Frugal Endeavors – Christmas is coming

December 1 to 12, 2018

I woke up this morning to a marshmallow world and I think that I am finally starting to maybe feel kinda Christmasy. Christmas is can be an expensive time for so many, us included, but I did manage to do a few things this week to keep our holiday expenses down.

I suppose the first thing I did to save money for Christmas was to not feel all that Christmasy.  I love Christmas but every few years I just can’t work up the enthusiasm. My kids are all grown up and I will still see my family for Christmas so I don’t get too worried about my lack of enthusiasm.  It happens. 2019 is another year and there will be another Christmas.

I didn’t have a lot of extra cash to spend on Christmas this year. In fact, I was worried that December was going to be dire, and maybe even dreadful.  However, I received my holiday pay at the end of November and I picked up a couple of extra shifts.  This meant that December, while it didn’t become delightful, certainly became doable. The extra income allowed us to pay off a major annual bill. That freed up a little bit of cash that went directly to renew my driver’s license and then pay for new headlights for the truck.  I could be sad but I am grateful for the freedom of movement represented by my license and for the ability to do it safely as the new headlights will allow us to see where we are going. 

I think these gift tags will dress up my Christmas gifts splendidly.

Despite my lack of Christmas spirit, I did get in a little Christmas shopping done this week.  I spent a couple of lunch hours with workmates pursuing the local craft fairs.  I spent $2.00 on gift tags made as a fundraiser by the local elementary kids to raise funds for their school.  On my trip into town to renew my driver’s licence I took my bottles to the depot.  I earned a whopping $2.15.  I spent $1.75 at the thrift store and the remainder at the grocery store. I have been holding on to a $25 PC gift card and I figured that the time was right to cash it in.  I used my gift card on a few things for the pantry, a jug of milk, and a few Christmas baking supplies. Excluding the fee for my license, my trip to town cost me $0.75 out of pocket.  I think I can live with that.

The Man just walked in with some lovely fresh eggs from the neighbour.  Maybe her Christmas spirit combined with the marshmallow weather is making me feel a little less Grinch like.

How was your week?  Are you feeling like Christmas? Leave a comment and tell me all about it.  I love hearing from you.



  1. Nope, I am so not in the Christmas spirit yet.. and I am not even sure I will be.. Hubby is working Christmas eve and so far he does not even have our anniversary off on Dec 27th. That would mean that for the first time in 19 years, we will not be together for that day. I know that its “just a day” but it means a lot to me.

    I am borderline cranky at this point, each time I think I might have something figured out, it has not worked out, so many of the folks we have gathered with over the years are all gone this year. I know that it can happen but its so strange to have the holidays and have hubby working so much and with everyone else traveling away this year..

    No family, no friends.. I am having a harder time then I would like that its just going to be hubby and myself for Christmas. When I married him, he loved Christmas.. adored it.. then we lost our little ones and it got harder and harder, and then between maeve and Nat, we lost Christmas baby (you guessed it at Christmas) and he has never really liked it since.. it reminds him what we do not have, instead of what we should be grateful for..

    Normally I am strong enough to just push though it.. but I am finding it hard this year.. all right that was a touch to personal right.. suck it up.. It will be fine in the end.. I am still in recovery mode from getting the broken tooth fixed, you know its emerg when you call and tell them what happened and they get you in the same day at 8pm at night..


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      1. Thanks for the e hug, I do have a bottle of Baileys in the house lol, maybe I need a good coffee or two at some point. I really am good, I will just put my head down and get it done. Perhaps just as things have not worked out in the planning, something will change it will come together in a positive way.. There is still lots of time for something to be worked out yet.

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  2. Well done for using your gift card so frugally. I have saved one of mine for Christmas as well and will use it to get some treats for the family for Christmas Day. I have also used my Amazon giftcards to buy several presents, which always helps. And I am very envious of your postcard view from the window! ^-^


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