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If you frequent dollar stores (and we know you do), you know that they have deals on all kinds of different stuff.  I don’t know about you, but I am on a serious budget this year, which means I will be looking for those deals as I shop and craft my way through my Christmas gift list!

In addition to gifts destined for under the tree, there are the stockings to consider.  What is your top money-saving tip for filling stockings?  I like to stretch my stocking-stuffing dollar farther by giving useful things that I know the recipient will actually use.  Don’t get me wrong, I love just-for-fun gifts too, but I feel like my money is better spent on practical gifts than on random odds and ends that are destined to collect dust.

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I had a chance to go shopping at Dollar General with a mission to stuff a few stockings on a $25 budget.  I managed to fill stockings for my whole household:  My husband, myself, and our two cats.  Check out the video to see my shopping in action, and to see how I made a couple of crafty alterations to some of my purchases!

I bought:

  • 3 stockings, $5.50
  • Word search book, $3.00
  • Amazing Goop glue, $2.85
  • Socks, $1.00
  • 2 plastic tumblers, $5.00
  • 2 packages chocolate truffles, $2.00
  • 2 packages catnip mice, $3.00
  • Laser pet toy, $3.00
  • Catnip, $1.95
  • 2 cans cat food, $1.20

Total:  $28.50

Okay, so I ended up going a teeny-tiny bit over-budget, but I found a lot of good stuff and didn’t want to put any of it back!  The stocking for my cats was somewhat of a splurge at $3.50, and putting it back would have put me right at $25 on the button.  But once I saw it…  I had to have it!  Plus, if you already have stockings on hand that you use every year, you can strike those off your shopping list in the first place.  So really, the contents of my stockings cost a mere $23!

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