There is a certain item that goes on sale from time to time and I had been patiently waiting for that sale to happen. Finally it did and last week I went down to Bath & Body Works to purchase said item as it is one of the elements for gifts I am putting together for some of my friends this year. I used my $25 gift card to make my purchase and still had enough left on it to use to purchase a birthday present for my oldest daughter.
Over the past couple of months the girls and I have been stopping periodically at the Harbor Freight hardware store to use up a pile of "Free Item" coupons we had been collecting from the Sunday paper. I also had a couple that the store had emailed to me. I wasn't quite sure what exactly we'd be getting at first but it turns out they were giving away some pretty nice items. Those items have been collected and will become part of a gift for someone pretty special on our gift list as well.
In January there was a really good sale on craft supplies at JoAnn Fabrics plus I had a coupon also good on sale items (they hardly ever have those). I used it and a gift card I already had to purchase a gift for my oldest daughter.
So far, of my $100 budget, I have spent exactly $0. I continue to put my $10 aside in an envelope every month and keep my eyes open for good buys and coupons to add additional savings whenever I can.
So tell me, have you started your Christmas shopping yet? I'd love to hear about your great bargains.