Earlier this week, I talked about creating a budget. Today, I wanted to talk about how to stretch that budget. Short of getting a part time job, or saving a little throughout the year (it’s a little too late for that), here are some ideas of how to make the most of what you’ve got this holiday season:

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Give the gift of food. Bake your family and friends their gifts at home! Instead of purchasing gifts that your loved ones may never use, why not bake cookies, fudge or loaves of banana nut bread as a present?

Make homemade cards. Get your little ones involved in this one and craft your own holiday cards. They’re way more personalized than those generic photo cards. Purchase some inexpensive card stock, glitter and paint and let your kiddos go wild.

Spread the joy of cookies. Have a knock-out cookie recipe? Then spread the joy. Layer dry ingredients in a mason jar. Attach the recipe with a ribbon and there you go – practical and cute.

Offer to host this year. Instead of spending all your money on travel costs, offer to host the holidays at your house. You’ll save tons of money by foregoing expensive flights. You’ll also be able to create your own special traditions and spend the holiday exactly as you want.

Get the most out of price matching. During this tough economy, stores are making the extra effort to have you shop there. That’s why stores like Target, Walmart, and even Best Buy, are offering price matching. Make the most of it when purchasing big ticket items for your loved ones.

Have any more ideas on how to stretch your holiday budget?

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4 Responses to How to stretch your budget this holiday season

  1. Catherine says:

    These are all great tip! Although I find if I host (a party not all of christmas) I end up paying more than attending a party b/c of the food ingredients etc I buy that I normally wouldn’t.

  2. Excellent ideas! I wrote a similar post earlier this week after so many years of spending way too much at Christmas.

  3. Hi Rebecca! I love these suggestions. I am trying to start my list and shopping early this year so I have time to shop around for the best price. I’m also hoping for a few of my gifts to be homemade (pinterest) or giving my time instead of a physical gift.

  4. Some great ideas Rebecca… the thought of brining cookies never occurred to me – but I love the idea.

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