If you’re on a holiday budget this year, it can still be just as fabulous or better. With a little patience and preparation, you can find the best deals and give your family a holiday to remember. They will appreciate the thought and effort you put into it.
Make A List And Stick To It
The first thing to do when shopping this season is to make a list and stick to it. This way, you can accurately stick to your holiday budget. Include everyone you want to give a gift to and write down how much want to spend on each person. If you have an idea of what you’d like to give in your head, jot that down.
Shop At Discount Stores
Discount stores are thought of as cheap. However, many have wonderful items. Some items in discount stores are lower quality, but many others just have defected packaging. Discount stores have other things besides gifts you can use such as gift-wrapping paper, tape, gift boxes, and home decorations.
Shop With Cash
The one thing that makes shoppers overspend is the knowledge and accessibility of their credit line. You will always come up with an excuse to pull your credit cards out. Your list will give you a budget of how much to take with you. You can grab an additional $50 to be safe. You can’t save money if you are over budget and racking up on interest charges. If you can’t afford everything in one trip, take another trip later in the week, and possibly catch a great sale.
Have One Major Holiday Gathering
Some families each have their own parties at home. Instead, ask family members if they’d like to have one major party and you can offer to host it. Everyone is in one location and you can have a potluck. Holiday foods tend to go to waste after a few days, so this eliminates everyone cooking large meals and wasting money.
Have Grab Bag Gifts
Instead of your family all buying gifts for everyone, have a grab bag where everyone buys a unisex item or label the item as female and male. Make sure to set a spending budget. Then you can raffle the grab bag gifts off. Everyone will receive a gift and save money.
Another idea is to have contests. Families can play various games and the winner can receive a prize. These gifts can be cheaper, such as kitchen towels, beverage coasters, scarves, and gloves.
Save The Out Of Town Trip
Everyone knows traveling during the holidays is the most expensive time to travel. You want to see your family and friends, and even booking early in the year still drains your pockets. Instead, Skype with family and send personalized e-cards.
Skip Traditional Holiday Foods
Finally, skip the turkey and ham and opt for a non-traditional menu. These meats cost a lot; however, you can save by serving taco buffets, Italian style meals, or Italian beefs with all the trimmings. Replace a whole turkey with turkey breast.