The holidays are certainly one of those times when we need to implement as many money-saving tips as we can; so that we can spend less and enjoy the true meaning of Christmas! Here are 20 easy to follow tips to ensure you don’t break the bank this holiday season.
1. If it’s not in your budget to send Christmas cards this year it’s okay, your friends and family will understand. You may want to scale down the list and only send cards to the people you would like to get in touch with the most.
2. Make a brief phone call. Your friends and loved ones would probably much rather hear your voice than receive a card in the mail. Many cell phones have plans that include Long-Distance for free. It may take some more time, but it’s good to actually talk to someone (instead of digital communication!!).
3. Cut your old Christmas cards from last year in half and send the pretty side as a postcard. You’re being ‘earth friendly’ by reusing old items for a new purpose. And they require less postage than a regular card!
4. Use pretty magazine pages to wrap small gifts.
5. The comic section of your newspaper also makes nice wrapping paper. (I once saved them up for a few months before Christmas and had enough to make a gift out of a relative’s favorite comic strip. They loved it!)
6. 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!
7. No need to buy expensive ribbons and bows to decorate your packages, if you hunt around you can find the cheap stuff that will be just as pretty!
8. Cut up old Christmas cards make wonderful gift tags too!
9. Don’t decorate, that is always an option! Or decorate with nature! (See more below.)
10. Save your children’s (or grandchildren’s) holiday crafts and artwork from school each year, after a few years you’ll have a houseful of free and beautiful decorations! And the joy your child will feel seeing his/her artwork proudly displayed year after year is priceless.
11. Have a warm and cozy Christmas the old-fashioned way. Pop some popcorn and string it up all over the house! Add some cranberries to your popcorn string for a touch of color, very pretty.
12. Decorate your house by bringing the outside in, using pinecones and acorns. Sprinkle with a few drops of pine scented oil if you have it on hand.
13. Invest in a good quality artificial tree after Christmas – when they go on CLEARANCE SALE! Buy good quality because they will last many more years.
14. Another great and frugal way to entertain the family through the holidays is to take a drive around your town, or another town nearby to see their Christmas lights. It’s a family tradition of ours to do this during Christmas week and we look forward to it every year!
15. Get out the board games, the kids will love spending time with you. If you don’t have many to choose from, maybe you can borrow a new game from a friend or neighbor. You never know, they might have a closet full they never even use and would be delighted to share them with you!
16. Playing cards is always fun too, even when the kids are little you can play Go Fish… we’re making memories here folks!
17. Sing, sing, sing! Many churches and groups even have caroling get-togethers in December, what fun!
18. Sit around a warm fire, or cozy up in the living room. Tell family stories… or have everyone take turns saying how they have been blessed throughout the year, like we do at Thanksgiving. Being thankful shouldn’t end in November, keep the spirit going!
19. Have a family gathering to decorate the tree, wrap gifts, or bake cookies.
20. Check out a Christmas book from the library and read it together as a family. Or, decide on a story and have everyone contribute a chapter to create a new Christmas book… maybe even one about your own family!
Do you have any tips to save money during the holidays? Share them below!