Posted on Monday, October 16th, 2017 at 7:00 am
Reuse Last Year’s Decorations
It can be tempting to spend a lot of money on brand new holiday decorations. Before you do that, go through the decorations that you already have. Most, if not all, of last year’s decorations can be reused this year.
Start by digging out the boxes of decorations. Next, go through them and get rid of the ones that are broken. Begin decorating with what you already have. You may find that you don’t actually need any new decorations after all. Save money by not purchasing more holiday decorations.
Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Latte
Fall is the season of pumpkin spice everything. Those that like the pumpkin spice flavor are likely to be tempted to buy a pumpkin spice latte (perhaps daily). One seasonal flavored latte from Starbucks, or other coffee shops, might not break your budget. That being said, multiple purchases can add up to something more expensive than you may realize.
Instead, make your own pumpkin spice latte. There are plenty of recipes for it online. Or, you could by a ready-made pumpkin spice coffee mix.
Buy Seasonal Produce
The best time to buy fresh produce is when it is in season. That’s when you can find fresh fruits and vegetables at the lowest price of the year. Woman’s Day has a long list of produce that is in season in October. Here are a few to shop for:
Fruit: apples, blackberries, cranberries, grapes, peaches, pears, plums, tangerines
Vegetables: pumpkins, cabbage, cauliflower, corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash
Start Planning for Thanksgiving and Christmas
One way to fit expenses into your budget is to plan for them. If you are serving Thanksgiving dinner this year, start adding some of the food into your weekly grocery purchase. Spreading out the expense can make it easier than having to purchase all the ingredients for Thanksgiving dinner at the same time.
The same is true for Christmas gifts. Make a plan about what you want to buy for each family member. Spread out the cost by making a few purchases now, and a few later. Will you be traveling in December? The earlier you can buy flight tickets and book hotel rooms, the better. Prices tend to increase the closer we got to a holiday.