These wonderful events gather folks around a richly laid table in an elaborately decorated house. A holiday is a good time to impress your nearest and dearest with valuable gifts. Doing all that, however pleasant it is, may drain your purse and get you into debt. With this burden on your shoulders, you are unlikely to enjoy those wonderful occasions to the full. Don’t slow your fun down! Read on and learn how to save money during holiday seasons.
Start by asking yourself: “Do I really need to decorate my house?”. Maybe this is not what sparks the festive cheer for you. But if you in no way can go without ornaments, Christmas balls and a sophisticated table centerpiece, then consider some of our tips:
Save on either indoor or outdoor. Going to stay home for celebrating? Then make a cheery atmosphere only inside your house. Alternatively, if you are spending most of the holiday time away from home, then indoor decorating makes no sense. Impress your neighbours and leave the inside unadorned.
Keep to the minimum. Don’t try to outdo your neighbours or yourself. There’s no point in a total makeover. Instead, focus on something important. One thing done well with little money and energy has the same power to bring a holiday spirit into your home as hundreds of ornaments.
Buy in advance or DIY. Everyone knows: things cost much more during the holiday high season. With this in mind, why not go shopping for decorations well in advance? Or right after the peak season? Some stores need to clear out last year’s leftover stock and sell it at a deeply discounted amount. Finally, don’t buy, but DIY! The Internet swarms with articles like ‘100 ideas of DIY Homemade Decorations’. Explore them!
They say, giving is more pleasant than receiving. But even the most generous of people can be hard up to buy presents for all their family, friends, and colleagues. Here are some life hacks to save on gift-giving.
Exchange gifts. This is quite a good way to take the stress out of holidays. Instead of buying a sack full of gifts, you give only one present to one person. Gift exchange can work for your family, friends and co-workers. Just draw names out of a hat in advance and choose a person you’ll be responsible for. Another good idea: each participant makes up a wish list to make it easier for his or her gift-giver.
Limit the budget. Want to spend less on gifts? The chances are that your friends, family and co-workers do too. Agree on a budget limit that would satisfy everyone. After all, gifts are about attention, not about the price.