I budgeted $300 for Christmas to include 7 people, 4 kids, traditions, Elf on the Shelf and Santa. Thanks to my frugal ways, I am STILL under budget! Even with adding on a bunch of extras I didn’t originally think I could afford. 

I spent $169 total on gifts for my whole family and you can read about that here on What I Got My Family for Christmas pictures included!

[Related] My Families Christmas Story, how we celebrated Christmas 2018 with frugal fun and love.

Well after that, I spent $2 on playdough 8 packs from Dollar Tree, to use as gifts for my daughter’s classmates.

I hope to recreate something like this 
Play-Doh Ornament Gift Card featured on repeatcrafterme.com using my cardstock and circuit machine. Thanks Sarah for the idea!
Photo courtesy of RepeatCraftMe.com 

I hope to recreate something like this
Play-Doh Ornament Gift Card featured on repeatcrafterme.com using my cardstock and Cricut machine. Thanks, Sarah for the idea!

Update: I did recreate a similar gift, and I made a step by step tutorial right here.

I spent $25.40 on Hollar.com

stocking stuffers, matching gifts, and a night of baking for $25shipped
stocking stuffers, matching gifts, and a night of baking for $25shipped

My daughter’s school mascot it the tigers.

Her best friend rides her school bus and lives a block away. I got 2 of the tiger hat/mitten set for the girls so they can be twins on hat days at school. The Christmas paper bag is to place it in.

The cookies are for fun family night for us.

The rest is stocking stuffers for my kids.

I had to spend $25 for free shipping.

I wanted to buy a Groupon for a awesome letter from Santa but it didn't work out.
I wanted to buy a Groupon for an awesome letter from Santa but it didn’t work out. 

There is good news though-

I found Sealed By Santa, and for $10 shipped I got to customize a letter AND my girl will get a phone call by Santa. While I know there are free options out there, I enjoy the presentation and hassle-free bonus of using a company.

And the next day Groupon sent me a $10 credit for the hassle (I didn’t even complain to them, so that was a nice surprise.)

I also ordered a $6 Sleigh Bell from Amazon. I’m going to tie a ribbon off of it and toss it outside so it looks like it fell off a reindeer.  It’s adding to the spirit.  

My youth group puts on a Breakfast with Santa every year, and the cost is $7 per person for a French toast breakfast. So there is $21. I will be taking my own French toast (dairy-free) in a bag so my son and I can partake without allergy issues.

I’m still paying for my plate though… it’s a fundraiser.

 

My son(age 13months)  and daughter (age5) meeting Santa this year. 2018
My son(age 13months)  and daughter (age5) meeting Santa this year. 2018

I took part in a Secret Santa with my birthing group (the one my son is in, so everyone has kids super close to his age.) That was a fun $16 expense.

I bought 4 rolls of wrapping paper, 2 stockings and a double pack of scotch tape from the Dollar Tree.

AND. I. AM. STILL. UNDER. BUDGET.

I have $40 left in the Christmas budget, but everything I want or need has been taken care of.

I’m not getting my husband any gifts this year and he’s not getting me any either. But this $40 leftover is tempting.

Of course, I also need to get my brother a birthday present and was quoted $45 for his custom made gifts by a local business. I think that maybe where this leftover cash goes. It’ll be worth it.

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