Holiday Money Saving Ideas

 

    • Customizing simple things such as mugs and wine glasses are a cheap and thoughtful gift. Handwriting and drawing out meaningful things will definitely please as it is sentimental and close to the heart. 
    • Buy people things they really need. Remember how when you were younger you’d scoff at getting necessities like socks or underwear? But now as you enter adulthood, I’m sure you realize how important those everyday items were. Ask family members (especially parents of children you plan on buying gifts for) what they truly need. Practical gifts go a long way.
    • Keep a running log on what you spend. In addition to preparing a list of everything you intend to buy each person, keep track of what you spend. It’s easy to buy extra things on impulse as you make your way through the store.
    • Keep all receipts. It is generally a good practice to keep receipts when shopping but during the holiday season it is imperative that you keep a close eye on them in case you need to exchange or return an item.
    • Pick up things as you see them. Holiday shopping is not limited to Black Friday or the weeks leading up to the holidays. Throughout the year (especially during the change of seasons) stores offer a variety of good deals and sales. If you see things that make a good gift at a great price you can start stock piling your Christmas stash early.
    • Free gift wrapping. Some major department stores offer complimentary gift wrapping, take advantage of it.
    • Wander into your local thrift shop, you never know what vintage and unique pieces you’ll be able to find.
    • Ever got a gift that you wish you could give back? Well you can. Regift your unopened and unwanted present to someone that would appreciate it more.
    • Read into it. People always appreciate a good book.
    • If you plan on making a huge haul, try lessening the financial blow by opting for layaway if your retailer of choice offers it.
    • College t-shirts. Family members are always looking for cool shirts and accessories from your university. Take advantage of all of the free t-shirts and gear that get passed around at events and package them as gifts.
    • Small acts of kindness. Doing things for other people are just as valuable as tangible gifts.
    • People will remember you going out of your way to extend a kind gesture as they would a physical gift.

 

  • Do gifts together. When buying for family members such as your parents, perhaps you and your siblings or other close relatives can come together and purchase one nice gift.
  • Amazon is the holy grail for online shopping, especially when you have Amazon Prime and you’re in a pinch.
  • Winter essentials. Because people are always in need of extra hats, gloves and scarves.
  • Framed photo. Take your favorite photo of you and the recipient and frame it.
  • Secret Santa. Make the holiday celebration a little fun with Secret Santa. Everyone participating will be assigned one person they are responsible for getting a gift for.
  • Seek holiday employment. Plenty of retailers are looking for extra help before, during, and after the holiday season. If you have free time, it wouldn’t hurt to pick up a few hours at your local retailer.
  • People will understand that you are in college. The people that surround you during the holiday season know and understand that you are in school. They’ll understand that you may not be able to afford to shower them with lavish gifts (as much as you may want to). They will appreciate any and all effort made on your end!