Save Money This Christmas
Christmas is a time of the year that brings joy to so many people. The beautiful tree decorated with antique ornaments, family gatherings with delicious meals and colorful presents represent Christmas to many.
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That all-important Christmas tree and its decorations can be very expensive. However, you can save money and spend time with family by cutting your own Christmas tree this year. Many nurseries offer special pricing on their Christmas trees if you cut and haul them yourself. You get to have a traditional family Christmas outing and you also get to save money – what could be better than that? You can even turn it into a special occasion where a different member of the family gets to choose the tree that year.
Cut Your Own Christmas Tree This Year
You can save money and spend time with family by cutting your own Christmas tree this year.
You might also wait until Christmas Eve to purchase your tree. Christmas Eve is the last day of sales for most nurseries and so the prices are much lower than in early December.
Take that tree home and decorate it with your favorite ornaments, but be sure to add some homemade crafts to the tree. Add some punch and merry music and you have a mini-celebration even before the actual Christmas holiday.
If you live in an area where Christmas trees are not commonly grown, buy an artificial tree. These trees can last for several years and will save you money every time you use them.
Save Money on Gifts
Instead of buying many presents, buy just one or two that have special meaning for each member of the family. You can also purchase one large gift for the house, like a television or games console, instead of many smaller presents. This will keep everyone pleased and you can even ask family members for those essential items like games and Blu-Ray discs for your new purchase.
Listen to this advice about gift giving:
“The money…do you spend a lot of it during the holidays? Trust me, I have lived that life of trying to give the biggest, the best, the most expensive gifts. And you know what? Months later those recipients, and even myself, really can’t even remember what I gave them. Gift giving is not about what the stores want you to believe. It’s not what the commercials portray on TV. Gift giving comes from the heart and doesn’t mean bigger, better, best. It’s not about pushing an item or agenda on someone. Gift giving is about knowing the person you are giving to, and offering something that matches their interests. It doesn’t have to be a “thing” that you buy at a store. It is a warm, generous, gesture, given in whatever form is comfortable for you. Think of the toddler who enjoys the empty box more than the toy inside. What money parents could save if they gave for the childs interests and not their own!” ….Source
If you’re really short on cash this year, simply skip the presents and try to focus on quality time with the family. This can include caroling with friends or take a part in a Christmas play at your local church.
Have Frugal Fun
You might travel to see the Christmas light celebration in a local town or even drive through the neighborhood and admire the houses that are decorated for the holiday.
Having the whole family together is a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday. Stay home together and watch a Christmas movie. Pop some popcorn, wear your pajamas and drink some eggnog while you admire your Christmas tree.
Holiday celebrations are often free or very low cost. Your local library or community center might put on a show. Instead of spending a fortune on holiday gifts, take the whole family to see the show at great budget prices.
Decorate your home with pine boughs and pine cones rather than plastic ornaments. String popcorn with cranberries and use them as your garland. Save the comic strips from your newspaper to give yourself an inexpensive and “green” option for wrapping the gifts that you buy.
How To Use Pine Cones For Decorations
Use some imagination and create simple pine cones ornaments you can use to decorate your house or Christmas tree for Christmas…
You can easily have the best Christmas ever and still spend very little. Those precious moments with your family and the memories that you will keep forever cannot be bought.