On the eighth day of savings my true love gave to me…

Eight maids a cleaning…

Seven sausages sizzling…

Six fleece-lined layers…

Five golden things,

Four calling cards,

three custom pens,

two fluffy gloves,

and a gift card to JC Penney’s..

Recently my mother called and stated that she needs a maid. I’m not in the position to hire a maid for her, nor is she willing to really spend her own money on a maid, but there are some days when a maid sounds like a terrific idea -or gift. I know that with my busy schedule, things just don’t get cleaned as often (or as thorough) as I’d like. Take for instance the baseboards. I have a bit of a fetish for clean baseboards. Whenever I have a spare moment, I run around the house with a feather duster dusting the baseboards. I like them bright white – the way they were meant to look! A maid would allow me to keep these details neat and tidy.

For my mother, the best I can offer as my “gift” to her would be an afternoon of cleaning her house for  her (or at least one room). It’s not my favorite past time, but it would be a much appreciated and an inexpensive way to give her something she really needs – a dust-free living room for a day or two.

Better yet, I could make “cleaning coupons” like I did as a teenager and offer my services to her a few times a year. If you have friends who don’t need cleaning but might need sitting options, offer to babysit their kids for a night or two as your gift to them. Helping out family and friends is a great way to show your appreciation in an inexpensive way.

P.S. I finally finished Christmas – shipped all my presents yesterday and that exceeded my total budgeted amount.  I seem to always forget that shipping costs add up!

Are you ready for the holidays?

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