Tis the season for a whole lot of spending. After all, the average person is expected to spend about $805 this holiday season. It is not an easy time to save money but there are a few ways to try. And you may even have a little bit of holly jolly time working to keep some green in your wallet. Here are eight of our best tips.
1. Take Out Cash
Try taking out a set amount of cash at the beginning of the week. You may actually find yourself having fun coming up with ways to stay within your budget. Who knows, your Starbucks addiction could even fade!
2. Meet for Breakfast or Lunch Instead of Dinner
Yes meeting with a friend or your partner for dinner can be lovely and romantic (plus there is a lot more judgement if you drink wine at breakfast), but breakfast and lunch tends to be a cheaper meal. Look for the prix-fixe lunch deals and brunch specials — they’re out there!
3. Change Up Your Commute
This won’t be possible for everyone but if you can walk — and the weather isn’t atrocious — you may find it kind of fun and it is cheaper than taking a train or car. There’s also always the bike option.
4. Have a Clothing Swap
An especially good idea around the holidays, what with all the parties and events. Instead of shopping why not try having a clothing swap with your friends and family? Think about coming up with a fun theme. One woman’s Christmas sweater is another woman’s winner of an Ugly Christmas Sweater party.
5. Cook More
Yes, you’ve heard this one before. But it does definitely cost less. And it’s really much fresher. Check out our best tips for saving money on groceries or eating clean on a budget. If you’re a novice chef consider trying out one of the meal delivery services that are uber-popular right now.
6. Pick Up Your Food
If you’re going to buy your meal, try not to do delivery. It really adds up with the delivery fee and tips. Plus extra exercise if you walk to get it. It’s a win-win.
7. Coupons, Coupons
Yes, when you think of coupons your grandma comes to mind, but they can save you a ton. And that’s on top of some already great deals happening. So get that giant pile of Bed, Bath & Beyond coupons from your desk and use them!
8. Stay in and Watch Holiday Films
Of course most cities and towns are beautifully decorated and a ski trip does sound nice right about now, but staying in by the fire can also be lovely. Plus there are so many great holiday films and specials on television — and don’t forget about streaming.