Last minute reminder – Mother’s Day is this weekend!
Yikes! How did that happen?
Remember our conversation about gift-giving and how to save money on gifts (basically by not giving any!) Well I wanted to give a little update.
If you’ll recall, we have a lot of family events this month. The first two were my two brother-in-law’s birthdays (the 5th and 7th, respectively). In the past we’ve always sent cash or gift cards. This year they each got a card from the Dollar Tree (fifty cents each)…..and nothing else. If you read in the comments, I admitted that I felt pretty guilty about it as I walked down to our mailbox (its around the corner). But as soon as I put the cards in the mail I somehow felt….relieved? almost lighter even? I can’t describe it, but it felt right. Like I’m doing the right thing.
Next holiday “up” was Mother’s Day (this weekend). I had originally thought I would print pictures and send, maybe in a cheap Dollar-Tree frame. Well time got away from me and we needed to mail them out ASAP and that hadn’t been done. So I took the advice from commenters and let the girls do another art project. Someone commented on how baby’s drawings are like priceless Picassos to grandmas. So that’s what we sent.
I let the girls color on some pink paper, then used scrapbook paper I already have to “frame” it. Before making any cuts I first measured the envelopes to make sure everything would fit inside the card envelope (I didn’t want to have to buy larger envelopes). So it all fit perfectly. One for my Mom, my MIL, my Grandma, and Chris’ Grandma. Got everyone covered. : )
It was really fun getting to decide which way was “up” and “down” and to sign the girls’ names in the corner! On the back I simply wrote, “Happy Grandma’s Day” or “Happy Nana’s Day” (depending on what the person is called).
I slipped these little works of art into Dollar Tree cards, where I wrote a more personal and heart-felt message, signed our names, and dropped in the mail.
Total cost was 50 cents per card (I LOVE the 2 for $1 cards at the Dollar store!).
Certainly not as extravagant as gifts in the past (which have included gifts like delivered flowers, chocolate of the month club, tickets to a show, etc), but I feel so much better knowing that this didn’t set back our debt-payoff journey, and I honestly think our Moms will enjoy these little works of art more than some chocolate in the mail (side note: If anyone has ever thought of doing the chocolate of the month club….DON’T do it! The chocolates are supposed to be packaged with ice packs but always arrived totally melted and inedible at my Mom’s house! Not to mention the insane expense!)
All in all, I feel like this has been a small “Win” in our debt-payoff process.
The remaining 2 events from this month include my Dad’s birthday and MIL’s birthday. I just picked up some pictures from Walgreens (I spent under $2), and plan to put a couple pictures in both cards, along with more heart-felt messages. Not a bad spending month, considering all the gift-giving “holidays.”
Money Envelope Update
We’re only 1 week deep into using money envelopes so I’ll update more as we go along, but so far I’ve really liked using the envelope system! They’re still bulky and slightly annoying and just a general change in habit since I’m almost “programmed” to just whip out the debit card for all purchases. But I have to admit that they’ve been working GREAT at curbing spending! I have also liked having the envelopes to be able to tuck receipts inside or to store coupons for the grocery store (otherwise, these slips of paper would just be floating randomly around inside my purse and often got lost or trashed).
I’ll let you know how I feel 3 weeks from now but so far, so good!
What “Wins” have you had in the debt-payoff (and/or savings) journey recently???