5 Frugal Stocking Stuffers for the Family
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5 Frugal Stocking Stuffers for the Family

Posted on Friday, December 7th, 2012 at 7:00 am
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Here are some frugal ideas for stocking stuffers that your family will love!  These ideas are frugal as well as useful.The stockings were hung by the chimney, with care. Now, you have to figure out what to fill them with! Stocking stuffers are something that most people don’t budget for. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to be frugal and still find fabulous stocking stuffers.

Frugal Stocking Stuffers Ideas

One trick to saving on stocking stuffers is to purchase an item that can be opened and easily split to share with several people. Everybody gets one, and none of them will be exactly the same. You pay one price for what will turn into stocking stuffers for the whole family.

Play Doh is, as the website says: “Fun to play with, not to eat”. Little kids love to play with it, and some teenagers will find it amusing as well. Buy one of the mini-packages of Play-Doh, (the kind that comes with smaller sized tubs of Play-Doh in four colors). Put one color into each of your children’s stockings.

Fuzzy socks will give your family warm toes on a cold Winter morning. Many grocery stores started putting up a display of fuzzy socks shortly before Thanksgiving. You can also find them at Target. Fuzzy socks come in a variety of colors, so you should be able to find a pair that everyone will like. Open the packs that come with two or more pairs of fuzzy socks, and put one pair into each person’s Christmas stocking.

Mini hand sanitizers are great for adults, teens, and children who are old enough to understand how to properly use them. Bath and Body Works has sales on mini hand sanitizers with fun scents and holiday designs every year. (Often, you can find a “Buy 3, Get 1 Free” sale). You can also find small, inexpensive, hand sanitizers in the dollar bins at Target and in the travel sized section of pharmacies.

Chapstick makes a peppermint scented lip balm that is destined to become a stocking stuffer. Look for it, and the other varieties of Chapstick, in the checkout aisle at the grocery store. If you don’t see any there, try the pharmacy. Winter weather causes dry skin and chapped lips, so this is a stocking stuffer that your family can use right away.

Starbucks VIA makes a great stocking stuffer for college students! They won’t need a coffee maker to be able to have a nice, warm, cup of coffee on cold mornings as they head out to class. You can either get one package of VIA to put in each of your adult children’s Christmas stockings, or you can buy one pack, open it, and give each person three packets.

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