5 Money-Saving Tips for the Holidays

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. 🙂

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 2: Our Handmade Christmas Decoration

Day 3: Messy Fun, Holiday Treats, and Christmas Movies 

Day 4: Best Christmas Movies to Watch as a Family 

Day 5: 5 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays with Your Family

Day 6: Christmas Wishes + #DecemberToRemember Giveaway Hop

Day 7: 9 Great Gifts for the Child That Loves Art

Day 8: Early Gift Opening and The Polar Express

Day 9: How to Make a Marshmallow Snowman

Day 10: Winter Concert Practice and Vlogmas Videos

Day 11: Our Favorite Christmas Classics



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24 thoughts on “5 Money-Saving Tips for the Holidays

  1. I definitely need to set myself a budget. I feel like I’ve been rather impulsive while shopping and I tend to have “Buyers Remorse” when I do that. Mainly I should have been ahead of the game to avoid this from happening! Oops! (EVERY year this happens, haha)

    1. It DEFINITELY helps to get an earlier start as well. Lol. And I seem to struggle with that every year.

  2. I love DIY projects as well. I see a lot of different ones, but never have the time and/or probably need help I can never do a project by myself always has to be with someone. I don’t know why though, but yeah.

    1. I’m actually the same way. All of the DIY projects I take on are projects I do with the family. Lol.

  3. Great tips, friend!! I am ALL about DIY gifts!! Not only do people appreciate them more but they allow me to get creative and have fun with gift giving this time of year!

  4. DIY is one of the best ways to save this season.
    And I do agree with carrying cash instead of cards, much more smarter!

    1. Absolutely! And I think I’ve done more DIY projects within the past month than I’ve done my entire life. Lol. I’m on it this year.

  5. I’ve never tried ebates but keep thinking about it. Do you use it and does it save you money?

    1. I use it quite a bit. It’s a cashback app so I earn cash for shopping at some of my favorite places like Amazon and WalMart. I’ve made almost $300 through eBates this year. So I highly recommend it!

  6. These are awesome tips! I LOVE Ebates! I use it all the time and have gotten back a fair amount of money. I wish I could DIY more but I’m not very crafty. My daughter teaches me things.

    1. Ebates is awesome! I hate when I shop online and forget to go through Ebates.

  7. I love the tip about asking for help. Everybody loves potlucks anyway and it a good way to share the work and the fun.

    1. I’m a huge fan of potlucks. I’m actually doing one in a couple of days. Lol.

  8. My husband and I use several cash back apps and we’ve save a lot by doing so. All great tips though!

    Beth || http://www.TheStyleBouquet.com

    1. Cashback apps are awesome! Thanks for reading. 🙂

  9. blair villanueva

    Cool tips, and I do No. 2 I always DIY for Christmas gifts 🙂 This make an impressions that I truely prepared and spend time crafting for their presents.

  10. DIY is one of the best ways to save. I need to set a budget for myself!

  11. Cash back apps are great.We to save money by using them.Carrying cash for shopping is something I have done forever .It’s the best way to stop overspending

  12. Great ideas shared! I totally agree with you that asking for help is must in order to not increase one’s stress level and enjoy holidays fullest!

    1. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading! 🙂

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