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Frugal Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers For Everyone : The Saturday Weekend Review #269

Canadian Stocking Stuffers

Stuff Christmas Stockings With Inexpensive Products They’ll Love

Oh no, I forgot to buy the stocking stuffers for Christmas. 

Does this sound familiar?

I bet for many Canadians out there last-minute shopping entails loading up on stocking stuffers.

Here’s the thing. Don’t let that rush to the shop cost you far more than you have budgeted for Christmas gifts.

We tend to buy anything in a panic when we know time is running out so take a deep breath and shop with care.

Leaving Stocking Stuffers Until The End

Just when you thought your Christmas shopping was done you rush out for those frugal last-minute stocking stuffers for the stockings hung by the chimney with care.

Mrs. CBB and I are the WORST for Christmas stockings and stocking stuffers but this year we plan to fill one up for our little guy who is right into the spirit of the holidays.

He Loves Christmas, but what kid doesn’t?

Just to be transparent the time spent with our family is one of the most valuable lessons that I’ve learned over the years.

It’s not about gift-giving it’s about Christmas feels.

Christmas is about family, sharing, time and did I mention family?

You never know when it will be the last.

My father-in-law LOVED Christmas but most of all having the entire family together since we don’t all live in the same city.

Sitting in the front room around the tree on Christmas morning with our hair flopping every which way, coffee in hand and smiles on our faces was a luxury I will miss this year since he is no longer with us.

This year Christmas will be very different for our family but we know he will be right there beside us cheering us on.

Envision a full head of white hair and beard, face with a goofy smile, funky holiday slippers and some holiday fashion draped over his head.

That’s my father-in-law.

For our family memories prevail and with them come opening gifts, laughter and those Christmas stockings leaning next to the fire-place filled for everyone.

That is where our Christmas Day story begins each year, around the fireplace as a family.

What makes good stocking stuffers?

Ask my sister-in-law the Queen of stocking stuffers because she believes if buying Christmas gifts is not in the budget then at least a Christmas stocking filled with goodies is in order.

Most often it was just to see the joy on everyone’s faces, that’s how she rolls.

She loves to give.

If there was one person who showed me that what goes inside a Christmas stocking doesn’t have to be lavish and budget-breaking it was my sister-in-law.

I also believe it was her way of teaching family that sometimes it’s the little things that count the most and not all those gifts wrapped under the tree.

To be honest every Christmas I was more impressed at the stocking stuffer gifts that poured out of her families stockings then what was wrapped under the tree.

Christmas is in her blood and often she bought extra last-minute stocking stuffer gifts just in case other stockings needed to be filled.

She is such a giving person that way thinking of everyone else.

Best Place To Go For Stocking Stuffers

We save monthly in our projected expenses for Christmas which means we can shop throughout the year when sales pop up but it always seems that we are rushing out for last-minute stocking stuffers.

Hands down the dollar store, thrift stores, Amazon and Boxing Day if you celebrate Christmas after Dec 25th due to travelling or scheduling.

Lots of people like to shop at the Mall still for Christmas gifts and you’ll notice an influx of last-minute Christmas stocking stuffers lingering at the entrance and exits of many of the shops.

They know how to get you to spend it all in their store if they want to but be cautious about going overboard when it comes to last-minute stocking stuffers as they really don’t have to be over-the-top.

Ultimately, quality and your Christmas budget is what dictates how much you spend on your last-minute stocking stuffers.

Last-Minute Amazon Add-On Item Stocking Stuffers

If you are an Amazon member it’s worth checking out the Add-on’s especially if you plan to spend $25 or more on your order.

Most add-on deals come with a restriction of spending minimum $25 but then you get perks like these last-minute stocking stuffers that you can have delivered Prime with-in two days to your front door.

These were just some of the many Amazon Add-on items available that I found…

Last-Minute Dollar Store Stocking Stuffers

  • Chocolates and candy
  • Socks
  • Health and Beauty supplies
  • Christmas ornaments
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Toys galore
  • DVD’s
  • Technology accessories such as screen cleaner, head phones, smart-phone and tablet holders etc.
  • Books, Colouring books
  • Batteries are always handy to stuff in a stocking

There is too much to list but you can’t go wrong because if you’re looking for the small stuff the dollar store will have it.

Last-Minute Boxing Day Stocking Stuffers

If you are able to get out for boxing day to scoop up loads of deals being offered and still have last-minute stocking stuffers to buy for your holiday this is the time to do it.

There will be so many deals available to you that you WILL save money had you bought the items before Christmas.

