"Today, I emphasize a most basic principle: home production and storage. Have you ever paused to realize what would happen to your community or nation if transportation were paralyzed or if we had a war or depression? How would you and your neighbors obtain food? How long would the corner grocery store—or supermarket—sustain the needs of the community?" (President Ezra Taft Benson)
We may never see any of these things happen but there are many things that can cause hard times for us... job loss, health and many more. We have lost two insurance companies here in Iowa and I think about those under threats of forest fires and how their insurance companies changed their coverage unexpectedly. We cannot be prepared for everything but being prepared for some things is better than no preparation at all.
https://www.everydaycheapskate.com/home-and-family/how-to-avoid-christmas-debt-when-youre-short-on-cash/ - I love her nothing new for Christmas and her gift rules.
https://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/easy-frugal-homemade-christmas-gift-ideas/ - some different ideas.
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/151785449921625674/ - this has lots of frugal gift ideas.
https://justbrightideas.com/gifts-in-a-jar-ideas/ - I liked dehydrated salsa in a jar and apron in a jar.
https://momsoffaith.com/2013/11/101-frugal-christmas-tips/ - great ideas here as well.
https://www.littlehouseliving.com/100-frugal-or-free-christmas-gifts-for-toddlers.html - great ideas!
https://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/frugal-handmade-christmas-gifts.htm - I like their ideas.
http://www.frugaldebtfreelife.com/main/0-christmas-gifts-idea - more ideas.
https://fabulesslyfrugal.com/diy/20-homemade-christmas-gift-ideas/ - I like the melted snowman candy.
I think there are great ideas in all of these sites. I really like the idea of buying used, it's fantastic! I have received used gifts and loved those gifts.
Try to think how you could make a very frugal Christmas.
The best thing is building traditions.
Be content. Joy is in giving and service, both things that give peace and happiness.
This is a fairly new tradition my husband and I started a few years back...
We also make Christmas jerky...
I freeze a rump roast and the night before I make it, I take out of freezer the next morning. In a large bowl I put liquid smoke and a medium bottle of soy sauce. Then I slice the roast into the bowl giving it a stir now and then. I put it in a dehydrator and dry till done (when it bends but is like leather).
When the kids were little they decorated the tree and had eggnog and cinnamon knots and it was great fun. Back then we bought those bread sticks in a can that you whack on counter. Take them apart and dip them in melted butter then dip in a sugar cinnamon mix, fold into a loose knot, and then bake them. This also can be done with homemade bread dough.
For our tradition, my husband and I go on a Christmas date to the used bookstore and find what we would like then we go eat out. We do this is in place of gifts.
We always read The Candle in the Forest.
Those are a few of our traditions share some of yours in the comments below!