December 9, 2009 by USA Post
Stocking Stuffers,Stocking stuffers can eat up a hefty chunk of your Christmas shopping budget, and we often don’t think about the expense until just days before Christmas.
Stocking stuffers in our home used to be quite costly. I fill (and I mean “I” since my husband is no help whatsoever in this department!) 13 Christmas stockings for people, and 1 for the dog. That can add up quickly.
The following are a few frugal ideas for stocking stuffers that have been hits in my family in previous years.
Frugal Stocking Stuffers:
1. Coupons. Don’t roll your eyes! My daughter and daughter-in-law-to-be LOVE coupons for diapers, wipes, and cosmetics that they can’t afford to splurge on as stocking stuffers. They especially love BOGO coupons.
2. Magazine subscriptions. Amazon.com has had some great magazine subscriptions for $5. Magazines.com has had a few as well. Pay $5 for the subscription, then pay $3.95 for the latest issue. Roll it up and put it in the stocking. For less than $10 you’ve practially filled the whole stocking!
3. Free samples. I scour through bags and boxes that I tuck away throughout the year and assemble my stash of free samples that I’ve received via mail for use as stocking stuffers. My boys and hubby get the razors and shave cream; the girls get the feminine hygiene products (hey, it saves them from buying them!) and the lotions, shampoo and perfumes.
4. Babysitting coupons. I put coupons for a free evening or afternoon of babysitting into two of my kid’s stockings as stocking stuffers and they’ve usually redeemed one within the week!
5. Got tea drinkers? Buy a big box of tea bags and divvy them up among the stockings as stocking stuffers.
6. Dip plastic spoons in melted chocolate and wrap in cellophane. Tuck these in as stocking stuffers to be stirred and enjoyed in coffee or hot chocolate.
Stocking stuffers needn’t break the bank to be enjoyed. The key is to personalize the items for each recipient; then sit back and watch them enjoy’s “Santa’s” generosity and clever ideas.
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