How to Pack a Shoebox on a Budget Part 4: Regifting

I LOVE Operation Christmas Child and last year managed to pack 45 good quality boxes for just $45 because I didn’t just start in November right before packing week. If that’s you and you don’t have totes full of goodies you’ve saved throughout the year, don’t panic! This is a whole series of posts on Budget Tips for Operation Christmas Child. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be sharing my tips on how to pack a shoebox on a budget.

Today is about ‘Regifting

Yup, I said it! I re-gift and from a survey I read not long ago, I’m not the only one. 69% of people polled believe it’s now socially acceptable! Now, granted, my Mum’s Christmas gift is not going to be something I was given, nor will a picture frame from Isaac’s dedication be given away; but still, there is potential in re-gifting. If it’s not something you’re going to use, bless someone else with it.

At this time of year I scour around my house for items I may have been given and couldn’t use. I generally place them in a box with other gifts I’ve personally bought throughout the year. I look through them with new eyes: Do I really need them or would they be a bigger blessing to a child in Africa? If that’s the case I grab them and add them to a box. I just ensure that the stuff I’m giving is within the guidelines and then I give it.

Check out the rest of the series:

Tip 1: Holiday Clearance
Tip 2: Free Items
Tip 3: Holiday Candy
Tip 5: Thrift Stores

Tip 6: Shipping Costs
Tip 7: Hunt Around The House
Tip 8: School Supplies
Tip 9: Hotel Items
Tip 10: The Dollar Store

Welcome if you’re new around here! Please sign up for my daily tips email HERE. Not only will you get great FREEBIES in your mailbox but you’ll be entered to win $100! If you love OCC like me then you’ll want to pack as many boxes as possible and by signing up for my email you won’t miss out on the deals I write about throughout the year and also the tips I’m giving over the next few weeks!

If you live in the Northwest Indiana/Chicagoland area please consider joining us on 11/11/10 for a packing party, details here.

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