InTruBeauty: $200 Christmas Challenge Update

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

$200 Christmas Challenge Update

I recently posted about doing a $200 Christmas Challenge and wanted to update you all on how that was going.  I've linked it above if you want to read the original post!

This may sound like an impossible challenge.  It's not going to be easy, but it IS feasible.  You should know that I am NOT going to do the following:
-Give people products I've received for free.
-Give people things I already own.
-Give people items from garage sales, Goodwill, or Salvation Army
-Give everyone beauty products, because not everybody is into that!

A few things I AM planning on doing:
-Giving people things that I got using coupons.
-Give people products from Birchbox (as long as they tie in with the rest of the gift).
-Give people gifts worth the same amount I usually spend on them or more.
-Give people the best gifts possible that I know they will love, that my very small budget can afford.
-Think of things to give that have been on previous Christmas wish lists, or things that people have mentioned wanting recently, and as the time gets closer to Christmas, follow their list as closely as possible.

Ok, that being said, I have already picked out a few gifts.  And since I know a few family members and many friends follow our blog, I won't tell you who it's meant for.

Gifts so far purchased:
1.  2 Zoya Pinterest Trios @$6.95 each
This was a trio of 3 nail polishes that were on special for $6.95 including shipping about a month or two ago.  We advertised it on our facebook page.  This will not be the completed gift for the two ladies who will be recipients- I will add more to it as time goes on!

2.  Macy's Charter Club earrings @$1.50 marked down from $16
I love to shop during the Macy's 75% off sale and sometimes you can get an even bigger deal.  I won't lie, I've already misplaced where I put these after their purchase, so I couldn't take a picture.  The ones below are kind of similar to the ones I purchased.  The person I bought these for will be getting these for 1/2 of their gift.  


So where does this put me?  I am down to $184.60 left in my Christmas fund for the year.  Guys are always harder for me to shop for, so I'm going to focus on manly items that go on sale.  I want to share with you something I goofed on last year, and something I struck gold with last year relating to man presents.

Woops!  My husband wanted a video camera last year, so while I was in line at Kohl's last Black Friday, I spotted one that was $150 marked down to $40.  I totally scooped it up because if it was $150 originally it's gotta be good.  Right?  Wrong!  It was the biggest piece of junk ever and I got the eye roll for not looking up reviews.  So word to the wise- DO NOT buy something electronic without reading reviews.  

Score!  My dad's big on the outdoors and camping.  If he had to move out of his house tomorrow and 
was given a shack in the woods free of charge with an outdoor toilet, and a bow and arrow to kill his own game, he'd probably feel like he won the lottery.  I don't get it, but anyways, he is pretty easy to shop for if you buy fishing tackle, or anything hunting related.  Last year, I went out on a limb and bought him an LED lantern from Macy's that was on clearance for $10.  Not really my first place I would have thought to buy outdoors stuff but it was a total hit.  He uses it constantly, and loves it.  He was shocked I bought it at Macy's.  

P.S. Another thing I am looking into for help with Christmas buys is Little Black Bag.  Jessica's a member, and she gets some outstanding deals.  It's $50 and that's 1/4 of my alloted money, so it'll be a big decision.  You can sign up for Little Black Bag here. Search "little black bag" in the search bar to see all the goodies she has gotten for this low price! (Around $9 to $10 per item at the end).

Am I the only person shopping for Christmas already?  Tell me where I can find all the good deals!

Yours in Beauty and Savings,
Justina

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