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The Frugal Christmas My Merry

By MMC Associate Editor, B. Francis Morlan
The Frugal Christmas

The Frugal Christmas isn't just reserved for hard times. Many folks practice the Frugal Christmas as a means of just having a more meaningful Christmas. And given the cost of everything -- from food to presents to entertain to decorations to whatever -- Christmas can be very expensive. This section of My Merry Christmas is devoted to finding ways to save money while making merry.

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    Ideas for Frugal Gift Giving
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    The Delicate Art of Re-Gifting
It's Christmas morning and you open a gift from Aunt Sally that kind of takes you by surprise. In fact, you don't quite know what to make of it. Only when you look at it closer do you see a random tag come fluttering out that says "To: Sally" does it hit you: Aunt Sally didn't pick this item out for you -- someone else picked it out for Aunt Sally! What do you feel? And what do you do if you're considering the practice of re-gifting?

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    Mostly Homemade (and Frugal!) Gifts Practically Anyone Can Make -- The Non-Food Edition
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    Mostly Homemade (and Frugal) Gifts Practically Anyone Can Make -- The Food Edition
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