On A Budget? 9 Gifts That Cost Nothing But Is Invaluable….

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For it is in Giving that we receive

My personal joy is to give! I treasure any opportunity to give! The act of giving has always brought me even more satisfaction than the recipients of my gifts.  These days being on a strict budget has brought with it the stance to be even more creative than I was in the past when giving high-priced gifts. I ran a search for gift ideas to still meet my giving needs to others. I pounced upon LiZ Evans Huffington Post’s article 20 Gifts That Cost Nothing To Make But Might Be Priceless. From the list my top 9 Favs are:

Birthdays, Christmas, Graduation…Gifts That Cost Nothing

1.When Skies are Gray.  Give this to anyone in your life who may be going through a tough time. Give them a stack of cards or books with inspirational quotes that will help them ride the…

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8 Tips For Financial Wellness During The Holidays…

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I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.”
― Khalil Gibran

It’s the season of giving! If you’re like me I just love to give! Thoughtful gifts not only makes the receiver happy, but it also warms my heart.

A colleague from the No Stress Workplace shared a simple list of things to do to be financially aware during the most stressful time of the year … the holidays! Here I share the 8 tips:

1.Make a List and Check it Twice

Have a family planning meeting on what gifts to give where you can cut back and create a budget together

2.It’s the Thought that counts

Be creative and give meaningful gifts such as baked goods, a framed photo or make a gift card for a night of baby or dog sitting.

3.No Gift Rule

Instead of giving gifts save the money towards a family vacation

4.Stick to your list, without exception

Don’t get lured into store super sales

5.Leave Your credit cards at home

Use only cash

6.Stay on Track

Use a notebook or free app like mint.com to keep track of your spending

7.Cut Expenses

Stop dining out until after the holidays or bring your own coffee rather than stopping at Starbucks.

8.It’s the Little Things

Find ways to save, clip coupons, compare prices, utilize free shipping and plan ahead.

 

As we reflect on these 8 gift ideas, I’ll also encourage you to give the gift that lasts a lifetime. Books on Success, personal development and coaching  last beyond the holidays. Consider such meaning when you go on the hunt.

So does any of the ideas listed stand out that you could adopt? Any you can add? Do share! We would love to hear!

Cheers!