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Shopping: How to Save Money During the Holidays

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Happy (early) Holidays from our little family in Sacramento, California! It’s almost that time of year again. That time of year of holiday shopping when the malls of America are utter madness and mamas everywhere contemplate pulling their hair out. Yes, there’s also holiday cheer and “gay happy meetings.” But let’s be honest, the prep work leading up to the holidays is … well, overwhelming at times, especially this year when it comes at a time when the economy is in the crapper and prices are high. But you need not fear, because there is a way to save money during the holidays.

How to Save Money During the Holidays

1. The Dollar Store is your friend.

The Dollar Store may or may not be the place where you’ll find gifts for your family and friends, but it most certainly is the place where you’ll find cheap tape, ribbons, and wrapping paper. And if you’re throwing a holiday party, it’s a great place to find paper goods, which would minimize the clean up afterwards. Who wouldn't want that?

2. Cookies anyone?

It’s the thought that counts, right? Consider gifting a fresh batch of holiday decorated cookies instead of a store bought item.

3. Decide on a budget and stick to it.

I know this one goes without saying, but it’s an important one. I suggest leaving the credit cards at home and using cash when you go holiday shopping. Consider separating your cash into envelopes labeled with the names of the people you’re shopping for.

4. You don’t have to give everyone a gift.

Make a list of close family and friends whom you wish to purchase gifts for, and stick to that list. You’ll naturally want to add names to that list (it’s the holiday cheer in you) but try to keep yourself from doing that because you’re on a budget. Consider giving those who don’t make your list a holiday card or a yummy treat instead.

5. Remember that the holiday season is about spending time with those you love.

Stay in perspective, mamas. The holiday season isn't about gifts or shopping; the memories you make with those you love during this special time of year is what you’ll really remember!

Happy Holidays and Happy Saving!

 What are some things you do to keep your holiday spending under control?

Hi there, mamas! My name is Judith Kester and I blog over at Momma's Closet. I'm a mama to one little boy babe who turns "1" next month and wife to my darling husband/best friend. Together we make a strange band of characters, but we're madly in love and happily living in Sacramento, California. Momma's Closet is a blog about frugal living, motherhood, style, life, and so much more. Find out more by visiting our blog here. We're also on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

 

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