Even though the temperatures have yet to drop in some parts of the country, summer is definitely behind us. In fact, we are almost half way through fall at this point. That can only mean one thing, the holiday season is swiftly approaching. This happens to be one of my favorite times of year, there are so many things to love about the holidays that it is hard to know where to start. The best part is the friendly and fun environment that celebrating with friends and family can create. There is an air of generosity and kindness during this time of year that seems to be lost in the months following and leading up to the holiday season. No matter what type of holiday you celebrate, there can also be some stress involved in the process. If you are like me and have a hard time doing anything in moderation, then you probably know that shopping and decorating can quickly get out of hand, as well as cause a huge dent in your wallet. I have learned a few tips and tricks to help keep some money in my bank account by the time New Year’s Day rolls around. Keep reading to learn more about how to shop and decorate for the holiday season on a budget.
Give the Gift of Time Spent
When all of the children in my family started to get a little older and have less of a need for unwrapping presents, we started to give the gift of time to each other. This does not mean giving a watch or a clock, this means planning an activity, a day trip, or maybe even a vacation to celebrate together instead of giving gifts. The money you will save on shopping for everyone can be spent on whatever experience you decide to go for.
Shop Discounted Decorations or Make Your Own
One of my other favorite parts of the holiday season is all the decorating you get to do. Each holiday has its own staple pieces and I love go all out no matter which one it is. I shop for all of my holiday decorations at Balsam Hill because of the great discounted items. There always seems to be a coupon available for this store too. If you are really on a tight budget, you can make your own decorations. If you have never done this before, there are plenty of tutorials online to help you get started.
The make your own concept can also apply to gifts. There are so many little trinkets, poems, coupon books, knit wears, and all sorts of either things that can be made by hand and given to someone special in your life. In fact, so of the most treasured items I have every received as a gift were hand made by someone I love. This can be a great way to give a really thoughtful gift and spend a minimal amount of money.