Too early for a Christmas themed post? I don’t think so… after all, it’s only 90 days away and the time to save money is now.
- No mani-pedis. >$70 savings every 2-3 weeks.
- I have all the Fall decor I need. With the exception of one porch item and one chair pillow, I’m decorating with everything I’ve collected in years past. If you had decor last year, you have enough decor for this year. Believe me, I know how tempting it is to want to buy the things influencers post from Target, Homegoods, Hobby Lobby, or Kirkland’s new Fall line but just save it… you’ll be grateful you did. >$300 savings
- This is what people *always* advise but here it is with a twist… instead of eating out for lunch during the work day, pack snacks to keep you full along with a hearty lunch. For me, packing lunch just isn’t enough and I usually find myself heading to the closest grocery store around 2 or 3pm in the afternoon only to spend money on food I already have at home. >$50 week savings
- Get the dang pumpkin spice latte if you want the pumpkin spice latte but hold on the pastries by eating a snack from home instead. I know, I know… not as exciting but think about it, even though those pastries are warm, most were prepared weeks prior. ; ) >$15 week savings
- Start shopping now for Christmas gifts. If you see something on sale perfect for a friend or family member, purchase it now because chances are, it will be full price by the time December rolls around.
- Don’t go crazy with your Christmas cards (I promise the extra $45 for gold foil isn’t worth it. Cards sadly just get trashed at the end of the season) and design them when companies are having their Black Friday sales.
- Save. On. Wrapping. Paper. I have been using the same 3 rolls of painter’s paper for 2 years now and I *know* it’s not as beautiful as Target’s paper but it saves us so much money. If you check out Pinterest, there are so many ideas to make it cute!! I mostly use the craft brown painter’s paper because it’s the thickest but I have red and green as well.
- If you aren’t too keen on the idea of craft paper, try stocking up right after Christmas when Hobby Lobby has their 50-75% off sale. Hobby Lobby’s paper give you the most bang for your buck – it’s super thick, printed with “cut lines,” and the rolls are ALWAYS the biggest. You won’t find anything like it at Target or Walmart or even online.
- Collect gift boxes year long for Christmas giving. There’s nothing more boring than spending money on boxes… can I get an amen? I tend to save our boxes from gift exchanges and whenever I see free boxes at retail shops (Kohl’s, JC Penney, Belk, etc.), I stock up.
- Bake your own pastries. Need a dessert for a get together? Don’t spend money at the bakery. Cookies can range from $2-5 a piece, cupcakes range from $3-4 a piece, cakes are upwards of $45. I don’t have the time to bake a cake from scratch but I love a good boxed yellow cake with rich chocolate icing, Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate brownie mix (seriously better than any bakery brownie I’ve purchased), Trader Joe’s pumpkin muffin mix… I could go on and on. And don’t feel bad, semi-homemade is just. as. good.
- If you’re throwing a get together, ask each couple to bring a side dish and their favorite beverage. Have a festive punch to share and serve the main dish among everyone else’s sides.
I truly hope this helps you prepare for the upcoming season. I know it’s not realistic to tell you not to stress nor is it helpful to tell you to “just enjoy the family time, soak up the memories, it’s not about the decor or the gifts” because that’s just not reality but with everything, the earlier you begin preparing, the better off you’ll be. If you want to chat, I’m always available here.
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…”