Friday, September 26, 2008

Giving on a Frugal budget


If you are the only one in the country that hasn't seen the news this week, surprise!...the economy doesn't seem to healthy...to put it mildly. However not to worry...God is still in control!

Well this week was one of those times that frugality paid off. First off let me share that I've been saving a bit at a time to buy some gift cards over the past few months. I find they are a small way of being able to say thank you to so many in such a simple way. I also find that they are a good investment just before the holidays to have some on hand for that gift you really wanted to give someone, but couldn't get out in the snow to pick up! Well, you may not have that problem, but sometimes I do. I'm not real keen on traveling all over just to pick up gift cards with gas being more expensive than milk in some areas! But I started noticing displays in the grocery store of all sorts of gift cards. Money as a gift seems so impersonal but a gift card to somewhere that the recipient really likes seems more thoughtful. So the next time you are in the store, pick a few up, you can even add more to a previous one and build it up a bit to give an even larger amount. Or keep those smaller ones on hand to share at just the right time. Not only does it save on gas by buying a card while at the grocery store, it also saves on postage.

2 comments:

Marsha said...

What a great idea! I had not thought of that.

CookinsForMe said...

I agree that a gift card, even a small one, to a person's favorite spot, is a great idea. I work as a barista in a local coffee shop and we have many customers come in with $5 gift cards. They're thrilled to be able to get a little luxury with the card. We also have a lot of parents who buy the small gift cards for teachers, nurses, etc. It's a nice way to say thank you to someone.

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