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Save big during the holidays

As the holidays are fast approaching, we can all agree that it’s best to save rather than spend. After all, the price of gifts and a plane ticket home can burn a hole in anyone’s wallet. It’s also tempting to not buy every decoration you see when stores start to play holiday music the day after Thanksgiving. See how to inexpensively turn your home into your personal holiday wonderland while saving money on holiday essentials.

What you should do

  • Wake up early Saturday morning and scout out nearby neighborhoods for estate sales or yard sales. These are often known to have lots of holiday decorations, especially in December. You might even be able to bargain with the seller to save even more money.
  • Shop for presents early on and put them on layaway. By doing this, you will be able to make a series of small payments over time. Also, you won’t have to worry about items selling out in the store because they will be waiting for you in the back!
  • Gather tree branches from your yard and spray paint them silver or gold. A strand of lights wrapped around them will light up any room or a front porch. Pine cones also look festive when spray painted and can be used as centerpieces or accent pieces.
  • Take a trip to the craft store to buy ribbon and a wire frame for a wreath. Use the ribbon to wrap your stairwell railing or porch columns. The wire frame can be turned into a wreath by securing pine boughs, flowers, and bows from the ribbon all around it.
  • Find scrap paper from previous crafting projects to create personalized holiday cards. Not only will you save money, but your friends and family will appreciate the thoughtful gesture of receiving handmade cards. If you’re not feeling creative, send e-cards! Many websites offer free e-cards that make it possible to write your own message inside.

Take these suggestions into consideration and you will be saving money while staying in the holiday spirit.

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