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More can be less.

Although we splurged in different ways this Christmas, we stayed with our plan to buy mostly second-hand presents for our kids. This way we could afford to get them more than if we were paying retail. Some new items we bought were Star Wars Angry Birds t-shirts, an Angry Bird game and some coloring books.

The first thing I bought the kids for Christmas was a Little Tikes work bench with a rotating saw. Salvation Army – $8.99! I found all sorts of things at Value Village to help stock the bench including a tool box and lots of tools. I even found some of their gifts in thrift stores across the border!

At the last-minute I was able to buy a lightly used Nintendo DS for my oldest son. He told me everyone had a DS but him. Even his gramma. So I gave in. It was only $65, I believe, and came with a leather case and some games.

We also bought a kids table and five chairs for a great price. I think $56. They are from Ikea and cost a small fortune when bought new. Each chair is $19.99 plus tax retail. So I think I did well. Luckily a daycare that had bought them in September no longer needed them. Yay me! The kids are thrilled with the table. Unfortunately the youngest thinks it`s very helpful to get things off of his shelfs.

There is no way we would have shelled out the money for these items at regular retail prices. So not only is it eco-friendly it`s also wallet-friendly!

Please share your great second-hand Christmas gift stories.



About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


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