Everyone has their circle of friends whether it’s co-workers, neighbors, family or all of the above. So what to do when the holidays roll around and everyone starts handing out gifts? Easy. Don’t buy any– go the thrifty route and give time, skill or service. And with only 10 days until Christmas, you can save time, stress and travel in your search– instead giving the gift of, well, you.
Moneywatch.com has a humorous (but practical) list on how to get started. Some of the ideas may not be for everyone, but they may help spark some money-saving ideas, including:
Swap services. If you have smart but broke friends, this tip is for you. Have a friend who provides a valuable service such as personal training, financial planning, or computer consulting give you several one hour vouchers you can give to your friends. In return, you give your friend the same number of one hour vouchers for whatever service you provide.
You can read the full 10 (and a bonus five!) suggestions right here. Good luck!