It’s the holiday season! It can be an expensive time of the year as well, as we have to juggle between gift-giving, food, and parties. Here are a few tips to help you prepare and save money for the holidays!
Share Hosting Duties
Offering your space to host the family holiday party is already doing more than most people are willing to do! For that reason, it’s not unreasonable to ask that people help out by bringing food, drinks, supplies, or decorations. The holidays are a time to give, and people are generally happy to help pitch in. After all, what better way to show off their secret recipe than by offering to cook for your party?
Still, a lot of planning goes into a potluck. It’s worth it if you want to save money, but you need to make sure everybody is on the same page. There are many things to consider—themes, preparation, portions, etc. Consider reading up on some tips for a successful potluck and then plan accordingly with your guests.
Wanting to try some new recipes? Here are 10 crowd-pleasing potluck dishes:
Or check out some yummy winter treat recipes here.
You can also consider using a catering company for holiday dinner. Sometimes they offer meal sets for specific holidays for different sized groups that have gracious portions and variety of foods. Perhaps invite your guests to all pitch in an equal amount of money for the meal and bring their own tupperware to take home the delicious leftovers! Or if you’re a senior, the leftovers would be great for a few meals if you keep them freezer. T’is the season to break bread, enjoy great company and be budget-savvy!
Keep Your Finances Organized
Financial organization is key for covering your holiday expenses! The first step for organizing your finances is establishing a budget. You should determine how much you would like to spend on gift-giving while also factoring in other costs like food and parties. If your money is disorganized, it can be difficult to know if you have enough funds to cover your holiday spending.
Once a budget is established, you can begin shopping and searching for the best deals. On a fixed income, you may need to spread out your spending if you don’t have the funds to do it all at once. In case you do need to overdraw your account, there are debit cards that don’t charge overdraft fees.
Note: Here are some ways to help seniors organize their finances.
Check out a great infographic from Chime to more tips on financial tips:
If you consider yourself to be crafty, you can save a lot of money by making things yourself—it’s also a fun way to get into the holiday spirit. If you’re planning on being a holiday party host, DIY favors are a nice added touch to send your guests home happy. You can also try your hand at homemade decorations and centerpieces.
Here are some great, budget-friendly DIY gift ideas you can have fun by rolling your sleeves up!
Making gifts yourself is not only a great way to save money, but also conveys the feeling that your gifts are heartfelt and thoughtful. The joy received from a gift is not determined by the price tag, but the meaning behind it.
The above are some tips to help you save some money this month, but it’s important to know that ultimately, the holidays is to connect with friends and family. Spending quality time with those you love is worth more than anything.
From all of us at Nurse Next Door, we wish you warmth and happiness this holiday season!
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