The holidays can be quite a struggle. The only thing tougher than trying to figure out what to buy for your cousin Madison is figuring out how to budget for all of the expenses that creep up this time of year. We have five solid ideas for saving some bucks and, no, none of them involve making your own gifts.
Know when fares are cheapest.
I don't know about you, but the biggest chunk of my holiday budget is dedicated to travel–my husband and I spend a big chunk of dough flying to visit our families this time of year. Yahoo! has a great (recent) article about how to snag the best deals.
Plan your potlucks in advance.
Heading to more than one potluck party between Friendsgiving and New Year's Eve? Plan your attack in advance, and make the same dish for every event. Pies freeze well, so if you can make a batch one weekend, you won't find yourself scrambling to buy the store-bought stuff later on.
Go more minimalist when trimming the tree.
Maybe you already have all you need to decorate your Christmas tree. But if you don't have much on hand yet and you're thinking you need to head out to buy loads of string lights and ornaments, think again. A barer tree can look just as beautiful. Start slow and let your holiday decor build up over time.
Skip the tree entirely.
You'll save $50-$100 by opting out of buying a live Christmas tree and opting for a clever DIY version for your living room instead.
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Swap clothes with friends.
Grab that party dress that made the rounds last year and swap it with a friend in a similar size. Tada! New dresses for both of you, without spending a dime.