The holidays can be a stressful time. But add searching for a new job to all the gift buying, cookie eating (and making) and family gatherings and that is just the cherry on top of the sundae. So we figured now was as good as time as any to share our top 5 money saving tips for the holidays.
- Hold back on the holiday cards. While it’s a nice gesture to send a holiday card, most of them end up in the trash (I’m sorry, but it’s the truth), so save yourself some time and money and don’t bother. But, if you feel the need to send them, make some adjustments for this year’s send—scale back your list or send an e-card (not only will you be making your life easier, but you’ll be saving the environment too).
- Don’t decorate. There’s no real NEED to decorate, while it’s nice, it is certainly not required. But if you do want to make your home or workplace festive for the holidays use decorations you already have, consider making your own (check out some fun ideas on Pinterest), or use items you can find in nature like pinecones, acorns, leaves…etc… There is no need to spend money on decorations.
- Buy on sale. You won’t go into any store during the holidays without stumbling upon a sale. So as you shop for your family, friends, and coworkers do a little research to find out how you can save as you shop.
- Don’t try to keep up with the Jones. As for entertainment, I’ve learned that it’s the little things that count. There really is no need for fancy parties or large entertainment venues. When it comes to celebrating the holidays it’s all about being together with the people that are important. So don’t stress out over every detail and feel pressured to outdo your neighbors, simply sitting around playing cards, decorating cookies, or even watching a movie with those that mean the most is what will be remembered the most too.
- Remember to give back. This time of year is a great way to give back to your community. While not everyone can give back financially there are plenty of opportunities to donate your time—and regardless of how you choose to help, you’ll be helping to make a difference for someone special this holiday season and that’s what REALLY matters.
We hope that these few easy tips help to alleviate some of your holiday stresses (sorry we don’t have any tips for avoiding your in-laws) and we here at TheConfidentCareer and Nexxt wish you a very happy holiday season.