The holidays are approaching much faster than we can imagine. We treasure those special moments with family and friends, but menus, activities, parties, shopping, and decorating can rob our enthusiasm plus put a dent in our budgets.
But there are ways to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year without making it the most expensive one too. Here are 7 easy ways to have amazing holidays without blowing your budget.
Create a plan: Plan ahead with your family on how you will all celebrate. Plan everything ahead for the holidays, like the amount you will be spending on gifts, decorations, entertainment, food, and beverage, etc.
Plan travel in advance: Book everything 3-4 weeks early as you will get good discounts for flight tickets, local transportation, accommodation, and local activities. And this can save up to 40 percent of the travel expenses.
Purchase gifts wisely: Plan early and make a list of who you are buying gifts for, and how much you have allocated for the gifts. Seek out bargains and compare in-store prices to those online to see if you can get a better deal. Also, you can use reward credit cards to save on gifts.
D.I.Y Decorations: Recycle and reuse Christmas decorative lightings and decorations. And try some DIY home decor like paper flowers, decorate pillows with stones, etc as they bring elements of your distinct style into your house and are less expensive.
Plan meals in advance: Decide 2-3 weeks before, which recipes you will make and make a list of the items you need. Then stock up on food items when they are on sale. Make sure to buy seasonal fruits and vegetables as these will be less expensive.
It’s about sharing: As family members gather to share holiday meals, don’t get stuck buying all the groceries. Ask your guests to bring side dishes, drinks, and desserts. You’ll trim your food budget and spend less time in the kitchen, while also having fun sampling new foods and exchanging recipes.
Invest in creating memories: If you feel like your holiday season won’t be a success unless you drop some big bucks on gifts for your friends and family, think again. Spend an evening watching old movies or playing board games with your loved ones. You won’t spend much money at all, and you’ll remember the time spent together long afterward.
Practicing financial discipline can be difficult during the holiday season. But It is not impossible. The above hacks will surely help you to make the most of your holidays without blowing a hole into your budget.