I know what you’re thinking...it’s that time of year when you start fretting about how much the holiday season is going to set you back. What if you took a different angle  this year and asked yourself, how much can I save this season? If this sounds good to you, try implementing these 4 ideas to ensure that you have a balance in your account and not on your credit card this January.

1. Plan ahead. 

Make your list and check it twice-just like the big man. Anyone on your list that you can get away with not buying a gift for, don’t. A nice idea for some friends and family is to plan a dinner or activity out in January instead of a gift. Quality time with those you love is never a bad idea.

2. Take note of what you receive.

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  • m not suggesting re-gifting here. Often people buy you things that they would secretly enjoy for themselves. If your sister or Mom bought you an asparagus dish last year like this:
  • Consider buying her this cheese plate and knife set, currently on sale!

    Or this light bulb wine decanter...more than just a good idea-it holds wine too!:


    3. Shop from the heart.

    It’s not always about having a dollar limit, its about giving something from the heart that shows you care. If your cousin loves to cycle and is a pizza eating triathlete, why not give her this:

    Or this super cool water bottle? Everyone loves a new water bottle, especially the active type.

    4. Look for deals. 

    Who doesn’t love a good deal? It saves you money and gives you that warm feeling inside like you beat the system. Online shopping is a great way to look for discounts and specials across multiple stores and some places, like Blue Banana Market offer free shipping during the season. A few sale items available now:

    Check out sale items here. This changes daily so be sure to come back often. All ideas listed above are under $50 and available to order now. Giving gifts that make people feel special doesn't have to break the bank.