If you’re looking for inexpensive gifts that won’t break the bank, then you’ve come to the right place.

I want to share with you three of the best gifts ideas I’ve ever come across in a concept I refer to as: “The Pen is Mightier than the Dollar”

If you’re like me, you have been bombarded with media and advertising telling us we need to spend a lot of our hard earned cash to impress someone. When that someone is the person you’re in love with, it becomes an odd paradox.

Money is the number one source of stress in relationships, yet the number one recommendation is to spend more of it to make someone feel better?

I’ll chalk that up to being another one of the mysteries of life.

Anyway, for those who are willing to do some work outside of swiping a credit card and who are looking for affordable gifts, here’s my first idea: Create a Good Memory Jar

This year, my girlfriend and I started collecting our good moments by writing them down and placing them into a jar, hence the name, “good memory jar.”

Our goal is to fill up the jar before the end of the year, and then open and read each note on New Year’s Eve.

When we’re out together and share a laugh over a hilarious story, or we eat a great home cooked meal, or when we find ourselves enjoying a nice walk, we write down a short note about how we feel in the moment and what caused that feeling.

We’re actively looking for the good in our situation and that helps us block out some of the negative aspects of our day.

If you haven’t started this type of jar, then you can start at any point. It could be just a month or a season — start date and duration is entirely up to you and your loved one.

I expect we’ll keep our jar and we can find another day in the distant future to relive some of our favorite memories from 2016.

Check out the other inexpensive gifts in my guest post over at Allan’s blog The Practical Saver.

Spoiler alert: there will be tears of joy. Also, don’t worry, these are physical gifts as opposed to ‘unconditional love,’ which is a great gift, but not on my list of frugal gifts.

-Matt
Master Distiller

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