This post is sponsored by Allstate. All opinions are my own.
Halloween is over – it’s officially the holiday season! This is the best time of year; the time to celebrate with friends and family and show how much you care. I love gift giving, but when you’ve got a large-ish family and great friends, it all can add up. It’s important to make a budget and keep it, however, there’s no need to skimp on spoiling those you love (or yourself), just use these tips and tricks for how I save money at the holidays.
With all of the thrifting I’ve been up to (not to mention my vintage store!), you know I had to include this tip! When you shop secondhand, not only will you get an amazing deal on gently used (or even brand new) items, you’ll be gifting completely unique items. My favorite part of thrifting is that you’re finding one-of-a-kind treasure that is hard to duplicate. Estate sales, thrift stores and antique stores are the best places to find great items! One tip though, be careful who you gift secondhand items to, as not everyone appreciates used items as gifts. And make sure you clean the items thoroughly!
DIY Your Gifts
I also love a good DIY gift, especially when it’s something I’m good at, like quilting or crafting. Even if you’re not artistic or crafty, you may be skilled in baking or building. One of my best friends delivers her (famous) homemade cinnamon rolls every year and they’re a huge hit at my house. My dad is great with barnwood and built us an amazing art piece for our bedroom after we got married. These kinds of gifts are so much more memorable, meaningful and often more delicious too. This video from Allstate also has some thrifty ideas!
Start Shopping Early
I’ve been collecting Christmas gift ideas since the summer and have even purchased a few here and there when I spotted something I knew would be perfect for someone in my life! There’s no shame in purchasing gifts and saving them for Christmas when you know it’s something that will be loved. This allows you to spread out your spending so it’s not as shocking when the end of the year credit card statement comes.
Shop the Big Sales
Shopping big sales like on Black Friday (this year’s round-up coming soon!) will help you save lots of cash on big ticket items like electronics and household gifts. Black Friday is one of my very favorite days to get the most important gifts out of the way. Even if you don’t have a “big” item to buy this year, many small businesses (like Boho Bus) also participate in the big shopping deals so you can find unique stocking stuffers too.
Use Coupons and Plugins
I almost never pay full price, which is why some of the online coupon and plugin apps come in super handy when I’m shopping online or in-store! When I shop online, I use the Honey app which is one of my favorite inventions. It automatically browses all coupons on a retail site so that you don’t have to do the research and manually input coupons. RetailMeNot is the best site for shopping in-store! I always use it at Michael’s or Ulta.
Get Them What They Really Want
You can buy them a big present that they really want, or you can buy a bunch of little presents that seem like great gifts in quantity but maybe isn’t what they want for quality. I find that when I’m trying to make up for not buying what they really want, I end up getting a bunch of little things just to fill a basket and I end up going over budget either way. If you are going to be getting the “big” gifts, make sure you’re taking precautions to protect your gifts with these tips for preventing theft from Allstate.
Ready to get shopping? I know I am! With these tips, you’re sure to get something everyone is excited about and still save some money so that you’re not overextending your wallet.
Let me know who you’re shopping for and what’s on your wish list!
This post was written as part of the Allstate Influencer Program and sponsored by Allstate. All opinions are mine. As the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, Allstate is dedicated not only to protecting what matters most–but to guiding people to live the Good Life, every day.