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paper wrapped present

There’s a difference between being cheap and thrifty. Cheap is when you settle for something of poor or low quality to save a few bucks while thrifty is being careful and diligent about how you spend your money and what you spend it on. Think Fred Sanford verses Carol Brady (with 6 kids, she must have been thrifty!).

Then there are those times when you are in a pinch and have to work with what you’ve got. Last night was such a time as this.

We had a family birthday dinner for my aunt (well, she’s actually a super close family friend — so we call her “Aunt Jan” because she’s cool like that). Greg came home from work, with about fifteen minutes to spare until we had to walk out the door and head Β over to my mom & dad’s house. Being the awesome husband that he is, he stopped by Target to pick up the present (I called Target earlier in the day to make sure they carried what I was looking for before I asked Greg to pick it up). Change clothes. Freshen up. Five minutes left — give or take a minute. The gift still wasn’t wrapped. I forgot about wrapping the gift!

Let me preface this next part… My friends and family know that I’m the type of person that puts as much time in wrapping the gift as I do picking the gift out. I have an odd love for wrapping paper. Greg should probably block from our internet router this time of year.

Frantically looking around the house for anything that resembles a gift bag or wrapping paper, it dawned on me…

Yes. Yes, I did.

Off to the utility room I go searching for the roll of brown paper we used to line the floors on moving day. After a snip here and a snip there, a little bit of ribbon and a snowflake gift tag… crisis averted:

When we arrived at dinner, my Grandma pointed out that she liked my wrapping paper. I just couldn’t keep it in and had to tell them what it actually was. Everyone had a big laugh about it. They totally understood, knowing what we’ve been going through for the last few weeks!

So yes, I was caught in a pinch, but it forced me to use what I had. Which also happened to be a not-so-bad thrifty solution. ‘Tis the season to be thrifty, fa la la la la la la!

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    Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons
    December 14, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    teeehee! =)

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    April Moss
    December 14, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Personally, i think that was an ingenious idea! & very funny! Good post!

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    December 14, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    haha! That’s great!

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    Hillary @ The Sweet Maple Life
    December 14, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Thats so funny! I decided that I wanted all the Christmas gifts to be wrapped in brown paper this year, my mom suggested to go to HD and buy a roll of the floor covering….. needless to say the roll was huge, cheap, and will last for many holidays. Plus I got to get really creative with the bows, and I swear I have never seen my gifts under the tree look so pretty!

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      December 15, 2010 at 11:00 am

      Such a great idea! Who’d thought Home Depot would be the place to go for chic wrapping paper! πŸ˜‰

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    December 16, 2010 at 11:28 am

    And here my daugher and mother was giving me grief about using the exact same brown paper to wrap my gifts. I have oodles of nice ribbon and love to craft. So I did the exact samething Ashley and I think it looks nice. πŸ™‚

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    ELizabeth C.
    December 16, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Cute! Love!

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    ELizabeth C.
    December 16, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    And LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the snow falling as I read your blog:)

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