Shopping at Christmas has to be the most stressful time of the year for anyone on a budget, spending plan, or other. My tip is this which I borrow from Marlene Alexander in Canada in the Dollar Stretcher under Dollar Stores. Shop for gifts for all at the dollar stores.
i have been doing this for years it saves so much money but if you are like me can add up too i went in to make the adorable snowman vase jars that light up and by the time i got all supplies it was like 40 bucks for just that!!! but i do get all my lil girls stocking stuffers there i also buy bears for lil girls presents and dress them up when they have cute outfits there they have different colored ones i bought jars there to make coco jars and add coco and marshmallows and a cute mug there i tie off with a candy cane also for kids that love to craft i buy the baskets there and make craft baskets as gifts!!! you can also find big letters there to paint and make hangings like joy or ho ho ho and embellish with paint and ribbons!!! one year i did a teacher basket as appreciation i got a basket and added stars stickers and reward ceftificates and stuff like that that the teachers usually spend outta pocket they love it!!! i have so many suggestions i could go on and on lol i also went to the thrift the other day some one gave a way a hot coco tin they got and a snowman mug i found both never used i took it home and am packaging for the cross guard the tim cost like 80 cents and mug 1.00 no one will ever know!!!! and it is adorable!!!!
I buy discount when ever I can BUt I must look at ORIGIN of products, due to the massive recalls world-wide.
I had picked up some ornaments to hang around the house recently and when I took them out of the package, there was such a chemical smell that made me choke, I discarded them.
Remember that items do come into our country that have not met safety standards for use around/for our children. Doesn't matter if it is Dollar Store type stores, Walmart, Target, etc. You have to watch and evaluate for your own family.
If thre is any opportunity for a child to touch and get into the mouth, think twice. Even pets get sick this way.
The above is just an example, this happens very often.
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