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.
Buy throughout the year. Any time you do your regular shopping during the off-season, keep in mind that you will have to chase for gifts in future. And better not just keep it in mind, but write it down. Make a list of what your family or friends would like to get and buy it whenever you run into a good bargain online or in store. Sales are very likely right after holidays, too. And don’t forget to purchase wrapping paper when you find it discounted.
Parties with dishes and drinks help gather your family, friends, and neighbours together for a holiday celebration. But hosts can spend big bucks, let along energy and time, on having guests for a holiday meal. What can you do to pare down expenses?
Have a potluck. Consider organising a potluck dinner together with your guests. Each guest will be responsible for only one dish or drink to share with others. It will be fun and cost you much less than throwing a whole party all by yourself. Help your guests. Offer them your host menu to choose a dish they would like to bring. Or discuss and make up the menu together.
Stick to simple menu. Don’t throw a large party with elaborate dishes and expensive drinks. You want to gather people, not to fill their stomachs till they can’t move. Instead, stock on small finger foods, snacks like crackers, popcorn, and pretzels. Don’t offer too many choices of alcohol, or you can even suggest your guests bring drinks for themselves.
Go out for dinner. A good alternative for those who can’t stand preparing food, washing dishes and managing leftovers. Invite your friends or family to a good restaurant, but be sure you’ve reserved a table in advance: restaurants are always busy during a holiday season. It may not be that cheap unless you split the bill, but at least you’ll save much energy and precious time.