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Gift-Giving During A Recession December 5, 2008

banana_bread11Christmas is always a really expensive time of year and this year the economy is not helping. While I have decided that I am only giving family gifts this year, I would still like to do something nice for my friends and co-workers.  Here are some ways that I am saving money on holiday gift-giving:

For my family: I am shopping online for everyone’s gift.  I’ll shop this weekend (to avoid any shipping delays) and have all the gifts shipped to my office (so FedEx doesn’t leave them on my doorstep).  I am definiting planning to comparison shop and take advantage of free shipping deals. 

For my Los Angeles friends/co-workers: I am going to make banana bread, which is yummy and makes my apartment smell good.  It also feels more personal than purchasing gifts in a store.

For my Orange County friends: I am going to plan a date for us all to get together for dinner.  Paying for our portions of the meal will be our “gift” to eachother. We don’t get to see eachother that often.

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