I put my hands up, I will admit it... I often don't see the point of spending money on things which will end up virtually unused in the bin or things that I can make myself. Take for example, Christmas present wrapping. I went to the supermarket the other day to buy a couple of rolls of Christmas wrapping paper and I almost had to be given CPR in the middle of the shop... 7CHF for 3m of wrapping paper???Are you kidding me??Not that we have hundreds of presents to wrap but I would still probably need to buy 2 or 3 of these rolls to do the job at hand. And then I remembered that I had bought a 50m roll of brown paper at the Post Office for a few francs to wrap parcels with a while back. This would very well do the job of covering the presents for a few days before ending up virtually unusued in the bin on Christmas day. All is needed is some ribbon to cheer the whole thing up a bit, and I can always recycle ribbon in crafty projects after Christmas.
Than, came the question of the Christmas tags... They cost a small fortune here, no one ever bothers reading them before chucking them in the bin so what is the point of buying them when you can make them for free?
Take some pictures from the December edition of one of your favourite magasines...
Cut and glue onto a piece of paper or thing cardboard
Press in a book for an hour or so to make sure they dry flat, et voilà!
Call me cheap but I have probably saved well over 30 CHF here (the equivalent price of 3 chickens in la Suisse!) and it does not look bad at all:
Not to everyone's taste but my purse is satisfied!