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Christmas on a Dime

Updated on December 2, 2019

Christmas on a Dime

This the season to be jolly, except if you are unemployment or are just short on cash.. Even if you are employed the cost of living is rising and you can see it at the grocery stores, gas stations and almost everywhere you look. But Christmas is a special time when we all want to decorate and give what we can, it’s just human nature. Here are some of the ways you can enjoy this beautiful tradition and still do Christmas on a dime.

Buying a trees can be one place to save money, instead of purchasing the tallest most perfect tree on the lot, consider a smaller more imperfect one, if you are like most of us, you can hide the imperfection by putting that big hole towards the corner of the room. Most grocery stores sell a variety of trees ranging anywhere from $19.00, and once it’s decorated, it will bring joy to your family, despite its flaws.

If you don’t have decorations left over from last year, try the old fashion way of making decorations. Get the kids together and string popcorn and cranberries; it will be fun for the whole family. Home made bows are also a nice way of adding color to your tree, as are candy canes and chocolate Santas, and they are edible! The Dollar store ( I’m sure there is one near you where everything is a dollar) is my favorite place to shop. They have everything you need for the holidays from decorations to tablecloths to stocking stuffers, and YES, it’s all just One dollar.

Christmas cookies

This may sound corny to some, but baking Christmas Cookies and putting them in one of those dollar tins you got from the Dollar Store makes the perfect gift for your neighbors and friends, especially if you have a good recipe,

Here is a quick recipe from Good Housekeeping:

Ingredients:

1 cup butter no substitutes

½ cup sugar

1 lg egg

1 tbsp vanilla extract

3 cups all-purpose flour

½ tsp baking powder

Assorted colored decorating granules

Click on the Good Housekeeping link above for directions.


Christmas Cheer

Shopping on a dime is pretty difficult especially if you have children who have their mind set on high dollar items like an XBox or PS4. I don’t have a good substitute for any of that, but there are ways of finding great deals, try local pawn shops.

My son once said that “it’s not the gift that counts, it’s that you put thought into what I may like.” Think of something personal when searching for a gift for a loved one. This year we drew names, each member of our family buys one gift for the person they drew. There is a reasonable price limit, and this way everyone is sure to get one of the three items on their list. Of course the babies are going to get toys and clothes, but again the second hand stores like Goodwill are great for these items.

Do not be distraught, put on some Christmas music, light some scented candles and get into the mood. Put a pot of water on the stove and throw in some apples and cinnamon let it simmer to make your house smell like the holidays. Invite family and friends and give thanks for the little things in your life.

The Christmas season, even in hard times, can be a joyous occasion if you shop on a dime, and you don’t max yourself out financially. Merry Christmas!

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    • Becky Puetz profile image

      8 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great insight and ideas. Thanks for sharing.

    • Cari Jean profile image

      Cari Jean 

      9 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      We have used the same little Christmas tree and decorations for like the last five years! And also, I LOVE the dollar store! Thanks for some great tips.

    • jiberish profile imageAUTHOR

      jiberish 

      9 years ago from florida

      Thank you all for visiting, and your great comments. This year my family visited each other and baked cookies together, it has been a great way of sharing the holiday season.

    • sheila b. profile image

      sheila b. 

      9 years ago

      You have good suggestions here. I'm amazed at the amount of decorations I see in the dollar store.

    • Wayne Brown profile image

      Wayne Brown 

      9 years ago from Texas

      You are so right Jib! My family gave up the present buying many years back when we realized how much it stressed out my parents who were attempting to come up with useful and likeable gifts for the younger family members who already had one of every thing. It was awkward at first but once we agreed to spend our money on just being together and enjoying each other's company, it all worked out great. Now, we go out for a nice meal, laugh and enjoy a great time together. It reminds each of us how much we love each other and that is the important message at this time of year. Thanks for a good article! WB

    • Wealthmadehealthy profile image

      Wealthmadehealthy 

      9 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

      Hey jiberish! Good to see you back! Great tips, hope you and family are well! Blessings!

    • Jai Warren profile image

      Jai Warren 

      9 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

      I saw the coolest thing today @ Walmart... high school kids manning the Salvation Army donation bucket singing Christmas carols. We forget, Christmas is about giving, not spending... really good advice jiberish, Happy Holidays!!!

    • jiberish profile imageAUTHOR

      jiberish 

      9 years ago from florida

      Thank all for stopping in. Some people have forget the true meaning of christmas.

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Great ideas to cut expenses and still enjoy the season as always. It sounds like your son is very wise.

    • breakfastpop profile image

      breakfastpop 

      9 years ago

      Great tips for so many people who are feeling the crunch of unemployment and the pressure of the holidays.

    • eovery profile image

      eovery 

      9 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      There are several ways to enjoy Christmas on a low budget. Thanks for sharing.

      Nice to see you writing again.

      Keep on hubbing!

    • suziecat7 profile image

      suziecat7 

      9 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Great tips here - very useful ideas in these difficult times.

    • FloBe profile image

      Flo Belanger 

      9 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Excellent ideas on how to save money--it's something most people can relate to this year!

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