We all love stockings. Up until just a few years ago, my mom would still give me one and it had always been my favourite gift to open. Stockings don't have to cost anything and are supposed to be filled with small trinkets and goodies, not things like $50 gift cards and iPods! Remember when we used to get clementines in there? What happened with that? :)
I don't have kids so I don't have to fight with anyone regarding the contents of a stocking, but sometimes parents have to put their foot down. too many kids are spoiled rotten these days, it's awful. Here are some things you can get for free, but plan early for some of these:
Good luck and happy holidays everyone!
Source: Edited from one of my blog posts:
By freya1970 from Halifax, NS
Really neat ideas you have given me. As this year we are more frugal than ever. Thank you Happy holidays
Although not completely free I'll tell you how I fill a stocking for under $2.00. In the summer and fall when there are back to school sales I stock up on notebooks, pencils, crayons, rulers etc. Last August I was able to get boxes of crayons for 1 cent each at Office Max. I also got packages of pens for 9 cents. Pencils, one week, were 1 cent each. Wal Mart had notebooks for 10 cents. Even a 3 year old will be thrilled with their very own notebook to scribble in.
What a great idea! Wish i still got my stocking with a big orange, candy cherries and my favorite soup and candy canes! I loved that! HUGS
Wish I'd thought of this. My hubby was one of those Depression-era kids who was happy to get only an orange and an apple in his stocking. That's his story, and he's stickin' to it, lol! I still miss the thrill of diving into my very own Christmas stocking. Walnuts, candy canes, little things like those pink erasers, etc.
Oh my gosh! Yep, the simple pleasures of the glee finding anything in your stocking! Mine were filled with hazelnuts, chocolate kisses, a few pennys, a little note from Santa saying Ho, Ho, Ho and a special note from God wishing a Merry and Blessed Christmas :-) Thanks so much for sharing and bringing back fond memories!
I put in free samples I get in the mail of perfumes and such, and add pencils, chapstick, nuts, fruit, and free $10 walmart gift cards I get from mypoints.
Congratulations on winning the contest.
I was a poor kid too and we did get an apple and an orange in my stocking. We got a handful of walnuts, some hard candy, some peppermint sticks, some soft penny candy like tootsie rolls, spice drops. And a small toy like a yo yo or a manicure set or maybe a picture book. We loved them. Then we each got one big toy (I remember roller skates one year) and a smaller one like a game we could both play. We got a larger doll when we were really little and another toy. Then a good Dinner with turkey and trimmings and that was Christmas. We didn't know we were poor until we got old enough to want a bicycle and couldn't have it.
I save the toothbrushes and toothpaste and floss the kids get from check ups, McDondald's coupons,favorite gum, good deals on bath and body works pocket size,clearance items i have found throughout the year. The stocking is first to be opened.
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