If you’re like me you haven’t bought any Christmas presents for family and friends, and you haven’t saved any money for them either. It’s usually the week before Thanksgiving when I freak out and think…holy crap Thanksgiving is next week and then it’s December!
Can you relate? If so, this post is for you! I’m going to share 5 ways to quickly save money so you don’t have to break the bank over presents!
1.) Sell an Organ
Ok that’s a joke, but clean out your closets and garage and sell your stuff online or in store (Craigslist, Facebook groups, women’s and kid’s resale shops to name a few). You can easily earn enough for a present or two.
2.) Check Your Accounts
I don’t know about you but my husband takes a huge chunk out of our paychecks every month and puts towards our life and car insurance. He tends to over budget just in case, but usually it builds up and we have extra money by the end of the year. I like to look at our accounts and see if there’s any money leftover to put towards gifts.
3.) Sentimental Gifts
If all else fails and you don’t have much money to spend on gifts, go for a picture! Print off a 5×7 or 8×10 photo, find an old frame in your home, wrap it up to give to your parents/in-laws/grandparents. Doesn’t take much time and your family will LOVE it…believe me.
4.) Second Hand
I’ve recently become obsessed with Once upon a Child and Kid to Kid resale shops! You can find toys, games, clothes and more at extremely discounted prices. When it comes to gifts for your young kiddos, don’t head to Target…check resale shops first. Wrap it beautifully and your kid won’t know the difference if it’s new or not. Also, don’t ask your kids what they want for Christmas, just listen for hints.
You probably think I’m a cheapskate at this point, but hear me out. I’m not saying to wrap up the half used scented candle burning in your kitchen, but rather something that was gifted new to you that still has tags. I recently received a beautiful necklace and earrings at an event, but I’m allergic to metal so I can’t wear them. I’ll be wrapping those beauties up and using for my work’s gift exchange. You also may have a few gift cards lying around which are great to use as well!
I hope these ideas can help you save money this holiday season! Remember it’s not about the perfect gift, but about making memories with family, relaxing and having a good time.