13 Ways To Save Time, Money, and Your Sanity During the Holidays
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Between now and Christmas there are so many things that we want and need to buy. There are beautiful and fun gifts just begging to be bought. But, to live frugally and simply we need to be very careful how we spend money. It’s so important to face the coming weeks with a plan and stick to it. Here are a few tips to help you stay on track.
Create a budget and stick to it. You’ll need to make a plan for gifts, decorations, food, and extras. Then, shop by your budget and don’t spend more than that. It will take away a lot of stress when you don’t go into debt just to celebrate the holidays. Grab your turkey or ham at a store like Sam’s Club or Costco.
Live Cheaper in December
Come up with cheaper meal plans. You could have a few extra meatless meals and make things from scratch. Skip the drive-through and make something at home. Cut the electric bill by turning down the thermostat one or two degrees. Skip the coffee shop and vending machines by taking your own coffee and snacks from home.
Offer Gifts of Time Instead of Money
If you have more time than money you could make your gifts. A hand made gift is so special: crafts, cookies, mixes, or custom baskets will make someone very happy.
Shop local for unique presents and support small businesses. Small businesses can offer great discounts and services, too. Many small businesses offer free gift-wrapping during the Christmas season.
Save On Gift Wrap
Don’t spend a lot on gift wrapping. Save bags year after year. I save tissue paper and ribbons to reuse. Gift bags are very expensive so find cheaper Dollar Store bags and paper. You can also buy bundles of generic white or brown paper bags. You can decorate them with stamps or let children decorate them with crayons, glitter, or paint.
Save Time And Energy By Cooking Ahead
Bake ahead and freeze for holiday meals. Most recipes will tell you if the dish can be frozen before or after cooking. You’ll have more energy to enjoy the event if you haven’t spent the last 12 hours in the kitchen.
So many times I’ve busted my budget by waiting until the last minute to get stocking stuffers. Shop early and grab stocking stuffers on the clearance table or at the Dollar Store.
Don’t Shop When You’re Hungry
Although it’s tempting to treat yourself with hot pretzels or giant cookies, it’s better for your wallet to put snacks in your purse. Carry a tote and bring along a bottle of water.
Give Of Yourself
Give “Coupons” for services like baby-sitting, dog-walking, or another needed activity. Make your own or print out gift coupons with free online templates.
Get Cash Back
Make sure to shop online through Rakuten to get cash back on almost everything you buy. You’ll find all types of gifts and even travel reservations. Travel is cheaper when you book far ahead – train and plane ticket prices will just go up closer to the holiday. If you have a credit card with travel points, you might be able to get some free flights or hotel rooms.
Win Your Gifts
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Some gifts can be found on eBay or Craigslist. You could find a gym set or bike that’s almost new. Christmas decorations could be made with cheap thrift items. Thrift stores are good places to find platters, glassware or dishes.
Create Free Christmas Traditions
Most of the best memories are ones that cost nothing. My family loves to drive around to look at lights and visiting drive-through nativities. I love to have a tree decorating night with homemade pizza. Families grow closer with board game or movie nights at home. Help serve food at a soup kitchen, volunteer at the Salvation Army or visit elderly and sing carols.
These and other great ideas can be found in the eBook below. I hope you’ll download this free ebook.
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I have loved Christmas ever since I was a kid. I have always loved getting together with my entire family because they truly are my greatest blessing.
I’m always looking to save time and money during the holidays. Thanks for this great giveaway.
Thank you for all the tips! With all the stress of homeschooling and normal mom stuff, any advice helps during this time! Thank you for the giveaway 💕
Thank you for all the tips! With all the stress of homeschooling and normal mom stuff, any advice helps during this time! Thank you for the giveaway.
Christmas is a great time of year. I love the weather, warm fires, seeing family and all the food. I love to make memories at Christmas time. I really hope my grandchildren are able to come to visit this year.
Great holiday tips! I use Rakuten and Ibotta to earn cashback whenever possible. I have some family members who would agree with “give of yourself” as they don’t want anymore stuff and could use help with the kids or things around the house. Sometimes the best gift you can give someone is your time. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome giveaway!
Great tips. It’s always great finding new ways to save time and money.
Great ideas! I definitely try to reign in other costs in December to offset the cost of gifts. Shopping for stocking stuffers earlier is a good idea. I always spend too much when I wait to the last minute.
Give Of Yourself is a good thing to remember to do.
Thanks for the contest.
All of these are great tips. Thank you.
I appreciate the tips, and thanks for the giveaway.
As a senior I am not able to give as much as I would like. This would be a blessing thank you for the chance. This is a good thing that all of you bloggers are doing……….. THANK YOU!
This is really going to be helpful.. Thanks so much..
These are all useful tips for the holidays, thank you!
Love all the ideas! It’s important to remember the real gift is time with those you love. Cherish those memories you are making. I no longer have family – I miss them so much, and am thankful for the memories of so much love.
Also thank you for this chance – it would be a real blessing.
Thank you for all the hard work you put into your blog! It’s always helpful!
You’re very welcome 🙂
You have done a great job on your blog. It is very interesting and you give great advice. Keep up the good work!
These are fantastic tips for saving money during the holidays, thanks for sharing! I love free/cheap Christmas traditions like driving around looking at lights/decorations while drinking hot cocoa! My kids love this too.
Thanks for the great tips! I did well for most of the time, except for the last few days, now, I’m stressing about every single thing.
Thank you for these wonderful tips (and I will have to remember the hungry one more often)!
I love the ideas you have highlighted here. I think the meal plan idea is great for any time of year.
I do some of these ideas already, thank’s for the new ideas.
I shop throughout the year so that I’m not rushing to figure it all out in December