I was reading through some old gift submissions to the Coupon Clipper from 1998. One that caught my interest was that you should shop year round for holiday gifts. I regularly do this to save time and spread the expenditures through out the year. It's also nice to have gifts on hand for emergency gift situations. Occasionally my daughter will have a friend who is having a birthday party so I usually keep a few gifts on hand for that type of situation. This saves a trip to the store and since the gifts I stock up on are on sale, it saves me money as well.
The best way to do this is to be organized. I can't say that this is my strong suit and I go about it in a rather unorganized fashion. When I see something at a thrift store, on sale at a shop or at a garage sale that looks like a good gift item that I know one of my friends or relatives will love, I buy it and put it into a box in my closet. Unfortunately, sometimes the presents end up in my garage and are forgotten about. Here are some ideas that I am going to implement this year to do this in a more organized manner.
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