Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Cutting back...

Here are a few tips to cut your Christmas costs a little:
  • Don't buy expensive paper, bows or ribbons. Opt for the cheaper stuff... it all looks just as cute on a gift! Plus, it is just going to get ripped off quickly anyway
  • Scratch buying expensive gift tags and get creative by making your own
  • Don't spend a lot on new decorations for this year. Be patient and wait till after Christmas to get new things for 50-90% off for next year
  • Fill Christmas bowls with real pine cones or acorns that you gather yourself
  • Thread string with popcorn and cranberries for festive, inexpensive garland
  • Put all your Christmas lights on a timer and set it to go on just after dark and off before you go to bed

Look for free or very inexpensive things to do with the family. Ideas include:

  • Rent a movie from Redbox for just $1, (just be sure to return it the next day)
  • Go to a sing-a-long, (Copper Hills High School is doing the Messiah sing-a-long this Saturday, Dec 20th)
  • Get out board games you haven't played in forever
  • Drive around to see the lights in the neighborhood or at the temple, (there is a neighborhood that does "The Night Before Christmas" in Taylorsville, around 5400 South and 3200 West. If you haven't seen it, your kids will LOVE it... it is easy to find, it is COMPLETELY lit up!)
  • Bake inexpensive treats and take them to your neighbors to spread the joy
  • Camp out in the living room with sleeping bags together
  • Have dinner on a blanket by your lit Christmas tree

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