A few years ago, a friend of mine made each grandchild a jar she had decorated to match the child's interests. For their birthdays, she gave a jar with change amounting to the dollar amount of their ages. Of course they could spend the money if they wished, but she told them that if they saved the money & added more to the jar, any time she visited she would double the money & deposit it in a savings account for them. Some children saved nothing, but... (click title for more info)
a few added some of their allowance. One saved about $2/wk = $300 in 3 yrs, which doubled to $600 +interest. Children may withdraw money from the accounts, but their parents can veto proposed purchases. (See 1st comment for some cautions.)
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For birthdays and holidays I make my own wrapping paper with some stamps, earth-friendly ink and recycled light colored packing paper. A great way to personalize the gifts, and a great way to get kids involved in both recycling and gift giving :)
Take advantage of those charities in the malls that will wrap your gift(s) for a small donation. If you wrap the way I do, you take EVERY opportunity to have someone else wrap your gifts. If a store offers free gift wrapping, I take advantage of it. But it's really great to have use a charity to wrap your gift for you. The charity gets money, and your gift looks lovely!
After living over 7 months on about a third of my regular income this year due to health reasons, we are trying hard to get back on track financially. I told our 8 kids that Christmas gifts were going to look a bit differently this year and I asked each of them to make me a list that included 5 things they needed and 5 things they wanted.We used that list to select their gifts with a plan to get them at least 3 needs and one want. It made shopping asier and more meaningful.445144
We were surprised to see that each of them listed things like underwear and socks which we normally get them. It is good to know that all of these years, I have been getting things right.!! 25019460
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