Consumerism and holiday travel this time of year brings money savings to the minds of most. The pressure to buy gifts for friends and family can be crippling, not to mention having to travel long distances for some, and scattered schedules and paychecks for others. I have become a bit cynical about the increasing financial pressure this time of year. Thats why I put together some grinch-worthy holiday savings tips.
This time of year evokes warm winter feelings that draw people indoors, under blankets and next to the fire. What’s great about getting cozy and cuddling up to your home is that you save money!
The more you make use of your home entertainment, the less money you’ll spend out on the town. I know it is the holidays and it is your time off, but there is always a lot to accomplish in your home whether you rent or own your dwelling. Think about organizing your closets, insulating windows or maybe just spending quality time with friends and family. Best of all you’ll return to work in the new year well rested.
Learn to Cook!
Preparing home cooked meals has never been easier than over the holidays. There is no excuse since hopefully you have some time off to shop and cook decent meals. You can even get ahead and freeze some soups, lasagnas and of course cookies!
Ordering out every night or going to restaurants is, on the low end, $15 per meal, per person. That adds up really quickly! Besides, home cooked meals like the ones featured above are not only cheaper, but they tend to be healthier for you. So resist the delivery man and get your elbows dirty in the kitchen – your wallet will thank you.
Rent Why Don’t You!
If you’re planning to spend time in another city over the holidays for the purpose of seeing family, think about choosing an AirBnB rental to stay in instead of a hotel. It will save you money and sometimes gives you a more authentic visit in a new city. If you look for the right deal you could even rent for a month if you had to stay longer. This apartment featured on renterspages.com goes for just $310 a month!
With most hotels going for an average of $100 per night, you can guarantee savings from looking at local rental listings and short-term accommodations.
It’s Cold, Deal With It!
Its winter but that doesn’t mean we should waste precious dollars overheating our homes. 20 degrees is plenty and turning the thermostat down will add up when you get your heating or electricity bills. The thermostat can be turned down when you leave the home and when you go to bed. Optimize your energy-efficiency cost savings with the use of thick curtains or plastic window insulation film to trap heat in your home.
Cost Savings that Come Together
When January arrives you’ll be pleased to see that you don’t have large theatre costs and expensive meals adding up. You’ll see that you don’t have an unreasonable hotel bill and your energy bills are low also. Together these areas create significant cost saving. So get comfy at home, get cooking and start saving!