Day 12 of our Countdown to Christmas is here and I’m here with some money-saving tips for you! This time of year can get SUPERRRR expensive (especially for us parents) but there’s no need to empty out your pockets and your bank account to Celebrate the holidays this year. You can have tons of holiday fun AND money in your wallet. Seriously! Check out my 5 Money-Saving Tips for the Holidays. 🙂
- Make a gift-giving list and set a budget– I personally like to use my Santa’s Bag app on my iPhone to keep track of who I’d like to get a gift for and how much I can afford to spend for each person. You can actually write this out and keep it in a notebook, type it in a Word or Pages document and print it, etc. As long as it is easily accessible to you, you’re in good shape. Don’t forget to shop according to this list and your set budget!
- DIY- This is my absolute favorite money-saving tip because it’s just so much fun. There are soooo many cost effective holiday DIY projects out there that you can use for home decor, family photos, activities, meals, I mean the list goes on and on! We actually did quite a few dollar store DIY home decor projects and even made decoration with things that we already had in the house. It saved us quite a Bit of money and made for a great family activity. Keep this in mind as you plan to open up your home for that holiday dinner this year. I’m also doing our Christmas photos myself using some DIY tips. Holiday photos can get expensive. Try taking your own photos, making your own props, and your own holiday cards! Fun, fun, FUN.
- Ask for help– Yep. You read right. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you’re hosting dinner at your house this year, make it a potluck. Have everyone bring a dish or a drink. You can save SO much money doing things this way.
- Use cash- when you’re out holiday shopping, visiting Santa, or whatever else you may be doing this season, bring CASH and limit yourself to only using the cash you have on hand. Don’t reach for your credit or debit card. I know this can be hard as many of us have been conditioned to believe that carrying cash can be BAD or DANGEROUS. I’m not saying carry hundreds or thousands of dollars in cash because that’s never a good idea (especially for me who always loses things) but take what you feel you will NEED while you are out and only spend within that amount. I have had to do this on several occasions to make sure I was keeping my spending in check.
- Use cash back apps- Anyone else love Ebates? (Referral link) Or maybe you’re an Ibotta fan or you’re into another cashback and Savings app. MAKE SURE YOU ARE USING THESE WHEN YOU SHOP. You will be thanking yourself later. I promise. I get so excited to see my “Big Fat Checks” from Ebates especially around this time of year when I’m shopping like crazy. If you’re gonna spend the money anyway, why not MAKE some money off of it? That sounds like an excellent idea right? You should try it!
Hopefully these tips help you out as you continue your holiday fun! They’re definitely making things a lot less stressful for me. 🙂
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Happy Holidays and Happy Parenting!
25 Days to Christmas Challenge:
Day 1: Winter Bucket List
Day 11: Our Favorite Christmas Classics