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How to Find Holiday Gifts at Best Prices

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How to Find Holiday Gifts at Best Prices

Are you already stressing about how much you are about to spend on holiday gifts? Not sure how you are going to squeeze your shopping into into your budget?

Over the years, I have discovered 5 awesome ways to buy fantastic gifts for kids and adults at rock-bottom prices. Here are my favorites I will be utilizing this year as well:

1. YARD SALES! Last year my daughter wanted from Santa a “Barbie Dream House”. Well, this dream house was a nightmarish $180 brand new. But I happened to stumble upon a used one at a yard sale for $1. ONE DOLLAR! All I had to do was dust it off a bit. My daughter loves it til this day and she never knew it wasn’t brand new. (read our article “How to Have a Successful Yard Sale”)

2. HAND-ME-DOWNS. My son is 3-years old, but our neighborhood boys are all 5-7 years old. I know each year they grow out of their “kid toys”. So every year I make my neighbors an offer: “Put in a box any toys your boys have outgrown and make me an offer.” Last year I bought a box of toys from my neighbor Karen for $10 which would have retailed brand new for over $200. This process is a win-win-win situation. Your friends get rid of their junk, you save money and your kids are happy!

3. Shop at discount stores. Last week I was shopping for a birthday present for a child. I found a Paper Jamz guitar at Walmart for $19. Well, I went across the street and happened to see the same exact guitar, brand new at Ross Dress for Less for $9. I saved $10 by shopping across the street at Ross – a discount store.

4. Make coupons and give of your time. One of the best gifts ever given to me was when my son was born. My friend said, “Kate, I don’t have any money to buy you a baby gift, but I can offer you 5 hours of babysitting. That’s my gift to you.” This was the most priceless gift anyone ever gave me. So if you are on a tight budget, offer to babysit a child, mow a lawn, cook a meal, run errands or give of your time in some special way. I guarantee the recipient of this gift will find this one of the most special gifts of the holiday season.

5. Re-gifting. I know…re-gifting has a negative tinge to it. But why on Earth should we be forced to keep that silly Santa spoon, stinky candle or picture frame you have no space for just to avoid offending the person who gave it to you? As long as you don’t give it to their best friend (whose probably receiving the same stuff) then pass it along to someone else so it doesn’t collect dust in your home.

If you have any other gift-giving ideas on a budget, please share in the Comment box below. Happy Holidays!



Kate Raidt Kate Raidt is author of The Million-Dollar Parent: How to Have a Successful Career While Keeping Family a Top Priority and founder of advantage4parents.com. She is also an alumnus of the Southwestern Company's summer work program. Kate is also the mother of two young children.
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