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Whether we’re ready or not the holiday season is upon us. But with all the gift-giving and party-attending, your wallet might be hurtin’. Mine is too, friend. So this holiday season I’m looking for cheap ways to celebrate the holidays. Here’s some of my favorites free or cheap things to do this holiday season.
cookies. Make ornaments (
Pinterest has some great ideas!). Make and send holiday cards.
Make gifts for your loved ones.
Rock out to holiday tunes. Snuggle up with a good book (get it from your
local library!). Snuggle up with a loved one (or your pet!).
popcorn and watch a holiday movie (there’s plenty of free ones on Hulu!). Sip on some
cider (or cocoa!). If it’s cold enough, make a snowman. If not, play outside! You need that vitamin D, even in the winter.
Visit a neighbor.
Catch up with old friends.
Make dinner for a friend or someone in need.
Break out your
Crock-Pot and try a new recipe. Eat dinner by candlelight.
Do a good deed.
Learn a new skill (may I suggest
knitting?!). Decorate your home with homemade decorations (may I suggest
coffee filter snowflakes?). Drive around and look at the holiday lights.
Throw a holiday soiree (To keep costs down, ask guests to bring a dish or appetizer!).
Check out free location-specific things to do in your area (Simply Google “holiday activities” and your town name.).
Start a new tradition (Bonus points if you make it a bit wacky!).
Get your spring cleaning out of the way now!
The holidays can be tough sometimes, find little ways to pamper yourself at home. Give yourself a manicure or make a DIY face mask.
Roast marshmallows (You can even do roast marshmallows indoors with
this fancy gadget.). Stay in your pajamas all day.
Break out the board games (
Sorry! I’m not sorry!). Document the holiday season by taking pictures or journaling.
Just relax and enjoy the holiday season!
What are your favorite free or cheap things to do this holiday season? Let me know in the comments!
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How is it December already? Weren’t we just pumpkining all the things, jumping in all the leaves and carving all the jack-o-lanterns? Oh well. The holidays are almost here whether I like it or not. I’m not making all my gifts this year. The
handmade holiday challenge that I did last year was kind of insane. But I’ll still make a few gifts and I’ll still try to stay under $100, of course. If you are a fellow nut and want to MAKE ALL THE GIFTS here’s a few (or 20) ideas for low-cost gifts to make this holiday.
For the fashionista:
A knotted bracelet
A clay beads necklace
Polymer clay hair accessories
A holiday crown
For the foodie:
DIY vanilla extract
Upcycle a rolling pin
Low sugar nuts
A personalized mug filled with coffee or chocolates
Can you knit or sew? These projects are super fun
A knitted baby cape
A chunky, knitted scarf
A knitted scrubbie
A leather clutch
A look-alike, handmade American Apparel circle scarf
A toy for your furry friends
A clay bowl for jewelry, change or paper clips
A hand-painted and customized ukulele And last, but not least, make everyone’s favorite gift (cash!) a little more exciting with this
What gifts are you making this holiday season? Tell me about them in the comments!
This entry was posted in
love DIY, money and tagged christmas, DIY, gifts, handmade, holidays, ideas, low cost, money, presents, saving on . December 2, 2014
You guys. Fall is almost here. Target has put out their insanely large, insanely cute display of Back to School supplies. I’m trying desperately to stay away from it. I’m also preparing to teach a course this fall. So crazy. Feel free to refer to me as “professor.”
I’m also still on this saving money kick, but it hasn’t been much fun. I’m the kind of person who needs something to look forward to– like a trip! Since a trip is out of my budgetary reach and the summer is almost over (boo!), I created a list of free or cheap things to do this fall. I hope it will keep my spirits up, give me me something to look forward to and maybe even get you inspired and excited for fall?!
Set some fun fall
Donate school supplies to a child in need
Donate your gently-used winter coats to someone in need Enroll in a class at your local community college
Take a hike
Admire the foliage
Sprinkle pumpkin pie spice in your morning coffee
Get up early to admire the sunrise
Learn to knit! Get an early start on
making Holiday gifts Host a pot-luck Friendsgiving (a Thanksgiving with friends)
Put pumpkin in everything!
Visit a pumpkin patch (or do what my mom did and tell us we are visiting a pumpkin patch, but really just go to the grocery store and play on the pumpkin display)
Go on a hay ride
Visit a corn maze
Don’t forget to roast the seeds!
Rake the leaves
Jump in the leaves!
Winterize your home (or your Airstream!)
Visit the library and check out Autumn-themed books Bake a pumpkin pie
Share the pie with your neighbor
Camp in your own backyard
Find the perfect walking stick
Build a fire pit
hobo packets Roast marshmallows
Tell ghost stories
Enjoy a pumpkin beer
Go on a bike ride
Go on a fall-themed picnic
Learn to can vegetables
Plant winter veggies
Or plant bulbs for next spring
Do lots of
autumn-themed crafts Donate or sell the summer clothing that you didn’t wear
Pear down your winter wardrobe
Host a clothing swap
Or swap online on Swapdom
Sell your wares at a flea market Go apple picking
Bob for apples
Make candy apples
Learn to make apple cider or jam
Pop popcorn and drizzle it in caramel
Drink hot apple cider
Drink hot chocolate
Break out your crock-pot
pumpkin chili! Don’t forget the cornbread!
Eat your weight in fall veggies– squash and Brussels sprouts and cabbage, oh my!
Get excited for fall fashion
Break out the flannel
Pull on those wool socks
Don’t worry about bad hair days, just put on a beanie!
If you are a lady, pull on those thick tights (and don’t worry about shaving your legs!)
If you are a dude, grow a beard!
Cuddle up in your oldest sweatshirt
Wrap up in warm blankets
It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown And
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Go to bed earlier
Visit the fair or a fall festival (
save money with these tips) Host a Halloween party
Make your own Halloween costume and challenge yourself to use only stuff you can find around the house Dress up your pet!
Craft creepy snacks like this
Slimer Smoothie DIY candy
Watch your favorite scary movie with a friend
Read scary stories under the cover with a flashlight
Listen to the Halloween station on
spiced nuts Slurp on some soup and grill up an old-fashioned grilled cheese sandwich
Make beeswax candles
Discover your local farmer’s market Slowly sip a cup of hot tea
Pretend that you like candy corn
Discover the real meaning of Thanksgiving
Be more grateful by creating a gratitude journal
Make turkey hands! They’re still fun, even when you’re almost 30!
Simply sit outside and enjoy the cool weather
Join a local foraging group and forage for wild edibles Make acorn soup
Or mushroom soup from the forage
and put it on french toast! real cranberry sauce Pour maple syrup on everything!
Enjoy the Harvest Moon on September 8th
Invite your friends over and create fall-themed cocktails
Make a pine cone bird feeder and keep those birds fed all winter
Paint your nails an autumn-colored hue
Dia de Los Muertos and honor your deceased loved ones Break out the board games and your favorite jammies
Give your mum some mums!
Attend a high school football game
Join a sports program for adults
Participate in a zombie crawl
Or a Turkey Trot for charity
Take lots of pictures to document your memories!
Are you ready for fall? I’m feeling a little more ready and hopeful after this list.
What are your favorite fall-themed free activities? Let me know in the comments!
This entry was posted in
money and tagged activities, autumn, cheap, couple, fall, family, free, kids, low cost, money on . July 15, 2014