Everyone seems to break the bank around this time of year but it doesn't have to be that way. There are plenty of tips and tricks that will save your budget and let you enjoy the Holidays without having to feel like you're going broke!
The biggest way to save money on ribbon, tape, wrapping paper, gift bags, etc. is to reuse what you already have. If you don't already save bags and bows, start doing so this year and then after a few years you'll notice that you have plenty of gift bags and tissue paper saved up. Aside from that, you can purchase wrapping paper, boxes, bags, tissue paper, cards, ribbon, and labels at dollar stores. The only downside to that is the wrapping paper sold there usually comes in a small amount, so the other option for gift wrap is to buy it after the holidays, when it all goes on sale. Then you will have plenty for next year.
Making your own baked goods is often cheaper than buying premade cookies and cakes. Also, if you use coupons early on, you can stock up on the stuff you need as it goes on sale right before and during the holidays. Don't be afraid to go to the dollar stores for a lot of things like herbs and spices, canned goods, and cookie mixes.
There are several ways to save money on decorations. For starters you can always ask your parents if they have decorations they can pass on to you for your own home. Next, you can buy cheaper decorations that are still nice by going to thrift stores, places like TJ Maxx and Marshalls, and dollar stores. Also, try shopping before Thanksgiving (I always find great sales then) and then after the holidays too. And finally, make sure you get creative with decorations. Do you have an empty vase? Fill it with some of the Christmas balls that you normally put on your tree. Make your own faux floral arrangements instead of buying a pre-made one. Don't be afraid to get crafty.
These are just 3 of the ways that you can really save money around the Holidays. This leaves you more money for gifts and for any travel expenses you may have.
What are some of your money-saving tips during the Holidays? Share them below!