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30 ways to spend $0 on gift wrap

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(Read caption) This product image released by One Kings Lane shows gift-wrapped boxes with paper designed by stylist-designer Rachel Zoe. With some creative thinking, you can wrap attractive gifts without paying a penny, Bowsher says.

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I don’t believe in gift wrap – at least not the kind that costs money.

I learned as a kid that gift wrap becomes trash the moment a present is opened, so paying for it is senseless.

So I’ve gathered all the tricks that my mother taught me and that I’ve picked up along the way.

Free wrapping paper

Free gift bags

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Karla Bowsher covers consumer, retail, and health issues for Money Talks News, a consumer/personal finance TV news feature that airs in about 80 cities as well as around the Web. This column first appeared in Money Talks News.