Cheap Places for Holiday Cards and Wrap
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Cheap Places for Holiday Cards and Wrap

Posted on Monday, November 29th, 2010 at 6:49 am
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HolidayCards and Wrap

Although I do like to stock up on holiday cards and wrap at the end of the previous season, It is inevitable. No matter how well I seem to plan for the holiday season, I always tend to run out of cards and wrap. Getting cards and wrap at up to 90 percent off is worth a little hassle of storing them. But, as I said, I still tend to run out.

Fortunately, there are are some places where I can go to get inexpensive  cards and wrap, so I don’t wind up spending more on these items than I do on the gifts! Gone are the days when I would buy heavy foil wrap and top it with a homemade bow that would make Martha Stewart proud. In my current stage of life, I have a household full of kids. Wrapping paper just doesn’t get admired for very long or last as long as it used to. In fact, I bet the wrap from the first gift opened doesn’t even get a chance to hit the floor before two more gifts have been opened as well. The family room looks like a multicolored snowstorm hit in in a matter of minutes.

As for cards, I admit that I really like pretty or clever ones to send to those family and friends that are far away. I imagine that the recipients will save these cards forever. (If they don’t well, I don’t want to know.) But postage tends to add up, and that is an expense that is hard to negotiate, so the less I can spend on cards, the better.

Fortunately, there are a few places where I can get decent quality cards and wrap for cheap prices, even during the holiday season. My favorite stores for this are:

Five Below

Homegoods

Goodwill (new unopened cards and wrap straight from Target)

Grocery stores (great buy one get one free deals)

Marshalls

TJ Maxx

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.