The Christmas season can cost a lot money. So many sales, companies trying to meet their bottom line, and a kind and giving heart, can = empty pockets.
Last year when we really got serious about getting out of debt, I gave up these 3 things to make more room in our budget:
1. Christmas Cards and Pictures
Deaundre and I never took Christmas pictures, but sent Christmas cards to family and friends. For us, since we do not have children yet, I really don’t see this as a must have. I used to spend $40-$50 on cards and postage each year and I don’t know about you, but I am sure most of my family and friends are not holding on to our Christmas cards. We keep the ones with pictures, but I end up recycling the others after the holiday. This was an easy way for us to cut an expense (and extra work). If you really need to send a card, design an e-card.
2. Gift Exchanges
Holiday parties and gift exchanges can add up quick. Bring a $10 gift to 3 parties and that is $30. You spent $30 and most of the time, I return home with something…not the most useful. This was an easy save. And yes, I still attend the party, but I just sit out the gift exchange.
3. Shopping for Christmas decor before the holiday
The first year of our marriage, we purchased a tree and a few ornaments from the Hobby Lobby. The cost added up quick! I remember wanting to get a tree skirt and it was $30! Needless to say, my tree was skirt-less that first year. We also had a few friends tell us out tree looked “hungry”. I preferred tastefully decorated, but that’s OK. Our tree looked great the following year thanks to this tip I will share with you:
AFTER CHRISTMAS SALES: Yep 50-75% off. If you have to send those holiday cards, grab a box at Target the day after Christmas. Wrapping paper, boxes, ornaments, tree skirts, galore at the best prices. I even asked for a gift card one year for Christmas so I could beef up our decor. Now I have need of nothing. I only go to replenish wrapping paper. If this is your first year wanting a tree, maybe skip this year and be first in line at target on the 26th for 50% off a tree.
So share with me what are some of your money saving tips this holiday season???
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