3 Ways to Save Money During the Holidays

  1. Start by Building A Budget for Holiday Spending

This is one of the most important tips we can give you. During the holidays, it’s easy to get caught up in the spirit of things, and start overspending – from Christmas meals, to decorations, gifts, donations, and more.

We get it. It’s not very fun or festive to sit down in front of a spreadsheet and determine how much you can spend on gifts for family, decorations, and other holiday essentials. But doing so is a really good idea.

If you build a budget for holiday spending, you’ll be able to track each purchase you make, and ensure that you don’t spend more money than you have. Although using credit cards or cash advances for your holiday spending is a viable option, you’ll save a bit more money by not overspending in the first place.

 

  1. Look Out for Sales – But Don’t Buy Something Just Because It’s A “Great Deal”

 Holiday sales can be the perfect opportunity to save big on essentials and gifts for the entire family – from clothing, to electronics and gadgets, home goods and more. This is particularly true if you do a lot of shopping during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

But don’t get taken in by a great deal. Make sure that you only buy items that you need, or that you know that your gift recipients will want. You don’t want to buy something you don’t need just because it’s a good deal – if you think about it, that’s just a waste of money!

So yes, you should use blowout sales to your advantage. But beware of overspending and buying items you don’t need – this is a trap that’s blown the budget of many holiday shoppers!

 

  1. Make Your List, Check It Twice, And Know When to Stop

This is somewhat related to the above point. Early in the shopping season, you should be making a list of the gifts that you’re going to give to your loved ones – and once this list has been completed, do your best not to stray from it. Sure, you can adjust here and there – but if you built your list based on your budget, you don’t want to change much. This also lets you take your time when shopping and look for the best deals.

You also need to know when to stop shopping. Don’t just head to Amazon or go to the shopping mall to “see what they have”. If you’ve got everything on your list, you’re done. Don’t shop any more.

Follow These Shopping and Budgeting Tips to Save During the Holidays!

With the proper approach to shopping and budgeting, you can make sure that you get all of the gifts and other items that you need – without breaking the bank! Take another look now and think about how you can use these tips while shopping this holiday season.

Season’s Savings: How to Save on Each of the Four Seasons

Money saving and sustainable living intersect on many levels, yet one of the most obvious ones is food. After all, entertainment will cost you no matter if it’s an occasional concert or a sports game at your local stadium, you can’t negotiate your bills and fees, and many other expenses are beyond change. You can always save on food, though, and it’s surprisingly easy if you know how to start. Saving opportunities are there in every season – you can make the most of each one and save money in the long run.

Spring – Herbs, fruit, eggs

Spring is the time when nature finally ends its hybernation and finds life anew. It’s also the season when some of the tastiest fruits are blooming and ripening – it is the perfect time to stock up on some of these so your supplies will last all year long.

Strawberries might be available all year long in supermarkets, yet the real, sunkissed fruit is only available in the spring. Since an abundance of fruit is collected at this time of the year, make sure to stock up on it and preserve it in jars, as a compote or a jam. It will serve you well later in the year. Spring is the perfect time to collect elderflower – you can dry it for tea or make a syrup out of it, and use it all year long to flavor your lemonades – and, depending on the area you live in, some early mushrooms that you can dry or preserve in salt for later (make sure to only buy these from a certified professional or have them checked by an expert).

Mid-Spring (around Easter) there’s an abundance of eggs that floods the market. Look for great deals on this delicious and nutritious food – you can use them to cook a series of delicious dishes, make pasta, or even preserve them in salt and vinegar.

Summer – Fruit and veggies

Summer comes with its hot temperatures and long periods of daylight, perfect for certain fruit and vegetables to ripen. This is the perfect time to stock up on these, and fill your freezer, as well as your pantry, with them. The internet is full of guides and recipes on how to preserve various fruits and veggies – make sure to have your reserves filled while the prices are down.

Fall – abundance of fruit

Each season – and region – has its typical fruits that you can find cheaper in season than at any other time of the year. Make sure to know which ones are the best for you, and stock up on them while they are cheap. The fall is, in most areas, the time when the largest quantities of preserves are made – no wonder, as it is the most abundant season.

Fill your pantry with fruit juices, compotes, and jams, and your freezer with corn kernels (they are perfect frozen) so that you will have lots of food to reach out to during the winter.

Winter – holiday sales

Last but not least, let’s not forget about the holiday shopping season. Before Christmas, the stores are filled with food, often at a discount price. If your freezer still has space after the abundant crop of the fall, this is the perfect time to stock up on meat (it can stay frozen for up to 3 months without alteration), fish, and basically anything else you can find cheap.