40 Gifts Bags for $2.00

Anyone else feel like they’re hemorrhaging money these days? 
Between Christmas gifts, Christmas parties, babysitters, tape (I think someone in our house is eating tape just to annoy me), extra trips to the grocery store, live trees, ornament parties, bus driver gifts (shoottttttttttt I just remembered I forgot to pitch in for that), and a million little extras here and there, I feel like our bank account is getting sucked dry.  I love Christmas probably more than anyone, however I hate that it has turned into this crazy, stressful, spend money everywhere you turn kind of holiday.  I am very frugal, so any extra money spent makes me break out in hives.  My husband has to remind me that the kids do deserve to get some gifts under the tree from Santa.  Don’t get me wrong, I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee to give gifts (and receive them), but I want it to mean something.  This buy just to buy makes me crazy, and me crazier than normal is not a good thing.
So when I saw this idea from my sweet friend Caroline, I fell in love.  Yes, the same Caroline who introduced me to finger knitting and has since turned me into a finger knitting fool
You can get a pack of 40 lunch bags for $2.00,  does that sound right!?!?  I bought these so long ago, I forgot what I paid.  I am proud to say I have not spent one cent on any gift wrapping paper, bow, tie, tag, or tissue paper this year (except tape). Granted you might get your gifts handed to you in a laundry basket with a towel draped over it like my dear friend Tracy did to her kids one year!!  The funniest thing I have hear in a longgggggggggggg time. 
I bought this at Michael’s several months ago.  I had my 40% off coupon so I think this was about $7.00.  I have since used it a million and ten times.
Pretty Paper

Not the most elegant gift giving wrapping job, but I love it and I didn’t spend any money.  I could focus on the person and the gift I wanted to give.  I will from now on be giving every gift I give in a paper lunch sack.  If you’re getting married, having a baby, celebrating your birthday you will get a gift and a bag for your next lunch.
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7 Responses to 40 Gifts Bags for $2.00

  1. Tracey Bower- Bower Studio December 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    I so hear you on the money hemmoraghing! And, I'm a big fan of the brown bag- I buy the brown handled kraft bags in bulk and use them for EVERYTHING!! I use them for my business packaging as well!

  2. Button Bird Designs December 16, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

    Ohhhh Tracey where do you buy them in bulk? Hope you have a Merry Christmas! We have to catch up soon!

  3. Jennifer December 17, 2011 at 12:10 am #

    You can print on paper bags too! :) Just create a document the same size as your bag, type out a design, name, or whatever, and run it through your printer! :)

  4. Anonymous December 18, 2011 at 4:28 am #

    Can you tell me what that punch is called.
    Love to purchase one.

  5. caroline December 18, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    just lovely!

  6. Button Bird Designs December 18, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    What a great idea!! I can't wait to try it!
    Thanks so much!!

  7. Button Bird Designs December 18, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

    Hi Anonymous!
    Not sure what the name of the punch is called…..hmmmmmm Tag punch!?!?
    Sorry I couldn't help

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