Lecia from Kindly Deeds emailed in the following testimonial which I thought many of you would enjoy reading:
Due to two consecutive layoffs, my husband has been employed for only seven out of the last 24 months. That means we’ve had two holiday seasons in a row with very little money to spare on gifts. Each year we draw names with both sides of our family, which gives us an extra 14 people to shop for, in addition to our own family of seven!
Both this year and last year, I relied heavily on my email updates from MoneySavingMom.com to help me provide Christmas for all those people. If you haven’t signed up yet for the Money Saving Mom® email list, you definitely should. Reading and using those emails has saved my family hundreds of dollars over the past two years.
As a direct result of the emails, I got:
- Two cute little change purses from Target for my daughters. They love these and keep their dollar store Silly Bandz in them!
- About $40 in gift cards to Amazon.com by using Swagbucks for several months. Plus, I signed up for the Amazon Mom program and got free shipping throughout the holiday season.
- A free Duplo-style car that I just had to sign up for. That was perfect for my little nephew.
- Three $10 credits from Kellogg’s after buying three boxes of cereal per credit (and I got the cereal three for $7, and then saved more by using coupons)! These credits were good for any toy or electronic product at stores like Wal-Mart.
- About $20 in PayPal cash from taking surveys on sites recommended by MoneySavingMom.com.
- A free photo collage from Walgreens. I used my son’s Homecoming photos to make a collage for him that he treasures.
- Free or nearly free photo books from various sites that made perfect gifts for grandparents.
We also scrambled together a few more dollars by trading in books and video games at our local used bookstore, and transferring some prescriptions at a time when K-Mart was offering $25 gift cards for each transferred prescription. Since three of my five kids take daily medications for asthma, we were able to get $100 in gift cards this way.
Once I got through the Christmas season and took a minute to breathe, I realized how blessed we had been, and I was so full of joy and gratitude for the wonderful and frugal Christmas we were able to have.
Lecia Crider lives in Mesa, AZ with her husband, Jay, and their five children. She blogs about service opportunities at Kindly Deeds, and she’d love for you to take a peek at her husband’s resume on LinkedIn!