Comments for Frugalwoods http://www.frugalwoods.com Financial independence and simple living Wed, 12 Dec 2018 19:05:05 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Comment on Reader Suggestions: Holiday Gifts That’ll Spread The Love But Not Break The Bank by Cindi http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/12/12/reader-suggestions-holiday-gifts-thatll-spread-the-love-but-not-break-the-bank/#comment-219443 Wed, 12 Dec 2018 19:05:05 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=19696#comment-219443 My church sewing group made pillowcases for the local homeless shelter this Christmas. These are the directions we use. it seems fiddly at first, but they turned out so nice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAomYjHzUQk (When I was small, my grandmother made each grandchild a special pillowcase for Christmas. It was a treasured gift!

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Comment on Reader Suggestions: Holiday Gifts That’ll Spread The Love But Not Break The Bank by Mrs. Sweetspot http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/12/12/reader-suggestions-holiday-gifts-thatll-spread-the-love-but-not-break-the-bank/#comment-219442 Wed, 12 Dec 2018 19:04:09 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=19696#comment-219442 I love these suggestions.
I tried transitioning to no gifts, but my family is not into it (it’s largely cultural). I’ve switched to buying fancy consumables that way I know they won’t go to waste. I hate receiving things I have no use for, because it feels so wasteful, but I don’t see it ending any time soon. Luckily, the hubs and I stopped exchanging gifts 3 Christmases ago and I absolutely love it!

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Comment on Reader Suggestions: Holiday Gifts That’ll Spread The Love But Not Break The Bank by Debbie http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/12/12/reader-suggestions-holiday-gifts-thatll-spread-the-love-but-not-break-the-bank/#comment-219440 Wed, 12 Dec 2018 19:01:24 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=19696#comment-219440 Having raised four children and had oodles of scout leaders, coaches, teachers – school, music, Sunday school, etc. to gift, I bought pretty holiday paper plates and napkins at the dollar store/other low cost store. Large plates, smaller plates, and coordinating napkins. I’d stack the smaller plates on top of the big plates, with the napkins on top, tie the whole thing together with ribbon/decorate with greenery/home made tags that said something to the effect of “Use these for a night free from dish washing.” Pretty and useful, the gift would be used; no clutter, no calories. Of course it’s not super environmentally friendly so that is a consideration perhaps. Beyond that, I found over the years that teachers like a card with a letter telling them how appreciated they are for all their hard work and a gift card for Amazon or Office Depot for refreshing school supplies for the second semester.

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Comment on Reader Suggestions: Holiday Gifts That’ll Spread The Love But Not Break The Bank by Amy http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/12/12/reader-suggestions-holiday-gifts-thatll-spread-the-love-but-not-break-the-bank/#comment-219437 Wed, 12 Dec 2018 18:43:12 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=19696#comment-219437 Aimee, my oldest son’s intervention specialist (who was a classroom teacher for years before becoming an intervention specialist) recently told me the exact same thing! She said she used to get a GIANT heart full of chocolates from every single kid in her class every Valentine’s Day…and she said no teacher wants more sweets of any kind for holidays because they get way too much. She also told me that when she was a classroom teacher, she and all her fellow teachers literally spread out all the gifts they’d get for Christmas on the table in the teachers’ lounge and everyone took what they wanted. I am so glad she told me this, because it didn’t make me feel bad, it just freed me…I’m not making anything homemade for teachers any more! When I asked her what teachers really wanted, she said, “Cash! Gift cards!” So this year when the donation call went around for my oldest’s teachers, I gave $20 instead of passing it be and slaving over something homemade (with love) that will likely not be wanted! And I get to save time, too. 🙂

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Comment on Reader Suggestions: Holiday Gifts That’ll Spread The Love But Not Break The Bank by Laurie http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/12/12/reader-suggestions-holiday-gifts-thatll-spread-the-love-but-not-break-the-bank/#comment-219430 Wed, 12 Dec 2018 18:20:47 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=19696#comment-219430 I struggled and struggled to get my family on board.
I was met with so much resistance from my Mom it was a little unreal. These days are better, though. We ask each other if there’s anything we want/need within the immediate family. Usually the answer is “A nice card would be great”, and sometimes (this year) it’s a request for a puzzle and some money towards a new camera. It’s better than it was 🙂

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Comment on Reader Suggestions: Holiday Gifts That’ll Spread The Love But Not Break The Bank by pauline http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/12/12/reader-suggestions-holiday-gifts-thatll-spread-the-love-but-not-break-the-bank/#comment-219426 Wed, 12 Dec 2018 18:01:34 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=19696#comment-219426 Great ideas from all! I love your focus on advent and decorating as well as giving …wonderful things to teach your little ones.

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Comment on Reader Suggestions: Holiday Gifts That’ll Spread The Love But Not Break The Bank by Belinda http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/12/12/reader-suggestions-holiday-gifts-thatll-spread-the-love-but-not-break-the-bank/#comment-219425 Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:58:47 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=19696#comment-219425 I’ve followed this one several times and made great pillowcases for my family. It was a tradition when they went off to summer camp to make a new “camp” themed one each year. Good Luck!
https://youtu.be/TAomYjHzUQk

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Comment on Reader Suggestions: Holiday Gifts That’ll Spread The Love But Not Break The Bank by Dawn http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/12/12/reader-suggestions-holiday-gifts-thatll-spread-the-love-but-not-break-the-bank/#comment-219419 Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:29:50 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=19696#comment-219419 How about homemade Maple Syrup, is it too early to plan for Christmas 2019? Just a thought, Merry Christmas!

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Comment on Reader Suggestions: Holiday Gifts That’ll Spread The Love But Not Break The Bank by Thom Wilson http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/12/12/reader-suggestions-holiday-gifts-thatll-spread-the-love-but-not-break-the-bank/#comment-219414 Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:59:34 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=19696#comment-219414 ……loving the Christmas Season what with kids, banana bread and memories of past pets!

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Comment on Reader Suggestions: Holiday Gifts That’ll Spread The Love But Not Break The Bank by Brandy http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/12/12/reader-suggestions-holiday-gifts-thatll-spread-the-love-but-not-break-the-bank/#comment-219410 Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:20:15 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=19696#comment-219410 All these great ideas! Over the years, I’ve scaled down the gift swaps and my expectations and this has alleviated so much financial stress and pressure! And freed up time! For my friends that read- I will gift them books I love from my personal collection or from thrift stores if my copy is haggard. I wrap these up with a nice ribbon. No gift wrap needed- saves on time, money and wasted paper. I thrift and pick up items year round with certain people in mind. Never junk- these are great finds and worth more than I can afford new. Photos! You don’t even need an expensive camera just an semi-nice phone these days. I snap cute shots of friends and family all year at different events and frame (thrifted!) for Christmas. Grandparents love photo books of the kids- use promo codes and you can get these online for insanely cheap (as low as $10).

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