It always amazes me when I go to buy wrapping paper and gift bags. For the same price, I could practically buy a rhinestone tote bag and put the gift in that. I always try to get wrapping paper when it goes on clearance after Christmas. I usually manage to find some not Christmasy paper and can pick up a big roll for a fraction of the price as the smaller birthday rolls. I love having great gifts to give people at a fraction of the original price, like rhinestone t-shirts or screen printed hoodies, so it only makes sense that I try and save money when wrapping the gift. After all, the paper or gift bag just gets thrown away right after it is opened, so it doesn’t seem logical to me to spend $5 on a disposable bag!
I took my kids to Disney on Ice the other day, and they had a blast. Except for the one part that I knew was coming – promotional products. The items that were for sale were about as overpriced as the $4 bottle of water I bought. They had screen printed t-shirts that were over $20. A pair of sunglasses? $15. A sno-cone in a printed cup? $15. My kids of course wanted it all. The last time we went to see a show like this, I was a sucker and let them get cotton candy for the little printed hats that came with it and snow cones for the cups, only to discover they don’t like either?! So this time, we decided to skip the promotional products and rhinestone shirts. I assured them that the cheap toys would break or lose their interest in a short amount of time and it certainly wasn’t worth paying $22 for a spinning light thing. They were not happy, but quickly forgot about it.