Blogmas Day 4: Christmas on a Budget
Let’s be honest…it’s SUPER easy to just storm head first into the holidays without making a plan. I would love to be able to just spoil my family with all the trimmings; from decorations, to food to gifts. But the reality is, it’s just not realistic. So over the years I’ve come up with some tips to make Christmas magical on a budget. I really hope you enjoy this list! Let me know in the comments section how you save money during the holiday season!
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When I first got married I was convinced that my Christmas had to look like something out of Southern Living. I spent a FORTUNE on all the trimmings..even the tree was an investment. Now, I do things a bit differently.
- Shop the dollar stores – you can really find some diamonds if you’re willing to look closely.
- Buy after the season. You can get artificial trees and decorations for up to 75% off OR MORE!
- Ask family for hand me downs. Some of my favorite ornaments and decorations belonged to family.
- Check out thrift stores. Again, you can really find some diamonds this time of year and it’s a REALLY good idea to look here AFTER the holidays.
Food and Festivities
- Coupons – I’m not the “coupon clipping” type but I really wish I was. I do find some great savings using coupons this time of year and the grocery stores all seem to have great offers on the things you need for your holiday meals.
- Free Christmas Shows – Check your local newspaper and look for local holiday shows and events that won’t cost much, if anything at all.
- Handmade Host/Hostess Gifts – If you find yourself invited to everybody’s holiday party, it can get quite expensive to purchase a host/hostess gift for each one. Use Pinterest to get ideas for homemade gifts! I find that handmade gifts are extra special because they come from the heart.
- Ebates – I do most of my shopping online because it’s just so much easier. I ALWAYS use Ebates to do my online shopping because I get cash back on all of my purchases. It’s totally free to sign up and to date I’ve earned $406.63.
- Limits – Make a list of everyone on your gift list and set a budget for each. If you don’t have a budget, it’s very easy to lost track of how much you’ve spent.
- Handmade Gifts – Again, gifts don’t have to cost a lot of money and your friends and family will love receiving a thoughtful gift handmade by you!