crayons, and more. I tend to over purchase when school begins, and have plenty to donate mid-year.
Gift cards: Teachers love gift cards! I’m sure any teacher you ask would rather go grab a nice massage or Starbucks coffee with a gift card, then get another coffee mug, right? Good news, you can save on gift cards too. There are plenty of places on the web that sell discounted gift cards. Even Amazon and Ebay run specials on discounted gift cards.
Reusable Water Bottle: Perfect for the classroom. And, having your child decorate it makes it even more special. You can usually find a good water bottle for around $10!
Handmade appreciation cards: If you’re on a very tight budget. A special, personal, handmade card is a great gift for your child’s teacher. And, because all you need is paper and markers or crayons, you could do this for the lunchroom staff, office staff, custodians, everyone on your child’s list!
Homemade treats: Another great idea for those of us on very tight budgets. Make a plate of delicious baked goods. Place in a decorative tin which can be found at the Dollar Stores around town, and you have a great gift for under $5!
There are just a few budget-friendly gift ideas to get you thinking. Happy holidays!
Did you know that specific items are cheaper to buy in specific months throughout the year? EVEN December. I’m sure many people think that ALL the sales happen in November and December. But, there are actually specific products that are DEEPLY discounted in December. Remember, it’s the end of the year, so stores need to make room for the new 2016 versions and models of products. Check out this list:
CARS: It’s time to make room for the newer models. Now is the time to pick up a new car. Not sure how many people have money after holiday shopping, but if you’re in the market for a car, you may want to budget your spending this holiday and buy that car you’ve been wanting. Car lots have got to move inventory to make room.
Gas Grills, Portable Air Conditioners, Cooling fans: Stores are really trying to push out summer items. Who wants to keep summer stuff in stock when no one is buying it? These items can be found deeply discounted to move them out!
Champagne: Get ready for your parties and stock up on the champagne. You will find amazing deals this month.
POOLS: You may not want to swim in them right now, but winter is the best time to buy a pool! Why? Because no one is buying them and the pool stores need to keep up work. So, they are deeply discounted as well. And the quality of work is much better because they are not rushing to the next job.
TOYS: Yes, with holiday shopping brings tons of toy sales. Stock up now for birthdays and parties that will come in the new year.
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My brother used to always tell me that when at first you don’t succeed, sky diving is not for you. While I firmly believe he was right about sky diving, that doesn’t make it true about money saving methods. In fact in spite of these ideas may not work out for you the first time, in the long run they can still save you money using them.
Let’s take the money saving idea of cooking your own meals from scratch rather than buying fast food, meals in a bag, and bagged bread. Cooking is a skill and like all skills, has a learning curve. Your first loaf of bread may not turn out the way you hoped. If it makes you feel any better, mine didn’t even look like a loaf. You may discover you only skimmed the recipe and you have tried to stick two loafs worth of bread dough into one pan. It happens. It’s just a learning experience to help you avoid future mistakes.
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Clipping coupons may not be something you would pursue while living single with the belief you can live off of cup of noodle soups and peanut butter sandwiches. You don’t have the storage space to build a coupon fueled food storage. You don’t have the gas to go to six different stores and the time to hunt down the smallest product size in each. Besides, the generic brand is usually less expensive even with a coupon.
When you become a married parent trying to fuel that formula and diaper bill with no expanded income to make ends meet (and they were barely touching to begin with) you may want to revisit that whole coupon thing, or cloth diaper idea. Where it wasn’t helpful before, it can be vital now.
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