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Holiday Heads-Up Part 2

Well, I've done a little more reading and little more shopping since my first holiday post.

I'm convinced that to make it through December 31 debt-free, you absolutely MUST have a plan! Have you been to the stores that are playing Christmas music already?!? I want to not like it, but it's hard when that Christmas-y feeling makes you feel so good. And, it makes me feel like shopping for gifts, new decorations, ingredients for favorite recipes... the list goes on.

So on my most recent trip to a national chain craft store, I'll confess to you that I didn't have a plan. I had a few scraps of a plan floating around my brain, but no solid plan for what I was looking for or who I was shopping for. But, at times like these I do tell myself one thing: if it's not on sale, you don't need it. And so I began my  quest for gifts and goodies for the holidays. Maybe I should have left my wallet in the car, but I still think I made out okay.

If you're family, you may want to stop reading if you don't want to know what you're getting for Christmas. :) I found some great deals that will incorporate a home-made touch with a practical gift: note cards.

I was able to purchase note cards and envelopes in bulk at half off. Then, I purchased special embellishments at the same discount. For storage, I found wooden boxes on sale that the kids can decorate and personalize. I would be delighted to get this gift! And the best part? I was able to get all of the supplies and the box for less than $7/person (about 15 note cards each).

I've also been gathering Ball jars (or similar) for homemade candies. Check out the second-hand store for jars, mugs, tins, or plates that will dress up your candy and cookie gifts. Treats will be made just before they are gifted, but I was able to purchase ribbon at half price for these gifts too and the cost will be easily under $2/gift. Perfect for friends and neighbors.

Lastly, I've been watching my Walgreen's ads. You may not have a Walgreen's, but I assume other drug stores have similar sale items. I've been watching for when specialty and holiday candies go on sale. For under a dollar, I can gift a sweet treat... wrap in a new, holiday tea towel or tissue paper, tie on an ornament (I purchased tea towels & ornaments last year on clearance), and use that discounted ribbon! These will make lovely teacher gifts.

Please share your own ideas! I'll be back with one more post... maybe about holiday decor, but I haven't decided. Thanks for reading!

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