Happy, budget-friendly holidays

Woman wearing Santa Claus hat putting a bow on a wrapped present

Whether you’re anxiously awaiting the holiday season or trying your best not to full-on dread it, it’s coming all the same. Why not take a deep breath and plan on embracing all the hustle, bustle, stress, joy, mess, family, delight, indulgence, overindulgence and everything else this time of year has to offer? Get in the spirit of the season! Be jolly! And add a few of these cost-saving tips to your list so you can keep your bank account happy, too.

Don’t just host, potluck

Ain’t no party like a holiday party! Hosting friends and family is exciting and fun, but it can also get really expensive — especially when the guest list keeps growing. Rather than handle the whole meal, soup to nuts, invite your guests to bring their favorite dish to share with the group. It just takes a bit of organization — you don’t want to end up with 18 desserts and no sides — but it’s a wonderful way to share the love. You won’t just save money on ingredients, you’ll also save planning and cooking time, plus you and your guests get to enjoy all sorts of new recipes. It’s a holiday win-win-win.

People gathered around a table with food for a potluck event

Make a shopping budget

It takes a bit more planning up front, but if you start making your shopping list now, you can create a budget to save yourself precious time and money all season long. Don’t just consider gifts, think about parties where you’ll need a new outfit or to contribute food or favors, travel expenses if you plan on visiting out-of-town family, donations to local causes and your Christmas shopping list. To make it all a bit easier, use a handy holiday app to keep all the details, including real-time checklists and schedules, in one place.

Consider making (or baking!) thoughtful gifts

Family, friends, kids, teachers, your kids’ friends, your mailman, your dog — does your Christmas list seem to get longer every year? We should be grateful to have so many wonderful people in our lives (and we are!), but it can be a bit stressful, too. We don’t just need to dream up thoughtful gifts for everyone, but also fork over enough dough to cover them.

Lucky for us all, this is the exact reason why Pinterest was invented! Find hordes of simple, DIY gift ideas from cookie mixes and hand-knit scarves to anything you can fit inside a Mason jar, plus clever gift tags to top them with. But here’s a tip: Choose a theme and stick with it to save yourself time and money, and you’ll knock out half your list at just a few bucks a pop.

Woman holding small gift with a crimson bow

Look for ways to earn extra cash

Just about every shop, restaurant and warehouse hires seasonal help this time of year, so consider bolstering your holiday budget with a short-term, part-time job. If working out of the house just doesn’t make sense — school feels like it’s out constantly from November to January, right? — think about selling your own homemade crafts, accessories or treats at holiday fairs, community events or online.

And if you’re not particularly crafty but like the idea of sharing products you love, becoming a Scentsy Consultant might just be the perfect solution! It’s our busiest sales season, so it’s an amazing time to kick off your new business, plus customers are already primed and ready to shop thoughtful gifts — and our fragrances can’t be beat.

To learn more about making this holiday season your most memorable one yet, reach out to your Scentsy Consultant and ask them what it takes to start your own business. Don’t have a Consultant? Find one here.

Happy holidays!

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