Celebrate Holidays Without Breaking the Bank
The Holiday season is bright with lights and stores decorated with attractive gifts and ornaments. It is the time of the year that every boy and girl dreams of Christmas trees and Santa Claus and gift opening. But often for the adults, it is a time which tempts them to overspend in buying stuff which will please family and friends alike. Beginning the New Year with a load of credit card debts is not pleasant either. So here are a few tips that can make your holidays bright without breaking the bank. Draw up a budget and stick to it Be realistic about how much you can spend. Once you make up your mind, write down all that you have to spend. It could be funds needed for food, decorations and gifts. When you divide the available funds under these headings, you can plan a little further. For instance, you can make a list of people you must give gifts under the column of gifts. Now you will have a clear picture of how much you can spend on each person. Do not underestimate the power of your Dollar Store Often people love to discuss with others the brand name shops they raided for gifts. But if you step into a couple of Dollar stores, you will find that you can scrape of 75% of savings on what you would buy in the big stores. Gift wrapping paper, such as, is something everyone tears and throws away. So why not get it at discount stores instead of the high-end ones. Be amazed at the kind of decorations you can pick up here as also the Holiday cards! Be Innovative Originality in food and everything else is somewhat challenging. A well planned feast is manageable if you start buying the ingredients even a month ahead. The After Thanksgiving sales can come up with ingredients for cakes and so on. Even gifts are thoughtfully picked up for the holidays from these sales. If you are dexterous with your fingers, making gifts, like crocheting Christmas Tree ornaments or knitting caps and socks for Winter, starting a task a couple of months before the holidays is a good idea. Making photo frames with craft material and personalizing them with names placed on with glitter are very attractive. Cross stitching a child's name on a bath towel or a hand towel can also bring joy to the recipient. So celebrating the holidays using your planning skill and not raiding the bank, can make you immensely proud of yourself, as well as spreading the holiday cheer around!