I was emailed by the lovely Caroline & she wanted to share some of her SECRETS to help us WOMEN out on this Holiday Season!
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Money Saving Tips for Moms Preparing Their Homes for the Holidays
Money is especially tight this year with many moms wondering just where they will find the money to create a wonderful holiday experience for their families. Before panicking over holiday preparations, think through the available options for holiday decorating and gift giving listed below, and you may discover that your money can be stretched much further than you ever expected.
DECORATE ON A SHOESTRING
If you want to invite family and friends over for the holidays but feel somewhat embarrassed by the state of your home, these ideas should get you into action in a hurry. Decorating does not have to be expensive if it is creative:
• Join your local http://www.freecycle.org">Freecycle group online. Once you have listed several items to give away, most groups allow you to ask for specific items. This might be a great way to get a tree, garlands, candles, or other Christmas decorative items without spending a cent.
• Use natural items to create centerpieces or displays. These could include pine boughs, nuts, pine cones, holly berries, or magnolia leaves. However, do make sure you keep these out of the reach of small children who might be tempted to put them in their mouths!
• Purchase slipcovers or throws in holiday colors or patterns for couches or chairs to hide rips and stains. Not only are these inexpensive compared to purchasing new furniture, but they may be stored and used again next year.
• Ask close friends and family to bring a chair with them if you’re wondering how everyone will fit around your dinner table. It doesn’t matter if all the chairs don’t match as you can always invest in some cheap http://www.getslipcovers.com/dining_chair_slipcovers.html">dining chair covers to give them a coordinated look.
FIND TREASURES AT YARD SALES AND CHARITY STORES
Yard sales and charity stores can produce miracles for those who want to prepare their homes for the holidays but have a short supply of cash. It may take some time to sort through the trash and find the treasures, but they are there, and some of them still have the price tags attached. Look for the following items which are suitable for holiday decorating:
• Tree decorations
• Ribbons, bows, and wrapping paper
• Holiday tablecloths
• Christmas lights
• Tree stands
• Christmas dishes and glass sets
• Curtains and curtain rods
• Holiday placemats
While combing yard sales, flea markets and charity stores for holiday decorations, it’s possible that you might even discover some appropriate presents at wonderful prices. Books and toys can be found that appear never to have been used by previous owners; many are still wrapped in their cellophane boxes. Collectibles are also much less expensive at these types of places than when you purchase them at a retailer.
If you start your Christmas preparations now, you may find that the planning is just as much fun as the actual holiday events. Who knows what bargains might be waiting to be discovered by those who are willing to put in the effort to hunt for them. Happy holidays really do not have to result in a financial hangover if you think creatively and know where to look.
This post has been written by guest author Caroline Smith, whose website features several http://www.getslipcovers.com">slipcovers for furniture that can be used throughout the holiday season. Caroline is thrifty by nature and loves to find creative ways to save money when preparing her home for the holidays.
Happy Sunday, Y'all!