November 19, 2012

November 19, 2012

10 Secrets to Holiday Savings

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Monday and I hope you had a beary safe and great weekend. It is another busy week for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

Now that we are in Thanksgiving week, most will start shopping for the holiday presents if they have not started already. But is there a way to save money when shopping? Today and tomorrow, I will blog with some tips to help you out.

Spending Limits
1. Set a spending limit per person or draw names of family members so everyone buys just one gift. You can also keep costs down by making your gift, whether it be a scarf or some Christmas cookies.

Gift Cards
2. Start your holiday shopping by looking around the house for unused gift cards you might have forgotten about. If you have unused or partially used gift cards, consider regifting them to someone on your shopping list who would appreciate them (with most merchants, you can usually add more to the remaining balance if you'd like to be more generous). Or, simply use them up yourself with some of your holiday shopping for others.

Is That a Fruitcake?
3. If you get a fruitcake as a gift or if you find a cheap one coat it several times with spray polyurethane and use it as a colorful (and durable) holiday decoration. Fruitcakes make great paperweights, or mount them on simple metal bookends and use them to add holiday flair to your bookshelves. Of course, once coated in polyurethane, fruitcakes are no longer edible assuming they were good to eat in the first place!

Family Photographs
4. Family photographs always make memorable and inexpensive gifts. Search your closets and attic for an old photo that has long since been forgotten. It will brighten a loved one's day not just when you give it to them, but every day throughout the year.

Save Wrapping Paper
5. Am I the only person who still saves wrapping paper and ribbon and reuses it? You can also use Sunday newspaper comics or wrap travel-related gifts in an outdated road map. You can use your stencils or stamps to add some color to brown paper bags and use them to wrap items.

Tomorrow I will blog about five more tips to help save on your holiday shopping. Hope you have a safe and great start to your work week.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab