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Frugal shopping

October 26th, 2008 at 03:42 pm

Yesterday, I went to Walgreen's and got the two items that are free after rebate. I used a $5.00 off $20.00 purchase coupon, and will get 10 per cent more for getting a Walgreen's gift card. Profit(not including tax) is $7.68.
Then I went to Goodwill's 50 per cent off sale, and got some great items for my Christmas gift baskets. I also get the baskets there. I got a large glass dome for a cake plate. I had purchased a beautiful cake plate there earlier. Total cost for both pieces-three dollars. I also found a beautiful Depression Glass, etched serving bowl, for $2.50 and a 1940's era pressed glass basket. Next, I found a new gift box of beautiful Christmas cards with an $11.99 price tag on the box. It was $1.50, and will go in a gift basket with the four new-looking Oneida Christmas luncheon/dessert plates. They were fifty cents each.
You can create wonderful gift baskets shopping this way, and spend very little.
The cake plate/cover will have a large red bow tied around the handle and I will place a pretty bundt cake inside for one gift.
You can come up with a theme, or just make it eclectic. The gift baskets are very well received, and enjoyed.
I purchase rolls of cellophane wrap to put around the gift baskets, and tie a pretty bow at the top.
You don't have to spend a lot on a great gift if you get creative.
Does anyone else have ideas for gift baskets?

5 Responses to “Frugal shopping”

  1. whitestripe Says:

    i like to make little gift baskets (not neccesarily for christmas because we don't really celebrate it) like pamper packages - you can buy epsom salts in bulk for about $1.50 a kilo and then wrap a small scoop in cellophane for each basket. then you can get some nice bubble bath, a facewasher, some peppermint tea (again, buy in bulk and rewrap) and one of those mud masks (all of these things can be found in pricelines or chemist warehouses for less than $1 each) and a tea light candle, then i usually add a couple of chocolates for good measure, and i use little boxes or baskets that i find at garage sales or op-shops that are usually about 20c.
    i always try and give one of these pamper packs to friends who have babies - they think it's great that they get something like that as most people are usually concerned with giving them things for the baby (of course - we give to the baby as well!)
    total cost is usually about $5 or $6.

  2. nance Says:

    Great idea! New mom's need all the pampering they can get! Thanks for sharing.

  3. whitestripe Says:

    you're welcome!

  4. Snoopycool Says:

    I've been hitting Walgreens for gift baskets this year. I like the idea of the cake in the cake plate. Brilliant!

  5. nance Says:

    Thanks! I think it will be a very nice gift, and something that can be appreciated by a whole family.
    It will also make a very nice presentation.
    I, too am looking at the "free after rebate" items for gift baskets. In this economy, we NEED to be creative!

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