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4 Ways to Save Money this Christmas Season

Opt for practical options and DIY solutions

Photography: Marc Jao (Main Photo)

Christmas is a time for giving and sharing what we have to our friends and loved ones. Whether we're hosting a fancy dinner or a casual get-together, we always make it a point to make guests feel comfortable. Even if we try to stay within our means, there are times when we cannot avoid to go overbudget—a good deal on new plates that's hard to ignore or giving in to your child's request for a new gadget—as some would put it, temptations to spend are everywhere.

Fortunately, you can consider a few practical ideas that can help you save on cash this coming holiday season. Remember: a dash of creativity, a decluttering schedule, and the willpower to stick to a budget, will go a long way.

Plan and follow a budget

How much are you willing to spend on decor, gifts, and other items? Set a feasible budget and stick to it. Be on the lookout for affordable alternatives that you can buy. If you're planning to replace your Christmas decor at home, you can also try your had at a few DIY projects. When it comes to buying gifts, keep in mind that it's the thought that counts! You don't need to spend thousands—look for items that your friends can appreciate and use. Make a list of things to buy and people that you're planning to give gifts to. This can help you track your expenses as well. 

Recycle gift wrappers

With so many presents to wrap this year, we usually buy plenty of wrappers and cards in advance. To cut down on costs, check if you still have old but presentable paper bags that you can reuse. You can also make the most of scraps of colorful papers that you have.

You can also work with old magazines, newspapers, and calendars.

Photo by Marc Jao.

READ: No-Cost Gift Wrap Ideas

Opt for DIY gifts

Nothing beats giving away presents that you crafted on your own! Just think about the possibilities: homemade treats in mason jars, reed diffusers, and charming decor that they can use to spruce up walls—there are so many things that you can do. These make gifts much more personal and special, too!

READ: 5 DIY Christmas Gift Ideas that You Can Do

Hold a garage sale

Check your closet, cabinets, shelves, and drawers. Do you find items that are still in good condition yet you no longer use them at home? Others can still use it! Gather all the essentials that you can find and group them accordingly. A garage sale can help you earn extra bucks for your Christmas celebration or you can also visit an orphanage and donate some of your finds to kids and the elderly.

Photo by Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions.

READ: 6 Creative Garage Sale Ideas

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