The holiday season is a time for family, celebration… and Oh boy, gift giving. There are ways that you can celebrate the holiday season and not break your budget. Here are some helpful tips to save some money over the holiday.
Beating the Crowd
One way to save money is to try and beat the crowd to Black Friday, though pick the store where you will get more bang for your buck because you can’t be in two places at once! There are some amazing deals this year which can save you big bucks on hot items that everyone wants for the holidays do a little research and create an action plan. Such as:
A: Don’t go alone! You have get up at crazy hours in the morning (some stores open as early as 4 AM!) You don’t want to be standing in line alone at that hour with no one to talk to and your partner in crime can help you scope out the situation once you are in the store.
B: Scope out the store the day before Thanksgiving. Get the lay of the land and know where the departments you want to hit are. You don’t want to have to ask directions to the electronics department while 20 people run ahead of you to get the video game your kids (or you!) were dying for.
C: Know the deals before you go. Best Buy for example has already released their Black Friday catalog (http://www.bestbuy.com/doorbusters)
Wrapping Up the Savings
For wrapping gifts, you can use things other than holiday gift wrap. Old newspapers, grocery bags, and tissue paper can be used as well. Remember when receiving gifts during the holiday season, do not throw out the gift boxes and bags they come in, these can be reused over and over again which can save you a lot over time.
You can also avoid wrapping paper all together by using trash bags. (Yes I know it sounds weird but my family has done that and it really worked out well). Everyone had all their gifts put into the bags and took turns taking one out at a time. After all the gifts are opened, you throw all the trash right in the trash bag and presto, no mess.
Great Ways to Save On Decorations
Decorations are expensive for the holidays. One way to save money is to make some yourself. You can make your own Holiday cards as well. This can be a great activity for the whole family to sit together and create holiday decorations for the tree.
Another great way to save on decorations is to head to stores that sell Holiday decorations. The closer to the holiday the less expensive the decorations. Or wait until after the holiday to buy decorations for next year!
As you can see there are many ways you can prepare for the holiday season and not have to break the bank. If you have any more holiday saving tips you would like to share I would love to hear about it. I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season.