Maximize your spending power with these tips for stretching your holiday budget
The holiday season is notorious for causing even the most frugal of us to throw our budgets out the window and spend with abandon. It doesn’t have to be that way – it is possible to have a jolly holiday season and give thoughtful gifts to everyone on your list without blowing your budget.
Here are some important things to remember as the holidays approach.
Manage your spending with a holiday budget.
Use these ideas to help you stick with your budget when decorating.
Parties play a big part in many holidays. Holiday entertaining is a lot of fun, and many people feel it is expected of them. These cocktail party ideas can save you time and money when entertaining during the holidays or anytime.
There are many unique and creative ideas for
If you have a hobby, that may be a source of
. If you love to bake or are handy in the kitchen (and even if you're
not!) there are most certainly people on your gift-giving list that
would love to receive homemade food gifts from you.
Be creative and give something from the heart!
Think outside the box when wrapping your gifts, too. If you are not careful, your wrapping supplies can cost more than the gift they contain! See these creative gift wrapping tips and learn how to recycle wrapping paper, ribbons, and other wrapping items.
Money saving ideas for Christmas cards, entertaining, and decorating for Christmas on a budget.
Cook your sweetheart's favorite meal at home instead of going out
to eat. If you have kids, try trading childcare for the evening with
friends. Do each other a favor and host your date nights on separate
days; you watch their kids while they celebrate, and vice versa. That
way you can dedicate a night to your sweetie without the potential of
having an interruption.
For unique Valentine gifts , get creative! There are many frugal gifts that say, "I love you", and your sweetheart will appreciate the extra thought you put into your gift.