After strategizing to hit the sales to save money on Christmas gifts, it's shocking to get hit with a high credit card bill at the end of the holiday season. What often happens is that in the mad dash to save money on gifts it's easy to overlook all the other expenses that add up over the holiday season, like trimmings and home décor. To avoid sticker shock when the credit card bill comes, it pays to pay close attention to saving money on holiday trimmings. Here are a few tips to save money this holiday season.
- Look for cheap holiday cards at unexpected places like dollar stores and used book stores such as Half Price Books. Dollar stores are also terrific places to shop for gift accessories like gift bags, tissue paper and containers for gifts.
- It's easy to put together a personalized gift basket filled with goodies hand picked for that special someone. What's not always easy is finding budget friendly baskets. A good place to find super cheap baskets and containers is your local thrift store. A thrift store is typically cheaper than your local hobby and craft store. If the thrift store doesn't have what you need, hobby and craft stores a great place to find a variety of containers, just wait for a sale or coupon to bring the price down.
- Discount stores like Gordman's, Home Goods as well as bargain oriented stores like Walmart are great places to shop for holiday home décor, tableware and more.
- If shopping in brick and mortal store appeals to you about as much as drinking expired egg nog, there is always eBay. On eBay you can shop by category and by lowest price. Shopping on eBay is cheap and efficient since the sell everything and anything you could possibly need for the holiday season.