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How To Save Money During The Holidays

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How To Save Money During The Holidays

I remember when I was a kid, I was excited around this time. Yes, the Yuletide season is near! It's when people get together...and apparently spend more than they should. I enjoyed Christmas more when I became an adult because I'm able to buy gifts now for people I value. But then, gift-giving could cause a problem to your budget if you're not careful. Here's what I learned about how to save money during the holidays.


How To Save Money During The Holidays


Make a list and check it twice

Make a list

Do what the big guy in red does (according to that famous song). Make a list and check it twice. Not necessarily to find out who's naughty or nice though but to see how much you're going to spend on presents.

When you make a list, write the name of the recipient on one column, the gift options you're getting them on another, and the price. You can check online to see how much each item costs or if you have enough time, check at the stores or malls and compare.

I write at least three gift options that I could give a person. Writing down the prices and seeing which one is more practical to give helps me decide fast.

Start early

early Christmas shopping

Last Christmas I started shopping for gifts as early as October. I think earlier than that is even better. Because when -ber months start, prices usually go up.

It helped also because stores are not as busy yet as December. There's no Christmas rush so paying at the counter is quick as there's no long line. Plus you're able to scout for more gift options when you know you're not in a hurry.

If you can, shop early to 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 plan.

Recycle gifts

Recycle gifts

I know, I used to shudder at the idea of recycling gifts. Isn't that an insult to the giver? And isn't that too embarrassing to do? Well, no and no.

It is more insulting if you don't use the gift and just let it accumulate dust. Or worse, throw it away.
It is not embarrassing if you give the gift to someone not connected to the giver.

When my friend gave me a coin purse during my birthday, I was grateful. It was thoughtful of her and it was a dainty coin purse. But after a year, I still was not using it. Because I've got other coin purses which are also gifts.

I like to use my stuff until it's all worn out and I can't use it anymore. I still have clothes and bags that I purchased five or ten years ago.

I don't want to hoard things I don't use. So I gave my coin purse as a gift to my other friend who's not from the same circle. She loved it!

Don't be afraid to recycle gifts. After all, it's been given to you so you can do what you want with it.

Coupons or vouchers

Coupons or vouchers

Make use of coupons, gift checks 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 whom you can't decide what to give to because they seem to have everything they need. Or for moms who'd love to buy some groceries or items around the house instead.

Shop online

Shop online

I am an online shopper because I like the convenience it brings. You save time and effort going outside to buy, and you see lots of options just sitting there on your chair, and the items get delivered at your doorsteps. You practically don't leave the house if you don't like and can still do your Christmas shopping (I'm an introvert).

May I just say again (in case you missed my post about it) that I now have my own online dealer store? What I like about the company Human Nature is that they carry only organic and natural, cruelty-free and sustainable products that are globally competitive when it comes to quality but is much cheaper compare to other brands.

I started as a buyer then became a fan and now I can sell their products online.

So when you buy gifts from my Human Nature Lucky Shop, you give gifts that actually give back to the community and the world in general. How awesome can that be?

Volunteer

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)

Christmas is the season of giving and giving is very rewarding. It is life-changing. It is like emptying your hand so you're ready to receive more blessings. Whatever happens, know that God can never be outdone in generosity.


Are you excited for the holidays? Remember that you can enjoy without overspending. Do you have tips on how to save money during the holidays that you'd like to share?



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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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