What are the best ways to save money around the holidays? Does anyone have tips on how to save money on gifts, decor, food etc.? What about sending out xmas cards, any good deals for that?
For us, we usually combine it, do an xmas card/santa photo mailing, that way we aren't mailing out 2 things. For xmas lights this year we are going to try to go solar, since our summer backyard lights worked out really well. I'm a bit scared to get the bigger solar decorations though - what happens if someone takes them?
As for food, I usually try to preplan the meals we will be making here, and start looking early for deals, or if I find something on a great sale, I incorporate it into the meal.
I do a lot of our gift shopping online, look for deals year round. We also try to pick up the big clearance stuff for gifts too. We don't buy that many gifts either, mostly for the kids, or pick names with the adults.
And don't forget, this Saturday is the Santa Parade downtown, check out all the info at http://www.winnipegsantaparade.com/parade_info.html#paradeactivities
We went last year, and it was fun. It was super cold that day, this year I am definetly bringing something to sit on, cold cement on the bum for a few hours was not too fun!