Have you thought about your Christmas list?
What will you send to people that won’t break your budget?
One year when I didn’t have a lot of money, I baked cookies for some coworkers, and put them in a tin along sealed with clear cellophane tape and a note saying to keep the cookies fresh put a piece of bread in the container. Everyone loved the cookies. And also the additional note with the information on how to keep the cookies fresh.
Let’s say you have a friend who likes something you make – be it lasagna or a cake or anything else. My mother makes things for people at Christmas like a couple fo pans of lasagna travel out of her door as well as about a half a dozen cakes.
What can you make. Many people consider making a gift for a person as sewing or crocheting (or knitting) but think about what you can cook that your friends will enjoy. Do you make a great casserole that your friends ask you to make everytime they come over? Make it for them and include instructions for reheating or cooking, if you choose to just make the item and let your friend cook it at home.
Before you get caught up in the frenzy of Black Friday… make your list. Monday is December 1. Do not let yourself get caught up in dilemma and spend more than you must. Planning out your gifts and budget before you hit the stores will help you avoid plastic meltdown.
You may be inclined to make something this Valentine’s Day if finances are tight. In that case do not skimp on the ingredients. Be thoughtful and choose to do something with your valentine or offer a coupon that you could use to make something special.
Cheap is not always the best way to go when it comes to expressing your affection. If finances are tight, then let your sweetie know that you would spend the world on him but you could go broke showering your love with gifts.
Gifts are only material things but giving someone your time or a well-planned gift that a person would use would be better than the traditional flowers and candy. If your sweetie likes coffee more than candy, then take some cash and get a gift card for his favorite coffee shop or buy a pound or his favorite blend.