BLOGMAS | How To Save Money This Holiday Season
What is Blogmas? Blogmas or Vlogmas is when bloggers / vloggers upload a post or video everyday counting down to Christmas. I’m participating in Blogmas this year. However, instead of posting everyday until Christmas I will be posting for 12 days which will be spread out in 24 days counting up to Christmas.
Have you ever looked at your bank account after the holidays and said to yourself, “Holy crap! I spent how much???” I said that to myself last year. Although to be fair, I had to buy myself a new computer because my old one was broken beyond repair.
This year, I came up with a list of ideas on how to save money during the holiday season and they are helping me quite a bit on my holiday shopping.
- Set a budget early on in the year. Having a budget early in the year will make it easier to save up for it for when the holidays come. It will also help prevent overspending.
- Have a list. Believe me when I say it’s easy to get carried away when it comes to buying presents for your loved ones. You always want to make sure they get just the right present and this can sometimes lead to spending too much. Having a list allows you to brainstorm present ideas which are within our budget. Add to that the added convenience of taking something off of the list when you know someone else is already buying the same present you are.
- Let them make their own list. There is no harm in plainly asking them what they would like for Christmas. However, be honest and tell them about your budget as well so they won’t include something in their list that’ll make your wallet or bank account cry.
- Use Ebates.ca. This is not sponsored. I just happen to love Ebates. Ebates helps you generate cash back when you shop online as long as the store is listed on their website. You won’t always get a lot of money back, but it’s still money back.
- Start shopping early. You don’t always have to start your holiday shopping at the beginning of the season. Once in a while you’ll find the perfect present way ahead into the year, and that’s ok.
- Give out homemade / DIY presents. It is cliche, but sometimes it’s the thought that counts. Yes it’s going to cost a bit at first but when you think about it, buying materials in bulk then turning it into a homemade present will still be cheaper. You will not only have saved money in the process, but you’ll also have leftover materials to use for other projects thus eliminating the need to spend more money.
What about you? What do you do to spend money during the holidays?