Updated on December 18th, 2014
The holiday season is by far my most favorite time of year. What’s not to love about festive tunes, whispers of Santa, soft sugar cookies, and gifts galore? Although the hustle and bustle of the holiday season brings an abundance of excitement, Christmas has the potential to be a very expensive time of year. Looking for ways to save a little cash this Christmas? Explore these 5 simple ways to save money during the holidays.
This post was sponsored by Big Lots in celebration of its #BIGHoliday campaign for National Decorate Your Home for the Holidays Week.
Saving Money During the Holidays
Budget: Set aside a specific amount of money for each person on your “gift giving” list. DO NOT go over this budgeted amount when holiday shopping. Using credit/debit cards while Christmas shopping can make it hard to keep track of the money you’re spending. To help keep you in budget, pay for your gifts with cash – once the cash is gone, you’re done Christmas shopping.
Shop Year Round: Instead of saving all of your Christmas shopping until a few weeks before the holidays, shop year round and buy items when they go on sale.
Plan: Do your research! Know exactly what you want to buy and how much these items cost. Make a list and stick to your list while shopping. Make a conscience effort not to buy anything that isn’t already written in ink.
DIY Gift and Decor: Don’t be afraid to get a little creative with your Holiday gifts and decor. Tackling DIY holiday projects saves money and adds the perfect amount of personal touch. Looking for some DIY inspiration? Check out these Simple DIY Holiday Decor projects I was able to create with some of my favorite Big Lots items. Best of all, I was able to create most of these projects for under $20 a piece. Talk about great savings!
Know Where to Shop: You want to know one of my favorite holiday shopping centers? Big Lots! First and foremost, Big Lots offers INCREDIBLE savings; not to mention, their large holiday selection is to DIE for. Browsing their holiday isles, I instantly fell in love with these glamorous trees. At only $14, what’s not to love about this holiday decor?
Taking on the challenge to decorate my home for National Decorate Your Home for the Holidays Week (November 16-22), Big Lots helped me inexpensively turn my home into the perfect winter wonderland.
Thanks to Big Lots, saving money this holiday season has never been easier (or looked so good). Head on over to Big Lots and enjoy instant savings on great quality products. While you’re there, pick up some awesome holiday decor and start decorating your home for National Decorate Your Home for the Holidays Week! Be sure to follow Big Lots on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.
How do you plan to save money this holiday season?