9 ways to make 2018 holidays cost-efficient

Whether you’re a homeowner or a renter, give your share of the holiday season to your home. With the thoughtfulness that holidays and wintertime bring to your home, consider these tips to help you…

9 ways to make 2018 holidays cost-efficient

Whether you’re a homeowner or a renter, give your share of the holiday season to your home. With the thoughtfulness that holidays and wintertime bring to your home, consider these tips to help you stay on budget for holiday spending.

1. Maximize the Seasonal Market

Before you buy, you need to plan out the marketing strategy to entice potential buyers into the process. A full catalog and virtual tours will help you put together a nice package you will be proud to show the buyers in a house.

2. Fall on the Right Side of the Law

To avoid getting into an expensive fight when the time comes to change out the holiday lights, you need to be certain that the lights were included in the bid price. Don’t leave out the potential for hot water, too, especially during cooler weather. Keeping too many hot water pipes in one house can cause lots of potential heating issues.

3. When giving along, do it carefully

If you’re giving special presents to people in your family, you may wish to prepare a larger box at the beginning to help avoid the hustle and bustle of shopping for people and still get your gift in the holiday window on time. Make sure to box the gift in keeping with the personal theme you have chosen.

4. Check your list

When giving gifts to people in your family, a reminder is the best way to ensure that you haven’t overlooked anyone. Remember to register everything in your check list with a trusted relative, friend or family member.

5. Stick to the Same Book

If you know an individual or couple that will likely go over budget, keep any significant gifts to one or two items. By spreading the gifts across four to five items, it’s unlikely that the individual will end up overspending.

6. Gift Wrap Simply But Appropriately

Seasonal stockings and gifts wrapped in their signature material adds a personal touch that’s hard to replicate in paper. Don’t let the paper be a factor. Experiment with colored paper, colored linens, and faux fur, but keep it simple.

7. Great Displaying

Quality control is important when it comes to holiday decorating. You want your house to look nice at the end of the season, and you need to create the best possible backdrop for that time of year. Make sure that you have a sufficiently full and colorful display that helps to invite in additional visitors.

8. Enjoy the Moment

If you’re unsure of who your holiday guest list is or how much your expenses will run, it’s time to take a step back and consider the home you’ve been putting up for the holidays. Make a list of your expectations. How much space do you need? Do you need a place for the presents or guests? How much space do you have for celebration? How do you want to be treated in your house for the holiday? Set a budget for your holiday budget as well as a ground rules for how you’ll treat your guests. This way, you know you’ll budget effectively for the holidays and be able to give more to your family.

9. Set a Budget: The Money Down the Drain

A way to stay on track for the season is to create a holiday budget. Establish a spending limit and follow it closely. If you have shopping obligations that you won’t be able to afford, consider putting them off until later in the season, making the payments or getting a gift card so you’ll be able to avoid a big purchase.

*Note: Holidays are shorter for 2018.

Terence Kirby is a regional marketing manager and member of the TeamDC Senior Marketing Team.

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