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Have you ever been in a season where Christmas gifts were just out of the question? Well there is hope for your situation.

I’ll share with you what I did gather gifts for our family for just $20 a month.  There were several things I did that help me get gifts for everyone on my list.

First, I shopped all year long I would find items on clearance & stick it in our gift closet (click here for my article on how to make your own gift closet and save hundreds!).

I’d even shop and thrift store and yard sales it’d amaze me to find brand new items with the tags. I’d find several items that’d be an excellent shape. I’d get everything from clothes, coffee mugs, picture frames, decorations, books, kids toys, movies, & jewelry.

Second coupons, coupons, coupons! I purchase 4-6 Sunday papers every week and save at least $200-$400 so yeah the $8 in papers is worth it!

I’ve mastered the science of using coupons. I could get these items free:

  • candy
  • body wash
  • perfume
  • tools
  • razors
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrushes
  • shampoo & conditioner
  • hair products
  • deodorant
  • make up
  • lotion
  • groceries
    laundry soap
  • toilet paper
  • paper towels
  • dish soap
  • cleaners
  • air freshener
  • & so much more

We’ve saved $20,000 a year with coupons. You’re probably thinking “but I don’t need 100 tubes of toothpaste!”

Correct, you probably don’t yet I guarantee there is someone somewhere in your area that NEEDS it and cannot afford it. This is why donating these items can be a tremendous blessing. There will always be someone who needs what you can get for free with coupons. You can read here how to do extreme couponing.

I turned these various items into gift baskets to each person’s liking. After stocking up all year and when Christmas came around I didn’t have to buy a thing. I got free items at dollar tree when I used a $1.00 off coupon.

I budgeted $5 each week to go shopping to get all of those items in abundance. I also price matched items. Before I’d check out I did a quick search online to see if it was cheaper somewhere else. If I had a coupons I would use it. YES you can price match and use a coupon at most retailers, verify by checking their coupon policy.

The third thing I did was Do-it-yourself projects. Pinterest is loaded with ideas and tutorials. It seems every year despite the gifts I give to my loved ones, the favorite is the pictures I take of my children.

I used free photo editing apps. I usually get my pictures printed at Walgreen’s and can get them for about $0.10 each or less with a coupon, the more you buy the bigger discount you get too!

I made homemade tutu’s for all the girls in my family. Look at my tutorial here I did it. I made wooden photos of my family with this easy tutorial from pallet wood, date night coupons for my husband, cell phone case holders and paintings. I was able to get free paint brushes with a coupon for purchasing a canvas.

I would also check Facebook for sale groups or Craigslist for free items.

I also got FREE tools and made gift baskets for the men. To learn more check out my post here. 

I’ve taught hundreds of other families how to cut expenses in other areas, you can read more here. I remember bringing home my receipts and showing my husband. I’d say look “how much money I’d saved!” It’s a lot of fun to save money. I was able to get gifts during a season of our life when things were very tight with all these tips. This is something you can absolutely do for your family. Do you have any ideas for an inexpensive gift? Please share in the comments below!

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