Holiday 2019 Savings Tips You Can’t Miss!

by Houston Texas Painters - December 3, 2019

‘Tis the season to be broke? Hold up, that’s not right. Aren’t the holidays about spending time with friends and family, about spreading holiday cheer? So why are 88% of Americans enduring physical and emotional stress during what should be a wonderful time? More importantly what holiday money-saving tips are available? Houston Texas Painters has just the answer for you! 

Budget & Checklist 

Budgeting for the holiday season not only requires time and preparation before the big event but also a well-thought-out checklist to stay on target. Budgeting provides you with a structured limit of funds for food, decorations, gifts, and anything else needed to make your event a day to remember. A checklist keeps you on task and eliminates the burden of anxiety and worry. With these two powerhouses leading your holiday events you’re sure to have a wonderful time this year! 

DIY Decorations 

Homemade decorations provide a charm that can not be store-bought. It’s a fun way to get the whole family involved and to get caught up on what is going on in one another’s lives. DIY decorations can be made from recycled materials lying around your home, natural materials from your yard, craft supplies, and even dry food goods. Making decorations is not only a great way to bring your family closer together but is also a cost-cutting  solution to your holiday season. 

Handcrafted Gifts 

Nothing says lovin’ like a handmade gift from the heart. Perhaps you are artistic, mechanically inclined, a tech wizard, a culinary genius, or something even better. Whatever you are and whatever you know how to do is a gift to someone around you. Whether you draw, sculpt, repair, design, bake, knit, or offer to do something else just give with all your heart. It will mean more to the recipient than any store-bought gift. 

Turn Trash into Quick Cash 

One man’s trash…well you know the saying. Come this holiday season turn to your closets, sheds, and storage units for some hidden treasures. Places like Facebook, eBay, and Craigslist host spaces where you can sell your unwanted items with ease. Yard sales are also a great way to sell your used goods. With all your successful sales, not only will your closets be empty and ready for the holiday season but your pockets will be jingling and ready for spending. 


Christmas at Thanksgiving, what better way to save than with a two-for-one holiday get-together. Whether you have a large or small family, money can be hard to come by especially during two major holidays. A great way to save is to make Thanksgiving a family reunion/Christmas party where long-distance relatives can come to see the family and celebrate two holidays and leave not feeling left out or broke. It’s a win-win for everyone! 


With a large gathering, it can be very expensive to host dinner for the holidays. A surefire way to save is by having a potluck dinner. This is a wonderful opportunity to relieve some stress that comes from this time of year as well as to relax your pocketbook. By having a potluck, you also give your guests the opportunity to share some of their favorite holiday dishes. 

Secret Santa 

Ho ho ho! Guess who’s your Santa this year? Save this holiday season on presents for all your relatives by participating in Secret Santa. If you have a large family, split your relatives into categories such as adults, teens, and children. Next, set a spending limit for each group. Finally, put each name of the person participating per group into a bowl and draw names. It would probably work best to have one person be the head of the name drawing and delivering of information especially if people are spreading around the world. Also, make sure to provide a wish list if you are participating in Secret Santa and allow at least three months’ advance notice for shopping. 

Shop AFTER Christmas 

Shopping after Christmas is like a second Black Friday but without having to camp out the night before or going out on Thanksgiving. It’s a wonderful way to save money and to get a jump start on shopping for presents for upcoming events such as birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, baby showers, and next year’s Christmas presents too.  

So, if the holiday season has you down just remember these savings tips and you’ll be ready for whatever comes your way! No longer will you be maxing out your credit cards. Say goodbye to sleepless nights. Welcome your friends and family with open arms and embrace the success of another wonderful holiday season.

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