The most wonderful time of year is upon us, and along with all the good times, great food, and heartfelt gifts comes the challenge of making it all happen on a limited budget. This year you won’t have to do it alone though, because we have the tips you need to capture the spirit of the season without emptying your wallet.
Deck the halls DIY: Welcome guests into your home with festive DIY décor that’s sure to dazzle. These sparkling votive centerpieces and charming cranberry candles, for example, are easy to make, and everything you need can be found at your local dollar store. For a professional looking accent you can create with things you have laying around the house, fill vases with colorful candies, ornaments, or string lights.
Trim your tree budget: A big, beautiful tree can be the cornerstone of your holiday celebration, but it can also get expensive. It doesn’t have to though, as long as you don’t mind waiting a little longer. As the big day approaches, tree prices tend to fall as retailers try to clear out as much inventory as possible before the season ends. That means that if you wait until mid-December you could get twice the tree for half the price. If you want to cut your own tree, do it at a wholesale tree farm so you can avoid the retailer markup. It’s also a fun way to turn picking out a tree into an unforgettable family event.
Festive family fun: Plan fun, low-cost (or free!) family outings like snow sledding and baking holiday treats together. You could also kill two birds with one stone and turn your DIY décor into a fun family project, or even take a stroll around your local neighborhoods to check out the best holiday light displays.
DIY gifts: Just because money is tight doesn’t mean you can’t give your loved ones a gift they’ll love. Whip up some custom holiday-themed bath bombs, glowing photo luminaries, or these super easy hot cocoa kits.
The gift that keeps on giving: Help the less fortunate enjoy their holidays by rounding up the family and heading to your local soup kitchen or food bank to serve up meals to those in need. You can also create “Blessings Bags” with items found at the dollar store to hand out to the homeless in your town. Things like socks, hand warmers, scarves, feminine products, and toiletries are luxuries many cannot afford but desperately need. You could even include gift cards to the local coffee shop or convenience store so they can get something warm to drink on those chilly winter nights.
Happy holidays to you and yours from the Freedom Debt Relief family.