Write down all your holiday expenses, including presents, gift wrap, groceries and entertainment. From there you can develop a budget, divide your funds and track your spending along the way.
Holding an exchange party with friends and neighbours is a great way to upcycle last year’s decorations and gift-wrapping supplies.
From teacher gifts to home decor, there are so many things you can DIY—think personalized mugs, handcrafted wreaths and homemade bath bombs. Pinterest is your friend here.
Consider making the big holiday dinner a potluck. You’ll save yourself money and stress. Try one of these 13 easy potluck recipes!
Set up a Secret Santa gift exchange instead of buying for everyone. Whether it’s just for the adults or everyone in the fam, it’s a new tradition the gang will grow to love.
Give your sister the gift of taking her kids for a weekend, or pledge to help your grandma declutter and redecorate her basement. Your time may be far more appreciated than yet another impersonal gift under the tree.
Consider making this the year you invest in a high-quality artificial tree. It will be pricier than a real one but will save you money in the coming years.
Lace up your skates, volunteer at a local soup kitchen or tour the neighbourhood light show—there are so many free activities out there that make it a breeze to entertain the family on a budget.
Gift wrap, decorations, stocking stuffers and so much more can be found in discount and dollar stores at prices your wallet will thank you for.
The best time to buy decor, festive clothing, wrapping paper and holiday cards is at the end of the season. You can find total steals on Boxing Day and beyond, so grab them now and shorten your list for next year.