My Frugal Life: Meaningful Not Expensive Gifts

When I was quite young, I had my first daughter. I was only 17, still in high school, and I have to tell you that I was terrified of everything. My Frugal LifeI found that as soon as I got pregnant, I lost most of my friends. I became an expert at frugal living.


One of my friends, did stick around. Her name was Megan. She was the only friend from my high school to come to the baby shower my family held for me. The gift that she brought me was really something. She had brought me a teddy bear that her dad bought for her as a baby. She made it a little t-shirt with "Deana's best friend" screened on it. (Deana is my daughter's name.) The most amazing thing about the gift was how it was wrapped. She had taken a sheet of newspaper comics and used watercolor paints to paint in the scenes. She used this as gift wrap. I still have a piece of it in my daughters baby book. I was amazed at the time and creativity she put into coming up with a fitting gift.

Somehow I hung in there and finished high school, went on to college, and jobs. My daughter is turning 18 right away. I lost touch with Megan over the years, but I never forgot that gift. She taught me a unique lesson. Things don't have to be expensive to be meaningful. My youngest daughter just turned 11 a little while ago. For her birthday, I made little t-shirts for her 3 favorite bears. I screened the bear's names on the t-shirts. I think it was quite possibly her favorite gift.


By marcielanguedoc from St. Albert, Alberta, Canada

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March 31, 20110 found this helpful

As a mom who had my first child when I was a single 19 year old, I can truly empathize with your experience. How wonderful that you had such a terrific friend like Megan who was there for you when you needed her most. And what a lovely gift and lesson on the importance of giving from the heart. Thanks so much for sharing your story. I hope you and Megan can someday meet again.

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April 5, 20110 found this helpful

Bless you for sharing your story and reminding others that it's the gifts from the heart that are most precious and important of all! I would give you dozens of thumbs up if could!

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April 12, 20110 found this helpful

What a valuable lesson to learn at such a young age, & imagine that you carried it forward with you to teach to your children! It would be interesting to know if your friend Megan continued to be as kind & thoughtful into adulthood. Thanks for sharing!

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January 1, 20120 found this helpful

I married very young and had many experiences when it came to finances. I was curious to learn any crafts. I use to make vegetable pickles and fruit chutneys, using different spices to enhance the flavour and sell them in the neighbourhood. Baking cakes, muffins and pastries to school kids. When times are tough you come up with such fantastic ideas you will not believe yourself that this is what I did when you had limited funds.When I had my three daughters I thought I need to make their clothes and I enrolled myself in a Fashion School and studied Fashion Designing and made them clothes so that I can save. Every new fashion or style of dresses, tops, pants,if someone wanted or needed it I made it and that was an income for me. My moto was if you can do it why ask someone else to do it. Till this day I do what I can and don"t like depending on someone else .That's my story.

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March 18, 20120 found this helpful

Your story made me smile. Thanks for sharing it. C:

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