It’s that time of year again, you’re thinking about Christmas and all the stress that comes with it. Especially the stress on your bank account.
Here are some of the best ways to save some money this holiday season.
Yep, good ol’ coupons! My favorite place to find coupons is RetailMeNot which compiles discount codes and coupons for numerous stores. Another great way to receive retailer coupons is by signing up for their newsletter on their website.
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SHOP THE SALES
Holiday sales can save you quite a bit of money. The only downfall to this is the crowds. There’s nothing I hate more than driving around the parking lot looking for parking, shoving
my way through the mall, and standing in line for hours. Well, luckily for us you can now get most of those same deals online… from the comfort of your home, with no lines, and no parking lots. A popular sale to consider is Black Friday, which is followed by Cyber Monday.
SET ASIDE A BUDGET (AND DON’T EXCEED IT)
If you have 10 people to buy a gift for set aside an allotted amount of money and divide it up between each of them. No, it doesn’t have to be an equal amount just be sure not to exceed your budget for one person and then not have enough left for someone else’s gift.
REUSE LAST YEARS CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS
If you’re on a tight budget this year use your Christmas decorations from last year. A good idea is to buy one decoration each year and add it to your Christmas collection.
SKIP THE CHRISTMAS CARDS
Christmas cards… some people love them and most of them just throw them away. Cards usually cost $6+ for each card, save that money and put it towards your actual gifts.
MAKE A SHOPPING LIST
If you already have your budget put in place it’s time to start making your shopping list. This is a great way to keep up with the budget, who you shopped for, and who you have left to shop for.
SKIP THE REAL CHRISTMAS TREE
If you buy a real Christmas tree each year, you’re wasting money. A few years ago I bought a Christmas tree from Target (on sale) I believe it was a $200 tree that I got for only $50! I use that tree every year, and everyone thinks it’s real! I know you want that Christmas tree smell, get a candle from Bath and Body Works and you’re good to go!
The important thing is enjoying your family this holiday season, don’t stress about the gifts, the money, or the decorations.