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With some though you can keep Christmas from becoming a financial burden. This is a guide about frugal Christmas tips.


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January 5, 2012
Twas the day after Christmas when all through the mall
Not a shopper was stirring, they had all hit the wall
The stockings were empty, the trees were all bare
In hopes that the Visa bill, wouldn't be there.

The children were hyper, like too many meds
While candy cane sugar rush went to their heads
With mammas and daddys all feeling like crap
And everyone needing a post turkey nap.

To drive in the city seemed fraught with dangers
Cos the stores were all busy with present exchangers
"Half off it all" they screamed in the ad
And missing that sale would really be bad.

So into the cars we make the huge leap
And just like Black Friday, we run out like sheep


The car ads are frightening, tax time will be soon
With Androids and 4G, iPods and iTunes.

With the house a disaster and the carcass to clean
We'll have turkey hash till next Halloween
Decoration debris is scattered down halls
Cos the cat ate the tinsel and the dog ate the balls.

The games are all on and the guys wait for scores
Some will get cheers but some will get snores
The Santa's departed, the cheeks have been kissed
While granting the kiddies their long Christmas list.

We sit and we think "Wow! Another year gone"
Then we hear a noise somewhere out on the lawn
It's New Years partiers - now that's way too soon
It's not New Years Day - heck it's not even noon.

But all we can think of is this - with bereft
There's just 364 shopping days left!

Happy New Year Everyone!


Source: I wrote this on 12-26-11. I hope you all get a chuckle out of it!

By Sandi/Poor But Proud from Salem, OR

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December 28, 2015

I was wrapping some last minute presents tonight and came up with these ideas. They won't get on before Christmas, but for next year and for non-holiday presents, this might help.


For the ornaments, just stick bows together and hang from your tree. Each one costs about 9 cents and can really give the tree some "bling".

The other tip is; if your present sticks up just enough to not be able to put in tissue paper and tie the handles, put one upside down inside another that is right side up. You get a nice flat surface to stick a bow and tag on, or you can use the tag that came with the bag.

Hope those help!

Source: Nope...just by accident and design.

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December 29, 20150 found this helpful
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Good ideas! It's frustrating when your bag is just a bit too short, and I got around this once by just making a tent with tissue paper, but this is a good idea too.


A lot of bows really are pretty enough to be ornaments, and I'm wondering why I never thought of doing that, myself! Thumbs up! (Even though this apparently isn't in a contest.)

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December 30, 20150 found this helpful
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Thanks! Sometimes I think of things but can't beat a deadline so I just share it then it goes on faster.

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December 15, 2006

I have a friend, Samantha, that is having some money troubles and needed some help with Christmas. So, we dug around in my craft supplies and started to make some things for gifts. Getting together to work on her problem was good for the both of us.

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January 31, 2008

There have been a lot of negative things going on in my life in the past couple of years (husband's job loss, two deaths in the family, a car accident that totaled our car, etc.!).

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