Holiday on a Budget: 13 Tips To Create A Memorable, Affordable Holiday

If you're hoping to create some holiday magic without going into debt, you are in the right place. While it may be a shift from what you're used to, remember that the holidays are all about spending time together, not just buying gifts that will be discarded and forgotten in a few weeks.

1) Build Anticipation

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.

2) DIY Your Holiday Decoration

Incorporate simple do-it-yourself projects into your holiday home decor to create a festive and cozy atmosphere without spending a lot of money. Use your creativity to make ornaments from everyday items like pine cones, paper clips, popcorn, coffee filters, and ribbons! 

3) Create Holiday Tradition

One of the best ways to create special memories with your kids is to create new family traditions together each year. Traditions remind us why we love the holidays, and they don't need to be expensive to be magical. 

4) Plan a Gift Exchange

For many families, the holidays are marked by buying gifts for each other. However, creating a gift exchange tradition can make just as much meaning without breaking your budget. 

5) Give Back to Others in Need

Find ways to make a difference as a family, whether through volunteering or donating clothes, toys, food, money, or all of these things!