How to do the holidays on a budget
Are you ready to do the holiday on a budget and save lots of money? The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone, especially if you have to live paycheck to paycheck like most of us do these days. Is it really possible to have a good time and purchase the things you want during the holidays on a budget? By cutting a few corners yes, you can have a great holiday season and buy gifts for everyone on your list, even on the tightest budget. Here are a few tips on how to save money during the holidays on a budget.
Holidays on a Budget – Cut your List in Half
People of all ages love receiving gifts, but if you are on an extremely tight budget you can consider just buying gifts for the children in your family instead of buying for a long list of brothers, sisters, in laws, aunts, uncles, cousins…etc. If your family understands your situation no one should mind not getting a gift as long as the kids aren’t left out.
Holidays on a Budget – Bargain Shop
This may be a no-brainer but high priced department stores and the local mall are not the only places you can buy gifts. If you have some people on your list that you just can’t leave out and always buy a little something for, browse through the local dollar stores or even the thrift stores for unique little figurines and trinkets. Many dollar stores will surprise you with the lovely home decorations they offer and you may find a special antique while looking around at a nearby thrift store.
Ebay is another great place to find cheap gift ideas, however these items may not be necessarily cheap if bought elsewhere. You can find something for everyone on your list on the popular auction site,even the kids. Around the holidays many sellers start listing their barely used toys, some still in the original package. You can also find unique gifts that you wouldn&39t be able to find anywhere else such as vintage items, collectables and autographed items from sports teams, actors and musicians.
Home Made Gifts
If you’re crafty you can make home made gifts like floral arrangements, knitted throw blankets, floral wreaths, or handmade jewelry for those on your gift list. Or if you enjoy baking, buy some decorative holiday tins and make a few batches of homemade cookies, brownies, cupcakes or peanut butter fudge. If you&39re not that skilled in the kitchen, buy some bags of various colorful candy and fill up some pretty glass containers. Add some holiday inspired ribbon or stickers for a festive touch.
Buy After the Holidays
One way to save money for next year&39s holiday season is to go clearance shopping once the holidays are over. Then you can buy beautiful decorations at a low discount price. You can also pick up small gifts for next year, or even for upcoming birthdays. Also if you receive a present in a gift bag, save it and reuse. If it is a simple bag it may even be used to hold birthday gifts as well. These are some great ways to do the holidays on a budget – without feeling like the Grinch.