Now that summer is almost over, many of us are gearing up for fall and winter celebrations like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and the New Year. Just when you think you’re done planning and shopping for one holiday, it seems as if there is another one right after it. The good news is that the earlier you start planning, the more time and money you’ll will save on just about everything! Here are my top tips to help you shop and plan accordingly.
1- Make A List For Every Holiday
Some people celebrate big and others celebrate small. No matter what your plans are, its a smart idea to make a list of everything you need to do and buy for each holiday. Once you have the list, shopping should become easier.
2- Shop Discount Chains For Party Supplies
Dollar stores and closet stores (such as Big Lots) are the best places to shop for holiday goods, candy, and party supplies for a much bigger discount. Dollar chains also sell greeting cards and wrapping paper for as much as 50% off year round!
3- Get Creative
With a little creativity, you can make your own holiday treats, gifts, and decor for much less that store-bought goods! Check out websites like Real Simple, Martha Stewart, and Family Fun for tons of ideas to get your started.
4- Don’t Overwhelm Yourself
You don’t need to celebrate every holiday with a party or family get-together. Its too expensive and time consuming! Decide on one holiday (like Thankgiving, Hanukkah, or Christmas) that means the most to you and plan a special party for that. Then you can spend the rest of the holidays (like Halloween or New Year’s) doing whatever else you want to!