How to Make Holiday Memories on a Budget

Written by on December 23, 2012 in Money - No comments | Print this page


holiday-lightsThe holiday season is more than just getting presents and giving to those who are less fortunate. It’s also about creating a multitude of memories with your family.

Some people think that creating magical memories requires a large wallet, but there are plenty of things that you can do to create memories with your family that don’t cost much.

Bake, bake, bake.

Break out the eggs, flour, sugar and everything else you need to create some tasty holiday treats and get to baking. Make sure that every member of your family has a part to play in the baking, from cracking eggs to mixing to licking the bowl clean. Then, once all the hard work is done, you and your family can sit back and stuff your faces.

Check out the lights.

There are plenty of houses and stores that are decorated for the holidays, and choose a night to drive around with your family and check out all the cool displays in your area. Don’t forget to pack some of those tasty treats that you made too, and fill a thermos up with some tasty hot chocolate to wash it all down.

Have a movie night.

There are more than enough holiday-themed movies to last you the entire month of December, so pick a few of your favorites, or some that you’ve never seen, get in your jammies, stock up and snacks and get to watching some movies. Everyone can cuddle up on the couch, or throw some blankets or a blow up mattress on the floor to get super comfy. If you have a fireplace with a TV nearby, this could also help set the holiday mood. Plus, feel free to let your kids stay up late to watch the movies. This will surely make them feel extra special.

Do crafts.

If you haven’t already, get on Pinterest and check out all the fun crafts that you can do with your family during the holidays. Everything from decorating old tissue boxes to creating snowflakes out of popsicle sticks can be accomplished with some glue, paint and ambition. Plus, by having the family make their own holiday crafts, you don’t have to spend much money on decorations from the store.

Have a day of giving.

Teach your kids about the importance of giving. Take some of the treats that you made and package them up and deliver them to the firefighters or police officers. You could also have your kids go through their old toys and clothes and donate them to goodwill. If you want to get really creative, you can also hang change on random vending machines or pay for another person’s groceries while at the store. This will not only be a fun way to spend time with your family, but it will also give back and teach children about the importance of giving during the holidays, and this is much more important than presents.

This is a guest post.  Caleb Grant works in finance and is an avid writer.  He enjoys giving advice on how to save money and recently wrote about successfully making a household budget.

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