100 Days of Christmas Savings: Day 28, Trade Services

100daystradeAnd 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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