If you have kids and lots of friends who also have kids, trading babysitting is a good replacement for traditional gift giving. Babysitting is expensive and, more than that, it’s tough to find a babysitter you trust! When you’re close friends with someone, you already know that you can trust them and that they can trust you.
This trade works better if you and your friends are in similar financial situations. Suggesting a babysitting trade to someone who doesn’t have a lot to spend on gifts will probably relieve some of their holiday stress! You really only have to trade one night of babysitting—consider that you spend $5-$10 an hour on a babysitter, after four hours out you’ve saved enough to make it a great Christmas gift. Trading babysitting with several friends will give you a lot of nights to spend out with your spouse!
For this to work really well make sure that you and your friends are clear on what a night of babysitting entails. You don’t want a spat to break out because one couple goes to dinner and comes back an hour and a half later, while another couple goes out for seven hours!
But not only is setting up a “babysitting club” like this great for saving money.. it’s also great to make sure that we get to go out more often as a couple!
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- Day 1, Shop Groupon and Other Deal Sites
- Day 2, Use FFD and Other Deal Blogs
- Day 3, Use Kohls Coupons for Freebies
- Day 4, Use Swagbucks
- Day 5, Save Your Change Throughout the Year
- Day 6, Recycle for Cash
- Day 7, Sell Old Items on Ebay or Craigslist
- Day 8, Have a Garage Sale
- Day 9, Create an Etsy Store
- Day 10, Eat at Home
- Day 11, Buy From the Thrift Store and Save the Difference
- Day 12, Shop at Garage Sales for New Items
- Day 13, Make Lunches to Take to Work
- Day 14,Turn Your Thermostat Up or Down
- Day 15, Shop the Dollar Store for Gifts
- Day 16, Bake or Make Gifts
- Day 17, Give Acts of Service
- Day 18, Start a Family Tradition of Volunteering
- Day 19, Stockpile Gifts Throughout the Year
- Day 20, Make a Christmas Budget
- Day 21, Drive Less During the Year
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