My Mother the Frugal Queen!
Growing up, we were on food stamps, (1990's "funny money") and my mother worked two jobs. She was a Manager at a Burger King, and an Eye/Hook machine operator at a brassiere factory. My father was an enlisted soldier, Active Duty Army. She had three children all within five years of age to raise and take care of on her own (my father was away at basic training). I remember my parents struggling to pay bills and keep food on the table, but my mother, no matter how small the amount, would save all of her change in an old water jug, the kind you would see in a doctor's office. She and my father probably had about 4 or 5 of those 10 gallon tanks, and she FILLED them to the brim, with pennies and other loose change..she did this all year long until December 20th. She did this all so she could afford to buy her three children Christmas gifts. Nothing fancy or extravagant, but we ALWAYS had what we NEEDED and that's what made a difference. I love that woman! So no matter how small the amount, save your pocket change!