One of my favorite things to do at Christmas is fill the family's stockings with small gifts. This could quickly become very expensive if I let it... but I don't. Instead, I pick up little trinkets and free samples throughout the year and put those back for stockings. My rule of thumb for stockings is that items have to cost less than $1, and they can't be junk that will just wind up in the bottom of the toy box.
Here are some of the frugal stocking fillers I'll be using this year:
- a free GeoTrax DVD for my son
- two children's books that I received free for review (Ok, technically these may not fit into their stockings, but they were still free!)
- animal shaped measuring tapes for each child-- $.39 on clearance in Target's party aisle over the summer
- Jonas Brothers pencils- $.10 for four from WalMart's clearance aisle after school started
- fun socks for each child to coordinate with the clearance sweaters they will receive
- gum, bought on sale/ with coupon
- a $1 photo album/ brag book for each child, using favorite photos from the year (if I had planned ahead a little more I would have had them printed for FREE when I signed up for SeeHere)
Frugal stocking stuffers work for me-- what inexpensive items will you be putting in your stockings this Christmas? I'd love to hear more ideas!