The holidays can be a really difficult time for many people, particularly if finances are tight. With four children, I know that Christmas can take a big bite out of a family’s budget so we look for ways to save money while still having a special and happy holiday. You don’t have to sacrifice anyone’s happiness by saving a few dollars.

Here are some suggestions on how to get through the holidays without breaking the bank:

  • Make gifts – baked goods, handmade crafts, personal photographs, your handyman (or woman) services, etc. These gifts are often the most special ones, because they require a lot of thought and time. Here are some more handmade gift ideas:

    Handmade message board

    • knit or crocheted items
    • ornaments
    • caramel corn or snack mix
    • jewelry
    • candles
    • Cookie mix jars
    • message boards
    • repurpose items like mason jars into candle holders
  • Set spending limits. Agree as a family to only spend X amount of dollars on each other, and stick to your budget. This gives a sense of fairness for everyone.
  • Draw names. Rather than purchasing gifts for everyone in the extended family, draw names from a hat and everyone just buys ones gift. We do this on one side of our family and then play a game where we can steal the gifts from one another. It makes Christmas about spending time together rather than giving things to one another.
  • Don’t indulge the children unnecessarily. Children don’t need to get a huge number of gifts in order to be happy. A few special gifts can go a long way.
  • Make your family dinner a pot luck. Have family members each bring a dish, making it an affordable event for everyone. It also gives everyone a chance to share their favourite dishes!

The holidays should be a happy time to spend with family, not a stressful time to worry about money. Do you have any money saving tips for getting through the holidays? Please share them in the comments.



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Sheri McDonald is a family lifestyle blogger who has been sharing her parenting and travel adventures online for the past eight years. You can find her discovering the world with her children when she's not at home enjoying a good book.


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