The average person is expected to spend more than $1,000 on gifts, and that doesn’t include food, decorations, and other festivities.
If you’re worried about having enough money for a splendid holiday, then don’t worry. Not having a lot of money this holiday season doesn’t mean you can’t have fun.
Use these unique ways to celebrate the holidays and save money.
1. Have a Costume Party
November is a great time to have a costume party with friends and family. Most Halloween costumes and accessories will be steeply discounted.
The costume party doesn’t have to be for any other reason than getting together and having a fun time. If possible, use the same costume you wore from Halloween.
Have everyone bring their favorite dish to share. You can provide the drinks and make sure you have good tunes prepared.
2. Baked Goods
Use one of your free days during the holiday celebrations to bake with friends or family. Put on some of your favorite Christmas movies and bake the day away.
Not only will you spend quality time around the holidays with your loved ones, but you’ll have tasty treats, too. Additionally, you can use your baked goods as a more affordable alternative to presents.
Making cookies and brownies from scratch is way cheaper than buying them. It won’t take much time, and who doesn’t love the thoughtful gift of food for Christmas?
3. Christmas Lights
Several people start putting up Christmas lights the day after Thanksgiving. In no time, entire neighborhoods are adorned with little lights.
Zoos, theme parks, and other public attractions will have their best and brightest up to entertain guests and onlookers.
Get a group of friends, some hot chocolate, and walk around the neighborhoods and attractions for your own light tour. It’s free, beautiful, and festive.
If you have a few extra dollars to spend, consider doing a party bus Christmas lights tour. Everyone can chip in a few dollars, and you’ll have a fun Christmas activity.
4. Attend Church
Whether you are religious or not, attending a Christmas church service is a free and festive idea. Check with local church websites to see what kind of programs they have.
Some services will turn off the lights and sing traditional songs. Other churches have plays and performances to enjoy.
After the service is over, spend some time connecting with other members of the community. The fellowship alone can cure any loneliness or humbugs.
5. Window Shop
Just because you don’t have the money to buy expensive gifts for your friends and family doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the hustle and bustle.
If you’ve never been out on Black Friday to shop, it’s an experience of its own. Since you won’t be out trying to get the best deal, you can sit back and watch everyone else run around in the madness.
Celebrate the Holidays Your Own Way
Don’t feel pressure to celebrate the holidays spending thousands of dollars. While the times may be lean now, you can form lasting memories and new traditions.
Money should never define your level of happiness.
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