Frugal holiday tips: Surviving Hanukkah, Yule, and Christmas on a budget


The holidays are sneaking up on us quickly! It doesn’t matter which one you celebrate, they can all be fun with these frugal tips for crafts, decorating, and more.

Remember, GREAT gifts don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg.


Making crafts for Hanukkah can be very inexpensive, and fun! Try this Easy Gelt Bag, which is appropriate and fun for all ages! Chanukah magnets are also fun and easy to make.

At your Hanukkah get together, play fun games that don’t break the bank! Try Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit, Memory, or other board games you already have around the house. Have everyone bring their own game and you can take turns playing different ones. YULE

Make a list of people you want to gift to. If you cannot afford gifts, simply make cards! You can get a set of cards at the Dollar Store for $1.00, sometimes less if you shop sales or buy a year in advance after the holidays are over. It’s hard to find cards specifically for Yule but “Happy Holidays” will serve its purpose.


Make salt dough ornaments and string popcorn on thread to decorate your Christmas tree for literally next to nothing!

Search Pinterest for Christmas Cupcakes and you will find a ton. I love making cupcakes because they are SO easy to customize, and also only cost a few bucks to make a HUGE batch!

Most of all, remember that the holidays are about spending time with your closest friends and family, and just enjoying the time together. Don’t obsess over the gift giving, the decorating, the shopping. Take time to sit back, reflect, relax (ha!), and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Melissa is the founder of This Mommy Save Money and wife of an emergency room travel nurse and the mother of a sweet and smart little boy. This is a great way to see our beautiful country, but it has also made it a necessity to save money, and live frugally as they move often. Other hobbies besides sharing her love of couponing and helping others save money include: nature photography, exploring national parks, cooking, and volunteering.


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