10 Ways To Afford Christmas
10 great original ideas to share the spirit of the season - without breaking your wallet!
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Help Those Less Fortunate
10. Give your friends the gift of feeling affluent.
Make a tax-deductible donation in their name to the charity of their choice. $10 may not mean much here, but the dollars stretch far in developing economies.
9. Blend fresh smoothies for your co-workers. If your officemates are devotees of the fresh juice revolution, nothing will show them how much you care like a fresh-blended smoothie. Keep the flavors simple, and avoid commonly allergic ingredients. Kiwis or almond butter may cause a Christmas party story you’d rather not remember.
8. Have a hairy friend? Consider gifting him an annual subscription membership to the Dollar Shave Club. He’ll get a close shave, hugs won’t be so scratchy, and all of this for $12 (excluding tax + shipping).
Show Your Love
7. Make a happy bucket. We gals love thoughtfulness. Nothing says, “I love you forever,” like our main man gathering a few of our most treasured products together with a bow strung on top of the handle. Some ideas include our favorite nail polish shade or our favorite sweets.
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Make Your Own
6. Raid the Target dollar section early. Get there while the going is good. Inventory is everything when it comes to making your own ornaments and holiday decoration. Make a tree skirt for dirt cheap.
5. Drop the hint to the parental units that what you really want is the gift of saving all year-round. You want to develop smart spending habits. Why not make the case for a year’s membership to Costco or Amazon Prime? You’ll save more in a year than they could give.
4. Create a new family tradition. They’re free. Every Christmas, our family plays an original game during dinner. It goes like this: each family member writes their name on a piece of paper and throws it into a top hat. Then, we go around the room drawing names, and for the rest of the dinner, the goal is to act like the family member whose name you drew and see if people can guess. But be careful, emotions run high during the holidays, and you want to keep it light…. teenagers are never spared.
3. Cut the pricey meats down to one main animal. Leave out the sides that look pretty on the table but end up as garbage filler. We all have those sides. Cranberry sauce should be considered.
Silly For One
2. Not everyone gets pie. If only one person out of your Christmas party likes pumpkin pie, tell him he doesn’t need the extra calories anyway, and that he’ll thank you later. That’s $10 of ingredients and a wellness tip.
Family Birthday Calendar
1. Make a family photos calendar for 2016 in one day. Inexpensive, and all of the meaningful moments that happened through the year captured in pictures. Bonus: you won’t have to worry about forgetting Aunt Debbie’s birthday again. It’ll be a new you.