October 30, 2012 at 12:33 pm
The holidays will be here before you know it. To prepare for them, Family Circle readers shared with us on Facebook their best tips for a very merry season. Take a look at our list, check it twice, then post your own advice!
“Use coupons and gift certificates that people have given you, especially if they’re from a store that doesn’t interest you, to buy gifts.” —Dawn Krajewski
“Exchange credit card points for gift cards.” —Gini S. Ohlson
“Save your change and cash it in at Christmas time. It’s always a good amount that will offset unexpected costs.” —Erin Blake Byers
“Keep your holiday cards. The next year, create postcards and gift tags: Tear or cut off the front part, punch a hole and tie a pretty ribbon.” —Kimmie Jackson Saucier
“I send electronic cards and donate the money I would have spent on real ones to a local charity.” —June Butka
“Shop online from a website that refunds a percentage of your purchases, like Ebates.com. A few dollars here and there can really add up!” —Jen Malliet-Leonard
“Wrap gifts in batches—as you bring them home—so you don’t feel stressed out on Christmas Eve.” —Candace Crawford
“We give cookies as gifts to other families. I start baking a few batches each week in early October and freeze them. My goal is to finish by Thanksgiving. That way, throughout the busy holiday season I just have to thaw them before I leave the house.” —Lori Beard
“When I’m sending presents in the mail, I cushion them with popcorn packed in one-gallon Ziploc bags. It’s also a nice bonus gift for the recipient!” —Loose Screw Chef
What’s your best holiday tip? Share in the comments below.
Cassie Kreitner was editorial assistant at Family Circle magazine.