As we approach the holiday season, consider these 7 suggestions to help you get ready for the holiday season:
7 suggestions to help you get ready for the holidays
1. Participate in a gift exchange
Instead of buying multiple gifts for multiple people, arrange a secret santa or yankee swap. Suggesting a gift exchange where family members or friend's names are placed into a hat and each person picks one name to buy a gift for is a perfect way to keep spending simple. This way you can find that one perfect gift. Placing a spending limit on the cost of this gift is also a great way to keep expenses reasonable.
2. Shop early
This allows time for you to shop around for the perfect gift and find the best deals! You can also plan your meals for the holiday season and start purchasing non-perishables or frozen items ahead of time. Watching for sales and giving yourself time can save you time and money!
3. Pinterest is your friend
Nothing says “someone is special” than a unique, homemade holiday gift! There are a lot of fun (and affordable) holiday gift ideas that can be found on the internet. When you are out shopping, browse the internet before your purchase. There are often easy instructions to recreate that store bought idea.
4. Don’t be afraid to set a budget
It is important to know what your budget for the holiday season is, and to stay within it.
5. Make a plan and be organized
Make a list of all of the gifts that you are buying, and keep track of sales and coupons so that you can take advantage of deals as they arise. This can apply to home decor, party supplies, and holiday food. Using a spreadsheet can help you organize your gifts, receipts and finances effectively in one place. Keeping track of how much you spend on the holidays can assist you with budgeting for the following year.
6. Instead of a holiday party, enjoy a holiday hike
Hiking or participating in a winter activity is a great way to appreciate the fresh air and company of friends and family. A quick outdoor hike is often easier to plan than a big holiday party. Read our blog on winter activities for some fun suggestions.
7. Connect with others
A nice chat with a friend while drinking a cup of delicious hot chocolate is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays. If you're still concerned about seeing a large group of people in person, it is also a great way to socialize virtually.