Blogmas 2016

Tips for First Christmas/Christmas on the Cheap

So it’s your first Christmas away from home, on your own for the first time, or just can’t afford a lot. So lets go through some things to save you money.

Tree

So the tree sometimes seems like the most important item at Christmas. It’s the center piece, it’s what everyone gathers around.

Scale Back the Size

So you imagine a nice, tall, grande 8ft tree as the center piece of your living room. But smaller is cheaper. Half the size is about half the price. You could put a 4ft tree on a coffee table and get a very similar visual as the 8ft.

Go Artificial

It’s debatable if a a fake tree is more environmentally friendly, however, it will last you the longest. Taking care of it, you could probably make it last 5-10+ years. And if it’s the smell of pine that you are missing, there is spray, candles, and even fresh pieces of pine that you could put in your house.

Unconventional Trees

Who says your tree has to be pine? Why not make it out of something that you have? There are plenty of ideas for book trees. Or a garland along the wall in a tree shape. Or skip the tree  and hang the ornaments from the ceiling with fishing line in a tree shape. The options are limitless.

Decorations

There are so many gorgeous decorations and when you get to the price tag it seems like a stab to the heart. But here are some options to help save your wallet.

Ornaments

Buy ornaments in bulk, like a 50 in a container. Most department stores will have big sets of ornaments for a cheaper cost. Also check out dollar stores and craft stores for plain ones that are a lot cheaper then individual ones at boutiques.

Lights

LED lights may be a little bit more expensive but they will same your electricity bill. Also try to cut back, your tree could use less then you think. Just wrap the tree and your door. You don’t  need to wrap everything in your yard. It will save you in both electricity and up front costs.

Homemade Decorations

There are so many decorations that you could make yourself (check pinterest) that can look just as good if not better than the store bought ones plus they will always have the memories each year you use them and that’s part of the Christmas Magic.

Presents

Some people have a backwards notion that Christmas is all about presents but those people have never seen a Christmas movie, that is literally the opposite of what they are trying to say.

Think smaller

I know the idea of getting your parents that expensive vacuum they’ve always wanted, but they will appreciate something small just as much. They play Yahtzee? Get them a new pad of game boards. Go to the dollar store and get your nephew a couple of dinosaur toys. Your sister have a favourite chocolate? Get her a king size bar. There are numerous presents that are small that will be appreciated as much as a big gesture.

Give Services

Gift don’t have to physical things. Give them some free babysitting. Give them a homemade dinner. Write them a song. Clean out their garage. There are so many things that you could do for people that would be more appreciated than an item that they may forget about in a few years.

Alternatives to Wrapping paper.

Wrapping paper is both wasteful and expensive. Try taking newspaper, butcher paper, paper bags. All great options to get what you have covered and still let people rip the wrapping paper. Or use something reusable like a handkerchief, a scarf, or fabric scraps.

Boxing Day

Last but most important. Hit up an after Christmas sale. It will help you save in the long run.  Most stores will want the Christmas Stuff out so it will go onsale for 50%-75% off. You can get all the wrapping paper, decorations, and lights you need for next year for a fraction of the cost.

I hope this helps you this Holiday Season.

Sam ♥

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