How to Afford The Holidays

I know the end of the year kind of snuck up on us, but it is here, and it’s time to think about the Holidays. The Holidays can be one of the more expensive times of the year, with parties, cards, ornaments, and gift expenditures, but don’t let money worries stress out your holiday season. Here are a few ideas to make sure it stays affordable, and you can ensure to keep the joy of the season

Save on Gifts
Plan ahead by looking year-round for the perfect gift for family and friends. Go bargain hunting when stores have weekly and seasonal sales, and don’t forget to use those coupons! As you visit unique shops or craft boutiques, select items with special meaning for the recipients. After a year of doing this, you should (hopefully) amassed the majority of your loved ones’ gifts. Now it’s just time to wrap them up – hopefully you’ve remembered where you’ve hidden them!

Make Your Own Holiday Cards or Ornaments
Holidays and special occasions are the perfect excuse for getting crafty and creating your own greeting cardsor ornaments. In most cases, they’re even better than those that are store-bought since you can express your own personal holiday cheer. Moreover, creating beautiful homemade cards or ornaments is such a rewarding way of spending time with family and friends, and a gift that truly bears special sentiment.

Skip the Expensive Ribbons and Bows
There’s no need to buy expensive ribbons and bows to decorate your packages, especially if you can find cheaper (or free) materials that will adorn the package just as creatively. If you have pine cones, flowers or greens lying about, that may be just the right embellishment your presents need.

Homemade Goodies as Gifts
Beautifully-packaged homemade goods — cookies, candies, jams, spice mixes – are great gifts to make and receive, especially in this world that offers so much that is mass-produced. If you’re really great in the kitchen, homemade Holiday gifts are nearly as much fun to make as they are to receive, and best of all, just imagine all the money you can save!

Save on Your Beauty Routine
Finally, with all the get-togethers and Holiday party invites, you’ll have even more reasons to look your best. If you regularly get acrylics done at a salon, why not try to save some money and do it at home yourself? WithNailene’s Deluxe Salon Acrylic Kit #77197, you’ll have a complete professional kit for multiple acrylic nails and fills (Actually, 3 complete applications!). This kit contains all the necessary components, all housed in a handy case.