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TEN WAYS TO SAVE MONEY THIS CHRISTMAS

 TEN WAYS TO SAVE MONEY THIS CHRISTMAS
 CLEVELAND, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Here comes the merriest holiday


of all! Filled with joy and celebration, Christmas is a time for getting together with family and friends, and sharing the festive traditions of the season. If you like to go "all out" at Christmas, but you're watching every dime, here's some good news... It's not necessary to break the bank. With a little advance planning and ingenuity, you'll enjoy your best Christmas yet while remaining within your budget. The holiday experts at American Greetings offer the following tips:
 -- When selecting Christmas cards, choose one of the new styles designed specifically for economy-minded shoppers. Postcards are also an excellent option.
 -- Hand-deliver your season's greetings to coworkers and close friends. Add a personal touch, like stickers on the envelope or a cellophane-wrapped cookie tucked inside.
 -- Save time, money and gasoline by picking up all of your Christmas supplies in a single trip to your neighborhood discount store, supermarket or drugstore.
 -- For once-a-year use, opt for practical partyware instead of expensive Christmas china. You'll find all the latest looks, including Victorian, traditional and solid-color styles. Matching plastic tablecovers can be wiped clean and re-used next year.
 -- Save on tree decorations by stringing popcorn and cranberries, drape red and gold ribbon garlands among the branches, and let the kids create construction paper "chains."
 -- Build your ornament collection gradually. Buy two or three this year, and add a few new designs next year.
 -- For the best value, choose "jumbo" rolls of wrapping paper. Wrap gifts in tissue, and let the kids embellish the packages with stickers and colored markers. High quality gift bags are durable enough to reuse next year.
 -- Recycle this year's Christmas cards into next year's crafts. Keep the kids busy on a blustery day by letting them create package decorations and tree ornaments.
 -- Homemade treats make some of the best gifts. Give a favorite uncle a batch of fudge packaged in a decorative Christmas gift box.
 -- Plan to have a few small gifts on hand "just in case." Red or green votives in decorative glass holders, or Christmas mugs filled with candy are economical choices.
 -0- 11/10/92
 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Black and white & color photos, product samples, fact sheets & phone interviews available/
 /CONTACT: Laurie Henrichsen, marketing/public relations coordinator of American Greetings, 216-252-4943/ CO: American Greetings ST: Ohio IN: SU:


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