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7 Simple Steps To Save Money During The Holidays

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It's the most wonderful...and most expensive time of the year. 

It's nice to be gathering with your loved ones to celebrate the holidays, but gift-giving could hurt your budget if you're not careful. 

Here's how you can save money during the holidays.


7 Simple Steps to Save Money During the Holidays


1. Make a list and check it twice

Be like Santa. Make a list and check it not to find out who's naughty or nice but to see how much you're going to spend on presents.

Write the name of the recipients in one column, the gift options you're getting them in another, and the price. 

It's good to have more than one gift option so you have a backup in case one item is unavailable or more expensive than you expected.

Make a list

2. Start early

When is the best time to start your Christmas shopping?

As early as you can. 

Luckily for most of us, there's a monthly sale in some online stores. No need to wait for major holiday sales to start buying Christmas presents.

This helps you avoid the Christmas rush. 

If you are in a hurry, chances are you would not be able to think clearly and end up spending more than you planned.

Personally, I usually start in August. How about you?


3. Recycle gifts

It's not as bad as you think. Recycling gifts is a practical and sustainable way to celebrate the holiday.

For example, my friend gave me a coin purse on my birthday. After a year of it sitting in my closet and accumulating dust, I gave it to my other friend who's not connected with her.

Rather than hoard items you don't use, give them away. 

Don't be afraid to recycle gifts. It is yours to give anyway. 

Recycle gifts

4. Use coupons or vouchers

Make use of coupons, gift checks or certificates, or vouchers. 

They're there to make your shopping life better. You can use them to buy gifts or give them as gifts.

It is a practical and thoughtful present especially to those who seem to have everything they need. Or for moms who'd love to buy some groceries or items around the house instead.

Save Money During The Holidays with coupons and vouchers


5. Shop online

Online shopping helps you avoid the long lines at the stores. 

You save time and effort going outside to buy, and the options are endless. 

The items get delivered to your doorsteps. 

You practically don't have to leave the house.

Buy gifts that give back to the community, the environment, and to yourself from Human Nature Lucky Shop


6. Volunteer

Give your time, talent, and treasure to those who can't pay you back. 

But when you host a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind, and you will be blessed. Since they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous. -Luke 14:13-14

There are many charity works being done in the communities during the holiday. Lend a helping hand.


7. Give a DIY gift

A gift that's not only picked out at the store but was given a lot of time planning and creating is the best! 

Make your own Christmas card.

Create a photo album or scrapbook of memories you have with the recipient.

Give them DIY sugar scrub, bath bomb, or body butter.

Cook something.

 

Christmas is the season of giving and giving is rewarding. Whatever happens, know that God can never be outdone in generosity.

Remember that this Christmas, you can enjoy yourself without overspending.

Do you have money-saving tips for the holidays?


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  1. Thank you for posting to Motivation Monday!

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  2. I will start saving money on this Diwali with these tips :)

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  3. Will try this to grab a good deal this Christmas.

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