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It’s easy for Christmas budgets to fly out the window faster than Santa’s team of eight tiny reindeer when trying to create a memorable holiday. Check out these 5 thrifty Christmas ideas to help save this holiday season while enjoying a cool yule:

Christmas ideas - A young father and daughter making Christmas cookies in the kitchen.

Christmas Idea #1:

DIY holiday gifts are an inexpensive way to share your talents and spread holiday cheer. Consider making ornaments, polar fleece tie blankets, jewelry or coasters made from tiles.

If you’re more at home in the kitchen bake cookies and breads, stir up a batch of fudge or even box-up snowflake mix.

Christmas Idea #2

Skip Christmas dinner and host a holiday brunch or breakfast instead – saving you a stocking full of cash. Instead of serving a prime rib or turkey dinner with all of the trimmings, whip up a breakfast casserole, quiche, tasty pastries and fresh fruit salad. You’ll save money and maybe even start a new Christmas tradition.

Christmas ideas - Reindeer pancakes.

Christmas Idea #3

Instead of buying gifts for every member of the family, department or club pare down your Christmas list by enlisting Secret Santa. Set a budget, draw names and let the merriment begin.

Christmas Idea #4

Save money at the pet supply store by dashing past the holiday toy aisle. Shower your beloved furry family members with a few extra minutes of quality time every day on walks, games of fetch and belly rubs.

Cat with boxes

Christmas Idea #5

Don’t spend a small fortune on gifts for small children – especially toddlers. They’ll have just as much fun playing with the box and wrapping paper. Consider giving gifts such as treasured childhood books, gift cards to discount stores, a hand-knit hat and gloves or an experiential gift.

Christmas Ideas - A toddler boy playing a Christmas box.

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Do you have other thrifty Christmas ideas to help save money during the holidays? If so, please share:

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