How to have frugal fun during the holidays. Umm this used to cause me many sleepless nights wondering how I was going to get through the next holiday, be it Christmas, Mothers day, Easter or Halloween, without disappointing the family.
I tried once telling my whole family that I was not going to celebrate any of the holidays this year, as i was really short on money and i just wouldn't be able to buy others any personalized gifts and so didn't want others to buy me any gifts.
Well that went down like a lead balloon and I ended up feeling even meaner. The only solution was to find out how I could celebrate all the various holidays without spending a small fortune and have some frugal fun along the way.
In the following pages I will highlight ideas and tips on how to celebrate all the various different holidays throughout the year in a frugal living way and without stretching those credit card debts and worries.
Have you ever thought about the insanity of the holidays and how everyone ends up frantically rushing around trying to find the perfect gifts and buying decorations that may only ever get used once.
It used to be only Christmas that would spark this madness off but now as consumerism spins out of control, every holiday is a whirlwind of spending.
Will buying 10 gifts for the children make them happier than if you were frugal and bought them 5 instead?
The answer for me has always been no. The kids will always have their favourite toys and how many times have you seen gifts unwrapped and put aside almost immediately?
As for the cost of the gift, the gift that made my mother cry with happiness was a second hand camera that I had bought on ebay for only £10.
She was overjoyed that I had taken the time to get her something she really wanted and wasnt interested in how much it cost.
Waiting until the last minute to make purchases and paying the full price for everything, you will make amazing savings and still be able to have some frugal fun.
A big part of your specail day is the wedding reception and unfortunately this can be one of the biggest costs, however it is possible to do the wedding catering yourself along with friends at a fraction of the cost.
Catering for your own wedding dosn't have to be a very extravagant affair and with just a few special touches of your own can be as wonderful as any held at a top fancy hotel.
Holidays and birthdays can be celebrated just as lavishly on a frugal budget, it just takes more thought and forward thinking. I say frugal fun for everyone.