Christmas has always been one of my favorite holidays ever since I can remember. Christmas had also turned into one the most expensive holiday for me and I have created a list of the top five things that I have found to save money on this holiday season.
Christmas Cards- This year I am no longer going to be spending the money on cute cards from Hallmark and spending a ton in postage. I have opted to send out Christmas cards using a free online greeting card company. Most people have email and there are a few companies where you can even include a family picture if you want. I also like to think that I am being environmentally friendly at the same time.
Christmas Desserts- For some reason sending that old fruitcake and all of the other wonderful sweets and treats can prove to be costly at the post office. I have instead decided to go with a cookie exchange. I like the idea of having all of my friends over to bake as well as to bring trays of delicious cookies over to trade amongst friends. It’s a great way to socialize and save money at the same time.
Christmas Ornaments- There are a ton of super cute ornaments at the Hallmark store. This year they will be staying at the store. I am going to be decorating my tree the old fashioned way, like the way we did at Grandma’s. I will be stringing popcorn and cranberries. Sure I may miss the dazzle of the twinkling lights but I will not miss the lights that all go off because of one bad light. Plus I can feed the birds the popcorn at the end of the season.
Christmas CDs- I always look forward to the compilation discs that come out this time of year. Celine Dion singing holiday tunes always takes my breath away. This holiday season I will be listening to music the old fashioned way on my radio. There are several local stations in the St Louis market that have been playing nothing but Christmas music for a few weeks and I plan to just listen to them and call it a day.
Christmas Presents- This is something that is going to be very different this year. I am making homemade gifts and everyone on my shopping list is going to get the same thing. I have decided to go with fleece knotted scarves. The knotted scarves are so pretty and very inexpensive to make. If I did the math right it should come down to under four dollars per person. People always seem to treasure something homemade and it will be a original gift.
I know to some people it may seem like I am being a grinch this year. I am not being a grinch, I am just trying to save money and get back to the true meaning of Christmas