A few years ago, we were having a lot of difficulty with our finances. It was mainly because we didn’t know how to handle our money or stretch our dollar. One of the hardest things to deal with during that time was the inability to give gifts.
When you are scraping for pennies to buy a week of food, buying birthday presents for a friend’s child just can’t be high on your priority list. No matter how much you wish it could be. Luckily, things are better now and a lot of that is a result of better financial decisions and being more proactive and planned about our spending.
I have strategically shopped for over a year now, and I have to say having a gift closet is probably one of the biggest perks of this new and improved lifestyle.
What’s a gift closet?
A gift closet is basically a place where you stash all those great bargains throughout the year to be handed out at birthday parties, holidays and to give to charity. A gift closet can contain clothing, cards, wrapping paper and of course toys.
Throughout the year, whenever you see a great deal, snag it and throw it into the gift closet! Budget a bit of money each month to keep your gift closet well stocked. In some ways, it’s the most fun stockpile you’ll ever have!
The best times to find items for your gift closet are right after a major holiday when toys and seasonal items go on clearance. However, you can find great deals all year round. From here on out, I’ll mark items that might be a good addition to your gift closet with a link back to this post.
When times are tough, don’t avoid birthday parties because you can’t afford a gift. Just reach into your gift closet and pull something out!
Some argue that this makes gifts less personable. I have to say I disagree. Be sure not to pick up every deal you see, most of the time I have someone in mind when I pick up gifts for the gift closet.
Start your gift closet today! You won’t be sorry 😉