Spending money is easy to do during the holiday season. It is saving money that takes some extra thought. This article will provide five do it yourself money saving ideas.
Instead of purchasing and wrapping individual gifts, give one specially packaged gift. You can use one large box or better yet a basket. Simply place the items for each individual into your container with a name tag on it. Then, attractively wrap it. This saves time and the money of wrapping expenses. It also makes it easier to handle. You are conserving paper, too.
When you think in terms of savings, you can’t beat coupons. Coupons are set up to attract customers to buy. They can also mean large savings when you shop. We tend to do more buying during this time of the year, than any other. You can find coupons for gifts and meals. You just have to take the time and search for them. Ask your friends to keep an eye out for certain coupons, that you are searching for.
Letters instead of Cards
Design one special holiday letter and print it on your printer. You can get more personal with your holiday expressions. If you don’t have a printer, have a friend print it for you. This will save you money on buying expensive holiday cards. If you will see the individuals, hand them the letter instead of using postage. Stamps now cost 44 cents a piece. You can save money by hand delivering it yourself.
Use Newspapers for Wrapping
Save those old newspapers. The comic section is very colorful and makes great wrapping paper. For years, my mother did this. She said it was a common practice during the World War II years. Recycling old newspapers is also a good way to save on trees. Wrapping paper can be very expensive, if you have a lot of gifts to wrap.
Donations are Tax Deductible
I have a friend that likes to make monetary donations in a friends name. Instead of giving a gift, he makes a donation to his friends favorite charity. He then collects the receipts and uses them at tax time. He even does this with birthday gifts. So three groups are getting the benefit of this plan.
Other DIY Money Saving Ideas
Consider going without electrical lights for decorations. Think in terms of a more natural look. Avoid using your credit cards. Shop wisely. You might be able to find two for the price of one. If you use lights, set time limits. If you need new tree decorations, go with homemade decorations like paper chains, popcorn strings and cotton balls
Finally, make a gift list. Ask yourself, “Who really needs to be on this list?” You can often weed out old friends are those that move away.