Saturday, December 17, 2011

Guest Post - Staying on Budget during the Holidays from Bravoe Runway

Today’s guest post is brought to you from Bessie of Bravoe Runway.  Bessie is a Chicago blogger with amazing style.  She has so many great looks it is hard to choose my favorite.  But probably my favorite part of Bessie’s wardrobe is that she stays on a budget.  Today she is going to share staying on a budget during the holidays.  I probably need to pay attention to these tips, because I always go over budget!  Enjoy and make sure you check out Bessie’s blog – Bravoe Runway.

Many of us have a love/hate relationship with the holidays!  We want to be generous, show our gratitude, but it can take a hit on our wallets!  Sure you have a list, a budget, but how do you stick to it?  Here are my 3 tips on how to stay within budget during the holi-daze!

Basic Kits and Accessories

DSLR cameras, children’s toys, and charm bracelets are items that have a basic kit with optional “accessories.”  If you want to fulfill such an on item on a recipient’s wish-list, try getting the basic kit and maybe a gift-card towards an accessory.  It’s tempting to be generous but often times, the recipient is ecstatic to receive the basic kit.  Also, their preference for accessories will change after they’ve really started using the item. 

Streamline Hostess Gifts

Streamline your hostess gifts selections and present gifts you can give year round, so avoid buying holiday themed and scented items.  One of my standard hostess gifts is a box of fine chocolate and a bottle of wine.  These are items that almost anyone will enjoy, and they have an extended shelf life.  When Frango chocolates go on sale at Macy’s, I’ll pick up several boxes and present them with a bottle of wine to my hostess in a fun gift bag corresponding to the season.

Store & DIY Pairing

Another great way to save money is to combine a hand-crafted item along with something you purchased.  Let’s say you found a great coffee gift-set, you could put together a delicious holiday treat to compliment the coffee enclosed in a beautiful seal-tight container or box.  

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