New Year: How to save money and still have fun
A couple of hints to save without killing festive mood
With the financial crisis hurting people’s wallets, it’s hard to imagine a person not trying to save a penny. But when it comes to holidays, many get obsessed with buying presents, shopping for food for the holiday table, maybe some new stuff for the house. As the New Year and Christmas approach, we offer you several hints how to save and still have a great time with your loved ones during holidays.
Where do we start?
Home-made Christmas-tree decorations – you can do that all by yourself. Add them to the old Christmas glass balls you’ve been using for years. Decorate the apartment with home-made bells, paper snow flakes, fairy lights et cetera. Reveal all your fantasy. If you’ve got children within reach, let them participate – they’re going to love this kind of spending time with you.
Christmas-tree twigs – that could be a budget choice for you, if you’re low on cash. If you’ve got an artificial tree, decorate it to your taste. If you are fond of live Christmas trees, buy several twigs and decorate the apartment with them.
Don’t you forget about New Year discounts and promotional offers! If you buy a tree on December 31, you might get a fair discount of 30 to 80 percent off. Briefly before the New Year, certain categories of goods are put on sale – a chance to find a good present for a friend. You don’t have to buy expensive stuff, as sometimes an expensive gift brings less joy than a budget choice. Give your best shot and find time to make something nice with your own hands. That’s a great way to show your attitude!
Now, let’s talk festive table. Chances are your budget choice will be having holiday at home with lots of delicacies and watching TV. There’s no need to cook much – a couple of salads, cooked from products at hand (look all over your fridge!); pickled food; make a cake with home-made jam you brought from your granny’s. Use the oven to bake chicken instead of expensive mutton chops. All of this will let you save money on food.
Other hints you might find useful:
- Your holiday will become perfect if you add to it funny photo sessions and contests of all kinds.
- Who said you must stay at home? Gather your friends and go outside! If it snows, make a snowman, measure him up and write down the size. Now, you’ve got another challenge in the New Year – try to beat your own record.
- Hit the streets (again, call all your folks) and watch the New Year fireworks. Just don’t forget to choose a good position for better view!
There are many more ways to remember the New Year for the rest of your life. Remember, money may never be enough, but money doesn’t buy happiness.
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