Frugal Living: How to Save on Holidays & Special Occasions

Holidays and special occasions can take a big bite out of the budget. As with anything else, planning ahead can save you 70% or more on your Christmas gifts, Halloween costumes, birthday parties and the like.

Time Your Shopping Trips
The strategies we use with couponing hold true for nearly every other purchase. Don’t wait until you need something to buy it. Plan ahead. Christmas decor is most expensive in November. Halloween costumes are most expensive in October. But when you plan your purchases one year ahead you can get items at the lowest prices when they are on clearance. Similarly, toys can be picked up for a song in January and set aside for future birthdays and holidays.

Shop the Dollar Stores
When decorating for holidays and birthdays, begin your hunt at the local dollar stores. Many have balloons, gift wrap and an array of decorations for a buck or less. Even stocking stuffers and party favors!

Use Free Printables
If you follow this blog, you know I am a huge fan of free printables. Here are a few examples of ways you can decorate using free printables.

Make It Yourself
Often the most appreciated gifts are those that are thoughtfully created by the giver. During the holidays, I like to stock up on all the free and cheap home fragrance items and create a gift basket for those on my list. You can do the same with your stockpile of beauty and personal care items. My 100 Days of Christmas and Momspiration Monday series are filled with beautiful and easy DIY gift ideas. If you have these in mind, you can begin buying materials to create them as you find deals throughout the year. A few ideas:

Make an Ice Cream gift box.

Make your own Summer Bath Salts.

Make a New Mom Comfort Kit.

Make your own Huge Family Photo for under $20.

More DIY Ideas Can Be Found Here:

Tutorial of the Day
100 Days of Christmas
Momspiration Monday
Summer Staycation Series

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