Budgeting for gifts and their wrappings, cards and bows

When I’m shopping for a special gift I sometimes buy the wrapping paper or gift bag, along with the card and bow, at a 99 cents store. This way I’ll have more money for what is most important–the gift.

For example, I was invited to a family friend’s birthday bash and wanted to get him a bottle of Campari, an Italian Apertif. I managed to keep everything below the budgeted amount of $30 because I bought the gift bag and greeting cards at a 99 cents store.

If I had gone to a gift shop or Hallmark Card Shop the gift bag alone would have cost $3.00 and the cards another $2.50 to $3.00 each.

What prompted me to go to the 99 cents store for the gift wrap and cards was seeing a pretty birthday card by Papyrus that cost $6.99. I just was not going to spend a little less than 1/3 the price of the gift on a greeting card so I put the card back and thought about it no more.

These gift cards and bag came from Chen’s Discount Store on New Utrecht Avenue between 54th and 55th Streets, Boro Park, Brooklyn. Almost every 99 cent store in the area has a small selection of cards for different occasions, as well as gift bags, bows and tissue paper. I recommend using a gift bag when you can’t find a gift box. You’ll have extra money left to buy the present without spending too much on things that eventually get tossed like the box and bag. Some people save their greeting cards to an album but what will be most important is the gift itself. I think that in the end, that is the most important part of the purchase. Saving money on the wrapping and card will help you have more cash available for a gift for that special person.

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Please Note: I’m not affiliated with any store or manufacturer.

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