Gifts and How to Save on Gift Giving … A to Z Challenge

There is a lot of money to be saved when it comes to giving gifts. I found this out the hard way when my daughter started school. In junior kindergarten she was invited to about 10 birthdays! Most of these I had about a week (or less) notice. So I ended up having to buy a lot of gifts at full price. I have a maximum amount I will spend so I had to work a bit harder to keep under budget. Fast forward to today, there are a lot gifts we give out during the year. These include birthdays, Christmas, Easter, weddings & baby gifts just to name a few. We have a large group of friends that we love as well as nephews, parents, siblings and of course our family of 5! Wow thinking about all of it reminds me I need to start budgeting for Christmas now.

Save money of gift giving. We all give gifts thoughout the year why not save some money too.

Gift giving doesn’t have to break the bank and here are a few tips I follow to make that possible.

Wrapping gifts.

Save money of gift giving. We all give gifts thoughout the year why not save some money too.

I have not purchased anything other than tape(and a few cute Christmas papers) to wrap gifts  for over 9 years.  How? I save everything(except wrapping paper) and reuse it. My gift wrapping “station” has maybe 50 bags everything from baby to Christmas. I also have a large quantity of tissue paper, many different colors. These things are not a one time use item, they can be re-used over and over again.

Buy on Sale

 You should have a good idea of the gifts you need to buy during the year based on your life, everyone’s list is different. For example we have all our family birthdays, mothers/fathers day, holidays, our friends’ children’s birthdays and so on. If you know you will have a birthday to attend in the next 2 months you can purchase a gift on sale ahead of time. Keep an eye out for clearance deals. I like to keep some extras on hand for the surprise invitations my daughter gets from school as well.

Gift Closet

Save money of gift giving. We all give gifts thoughout the year why not save some money too.

Keep a gift “closet”. As you can see from the picture mine is a gift book case. Pick a spot where you can put purchased gifts (perhaps hidden from the kids). This way you have it all in one spot so when you need a last minute gift you can grab it quick.

 

These are the main things I do to save money on gifts. Is there anything you do to help save on giving gifts, I would love to hear about it.

This post has been posted during the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.  It’s letter…..

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