Holidays on a Budget

We’ve all been through it – Where our budget is a little tighter, especially with the holidays quickly approaching! During these times it’s important to be mindful of spending and try to be as smart with your purchases as possible!

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It’s easy to over spend when thinking of loved ones, Which is totally normal, by the way 😉 , but I’ve found some really easy ways to cut the costs without cutting the amazing gifts and decor!

  1. Buy gifts ahead of time (and hide them, of course) and have an excel sheet that keeps you organized! I start collecting gifts around June/July because we’ve got 3 November birthdays and Christmas quickly after!
  2. Get your decor and some gifts at the Dollar Store or at Target’s Dollar Section (I’m obsessed with this section…)
  3. Check on BSTF (Buy, Sell, Trade, Free) pages on Facebook! SO many people giving away their kids now unwanted toys at such discounted prices! (I’ve gotten most of my kids’ gifts from there!)
  4. Check Craigslist!! SO many people give away awesome free stuff and discounted toys/clothing for adults, kids, and pets!
  5. My newest found obsession… The Clearance area of Walmart! There are SO many brand new toys that can be up to 70% off!! Things my kids had seen on commercials that are no longer “hot toys” make for exciting gifts!
    • Also, check the clearance areas in kid’s clothing! There’s a ton of “out of season” clothes at extremely low prices! *Just make sure to buy a size or two up so they don’t out grow it by the next season! 😉 *

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If you cannot tell I’m already SO excited for the holidays and already planning but these are great tips for planning WAY ahead of time or right before!

Happy Holidays y’all!

Being Thrifty

My family and I are incredibly thrifty – Doesn’t matter whether we’ve got a ton of money or not, we really love saving money and getting good deals! It just doesn’t make sense to spend a ton of money on something you can get barely used for cheap OR free.

**I am totally listening to Macklemore’s Thrift Shop right now**

It took awhile for me to realize what a good resource Craigslist was, but once I started finding tons of deals I was HOOKED. I just wanted to brag about our newest find to show how AWESOME it is to be thrifty!!

My husband came home one day with a completely disassembled hammock stand that he had picked up for FREE on Craigslist. It looked like it was missing pieces and I wasn’t too interested. But after putting it all together it was HUGE and looked awesome!! Found out it was from Ikea and retails for $70!! It looked nearly brand new!

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I started getting pretty excited after that so we looked on the Ikea website and found the matching hammock to go with it for only $40! So instead of paying $110 for a really nice hammock and stand we only paid $40 and now have an amazing piece for our backyard for relaxing and tanning 😉

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I know there’s a stigma about buying used but it’s so much cheaper and just as good as going out and paying full price, as many of the items being sold ARE being sold because they’re in good condition still (Obviously there are SOME exceptions to what you’d buy used but you get the point 😉 )

So if you don’t already I highly recommend looking into a different way of shopping! It’s really exciting and rewarding when you grab some amazing deals! ❥

Be Thrifty! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!