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In 2015 alone, people spent more than $626 billion on holiday shopping. The season does bring good will and cheer, but if you aren’t financially prepared for it, it may be bringing some fear as well. Luckily, there are ways you can save money and still have an excellent holiday with your family.
Set a holiday budget and divide the amount by 11 or 12 months. You can then save a portion of the money each month. For example, if you expect to spend $800 in the holiday season and you save for 11 months, you would save $72.72 per month. If you wanted to save for 12 months and catch sales at the last minute, you’d only need to save $66.66 per month.
You already know you will need gift wrap and address labels for Christmas every year, so purchase them in the first week of January when the stores have their holiday items at very steep discounts. This is also a good time to purchase any décor you’ll want for next year as well as an artificial tree if you’ll need a new one.
If you have older children or adults to purchase gifts for, buy them as you come across good deals throughout the year. These are usually safe bets because their tastes won’t change much. However, it’s probably best to stick to buying closer to the holiday for smaller children whose tastes may change often in a year.
Instead of spending lots of money and using up lots of time baking dozens of types of cookies yourself, have a cookie exchange. You get to socialize with family and friends, save money by only making one or two recipes and get lots of yummy treats all at once.
You can even find affordable holiday cards. Shutterfly offers great everyday prices on cards like the chalkboard cheer Christmas card every day, and sales are regular throughout the year.