One thing that I have implemented this Christmas is buying gifts all year at thrift stores and yard sales. I have picked up brand new items - still in their packages for a fraction of the cost. We have been very blessed this year with great deals and have managed to keep our Christmas shopping to a minimum.
My kids have been asking to go shopping lately for gifts. Traditionally, my husband will take them out and shop for me and I will take them out to shop for him. Since we have bought gifts all year, there is really no need to do this. So this year, I decided to let them "shop" at home instead.
I gave each daughter an amount of monopoly money and priced all of our gifts with pretend price tags. They had a blast "going shopping" in the "store" and buying gifts for dad and other family members.
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