Holidays on a Budget:

13 Tips To Create a Memorable, Affordable Holiday

With the average American family spending approximately $1000 on Christmas each year, it's not surprising to learn that many of us end the holidays in debt and depressed from the stress of overspending, the complete opposite of the holly jolly we had hoped for.

Instead of stressing over what you can't afford, why not create an experience that your family will remember for years to come?

Here are some great ideas to make those holiday activities count without draining your bank account.

There's no better way to kickstart the festivities than by creating a holiday countdown. A simple paper chain or advent calendar filled with small treats like chocolate candy, holiday socks, or coins is a fun and inexpensive way to make the holidays more fun.

Build Anticipation

Use your creativity to make ornaments from everyday items like pine cones, paper clips, popcorn, coffee filters, and ribbons! The results will look great, and the whole family will have fun working together to decorate the house.

DIY Your Holiday Decorations

Whether it's drinking hot cocoa every night before bed, hiding the Elf on the Shelf, or hanging your stockings on the mantle, simple, inexpensive traditions are all it takes to make the holidays memorable.

Create Holiday Traditions

You could set up rules where everyone only brings one small present that costs $20 or less to keep things simple and inexpensive.

Plan a Gift Exchange

A great way to make Christmas more meaningful is by giving back. Find ways to make a difference as a family, whether through volunteering or donating clothes, toys, food, money, or all of these things!

Give Back to Others in Need

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