How do you manage the holidays on a frugal budget?
Keep in mind here that "frugal" might be externally OR internally imposed. For some of us, living frugally frees up capital that can be invested in various ways. For others here, there is no extra to free up, and frugality is our only option. Both are valid.
So, a frugal holiday season... this idea is totally at odds with the mainstream consumerist culture. There's a good discussion here about rejecting holiday materialism. But rejecting materialism is only part of the picture for those of us who practice frugality.
What ways are you making do this holiday season? How are you using what you have on hand to bring about the material things that you do value? How have you shifted your traditions and expectations away from dollar-funded options and toward homemade, homegrown, repurposed, regifted, consumable, re-used, needed, created, found, downsized, bartered, bargain, add-your-own-frugal-word options? How have you attempted and/or succeeded in changing the expectations of your spouse, children, extended family, friends, and neighbors to prepare them for a different kind of holiday(s) than money can buy?
I have lots of ideas but would love to hear what others do. With 83 members in this group, I am sure we can amass a fine long list of ideas. Please share yours with us!