The 2011 Guide to Frugal Christmas Holidays


Are you aware how big is the carbon footprint of a Christmas shopping spree? The studies show that it is quite considerable especially because we tend to buy a lot of stuff and spend the cash on things that will increase the landfills.

Although the majority of the people think that the Christmas holidays need to be expensive, there are many ways to decrease the expenses that you are supposed to have. All you have to do is to think a bit outside the box.

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In case you don’t really have a budget for Christmas cards this year, you could wait for the sales that the stores have in December. Keep in mind that the longer you wait the bigger savings you are going to make.

Another alternative is to send the cards through the internet. These usually don’t cost anything.

Wrapping paper

If you don’t have money for wrapping paper, you could be using the pretty pages of magazines. In the same time, you could be using newspaper as well. Another thing that you could do is to use the artwork of children that they created on plain paper.

In case you thought about this the last year and saved some wrapping paper, you could use that paper this year. If you are going to wrap smaller gifts, nobody will notice the folded lines.

One of the most inexpensive options you have is to use tissue paper. This could be decorated with Christmas trees and other motifs, and you could write on it ‘Merry Christmas’ and add some glitter if you have some at hand.

Gift tags

You don’t have to be thinking about expensive gift tags, because pieces of postcards work just as well or you could be using wrapping paper folded in two.


Having decorations around your house isn’t a must. In case you want to, you should be looking for the sales that stores have around the holiday or even after. This way you can save a lot of money. In the majority of the cases children do some artwork at school around the holidays, and in case you save them for a few years, you can fill the house with pretty little paper decorations which are both green and unexpensive.

For sure you must have heard about the garlands that are made of popcorn. For this, all you need is to pop some and add them to a string. You could also be using the elements of nature, such as acorns and pinecones. In order to make your home nicer, you could also add some pine scented oil. The organic one is quite inexpensive, especially if you buy it at local shops.

There are a lot of inexpensive things that you could use; and keep in mind the less money you spend the greener will your Christmas be.


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