What would Christmas morning be without those wonderfully wrapped presents? Wrapping paper is one of those forgotten expenses with Christmas. We spend time planning the gifts and deciding what we will buy but often forget the gift wrap. Gift wrap is not usually a major expense during the Christmas season but it is one that can add up quickly. Gift wrap often hits the Christmas budget slowly, a little here and a little there.
Christmas wrapping paper does not have to cause problems for the Christmas budget. There are a number of unique ways that people can save money on the wrapping paper. Here are just a few simple suggestions.
Buy the clearance paper
Every year on the day after Christmas, all of those wonderful Christmas items that did not sell are marked at a discount. Many times these discounts are fifty percent or more. Take advantage of these sales to stock up on Christmas items, including wrapping paper. There is usually no better price on wrapping paper during the entire year. Use those clearance sales to snag up some savings for the following year.
Buy at less known stores
During the Christmas season most stores try to get in on the festivities and the profits. Every store from grocers to craft peddlers, seek to get a piece of the Christmas market. This means that many stores have items such as wrapping paper and usually offer them at competitive prices. How does this save money? Sometimes these stores have sales on their Christmas items before Christmas trying to get rid of them.
There is usually at least one point during the Christmas season that people run out of wrapping paper. Instead of running across town to buy it, go to the closest grocery. The savings may not be on the paper but on the gasoline. The savings also impact non-financial aspects such as time.
Buy at dollar or discount stores
One of the cheapest places to find wrapping paper is the dollar stores. The selection is usually limited but wrapping paper is wrapping paper. Dollar stores often offer gift wrap at a significantly lower price. However, be aware that these stores often give less paper in their packages to lower the price. Many times the paper is less colorful and of less quality.
Buy larger quantities
Often the price of wrapping paper drops as the quantity of paper increases. Buying larger packages of paper or larger rolls of paper may cost more money but will save money in the end. Buying the needed gift wrap for the season at one time also may produce some savings.
Recycle gift wrap
Another major way to save on gift wrap is to recycle items. Many times recycling the actual gift wrap may be difficult. However, recycling the ribbons, bows and gift bags is easy to do. Using these items can lead to saving some money during the holiday season.
Wrapping paper can be an easy way to save some money during Christmas. The savings may take some time and some effort but the savings can be worth it.