Ways to Save on Wrapping Paper
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Ways to Save on Wrapping Paper

Posted on Monday, December 14th, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Budgeting for Christmas can be expensive. Fortunately, there are ways to save money on wrapping paper.You’ve finished your Christmas shopping and managed to find something wonderful for everyone on your list. Do you have enough of a budget to buy wrapping paper? If not, don’t worry. There are plenty of ways to save on wrapping paper.

How to Save on Gift Wrap

Use What You Already Have
Before you purchase new rolls of wrapping paper, it would be good to check and see what you actually have at home. Many people put the rolls of wrapping paper, and gift bags, that they didn’t use into storage. You might have everything you need to wrap this year’s gifts stored in a closet, attic, or shed.

Want to plan head for next year? Wait until everyone has opened their gifts. Collect the gift boxes and bags to use next year. You might be able to salvage some of the wrapping paper, too. A large box, carefully opened, could give you some undamaged decorative paper to wrap a medium sized or small gift in next Christmas.

Have the Store Wrap it For You
Pay attention while you are shopping for gifts. Some stores will wrap items for you. In general, a store may be willing to wrap items that you purchased that day from their store. Ask the cashier to have someone wrap the gifts for you. It won’t cost you any extra money, but you may have to wait your turn if there are a lot of other people who had the same plan.

Look for tables that are set up by non-profit groups. These groups will wrap gifts for you – no matter where you purchased the item from. All they ask in return is a donation. It is expected that you will donate some money. You get to choose how much.

Will you be shopping online? Some retailers are willing to wrap gifts for customers -for a fee. There should be a box to check indicating that you want the gift wrapped. If you only have one more gift to wrap, the fee may be more economical than buying an entire new roll of wrapping paper.

Get Creative
You don’t necessarily have to go the traditional route when it comes to gift wrapping. It is ok to be a bit more creative with how you wrap gifts. The key to pulling this off is to tailor it to the taste and interests of the gift recipient.

The “green” person in your family might appreciate a gift wrapped in newspaper or is placed inside a paper bag. They are biodegradable and recyclable. A quilter might appreciate a gift that is wrapped in a lovely fabric. It’s two gifts in one!

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