I am going to keep a list of things I will be giving for Christmas. I will update and add things as I get them. When it gets closer to Christmas, I will choose who will get what.
$100 - Initial out of pocket money
$25 Olive Garden Gift Card - from credit card points
Night in hotel on the beach worth over $300 - from credit card points
$50 Olive Garden Gift card with credit card points
$25 Olive Garden gift card from credit card points
Homemade Raspberry Jam
Homemade Apple Butter
A couple of weeks after I committed to doing the $100 out of pocket challenge, I found out that I won a $250 gift card from the Albertson's Sizzlin Summer Sweepstakes. I used the bulk of the gift card that I won to get the following:
Three $10 Cold Stone Gift Cards
Four $15 Olive Garden Gift Cards
$25 Red Robin Gift Card
$15 Subway Gift Card
Four $25 Amazon Gift Cards
Total of $230 FREE gift cards!!!!! I am excited. That will take care of about half of the people I am getting gifts for.
My goal is to give gift cards or something consumable for Christmas. That way I won't be adding any clutter to anyone in case they didn't like what I got. All my kids love to go out to eat, and Amazon has a variety of things you can get with the gift card. You can even watch movies that are hard to find.
$32.50 Sold items at a consignment store
$18.50 Amazon credit for selling 2 college books
$10.00 selling books
$125.00 books sold
$120.00 sold a piece of jewelry
$35.10 Sold items at a consignment store
$12.00 Sold items at a consignment store
$46.10 Sold clothes at consignment store
$10.00 Sold snow blower we didn't use
$48.15 Sold misc. items we didn't want
$75.00 Sold chaise, sled, REI jacket and baby chair
Money spent for gifts:
$10 Taco Bell gift card
$5 Used Thomas the train items
$9.28 + $50 Amazon gift cards from above that were free for Amazon order for Phonics books, Chicka, Chicka, Boom 3 pk. and Drum book
$25 i-Tunes gift card
$10 Little Ceasar's Pizza Gift card
$25 Red Robin Gift card
$14.54 Baby snacks
$20.96 Ties at Macy's
I set aside all the money in a separate place and used it for any Christmas gifts.
It can really add up!