Enjoy Christmas on a Tight Budget

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  • Gift a thoughtful, heartfelt letter or handmade card instead of a random object. Take a step further, and safeguard it in a personalized frame.

  • Bring your own eggnog and thermos of hot cocoa to tour neighborhood Christmas lights

  • Shop at consignment stores or even find various objects/toys on https://www.craigslist.com & https://www.ebay.com on discount

  • Focus your activities on experiences & family values rather than presents & treats

  • Send your holiday card/photo via email instead of regular snail mail. This will help you save on printing & postage

  • Make meals & treats at home, as opposed to pre-bought or dining in a restaurant

  • Craft your own ornaments instead of purchasing them

  • Plan a scavenger hunt for the kids to find smaller, inexpensive gifting items (i.e. gum, stickers, markers, etc.)

  • Make donations in your family\'s name instead of giving gifts

  • Don\'t forget, this is a massive sale season! Take advantage of different store discounts for gifts

  • Decorate your tree with household items - string things like popcorn & berries on a thread and drape them like garland

  • Bake your Christmas gifts!

  • Sell your older/used toys or clothes to a consignment shop in exchange for cash to purchase new ones

  • Take your family Christmas caroling, spreading joy to others

  • Consider charitable activities, like taking Christmas treats to the elderly in a nursing home

  • Pack Christmas stockings with fruit to help fill space

  • Offer a holiday journal or diary to your children in which they learn to record reasons for which they are grateful

  • Craft your own decorations at home! Some ideas to get you started: https://goo.gl/mmFN4n

  • Re-gifting - it\'s not as terrible as you think! And it\'s really quite common. Save yourself some bucks, and repurpose the treat basket or bottle of wine

  • How about a family holiday photo in PJ\'s? Don\'t purchase expensive clothing for this annual photo - try a casual one this year!

  • Save on your winter electric bill by NOT using lights on your Christmas tree, but rather decorating with other shiny objects like lame tinsel and silky ribbons

This checklist was created by jinglejingle

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