MissChriss, for Christmas, make homemade gifts. People seem to appreciate them SO much more. (Well, except for teens, but they'll get over it.) As far as books, I'm an avid reader and have probably read every book on frugality and simplicity that's ever been published. I use the library regularly because I rarely feel the need to read a book twice. I wouldn't say "forget the books" because some of them offer really creative ways to save money, and other focus on the frugal attitude vs. just action. It really is a state of mind that you can find yourself very comfortable with... and even fun, really. I get a great feeling now when I find a new way to save money... a real sense of accomplishment.MissChris said:Thank you everyone for all the great ideas! I'm feeling better already.
I'll forget about looking for books and just start using more common sense when purchasing (or not) new items.
Christmas will be tight, but I think that could bring my family closer together. I would like to have the family enjoy the time spent together more than the gifts they will receive.
Actually looking for ideas on being frugal can be quite fun and entertaining. Reading past posts here have already given more ideas.