In an effort to redirect our focus during the Christmas season towards the true meaning of Christmas and to save a lot of money, this year our family has decided to try out a “second hand” Christmas.
So if you are looking for a way to save a lot of money on your gift lists this year stay right here and I will help you!
What does that mean?
It means that all gifts we purchase this year will have come second hand. (I will also be making gifts but that’s another article.) So our Christmas shopping this year wont be done at the mall or even Target! I know. Did you stop breathing for a second? I can’t believe we wont be Christmas shopping at Target either!
Instead we will be finding our gifts at places like garage sales, online classifieds, swap meets, flea markets, and thrift stores.
You can checkout this article on How to Save and Sell Big on Craigslist to give you a little extra motivation!
Don’t worry and don’t feel bad for us! We are really excited about the challenge! Okay, maybe I am the most excited out of everyone in our family but it is going to be fun!
Lucky for me my husband has the same love for finding deals as I do. If you put a little premeditated thought into your second hand gift buying this year I am certain that you can find exactly or very close to what gifts are on your list!
My biggest tip for shopping second hand
Just because it is second hand doesn’t mean that it’s a piece of junk! When searching for your treasures, try narrowing your search to areas and neighborhoods that have a little more money. You know that neighborhood that seems a little more fancy? Focus your shopping over there.
Go to their neighborhood thrift store, browse their garage sales, and focus your online classifieds search in this area. It seems that the items sold in these kinds of neighborhoods are a lot higher quality, in better condition, and are at actually really great prices. They just want to get rid of the stuff they don’t need and be done with it. All for the gain of us frugalistas!
Why are we doing this?
First thing is first. Let’s mention the fact that the focus of this blessed holiday should not be around presents. I’ll be the first to admit that I LOVE getting and giving and I think that is totally okay. But it’s important to remember that gifts are not the reason we celebrate Christmas.
With that said, one of the other main reasons we are doing a secondhand Christmas this year is to save a chunk of change! We are trying really hard to pay off our debt and save to buy a house in two years (you can read about that here) and so we are trying to save every penny we can!
In the past, even on a frugal year, our holiday shopping totals have come in around $400. That might not seem like a lot to some of you but that is a huge chunk of moo-la out of our paycheck!
Do you want to know what our goal holiday budget is this year? We are talking stocking stuffers, wrapping paper, tape, gift tags, goodie packaging, neighbor gifts, family gifts, gift exchange. EVERTHING Christmas giving related is all under this budget umbrella. Our goal budget for this year is a wimpy $200 and I couldn’t be more excited about this!
Your family can do a second hand Christmas too!
Your kids won’t even know about it! Like I said before, just because it is second hand doesn’t mean that it’s a piece of junk! You really can find really nice things second hand. Clothes, electronics, gaming systems, TVs, toys, purses, furniture, home décor, sporting goods, and anything else that is on your family’s wish list I am sure you can find in great condition second hand!
Last year we found THE cutest little kids beach cruiser for my daughter and it was only $20! It was in great condition and included the training wheels. I just took a magic eraser to it and the bike was beautiful!
You can do it! If you are looking to save money this Christmas then join our family in doing a second hand Christmas! Let’s see what kind of amazing deals we can find together!