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I love the holiday season- mostly because I love to see my children filled with excitement as we do holiday crafts, decoration and baking. I love to watch my children in their anticipation as they as they open the advent calendar. And of course, I enjoy all the extra family time without work! However, holidays can be stressful too. Especially when it comes to getting out our wallet over and over again. That is why it is so important to stretch your dollars this holiday season! Here are a few ideas that I use to help save money. I hope they help you stretch your dollars too!
5 Ways Stretch Your Dollars This Holiday Season
1. Do a Secret Santa Gift Exchange With The Adults In Your Family.
You can save yourself a bundle if you only have to shop for one gift instead of all the adults in your family and it will give you the chance to get that one person a more meaningful gift than you might have otherwise had the time or money to select. Plus, it is lots of fun to see who gets who and what they got them!
2. Try Homemade Gifts.
Homemade gifts are a great way to tell the people on your gift list that you care without spending a fortune. Whether you bake biscotti or hand make ornaments or knit scarves, there are lots of ways to make adorable gifts while saving money.
3. Use Coupons And Coupon Sites.
There are almost always coupons available for stores like Macy’s, Kohl’s, and others. Check your paper before you go shopping. If you shop online, check sites like retailmenot.com to save extra before you check out.
4. Keep Your Eye On The Sales.
Sites like Zulily.com over huge savings everyday. Most stores have sales on the weekends. Check circulars or online announcements and make sure you are getting the sale prices.
5. Get Rewards For The Money You Do Spend.
Take advantage of rewards for the money you spend with store saving cards. On top of that you can use a credit card at checkout that offers more rewards. Like Chase Ultimate Rewards, a personalized rewards program available to Chase Freedom, Chase Sapphire and Ink from Chase cardholders. When you use any of those cards, you earn points on every purchase which can be redeemed for cash back, travel, experiences, merchandise, and gift cards. You could even redeem your rewards for holiday gifts for your loved ones to stretch your dollars even further! And during the holidays, Chase is offering extra incentives to cardholders with Ultimate Rewards, even better!
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What tips and tricks do you use to strectch your dollars this holiday season?