Money Saving Monday: Use what you’ve got

Monday , 19, December 2011 Leave a comment

It’s only a week away from Christmas!  How’s your Christmas shopping going?  Would you believe half way through the month, I was still wondering what I was going to do for most people??  But I’ve got a couple tricks up my sleeve.

If you are going to be spending money on something, why not make it work for you twice?  We like to collect Disney movies around here, especially now that we’ve got young children.  A few years ago I started to notice the Disney movie rewards code on a slip of paper inside the movie.  At first I didn’t think much of it, but eventually decided to sign up for an account and start plugging in the codes.  Two years ago, as I’m searching for Christmas gifts for the parents, I was glad I did.  Snapfish is my photo storage site – and they offer rewards in the Disney rewards catelog!  I was able to get redemption codes for a free 8×11 photo books (you can also get smaller books or prints OR cards – think holiday or birth announcement cards!).  I was able to pay only shipping to send a great Christmas gift to my parents and in-laws.  This year I am redeeming photo cards.  Pampers and Huggies both have rewards programs.  Pampers rewards include Shutterfly products and donations to Toys for Tots – which I love to do at this time of year!

Another gift that is coming from my house this holiday season is sugar scrub for your hands.  We did this at a church craft day.  It’s so simple to make – MOST of the ingredients can be found in your house:  sugar, olive oil, cinnamon.   You just need some vitamin e (optional), a jar and some festive ribbon.  These are going to my daughters teachers this year.

One of my favs from Pinterest:  Homemade Playdoh!  You can get quality time with your kiddos making this for their friends for Christmas. Why not pick up a pack of cookie cutters from the dollar tree to go with it and tah dah!  Gifts are done.

As a parent, one of your most precious commodities is time, I know it.  I am subscribed to a couple of survey sites.  There are times I hate them and pass over the emails because I have no time for them.  But other times it pays off.  One site both my husband and I belong to is called e-rewards.  I don’t think we’ve spent hardly ANYTHING at Gamestop in years because we earn gift cards this way.  This is the PERFECT gift for my husband (and sometimes for me too).  If I just spend some time here and there over the year I can get up to 100$ in a year to Gamestop.  Not bad at all.

I’ve got even more ideas up my sleeve…but what about you?  What is your favorite gift to give or get and how do you save moo-lah while you are at it?

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