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Stretching Your Christmas Budget

We have a limited Christmas budget this year- as we do every year.

We also have 3 semi-long Christmas lists to fill.

One of the things we wanted to get our daughter was a play kitchen. I couldn’t believe the price of decent kitchens! There was no way we’d be able to get her a kitchen as well as other things too.

Our answer was found on Craigslist! We found a used Kitchen for half the price of a new one.

One of the things my husband wants is a video game for the Gamecube, the game he wants is about $40, again if I went out to the store and bought that, he wouldn’t get much else. I found the game on for about $15 (after shipping). I didn’t get it, but if I did I would buy it used.

Another way to stretch your Christmas budget, besides buying used things, is throwing in the items at CVS in a bigger order. After combining coupons and sales and deals you’ll get those items for a fraction of what you’d pay for them at Walmart or some other store. Of course, you can’t find EVERYTHING at CVS, but they do have some electronics and some other items too.

Those are just a few ideas to help stretch your budget. Check out other people’s frugal ideas!


Comment from Teresa
Time December 14, 2007 at 8:57 am

How is Lexi’s cold?

Comment from Mom2fur
Time December 14, 2007 at 2:46 pm

It’s so much fun to combine extra care bucks with coupons! Especially when that combination generates new ECBs. You really can get things practically free at CVS this way. What a great idea for stocking up on stocking stuffers.
I’ve never done Craig’s List, but I bought quite a few garage sale toys for my kids when they were little. So many toys are in mint condition, and sometimes they’ve never even been taken from the box. As long as it looks nice and is ‘like new,’ it’s a good deal to me.