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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
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  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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This week I’m talking about a couple of mini DIY kits to include in your Operation Christmas Child boxes this year.  Hold onto your mint and gum containers to pack with.  What kid doesn’t love containers to put things in?  Every one of my kids has always had a collection of bags or containers with random odds and ends in it.


I saved some Altoids and gum containers and left it up to my girls to decorate them.  We used patterned Duck Tape to wrap the boxes to make it a little more fun.  IMG_4301

One of the boxes my girls made was a coloring box.  We included some crayons (the pack of crayons you get from restaurants would be the perfect size).  Then they cut some paper and stapled it together for a little coloring notebook.  I let the girls take charge with these as it makes them even more involved in packing OCC boxes.

Tune in tomorrow for even more ideas of how to use these containers.

    • Crystal

      They are really cute.
      I’m working on packing 16 boxes.
      I did 15 last year.
      I start with the after Christmas clearance deals and then I look all year long for great stuff. I want my boxes to be the best they can be.
      We live in a very remote area of the Carolina coast. There’s nothing here but it’s beautiful. In June, we go a Dollar General and it’s awesome.
      Week before last, they had their summer toys on 40% clearance and then that Friday though Sunday they were an additional 50% off. I got small stuffed animals, gliders, small toys, balls, slinkies, freebies, balloons, etc.
      Most items were 30 to 75 cent.
      The manage wanted all the stuff gone because he had new stuff to put on the shelves. I asked if I could checkout more then once since I had several $5 off $25 coupons. He said, “yes”. I checked out 3 times.
      So between the 40% off, the extra 50% off and then my $5 off $25 which was another 20%, I did really great.
      I’ve more stuff then I can use this year.
      However, I’m going to sell some of it to my mother and then yes to another one in the church that needs a few extra items.
      I wish I could find some inexpensive jewelry options for my older boxes. I am thinking about spending a little extra money and getting some of the adult coloring books for my older girl boxes.
      I also went this past Saturday and picked up $1 coloring books, punch balls from the party section, brushes and combs and a couple of hair things. I used another $5 off $25 making my $1 items on 80 cent.

      • Brandi

        Dollar Tree carries some of the adult coloring books. You can also order from their website, but you have to order a whole case of 24.

      • Amy F

        Check out fire mountain gems online. They have inexpensive finished jewelry as well as jewelry making supplies. I have gotten many pretty necklaces and bracelets for my OCC boxes if you catch a good sale you can get sets of 3 or 5 pieces for very cheap

    • jeffandjan

      Would you consider doing a running OCC blog/artical with acorn prices for items for our boxes? I stocked up on school supplies, but we still have 2 months to make our purchases….

      • Yes that is a great idea!

    • Tammie

      Thanks for posting this. I remember last year looking for erasers and pencil sharpeners at the last minute in Nov. and the local stores were sold out. So this year, I’m buying ahead of time! In Target yesterday, and most school supplies are 50% off or more.

    • Kathy

      Can you send matches? I have seen these used for camping where you put strike anywhere matches in them, and glue a piece of sandpaper to the top to use for striking.

      • I’m not sure but that sounds like it would be helpful.