Thursday, November 12, 2009

Can we make it through Christmas without spending a dime?

Goal: Cut out the entire cost of Christmas gift purchases, but still be able to give (new - not used) gifts to our regular people.

Reason: Um, we have no money. Come on, who's with us on that one?

How: Utilizing available resources, such as freebies, coupons, giveaways and most importantly: getting rid of stuff we don't use.

I know it would be (nearly) impossible to have an entirely free Christmas - unless, of course, there were no purchases whatsoever. But I don't want go that route. I like presents, what can I say? Mostly, I love giving presents.

I will log here the number of giveaways I enter (with link-ups, if I have time - and you can bet I'll be posting about them for extra entries); and coupons (and sharing codes, if I can - or linking with fabulous sites that share coupons).

I will also be collecting (and logging) all our stuff from the garage, shed, storage space, and even the way backs of our closets, and selling it off! Hey, if I haven't noticed it was missing for the past year or more, there's no need for it to take up space in my house.

I'm hoping the money we make on our old stuff will end up paying for our entire Christmas - making it a virtually FREE Christmas!

If you have any tips you'd like to share, please do!


Sherri @ Luv a Bargain said...

It it so possible!!!! I just got my son new pj's for really cheap using my JCpenney $10 off $10 coupon. I am planing on selling lots of stuff on Craigslist and Ebay to help pay for our Christmas too!

Call Me Cate said...

I love this idea - you can totally do it. We'll be cutting back this year and getting creative with some of the family gifts especially. Can't wait to follow you along!

Lindy said...

I hear you! I may not make it totally free, but definitely cutting back on my spending this year, as are many, many others! It's about time!

Julia said...

I thoroughly endorse this concept for Christmas! We keep gifts to one per kid and ask our relatives to do the same. While not totally free it really brings the cost down to use this system. The hard part is keeping the grandparents in line...

Sassy Britches said...

Wow. Am SO impressed. Yes, PLEASE keep us updated.