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Sikeston shopper is getting more for less for the holidays

One woman shares her experience of how to shop with a low budget. One woman shares her experience of how to shop with a low budget.
SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - One woman shares her experience of how to shop with a low budget. 

Linsey Smith of Sikeston tells Heartland News how she manages buying gifts for her family while not having a job or much money. 

Smith saved hundreds of dollars on gifts online including one order that would normally cost 400 dollars, in which she only spent 25 dollars. 

She shops around for the best deals through various sites for one time deals. 

Smith also checks out Facebook for local yard sales and checks in stores such as Goodwill for barely used and new items. 

However, Smith even goes beyond that. She also uses supplies around her home for her and her children to make unique and inexpensive gifts for others. 

These items include homemade crayons, bird seed wreaths and other sentimental items. 

She personalizes a lot of gifts using various photos of her children and family as well. 

Smith says this is a great way to not only provide presents for her children, but a way for her children to get involved in the giving spirit as well. 

"My son immediately wanted to give some homemade crayons to his art teacher at school," Smith said.

Smith says it warms her heart knowing that other people are happy receiving these unique and personal gifts from herself and from her children.

She hopes her children will follow in her footsteps and will be able to provide unique and thoughtful gifts for others. 

"It's not about how much you spend," she said. "But how much time and thought you put into a gift that makes it satisfying."

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