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Holidays on A Budget

Being a college student, most of us are living on some sort of budget. Thanksgiving and winter holidays are such a joyful time of year, but they can be costly. Decorations, long drives or flights, and presents add up fast. I’ve got the frugal finds that will save you money this holiday season, making it less about stress and more about a good time.

1. Don’t splurge on décor

Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and Pier 1 have the most stunning holiday decorations! However, when it’s time to cut down on expenses these are not the places to go. Walmart has so many options for fun seasonal decoration at a fraction of the price. If you are really pinching those pennies, Dollar Tree has plenty to pick from and each piece just $1! You can have the garlands, wreaths, pumpkins, and ribbons, you’ve just got to settle for something a smidge less extravagant.

2. D.I.Y. gifts are a lifesaver

If you have any hidden talents that you can gift, make use of it! Those who have a knack for baking, give your favorite treat to those you love. Knitting can make some of the most meaningful presents, people love anything handmade especially if it keeps them warm. Photographers, have a mini session with your closest friends for memories that will last a lifetime. If all else fails, or you aren’t specifically talented (like me) then Pinterest will be your best friend. There are endless Do It Yourself ideas on there that don’t break the bank.

3. Make it meaningful

It’s easy to get caught up in all of the “stuff” during the holiday season, but that’s not what it’s about. On Thanksgiving, if you have the means to get home to your family, and a family to go home to, be thankful. If you can’t get time off work to enjoy the holidays, then do your best to be thankful you have a job. Make the moments matter, no matter where you are or who you are with. Remember the root of the holidays you celebrate and keep those close to your heart.

Being on a budget is not easy, especially when things are tight. Allow the happiness of the holiday season to bring you joy and ease. Do your best not to get caught up in the material aspect of it all. Above all else, finish the semester strong and enjoy the break that you deserve.


Alex is an easy going and bubbly person who has a passion for all things creative. She is pursuing a degree in Psychology at Valdosta State University and loving her experiences along the way. Instagram & Twitter: alex_gmann
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