Friday, May 9, 2008

Gift Giving On A Budget.

How do you handle gift giving?
With Mother's Day just around the corner, followed by Father's Day, Grandparent's Day, Birthdays, Valentine's Day, and Christmas, what is a budget conscious family to do?
Should we go to the nearest store and let each child pick out a gift for $10 or less?
Well when you have Grandma's, Grandpas, Siblings, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Godparents, and close friends, that can be a pretty expensive problem.
Don't despair, Don't stress and Don't go pulling all your hair out. There Is Help.
For the past 3 years my family have been taking part in our local Home Depot and Lowe's stores "Free Kid's Workshops". Each month the kids get an opportunity to build something new and special. Sometimes they make neat wooden toys like cars, trucks, while other times they build birdhouses and small planters. Not to mention picture frames, memory boxes and tool kits. The best part is that around special days and holidays such as Mother's and Father's Day and Christmas they will build things that can be given as gifts.
The Home depot store around here offers "Kids' Workshop" once a month (every 1st Saturday). Lowe's stores offer their "Kids' Workshop" twice a month (every 2nd and 4th Saturday) , And did I mention that they are FREE.
These are totally free and the people that are there to work with you and the kids are awesome. You can call your local Home Depot and Lowe's store to find out the times and dates for the next workshops in your area.
As a result of these "workshops" our family always have more than enough home made gifts to give to all those special people in our lives.
What are some ways that you save money when it comes to gift giving?

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