Cheap in Erie
By Dana Massing Erie Times-News staff blogger
I am a grandchild of the Great Depression and a survivor of more recent recessions. Through my grandparents and parents, I've learned to spend wisely and to save while still being able to live life well. I want to share my discoveries with you and hear yours.   Read more about this blog.
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Posted: December 20th, 2012
Find a purpose for small pieces of wrapping paper

When I’m wrapping presents, I always end up with bits of paper I’ve snipped off because I didn’t need quite that much for a particular package.

I never throw out those pieces until I’m all done wrapping.

Often, I’ll find that one of those pieces is the perfect size for covering another gift. The bits and pieces of paper are especially good for wrapping small presents, like gift cards.

In a pinch once when I was out of tissue paper for my very last package, I crinkled up the leftover little pieces of wrapping paper and used them to cushion the gift in the box before wrapping it with a larger piece of paper.

My mother used to put the small pieces of paper in folders that she kept in the attic with her wrapping paper. Some of those pieces waited one or two Christmases for a gift small enough to cover.

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