If your house is like ours, Christmas is going to be filled with tons of rejoicing over Jesus, wonderful smells from the kitchen and the warmth and love of family regardless of what is happening to the economy right now. But if you are like me, you also love to give gifts and get really tickled watching the kids’ anticipation and excitement. Everyone is going to have to really watch their budget through the holidays and most of us are cutting back, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to share some excellent gifts with your favorite people.
I went back and checked my receipt, so I could give you completely accurate information. Last week, CBD (Christian Book Distributors) had a one-day only $0.99 sale. I picked up beautiful little board books, DVD movies, and tons of great reading for lots of gifts. I received 34 items and the total was only $51.27 (Can you tell I bought a couple things that were more than $0.99?).
I wish I had started this blog sooner, so I could have let you know, but here’s the good news. I checked their site for you this morning and in the Advanced Search section, I selected “under $5”. Sort the list by price in ascending order. The lowest price item this morning is $0.35 and there are nearly 89,000 items priced UNDER $5.
As, I was scanning through the search pages, I realized that once I hit $0.99 (It took more than 20 pages before I got to $0.99), that most items at that specific price were music downloads and there are pages and pages of them. So after going through the first 20 pages or so of the less than $1 items I reversed the search by going up and changing it from Ascending to Descending. I was still in the less than $5 section and out of the music downloads. There were mugs, keychains, novels, childrens books, puzzles, wooden models to build, card games, stuffed animals, Bible studies, pocket New Testaments, CD’s, movies, novels, Focus on the Family Radio Theater CD’s and more. I even saw ministry items, one originally priced at $41.99, now on sale for just $4.99. So dust off your Christmas list and take the opportunity to save for the holidays. I’ll be posting as many bargains as I can find for you between now and then and we’ll all work together to be good stewards of the blessings God has provided.
P.S. If you have a shelf in a closet, or an empty drawer somewhere, or even a nook in the attic, it’s still a good idea to purchase and save items you know you will need later for birthdays, anniversaries, hostess gifts, pastor appreciation, something for a teacher or a graduate, etc. Make a list of all the times you will be gifting throughout the year and remember to include those last minute things like birthday parties or gift exchanges at work. When you find something at a great price, store it and save yourself both time and full-price shopping later.