Here are 13 of my favorite inexpensive, money-saving gift ideas that are sure to spread joy, as well as financial well-being. It is no secret that we love to save money. These items will help you give the gift of frugality.
13 Gift Ideas That HELP Save Money!
As we embark on our Christmas Gift Giving extavaganza, have you ever thought of providing a few gifts that would actually help save money. As a frugal minded person, I am not only keep my family in mind about money saving options, but my friends too.
If you’re serious about giving the best to your loved ones this year, why not give them something that’s built to last and help them save at the same time?
Here is a list of 13 items that keep on giving
Keeping your house in check can help you save cash throughout the year. Give your friends and family warm wishes for the holiday season (and cool tidings for summer) with lower energy costs. Gifting them with a programmable thermostat will help keep their home on track with cost savings.
Personal Finance Books or Books That Teach A Skill
There is nothing like learning a new skill that could help you save money on something you always wanted to do, but didn’t know where to start. Personal Finance Books or Books that will help teach a life long skill is a great gift idea that will surely help provide an added benefit.
Pop Your Own Popcorn at Home
Making your own popcorn with real kernels is always cheaper than buying microwavable popcorn bags. My favorite little gadget for popping popcorn is the Whirley Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper. In just three minutes, you can make six quarts of light, flavorful popcorn – twice as much as traditional microwave popcorn!
Reusable Shopping Bags
Yes, they’re good for the environment. But .any retailers do offer incentives, (while small, it adds up) for customers to carry their groceries in their own reusable bags. Whole Foods Market, Price Chopper & CVS for instance, offers at least five cents off per reusable bag presented at checkout (the exact discount varies by location). Check out these cute reusable bags.
The “Latte” daily consumption factor. Making coffee at home is much cheap then purchasing out. Dumping the daily purchased coffee habit won’t rescue your finances necessarily, but it certainly could leave a few extra bucks in your pocket each day. Which as you know, it all adds up.
Reusable Water Bottle
Don’t purchase disposable water bottles pre-filled. Grab a reusable water bottle with filter and save all that cash from purchasing. Not only is this gift idea helping with the environment, but it is help on purchased water savings. Don’t buy water, just refill your new water bottle.
Amazon Prime, Netflixs, Hulu Plus Membership
Cable can be expensive, costing anywhere from $30 a month and up, but if your loved one is looking for nothing more than TV and movies these services can help. Plus with Amazon Prime not only is the receipant getting free streaming videos, plus Free 2 day shipping and many other great benefits.
You’ll see a theme on this list — one of the best ways to save money is to learn skills so you can do things for yourself. Whether it’s cooking, car care, woodworking, or something else, gift certificates for classes are a great way give the gift of money-saving skills. Check community calendars for seminars or look to chains, such as Williams-Sonoma and Price Chopper, for a schedule of seminars.
Newspaper Subscription for Coupons
Helping loved ones save money on the rising cost of groceries is a plus in my book. If you are local you can sign your family up to receive the Sunday Newspaper (local New York readers) from The Daily Gazette for just a $1 a week. You can pay for a year at $52 and a HUGE savings of thanks will be given.
So many Christmas gifts – and gadgets, in general – require batteries these days. Give the gift of a battery charger and some rechargeable batteries.
Wind-up Flashlight Set
Flashlights are another can’t-live-without item, but the cost of replacing those flashlight batteries? Well, we could all live without that. Purchase wind-up flashlights for the people on your list, and they’ll never have to buy replacement batteries again.
Wool Dryer Balls, Natural Fabric Softener
Give everyone on your list a set of Wool dryer balls, and wow them with soft, wrinkle-free clothes in less time. No more purchasing fabric softener. It has been said that they will last over 5 years. I have had mine for about 3 years and they are still working great.
Now it’s your turn, what other gift ideas would you add to this list?