I've already gone over budget on Christmas presents for the kids. I do it every single year, much to Tim's dismay.
This year, there is simply no money left for stocking stuffers. But, not to worry, I always seem to have something up my sleeve.
Yesterday, I spent a good majority of my day cleaning house. And by cleaning house, I mean....going through closets clearing them out of clothes that don't fit anymore, cleaning out drawers and cabinets, organizing the garage....you get the picture.
While cleaning, I discovered many things that had either been lost awhile ago or simply forgotten about. Ironically, all these things were small enough to fit into a Christmas stocking...imagine that?
Here's a list of things I found, which will find their way into my children's stockings this year:
-- a new tube of chapstick that I found at the back of my vanity drawer
-- 4 toothbrushes given to us by the dentist, which we had forgotten about
-- 4 tiny tubes of toothpaste also give by the dentist
-- 3 Hot Wheels cars that were under the stove
-- 2 Thomas the Train tank engines that were also under the stove
-- 4 mini bouncey balls I found at the back of various closets
-- a never-opened deck of cards that had been pushed to the back of a drawer
-- 2 Barbie dolls that were behind a dresser
-- a Hannah Montana pen which was on the side of the dryer
-- 4 Pez dispensers from last Christmas which were in a storage bin
-- a handful of pencils and erasers found under the sofa and in cushions
-- several packages of stickers stuffed in the back of a drawer
-- 2 never-opened packages of Lightning McQueen temporary tatoos
-- 2 new bottles of sparkly nail polish in back of vanity drawer
So, you see, cleaning your house can pay off in more ways than you think. Your house will be spotless (for a couple hours, anyway) and you'll have found enough stocking stuffers to fill not only your children's stockings but probably also the neighborhood children's stockings. Throw a couple candy canes in there and call it a day.
Then pat yourself on the back....and cross those two things off of your to-do list. This is my idea of frugal living, at its best.
Memorable conversation of the day:
Cole: Bella, do you think there's a Boogeyman in our closet?
Bella: No, the Boogeyman lives in the sky.
Cole: He does?!
Bella: Yeah...he lives in the sky with the man in the moon and a bunch of shooting stars.
Cole: Wow, that's awesome!
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