What to do NOW to Save Money for Christmas
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Updated, July 25, 2019
Have a holly jolly… summer?
If you’re just enjoying your summer and the upcoming holiday season hasn’t even crossed your mind yet, that’s totally normal! But if you feel like planning ahead, we’re here to show you how to save money on your Christmas hauls long before it’s time to deck the halls! 🎄
Check for leftover Christmas decor.
You’ll come across cute finds at crazy discounted prices from the previous holiday at Blinq.com, with many products coming from Target’s Wondershop and Threshold. You can also search in-store at Christmas Tree Shops for clearance holiday goods!
Start making a list, and check it
twice all throughout the year!
Planning ahead for the holiday helps you set your budget, keeps spending in check, and ensures that you’re minimally stressed when the holidays arrive. We even made a printable gift list to help get you started!
Making a list of who you’re buying for now helps you to gauge your gift budget. It also helps you track any hints that your gift list recipients may drop for gift ideas. Armed with this knowledge, you can buy throughout the year to get the best price, ensure they’re getting something they actually want without the stress of waiting until the last minute!
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Get a head start on homemade gifts that take time to make.
You’ve got months until crunch time, so why not get a head start by making some VERY thoughtful gifts now? Try your hand at making a big batch of this homemade vanilla extract. It’ll take about two months to cure, though many people say the longer it ages, the better it tastes!
Make larger bottles as individual hostess gifts or to include in baking-themed gift baskets. Smaller ones are perfect for stocking stuffers or even place settings. Be sure to keep some for yourself for your own holiday cooking!
Hip Tip: Get money-saving tips for how to do Christmas on a basically zero budget!
Take some time to perfect your DIY skills.
If you plan on DIY gifts for Christmas, attempt them now so you can perfect your craft and avoid last-minute stress by working ahead! Plus, you can watch for sales on supplies since you aren’t strapped for time! Craft stores like Michaels and Hobby Lobby offer frequent sales and coupons!
Our very own Lina, QUEEN of DIYs, has some perfect DIY ideas for holiday gifting:
- Dollar Tree picture frame lanterns
- LOL Surprise Ball for adults
- Mid-Century modern inspired wall art
- Lavender bath bombs
- Personalized photo canvases
- Homemade Sugar Scrub
Get gifts on clearance.
Knowing the sales cycles and trends can be SUPER helpful when stocking your gift closet! Certain items go on sale at predictable times of the year, and seasonal items are obviously at their lowest price after their respective season.
Planning on making themed gift baskets? Pick up Easter leftovers like baskets and grass filler at a deep discount (just avoid anything too Easter-looking). Heading for warmer weather after the holidays? Pick up summer must-haves like towels, beachwear, and sunscreen for a steal once September hits.
And don’t worry about those pesky clearance stickers – we have some tips for removing price tag stickers here.
What’s even better than clearance? FREEBIES!
We LOVE freebies at Hip2Save! Check out our Freebies page and start signing up for them now since certain brands can take several weeks (even months) to be delivered. Freebies make great stocking stuffers and can be used as extra filler in gift baskets too!
Try out fun and new ways to budget.
The holidays are so much more enjoyable when you don’t need to max out your credit cards to get your shopping done. Start budgeting early by determining how much money you’ll need at Christmas time, and set a weekly savings goal to get you to that amount.
Need a boost? Try a money-saving tactic like money jar challenges, the envelope budget method (a favorite among Hip2Savers!), or unique and ridiculously easy changes to your lifestyle that yield additional savings! Don’t forget to involve the kids, too. You can teach them smart ways to save money while making it fun in the process.
Bonus! Earn extra cash on your own schedule.
Save up by taking Pinecone Research surveys that pay $3 for each one you complete. You can literally complete them while you’re relaxing or watching TV.
With a little planning now, your wallet will thank you this ho-ho-holiday season! 🎅🏻