Fun and Frugal Ideas for the Holidays
By Melissa Page on December 20, 2012
Christmas is just around the corner! While this may be one of the happiest times of the year, it may also be one the most expensive times. But don’t let the demands of the holidays get to you. You can still enjoy the holiday cheer without being a scrooge! Take a look at these fun and frugal holiday ideas for this year!
Clip coupons. Couponing has now become a popular way of saving money. As early as possible, look out for coupons from the internet, newspapers and magazines. Clip those you can use for this year’s celebration and make necessary purchases as you go on your shopping schedule.
Bargain hunt. Be on the lookout for sales and discounts. Start as early as possible so that you’d have a chance to get the best deals available. You can also go to a thrift store to purchase toys for little kids (and big kids, too!).
Compare prices. Sometimes, an item in one store is cheaper than the same item in another store. It is better to scout first before actually buying the item. Also, there are times that the prices online differ from the actual ones in the store. Check properly beforehand before buying.
Wrap the gifts yourself. You don’t need a new piece of wrapping paper for this year’s presents! Colorful magazine pages, old comic strips from the newspaper, even your kid’s artwork will work perfectly. If you have saved wrapping paper all through the year, that will work. Old Christmas cards will do great as tags too!
Secret Santa. Christmastime is also a time of parties. Before you know it, you might just find yourselves invited to another children’s party. Instead of buying every niece, nephew, godchild a gift, why not suggest doing a Secret Santa instead? This way, you won’t end up spending for gifts that are not within your budget.
Be creative. Not all gifts have to be brand new or wrapped. Write a poem, sing a song, or create something meaningful for the person you want to give a gift to. Sometimes, the gift of time is the best thing you can give this holiday.
Use what you have. Before you head off to the decor store, visit your attic first. You might have loads of decors from last year or the previous one that you may use. If you don’t, you can use your kids’ artwork collections as decorations!
Display your own collection. Do you have a collection of bowls, mugs, wine glasses, wine holders, teapots, or salt and pepper shakers? If you have tabletop and barware collections, you can use them as holiday decorations. The best part is, it won’t cost you a thing!
Natural elements. Don’t have a Christmas tree? Make one yourself! Nature is a wonderful source of inexpensive decorations. Look around for inspiration and surely, mother nature will give you what you’re looking for.
About the author: Melissa Page writes on behalf of Buyer at Large, home of unique gifts and decorations.