I recently looked back at the first time I did the $100 Christmas challenge. I had written down everything I bought, and I was amazed to see how opportunities of all kinds come your way when you are trying to pay for Christmas on a limited budget. I can't believe how much I got for the money I paid for it. I also got lots of things for free. I was lucky that our Hallmark stores were consolidating and they had 90 percent off their stuff if you bought it from the store they were closing. The same things were full price at their other Hallmark store in the mall. One of our grocery stores had also marked down games for 99 cents to clear them out. Garage sales were also fantastic to find Disney Princess costumes in great condition, Build a Bear outfits, bears, etc. Great opportunities are out there. It is possible to do so much on a shoestring budget.
Here is the breakdown if you are interested:
Build a bear with several outfits and shoes (gift for a young girl)
Four complete Disney Princess outfits with shoes, crowns, jewelry, etc.
Ninjago Lego set #9445
Star Wars ornament and Star Wars sticker book
Build a bear with four complete sports outfits (gift for a young boy)
Melissa and Doug puzzle set
Retail value: $430 Amount spent: $15
Silverware set for four
Five new Hallmark Puzzles
Killer Bunnies game with cards still in shrink wrap
Four restaurant gift cards
Willow Creek Holy Family, new
Case of 12 jars of homemade raspberry jam
Huckleberry jam and syrup
Two Hallmark princess ornaments, new
Three Star Wars ornaments, new
Five Amazon gift cards
Star Wars decoration
Electronic Snap Circuits kit
Package of hot sauces from around the world
Two Walmart gift cards
Christmas ornament from local artist (re-gifting)
Used Ravensburger puzzle
Montana-themed ornaments like a boot, bear, etc.
Six games, new: Phase 10 (2), Skip Bo (2), LRC Dice game (2)
Pair of pants
Retail value: $1567 + Amount spent: $58.35
If you are planning on doing a $100 Christmas this year, hopefully this will inspire you to realize that it really can be done. You may have missed the summer garage sales, but there are all kinds of ideas and opportunities out there waiting for you.