This year has been especially hard on many families, and for some, Christmas is going to be a bit on the skinny side. We’ve got some great ideas to make your dollar stretch extra far and still make the holidays feel special!
Stick With Cash
Avoid using your debit or credit cards when shopping for the holidays. Instead, stick with cash and set a budget. You’ll be much more aware of your spending and won’t go over the budget if you’re using cash only.
Make A List and Check It Twice
Focus on your closest friends and family when making your Christmas shopping list. If you’ve got loads of niblings, purchase one gift per family. Board games area great family gift that won’t break the bank! Make a family night gift basket with hot cocoa, popcorn and a deck of cards too!
Suggest to family members that a Secret Santa gift exchange will help everyone on a budget and set a dollar limit. This will allow everyone to receive a nice gift without breaking your budget!
Rather than getting everything on your child’s wish list, choose 2-3 gifts. Share with children the spirit of giving and have them pick out a gift to give to a child in need!
No need to buy brand new for many gifts. Browse buy-sell groups on social media, Facebook Marketplace or OfferUp. You’ll save big on big ticket items!
Homemade and Heartfelt
Break out the craft supplies and put on your creative cap. Make stockings for family members and pack them with yummy homemade snacks! You’ll still be spending on supplies, but you’ll be saving a ton and giving a gift that will be cherished.
Put Your Skills To Use
If you’ve got a special set of skills, like cooking, handyman work, or anything else practical, you can create coupons for free lessons, oil changes, trim painting. If meeting in person isn’t practical, you can even record a personalized lesson or deliver it live via Zoom!