Christmas can be a time for money saving as well as money spending. It’s tough though. There’s way too many wonderful and cool gifts out there just begging us to buy them.
But in the midst of your planning and shopping and decorating–and youth sports tournaments!–remember that the true spirit of the holidays is about giving, family, and things that you cannot buy in the store or online.
If you are feeling the pinch and the pressure of money problems this holiday, pause, take a deep breath and check out these simple tips to help you save.
- Make homemade Christmas gifts. It’s cheaper and much more thought-out and from the heart. It’s also insurance against buying someone a gift they already have or may get from someone else.
- Give gifts of service. Serve them up in a home-made coupon book. Good for one free car wash. Good for one free night of babysitting.
- Draw names, instead of giving to everyone. A big family is a wonderful thing; but it can get very expensive giving to everyone.
- Make homemade decorations.
- You don’t have to send Christmas cards. It’s a nice, but costly tradition. I used to send them to keep in touch with people, but honestly, Facebook does that for me now! If you still want to send something, consider a less-expensive post card or letter.
- Buy Christmas wrapping AFTER the holidays, when it’s 50% off.
- Stick to a budget. It’s hard, it’s a pain, but it’s better than paying off credit cards for 6 months.
- For wrapping paper, use your children’s artwork, or create your own on plain paper… the large reams of packing paper are great for this, contact anyone who’s in the process of moving!
- Cut-up old Christmas cards make wonderful gift tags.
- Save your children’s holiday crafts and artwork from school each year to decorate the house. It’s a great way to proudly display your child’s artwork.
- Pop popcorn, add cranberries and string it around the house. Part of the fun is the time you sit around stringing together.
Most of all, remember that the greatest gift you can give someone is your love and time. Priceless.
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