“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”
While it is a cherished time of the year, Christmas can also be a stressful time with attending Christmas parties, hosting your own events, finding time and even the money to decorate or buying a gift for that friend or family member who seems impossible to buy for. But how can you have a good Christmas on a budget?
How to Reduce Stress During the Holiday Season:
- Set a budget
- Borrow what you don’t have
- Ask guests to contribute
- Browse Pinterest for DIY Christmas decor
- Break the status quo
Christmas on a Budget (Top Tips to Know)
1. Set a Budget
Before you brave the crowded stores or browse through Amazon, a good starting point is to set a specific amount of money you can stick to. If you’re spending money on gifts, stocking stuffers and hosting parties, setting a budgt for each category will help you track how much you’re spending and what you’re spending it on. Expenses can add up quickly at Christmastime!
2. Borrow What You Don’t Have
If you’re hosting a Christmas party, a great money-saver is to call a family member or friend to ask if they’d be willing to lend you decorations, platters or anything else you may need but don’t have.
Another idea is to shop at budget-friendly stores like Goodwill, Ross or Marshalls. You’d be amazed at the things you can find! And rest assured, you don’t need to have fancy silverware and platters to enjoy a great meal with loved ones. You can easily host Christmas on a budget.
3. Ask Guests to Contribute
Also along the lines of hosting, don’t be afraid to ask your guests if they can bring side dishes, desserts or anything else that you might need to help lighten the workload. Sometimes a good old-fashioned potluck meal does the trick. If your guests are already asking how they can help, take them up on their offer! They probably already anticipate contributing in some way; they just need you to let them know what that might be. This might be a no-brainer, but it’s a good reminder that you don’t have to do everything on your own. Go team work!
4. Browse Pinterest for DIY Christmas Decor
Pinterest has a never-ending amount of DIY ideas for just about anything, including Christmas decor on a budget. We found these simple and clever DIY ornaments thanks to Pinterest.
You can even take a quick nature walk (maybe right in your backyard depending on where you live) to find some things for centerpieces, garlands, etc. No trip to the store required! Pinecones and branches are a good place to start. Add some twinkly lights and you’re all set. Don’t feel the need to go all out with festive decorations either; there’s a lot to be said for simplicity. Sometimes less is more!
5. Break the Status Quo
Some people like to eat a traditional Christmas dinner, which is typically similar to Thanksgiving dinner, but don’t be afraid to opt for a more non-traditional route. If you and your guests want to eat off paper plates, go for it.
If you want to skip the time and effort of roasting a turkey or ham, that’s perfectly fine. It’s easy to get caught up in all the details, but don’t feel like you need to follow some sort of “dos and don’ts” rule book.
Enjoy being with your family and friends and eating whatever food ends up on your plate of choice. Who knows? You might even be able to incorporate some healthy foods that are good for your teeth.
We hope you enjoy this holiday season!
Do you have any money-saving tips as you prepare for the holidays? Let us know in the comments below!