Are you confused? Usually the words "frugal" and "December" do not go together. But I always save a little bit of money throughout the month for after Christmas shopping. The number one way that I have learned to live debt-free is to avoid surprises as much as possible and plan ahead. That means shopping in the off-season and shopping intentionally.
Usually I begin making a list in November of all the after-Christmas items I will begin looking for. If there are Christmas decoration items I want, I scout them out and buy them after Christmas and use them next year.
This year I really wanted to purchase a nice nativity scene for my mantle. But a nice nativity can cost quite a bit of money, so I looked all throughout the Christmas season for the scene I wanted and went back for it on December 27th. I ended up buying a gorgeous set I already had my eye on which was originally marked $69.99 for about $23
After Christmas I always buy all my wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, etc for next Christmas. I end up loving myself the following year for doing this. One reason is because I hate cheap wrapping paper that tears when I use it. So I usually buy nice wrapping paper after Christmas at seriously reduced prices.
And as always, I always look for wrapping paper with a reminder of Christ on it.
I also usually buy Christmas cards for the next year, but I have enough left over from this year to last until next.
After Christmas I bought some pretty silver stocking holders (I was using tape before to attach them to the mantle). They were originally $17.99 and I got them for only $4 each after Christmas
I also look at after-Christmas sales for non-Christmas items. This is usually the best time to buy clothes, as retailers are slashing prices on winter items and the selection is still very good. I noticed I needed a new pair of boots, as my old ones were starting to leak. I ended up finding a pair at Kohls. I got a pair of $99 boots for just $30
So if you have a few dollars you can scrape together this time of year (and I know it is usually a little tight after Christmas), this is the best time to get some of the items you may need/want for next year. And believe me, your future self will be so happy with your present self for all the forward planning!