The holiday season needn’t break the bank. With careful planning, know-how and wise executions, fun can be had at a discount price.
• Plan Ahead
As with any event, smart planning saves money by accounting costs beforehand. Knowing the activities and their cost ahead of time allows for proper budgeting.
Search online for any available discounts for upcoming events. Discounts on restaurants and coupons can be found to save money. Discount tickets and gift cards are also available to save additional money. Always check around. Deals are inevitable.
• Alternate Between Costly and Low-Cost Activities
With the holidays, it’s best to span everything out. Get all gussied up and head out to a nighttime show, but the following morning, take a stroll in the park and have a picnic of homemade food. In the evening, rent a video of holiday classics enjoying hot beverages and gooey snacks. Reserve a full day at the carnival the following day and by night, carry hot chocolate and revel in the wonder of the holiday light displays. Pairing high-cost and low-cost activities together provide varied activities that break the monotony that are easy on the wallet.
• Pack Lunch and Dinner
Many events offer on-site “eats,” but these are often costly. If it possible to bring food from home, choose to do so. Even gourmet food brought from home is cheaper than hot dogs at most events. Have fun with it. Opt for delicious finger foods, such as felafel, egg rolls or kebab.
• Bring Hot Chocolate and Coffee
The holiday season is cold and with it hot beverages nearly become a must. Instead of blowing $5 a pop, carry a thermos with hot chocolate or coffee which will also keep the hands warm.
• Purchase Gift Cards on Auction Sites
Oftentimes, gift cards can be purchased at a discount price from auction sites. Pair this with a coupon or discount of another sort and receive an even better deal.
• Purchase Packages
Purchasing packages naturally saves money. Not only do packages save money, but they save time and headaches. Packages are naturally grouped to accommodate time, logistics and interests which make for a fun time and ease of comfort.
• Take Advantage of Reward Sites
Several online sites offer rewards for completing various tasks. Some request users to complete surveys while others display videos for rewards. These rewards, in turn, can purchase real items, such as tickets or can be turned in for money. The cost is free and what’s better than free?
• Take Advantage of Reward Credit Cards
Taking advantage of a credit card that offers rewards is yet another way to save money on the holiday season. This assumes that the credit card balance is paid off by the next billing cycle. Some reward credit cards offer 1 and 5 percent on purchases.
• Inquire Insurance Company about Rental Deals and Other Discounts
At times, great deals can be found on car rentals. Not many know that insurance companies extend insurance to rental cars and provide other benefits and discounts at no extra cost.
• Purchase Decorations after the Holidays
After any holiday that calls for decoration, decorations and other items can be expected to be on sale from anywhere between 50 and 90 percent off the original suggested retail price. For instance, a Christmas tree that normally costs $200 at 90 percent off would only cost $20.
The holiday season is fun and it’s even more fun participating at a discount.