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Collins Community Credit Union

The Triple CU Scoop - Queue the Pomp and Circumstance

Published on May 13, 2013

Queue the Pomp and Circumstance; it’s that time of year again!  Graduation is just around the corner.  Whether it’s high school or college, graduation is a special time in one’s life that calls for celebration.  With that, it can also be stressful.  You have to pick out a card that’s meaningful, but not too gushy, organize your list of 50 parties you want to attend- which naturally are on the same day, and find that perfect gift without breaking the bank.

You may think about giving your friends cash, it’s easy and practical.  But, if you’re attending five parties and giving ten dollars a pop, that can start to add up very quickly.     

Think outside the box! Here is a list of five great graduation gifts you can give on the cheap. 

  1. Make a coffee mug.  Buy a plain mug, personalize it with Sharpies, and bake it at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  2. Give them a framed picture.  Printing photos is very inexpensive and you can pick up cheap frames at a dollar store.  Remember, if your friend will be living in a dorm room, a super fancy frame is unnecessary. 
  3. Check out the five dollar movie bin at your local Walmart.  Buy a movie and bundle it with a bag of popcorn. 
  4. Give them a jar full of their favorite candy. 
  5. If you are on a budget, but still prefer to give cash, give five dollars instead of ten.
     

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