Anything free is obviously great by default. But, saving money around the holidays is just plain awesome. Doesn’t everyone hate spending money on something that just gets thrown away anyway? I am happy to bring you this holiday life hack all from my own green/OCD/hoarder/frugal self.
Free Wrapping Paper
Anyone else receive 14 miles of packing paper due to online shopping? I think Wal-Mart was the biggest culprit. What a huge waste of trees!
I have been obsessively saving this stuff for a long time knowing someday it would come in handy. And, well… yeah, I’m a bit of hoarder too. But, this time it paid off! This packing paper is actually quite perfect for use as holiday wrapping paper. Pictured above is just from ONE order. I wrapped all my presents using just what’s shown!
Why This Packing Paper is Perfect for Wrapping Presents:
- It’s perforated (which means very little cutting, if any)
- Two sections are perfect for a small size clothing box (NO cutting)
- Great way to recycle
- Save a few trees
- Simple classy classic look
- Easily decorated
- This can be really fun if you do so in advance with the kids, think bubbles of paint, glitter, stickers, crayons, markers…
- IT’S FREE!!!
Every year I also confiscate all the bows and ribbons for future use. I simply throw them all into a box or bag and store them with my Christmas decorations. Some of these silly bows or ribbons cost like $5 each! I am certainly not going to let those just get tossed in the trash.
Between all the packing paper (I still have a ton left over) and my hoarded bows, I spent ZERO dollars on wrapping supplies this year!
I guess I can’t take all the credit. Stewie was barking orders like an angry elf to ensure top quality results from start to finish.
— Jennifer Soltys (@SweepTight) December 21, 2013