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Make and share a wish list

Communicate with family and friends so they can buy children's gifts that are valuable. I would imagine one of the most frivolous things on which people spend money is gifts for others. Desire or guilt to get a present for friends, family, or acquaintances leads us to non-researched purchases of underappreciated treasures.
What would happen if people signed up for wish lists and made it known what store they preferred? Even if someone didn't want to fully fund a person's Harley Davidson, they could purchase a gift card to THE RIGHT shop. Putting items on your wish list can also help you resist impulse spending by waiting a bit before making the purchase.
There are lots of ways to tell someone they matter. Another idea is to create a gift certificate as a gift - not a monetary gift certificate but a quality time gift. Consider giving a movie, dinner, or coffee date, I'll babysit for you, text chocolate and I'll bring it home. There are infinite options to save money from being wasted.
I LOVE FlyLady. If you haven't found her, look her up online. She's awesome! Her goal is to help you unclutter your house and your life. This past fall she had the most wonderful article/suggestion. With Christmas coming up, she had a prewritten letter you could steal - it basically said "Friends and family, we love you. We've been working on getting rid of clutter in our house. Please - do not send gifts. We don't need anything. If you WANT to send a gift, then please send money that we can deposit into savings accounts."  What a great idea - being super intentional about not allowing others to clutter up your house.

And hey - why not let someone else feed your pig!

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