It's September now- we've talked about making gift baskets and making canned or dehydrated food. We've shopped the clearance, made lists of gifts in jars, gleaned nature during our vacations and now you tell me "But I'm not really that crafty- not enough to make someone's gift."
Way to wait until August to tell me this.
The truth is, you don't have to be that crafty. In the modern age of pinterest, youtube and the wonderful google, you can find dummy-proof step-by-step instructions on how to do pretty much anything.
However, let's say you prefer to buy your gifts. Nothing wrong with that as long as you watch to catch the sales, keep your budget in mind and don't wait until the last minute.
There is still savings to be had here.
Consider, if you have children, giving them cheap brown parcel paper and allowing them to draw the decorations on the wrapping! You can do the same with brown paper bags or even computer paper for small gifts. Trust me- this is one that grandparents will squee over.
A simple candy cane or a cheap $1 ornament attached to a plain package dresses up a gift more than that $5 a roll foil paper.
Save the colored funny papers from those Sunday newspapers you get anyway. It's an "old school" way to wrap that costs you no additional money. Some folks use sales ads or suggest wrapping sports gifts in the Sports pages. Do it how you want :).
Save gift bags when given to you and reuse them later.
Buy paper, Christmas cards, tissue paper and gift bags when stores mark their items down to half off or more. Even if you only get one roll, one bag of bows, etc. during the sales, you are still saving money.
Catch up on all the 12 Months of Christmas posts here.