I’m always shocked to see how low prices go on Boxing Day and the days following it.

Last-Minute Thrift Store Stocking Stuffers

As you know we are huge fans of thrift store shopping and it’s amazing how much brand new stuff you can find in the store whether it’s donated or sold at retail for less.

Have a walk down the home decor aisle and you’ll find so many opportunities for the home fashionista on your stocking stuffer list from candles to decorative vases.

In the electronics aisle you can scoop up Books, DVD’s and CD’s for $2.99 and most times you can find them in excellent to new condition.

You will find tonnes of hats, scarves, gloves and evening jewellery that are brand new and perfect stocking stuffers.

There is never a shortage of toys new and used along with bags and bags of arts of crafts that haven’t even been opened yet.

The list goes on and on when it comes to thrift shopping for your last-minute stocking stuffers so don’t pass up the opportunity to save money wherever and whenever you can.

Gift Cards Rule the Last-Minute Stocking Stuffer

P.S- Don’t forget about buying Gift Cards and Gift Certificates for those last-minute stocking stuffers because just about everywhere that offers them these days will come with a perk.

We bought gift certificates from The Goodwill and received 50% back in money coupons to spend in the store.

Discussion: What are some awesome last-minute stocking stuffers that you’ve bought? Share your comments below.

CBB Home and Blog Update

Hey Everyone,

I have a few more days at work before I’m off for Christmas holidays and boy am I ever happy as it’s been a trying year for our family. It will be nice to just chill out over Christmas although I will be blogging and getting things ready for the new year and my back to work schedule.

This week  we faxed over our TFSA 2019 increase documents to our financial advisor so we have our monthly installments set up from January.

This means we won’t have to back pay anything even though we could probably get away with paying both TFSA contributions in full in January which some people do.

This last week will be filled with me wrapping gifts because Mrs. CBB cannot and even when she did you would laugh so hard because they were a tape disaster.

Picture two ends rolled like a bon-bon.

She hated wrapping gifts like she hates doing laundry so this is my yearly ritual of sorts.

To be honest, though I don’t mind and it really does put me in a happy mood. I love giving and seeing people smile.

As the year draws to a close CBB blog has had a busy year with the new blog design and of course the end of the Grocery Game Challenge and new beginnings for 2019.

Time to get your budget in order friends a new year is upon us which means plenty of opportunities to get your finances back on track starting NOW.

Have a Merry Christmas everyone and we will see you back here for our Saturday Weekend Review #270 December 29th (that’s how many blog posts I’ve done on a Saturday, woah!)

P.S At the end of January CBB blog will be 7 years old. I can’t believe it.

Mr.CBB

Finance Canada Read of the Week

Debt to income ratio up to 178% for households in Canada

The amount Canadians owe relative to their income ticked higher in third quarter.

Statistics Canada says household credit market debt as a proportion of disposable income was 177.5 per cent in the third quarter on a seasonally-adjusted basis. That compared with 177.4 per cent in the second quarter.

There are so many other factors involved with debt to income ratio that are not considered as Kerry from Squakfox pointed out on Twitter the other day such as daycare costs, wage inequality and stagnant wages which all attribute to spending more.

Still, we have to find ways to spend less even if we don’t think our budget can handle it. Why? Well, either you make more money or you save because there’s no round-about-way of going at it unless you go into debt.

DIY Christmas Decor For Less

christmas tree napkin folding

I don’t know who created this photo but I thought it was pretty cool and just had to share it. Setting the table for Christmas dinner doesn’t have to be expensive.

This idea using a simple green napkin that you can buy at a Dollar Store is brilliant!

Frugal Recipe

peanut butter butterscotch marshmallow

Butterscotch Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares are a must at Christmas time for those of you who like simple, easy recipes that won’t break the bank.

I’ve had these numerous times and even though I’m not a huge peanut butter fan I loved them.

Mr.CBB’s Motivational Corner

It Costs Nothing To Show LOVE!

Saturday Search Term Giggles

Every week I get tens of thousands of people who visit Canadian Budget Binder because they did a search online and found my blog. (SIC) means I’ve copied the text exactly and it has spelling errors.

Most times funny, Sometimes serious.

  • Grossary– It’s grocery but I must say that’s the first time I’ve seen it spelled like that.
  • Save on Foods Too Expensive– Makes you wonder when the grocery store that markets savings to customers is getting too pricey.
  • Is $400 a month for groceries enough for a student?– Well, I’m going to say yes if you are in Ontario and the UK. I haven’t lived anywhere else to say differently.

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