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Brown paper packages tied up with string — Holiday gift giving doesn t have  to break  the bank

☷Brown paper packages tied up with string — Holiday gift giving doesn t have to break the bank

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   FORT KNOX , Ky . – There’s no sugar - cookie - coating it: the holidays can be very expensive . Among the travel costs , family gatherings , office parties and , of course , loads of gifts , we’re all draining our already strained pocketbooks this time of the year . Be that as it may , I’ve discovered some resourceful ways to save money while still showing immense generosity and kindness throughout the season . Between travel costs , family gatherings , office parties and gifts for loved ones , the holidays can be very expensive . The author explores ......a variety of ways to cut costs during the Christmas season . Planning ahead can be a crucial first step in helping to not spend so much . Taking the initiative to shop throughout the year , watch for sale prices and set a budget in advance can all lessen the financial burden over the holidays . Even if it’s late in the game at this point , thinking about those plans going into next year can help in the future . Many banks will allow their customers to create separate savings accounts for dedicated purposes , such as Christmas funds . Setting money aside in such an account throughout the year can be another way to ensure extra capital is accessible come shopping time . For those of us who weren’t able to get a step ahead this year though , there are still numerous opportunities to be more frugal when coming up with gift ideas for friends and family – some of which are right here at Fort Knox . According to Hansen Consignment Store manager Heidi Wadsworth , a great deal of Fort Knox community members may not realize the advantages her business provides , or for some , that it exists at all . “We’re the largest consignment store in the area , ” said Wadsworth . “There are so many things here that make great gifts . We even have lots of items that are brand new . ” In addition to the shopping option Hansen offers , it’s also a way for anyone holding a valid Department of Defense card to bring items in good condition they don’t use anymore in to consign and potentially make some extra money . “The customer sets the price , ” said Thomas . “We do make suggestions , but that’s it . It’s up to the customer . ” Wadsworth said she posts additional details and has Hansen contact information on the consignment store Facebook page for anyone interested in either shopping or consigning something , but highly recommends simply stopping in to see how many excellent gift possibilities they have . While Hansen offers a place to shop for gifts , there is also an extraordinary organization on post dedicated to assisting Fort Knox Families who are experiencing a hardship during the holidays and may need help giving their children a special Christmas . American Red Cross volunteer Angie Thomas said every year , Santa’s Workshop collects donated gifts for children ages 0 - 18 . “Santa’s Workshop is a Red Cross program that helps military Families in need have a joyous holiday , ” said Thomas . “Last year we were able to reach 231 kids from 17 different units right here at Fort Knox . ” Although the deadline to submit applications initially closed in mid - November , Thomas said those in need should still reach out . “We just extended in order to reach the max population in the Fort Knox community , ” said Thomas . “If an application comes in after the deadline , we’ll still look at those on a case - by - case basis . If you’re in need this holiday season , please definitely apply . ” Thomas said thanks to the abundance of donations , they are able to provide each child with multiple gifts . She and other Red Cross volunteers post all updates and information to the Santa’s Workshop Facebook page , and welcome any Family who may need extra help with gifts for their children to contact them . Between travel costs , family gatherings , office parties and gifts for loved ones , the holidays can be very expensive . The author explores a variety of ways to cut costs during the Christmas season . In addition to what’s available at Fort Knox , there are also some creative present ideas that , while being less expensive than other store - bought items , can be just as if not more meaningful . One suggestion is to give the gift of your time and/or service . Oftentimes , our loved ones may have tasks and odd jobs they need taken care of in one form or another . By offering to do the work for them as opposed to tackling it themselves or having to hire an outside company , you’ve given them a wonderful gift they truly need . Another thought is to make or bake something to eat , then wrap it to give it a festive presentation . The recipients will be grateful for the time taken to prepare delicious goodies , not to mention then getting to enjoy them . The wrapping itself can also be a cost that adds up quickly . If you choose to wrap gifts in brown paper and use simple twine to tie them , it can give them a rustic look while also saving money . Add freshly trimmed greenery or pinecones from your own backyard to achieve a true Christmas feel . With larger groups , organize gift exchanges such as Secret Santa or white elephant events . Both allow for the need of only one gift rather than for each person , and white elephant can also be a fun regifting holiday experience ( and therefore no cost whatsoever! ) that tends to be entertaining and packed with laughter . When it comes to the holidays , the main thing to remember is that there are many ways to spend less money and still be exceptionally giving toward those you care about . Just as Dr . Seuss showed us: “’Maybe Christmas , ’ the Grinch thought , ‘doesn’t come from store . Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more . ’”


24 November 2022 ( November 24 2022 )



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