To try to save money and time I do most of my holiday shopping online. There are many free shipping offers and coupon code savings you just have to look out for them. This year online shoppers got three big sale events Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Green Monday. We have spotlighted the brands that we shop with the most and hope to pass on some coupon savings for you. This year we tried to Shop with Brands that Give Back year-round. Here are some of our favorites TOMS Coupons, Zulily Coupon Code, Kohls Coupon Code, and Crocs Coupon Code.
I know this sounds cheesy to say but the holidays should not be about the presents you give. Actually, the gifts have such an emphasis on them that it causes a huge source of stress for people. Many of us have agreed that we much rather get together and enjoy time at an event or at someones home around the holidays rather than having the stress of buying gifts. Amongst our group of family and friends we agree not to buy gifts for the exception of the kids. Every weekend leading up to Christmas we try to go to show together, a winter festival/carnival, and free craft events at the craft store. It is amazing how many free family events are available you just have to take the time to look.
Something else we do to try to bring the spirit into our home is to play old christmas music. Nothing feels more like christmas to me then listening Johnny Mathis sing “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Gene Autry, “A Holly Jolly Christmas ” by Burl Ives, “Santa Baby” by Eartha Kitt, “Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane)” Gene Autry and of course “It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas” sung by Bing Crosby. I can’t fight it, no matter how stressed or overloaded I am when I hear some of these old songs it does get me in the spirit! Force yourself to unplug and sit and watch a Christmas movie with the kids!
Now that the holidays are even closer we will begin our annual baking and cookie decoration fun. Try not to let the mess stress you out. Remember that your kids will cherish this time with you and these are the memories they will keep with them. Make a list and search the pantry for what supplies you have and what you will need. Try to get everything before the day you bake because that will help relieve some pressure. Accept that you will most likely be left alone to bake once the kids get bored but I always ask their opinion as to what to make the next cookie decoration. It still keeps them involved and they laugh at my lack of art skills! Making decorations with your kids, baking cookies and treats, and spending time as a family at home are special ways to enjoy the holidays without spending to much money. I hope some of these tips help you get back some of your holiday spirit!