Have you ever felt during the holiday season? I’m talking about the amount of money being spent on Christmas gifts – you know, spending too much?
I know many do – just look at all the advertisements – we are bombarded everywhere! The focus becomes more about the gifts and getting than on the true meaning of Christmas – the birth of Christ!
So, today I want to share with you 5 ways to save during the holidays that I have found work for me to ease the financial pressure during the holidays.
Plus, I am excited to have a Christmas giveaway for a $200 Target gift card! But, before I give the details of the giveaway, let’s talk about saving money during the holidays.
5 Ways to Save During the Holidays
Set a budget for the amount to spend before you start shopping – and, stick to it!
Budgets can be stretched by shopping sales throughout the year. I like shopping throughout the year but the challenge is to keep it all organized. I have found a running list of what was purchased and for whom is a life-saver.
As we get closer to Christmas, many stores have sales that you can take advantage of. Coupons and coupon codes for online shopping are often available that further stretch the budget. ChamaleonJohn.com is one site to check for discount codes.
One way to save when buying online is to get free shipping. Depending on where you shop and how much you spend, Amazon Prime may be well worth the cost and it gives you free two-day shipping.
I have begun to do a lot of my shopping online and I get cashback on almost everything I buy by going through Ebates. They work with big name brand stores like Kohl’s, Nordstrom, Amazon and many more. It is free and easy to use! When you sign up for Ebates, you receive either a $10 Ebates cash bonus or a $10 Walmart gift card.
3. Homemade Gifts
I know, this may sound corny and cheap, but there are a lot of nice homemade gifts – from baked goods, meals in a jar, hand-sewn items, knitted/crocheted items – the possibilities are endless! In this day and time of busyness, people seem to appreciate the love that goes into and time that homemade gifts take.
4. Name Swap
With a large family, buying for everyone could easily become a strain on the budget, especially for newlyweds. Our older children (the ones who are married with children) have begun a Christmas name swap. They, along with any still at home that so desire, draw names. There is a price limit on the gifts purchased and they have even started a wish list to help guide the buyer. Any limit can be set but, they chose a limit of $30.
5. Family Gift
Last year, we gave one main gift to the whole family – something everyone would enjoy – a pool table. We purchased it from Craigslist before Christmas. On Christmas day, everyone had one small gift to open. That worked well and we have enjoyed the pool table. In fact, I think we have an up and coming pool shark in the family – but I won’t name names!
$200 Target Gift Card Giveaway!
Because it is Christmas and I appreciate you – I am excited that one Cultured Palate reader will win a $200 Target gift card and one additional reader will win a $10 gift card.
This giveaway will end on Dec. 25. 2015 at 11:59 pm PST. The winner will be notified by email Dec 26, 11.59 PM PST.
To Enter: Follow the instructions in the widget below for your chance to win!
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