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Budget Shopping For The Holidays

Aug 20, 2007
The holidays are not just all about shopping for gifts and presents. Essential holiday related items like wrapping paper, cards and tags could add up in amount especially if you are purchasing presents for quite a number of people. They say that the best way to save on such holiday essentials like cards, tags and wrapping paper would be to buy them on January when they are on sale or sold at greatly reduced prices.

Buying wrapping paper during the holiday season means you have to pay for it full price, but buying multiple rolls could be economical for you. Instead of buying individual sheets of wrapping paper for each gift, you could select a neutral and simple design that would appeal to all your gift recipients whether a child or an adult. If this is not at all possible you can categorize your wrappers for adults, children, young boys and girls and teenagers.

If you significantly want to reduce costs, you might as well make your own wrapping paper. You could decorate a roll of cheap brown paper by drawing, stamping or painting holiday designs on it. Your children will enjoy doing this activity with you. You not only get to save on money from making your own gift wrap, you get to spend quality time as well with your child.

You might as well make your own cards and tags. With the help of decorative cutting scissors, old holiday cards and holiday pictures, you can cut them out, create a hole, thread a colored thread and you have created a tag. You can also make holiday cards by cutting out old holiday cards, decorating them with ribbons, stickers and whatever fancies you. All you need to buy would be the blank cards and envelopes which generally cost less than actually buying a manufactured holiday card. You let your creativity work its magic on your homemade creations.

The holidays are also all about parties. One of the proven and best ways to stay within the budget is to create a list of all the party needs before going shopping. In this manner, you are not likely to purchase more than intended and instead you get to stick with what is on the list. It is a good idea to begin shopping for foods and drinks for the holiday party in advance especially for non-perishable items. Here, you get to spread the cost over several months instead of incurring high expenses during the holiday month.
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