In today’s economy, many people are scaling down the size of their Christmas celebrations However with a little time and creativity, you can still have a wonderful Christmas holiday without empting your wallet.
1. Make Homemade Gifts
Homemade gifts don’t have to be tacky, look online for directions on how to knit, bake, sew, make jewelry etc. With a little time and energy you can make gifts that look gorgeous.
2. Shop at dollar stores and consignment stores
You can find huge deals at dollar and consignment stores. Dollar stores are great places to find stocking stuffers and fun little gifts. Consignment stores are great for finding clothes at discounted prices.
3. Look for sales, deals and coupons
Look in the store ads, online, and sign up for store email deals if they have them. It may not seem like a lot of savings but if you get deals on everything you buy it can add up to a ton of money saved.
4. Have a gift swap party
After Christmas, invite some friends over and have them bring any unwanted Christmas gifts with them. Then have an old fashioned gift swap. The rules for a gift swap are simple. Everyone picks a piece of paper with a number on it. The person with number one picks a gift from the pile. Then the person with number two either picks a gift or steals number one’s gift. In that case, number one would pick another present. This goes on and on until everyone has a present. The gifts can be wrapped or unwrapped.
5. Have a cookie exchange
Love to bake holiday cookies but don’t have the extra money to buy the ingredients to make all your favorites? Have a cookie exchange. Invite some friends over and have them bring a large batch of their favorite holiday cookie. Make sure everyone brings a different type of cookie. Then have everyone go around and take a few of each other’s cookies. You end up with an assortment of cookies without all the mess and expense of baking them all yourself.
6. Look on Craigslist for presents
People are always selling items on Craigslist. You may have to search for a bit but you can find some amazing deals on Craigslist. Just be sure to beware of scammers.
7. Look for free activities in your area
Look online and in your local newspaper for fun free holiday activities such as tree lightings, gingerbread house displays, Christmas concerts, and Christmas light displays.
8. Go look at decorated houses
This is something I have done ever since I was little. My family and I would drive to local neighborhoods with spectacular light displays and admire the pretty lights. This is a fun and free way to enjoy the holiday season.
9. Send emails and E-cards instead of paper cards.
With all the advances in technology, sending Christmas greetings has gotten easier, faster and free! There are tons of free E-cards that you can send to your friends and family. There is also cool stationary for your emails so you can write those update letters over the internet too.
10. Use Pandora for free Christmas radio
Pandora is an online radio service that gives you 40 free hours of music a month. You can create a station and then it plays songs that you like. You can make a Christmas station for free Christmas music.