November 20, 2012

November 20, 2012

10 Secrets to Holiday Savings
Part 2

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Tuesday and I hope your week is off to a very great start. 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? Yesterday, I started blogging about some tips to help you out that I will conclude today.

Thrift Stores
6. Buy lightly used holiday decorating materials, as well as gifts at thrift stores or consignment shops. Many thrift stores offer their own gift cards or gift certificates, which allow those on your shopping list to select their own secondhand treasures. Don't forget to drop off unwanted items of your own at a local thrift store this holiday season to help keep the shelves stocked.

O Christmas Tree
7. If you're shopping for a Christmas tree, consider buying sooner rather than later. Many tree retailers only get one shipment of trees at the beginning of the season, so selection diminishes and the trees aren't getting any fresher. Consider buying the biggest tree you can find for the price and if it's too big for your house you can cut down the trunk and make wreaths, roping and other holiday decorations with unwanted branches.

Repurposing Decorations
8. Try decorating for the holidays by repurposing items you already have around the house or even things you normally throw away! Stringing together foam packing peanuts and then decorating them with spray paint and glitter not only keeps them out of the landfill but is fun for the whole family. Or make decorative stars out of aluminum cans.

9. Volunteering is needed and therapeutic during the holiday season. Now is the time to roll up your sleeves, and maybe open up your checkbooks, and lend a helping hand. Volunteering as a family during the holiday season can help make you come closer together, count your blessings and maybe spend a little less on yourselves this year.

Save Your Calendar
10. For your last frugal act of the year, come New Year's Eve whatever you do, don't throw away your calendar. Some calendars have pretty pictures worth framing or even laminating and using as everyday table mats. But real cheapskates know if you save your calendars long enough, eventually they'll be current once again. Your 2012 calendar will be accurate in the year 2040. You'll be glad you hung on to it. Now that's cheap!

Hope you have a beary great holiday season!

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

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab