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I will not be held responsible for angry partners on holidays ;)!!

This will be the first Christmas where we actually give gifts to our daughter.

Contrary to our mainstream culture’s belief, frugal gift giving does not equal miserly gift giving.

Giving as a frugal person is about being strategic, planning ahead, and placing the emphasis on togetherness and family as opposed to material possessions (so basically how we frugal people live all year round).

It’s up to us as the adults to set a good example of generosity, simplicity, and a focus on people, not things.Buying used toys and books is a way to save massive amounts of money and also to not stress out if she doesn’t end up enjoying a particular toy–I simply pass it along to someone else.Babywoods is book-crazy right now, so I’ve been hitting up used book sales at libraries and scouting out deals on books (circa 0.10 cents to

It’s up to us as the adults to set a good example of generosity, simplicity, and a focus on people, not things.

Buying used toys and books is a way to save massive amounts of money and also to not stress out if she doesn’t end up enjoying a particular toy–I simply pass it along to someone else.

Babywoods is book-crazy right now, so I’ve been hitting up used book sales at libraries and scouting out deals on books (circa 0.10 cents to $1 per book) that I think she’ll enjoy. FW’s “Fine Homebuilding” magazine the other day, so maybe I should just give her back issues of those ;).

I’m also not a fan of giving mountains of toys to kids.

First of all, they don’t need mountains of toys (research demonstrates that kids typically play with only a fraction of their toys) and secondly, excessive gift-giving sets a bad, materialistic precedent.

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It’s up to us as the adults to set a good example of generosity, simplicity, and a focus on people, not things.Buying used toys and books is a way to save massive amounts of money and also to not stress out if she doesn’t end up enjoying a particular toy–I simply pass it along to someone else.Babywoods is book-crazy right now, so I’ve been hitting up used book sales at libraries and scouting out deals on books (circa 0.10 cents to $1 per book) that I think she’ll enjoy. FW’s “Fine Homebuilding” magazine the other day, so maybe I should just give her back issues of those ;).I’m also not a fan of giving mountains of toys to kids.First of all, they don’t need mountains of toys (research demonstrates that kids typically play with only a fraction of their toys) and secondly, excessive gift-giving sets a bad, materialistic precedent.

per book) that I think she’ll enjoy. FW’s “Fine Homebuilding” magazine the other day, so maybe I should just give her back issues of those ;).I’m also not a fan of giving mountains of toys to kids.First of all, they don’t need mountains of toys (research demonstrates that kids typically play with only a fraction of their toys) and secondly, excessive gift-giving sets a bad, materialistic precedent.

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