And for Tip 28 in our 100 Days of Christmas Savings series: Trade services with those close to you to get gifts on the cheap.
As you’ve probably figured out, making your own Christmas gifts is one of the most efficient ways to save money. But it’s unlikely that you’re good at sewing, baking, drawing, and cooking, not to mention the rest of the skills that can be used in Christmas gifts. Chances are that you’re good at one of them!
Ask your friends if they’d like to collaborate and trade services to get gifts made for everyone in your lives. If your baking rivals the Barefoot Contessa‘s, perhaps you’ll make batches of cookies and bars for their gifts. Your friends may be good at sewing, putting together gift baskets, or making gifts in jars. Together, you can all work together and get everyone’s gifts needs met.
You can even make this a fun Christmas event! Instead of everyone working separately on their projects, meet on the weekends at someone’s house so everyone can work together. You’ll get companionship and you might find that you work more quickly.
Then you’re not just giving the gift of cooking or sewing—you’re giving the gift of friendship.
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- View the whole 100 Days of Saving on Christmas here.
- 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
- Day 22, Trade Babysitting with Friends
- Day 23, Sign Up for Goldstar
- Day 24, Sell Your Clothing to a Resale Store
- Day 25, Sign up for Plink
- Day 26, Try Ebay, Craigslist, and Local Facebook for Gifts
- Day 27, Create Gift Baskets
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