Ideas For The Holidays
5 Holiday Decor Ideas for Less
Get inspired by your surroundings.
Collect natural materials such as pinecones or branches and decorate them with ribbons, paint and glitter.
Host a décor or ornament swap.
If you’re bored with your holiday décor and you have family and friends who feel the same about theirs, invite them over to exchange items. It’s less expensive than buying new items and you may find some new holiday favorites.
Consider DIY decorations to save a bundle. Pinterest and other craft sites are treasure troves of inspiration for all holidays.
Check out pre-Christmas sales.
Many craft supply stores offer discounts on holiday décor and ornaments before the holidays. Although the best time to stock up is after the holidays, when discounts are often up to 75% off, you can still find major deals a few weeks beforehand.
Organize a holiday cookie exchange.
Instead of baking dozens of different cookies, organize a cookie exchange with family, friends or neighbors. Each person bakes several dozen of one type of cookie and then everyone trades what they baked. Be sure to clarify what everyone is baking to ensure that each person receives different kinds of cookies.
3 Ways to Save Money on Holiday Cards
1. Send postcards.
It costs less to send a postcard than a regular letter or greeting card.
2. Make your own cards.
Websites such as VistaPrint.com allow you to upload photos and personalize your message for less.
3. Send e-cards.
Sending e-cards from websites such as AmericanGreetings.com or BlueMountain.com is a great alternative if you have a large holiday card list.