Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Guest Post: AshLeenikol

Hi Everyone! I've got Ashlee here today sharing with us her tips on saving money this Christmas! Check out her blog! She's got a little bit of everything and it's all wonderful!
Hey there, Beauty and the Budget readers!  
I'm Ashlee :), the voice behind the lifestyle blog, the blog of ashLeenikoL.  
First things first, a big THANK YOU to Jacqueline, for letting me take over her blog today!  She is so nice and I love everything that she crochets! I can't wait to try out this pattern for the infinity scarf.  

And second, I'm here today talking about the ways I'm saving money on my Christmas shopping and ways that you can hopefully save too!  Shall we get started?


Each year when October rolls around I start stressing about what gifts I'm going to buy for my family/friends and how I'm going to afford it.  Well, this year I'm taking a different approach and I want to share it with all of you Beauty and the Budget readers!

Ways I'm Saving Money On Christmas Shopping

1.  Christmas Club money - For the last 8 years, on November 1, I have started a Christmas Club account to prepare for the next year's Christmas. This has been a lifesaver for me, but this year I'd like to spend less of my hard earned money and put some of it into savings.  A lot of people use their entire Christmas Club plus extra money to buy gifts and that was me at one time, but not this year. :) 

2.  Swagbucks - Swagbucks is a site where you earn points daily by searching online, answering a daily poll, taking surveys, and much more.  It's super easy!  Once you receive so many points, you "cash" them in for rewards, like gift cards, electronics, and more.  The gift cards are the best!  So far I've got $50 in Paypal cash to spend on whatever I want.  Right now I'm trying to rack up enough points to get another $50 in Paypal cash or an Amazon gift card to help buy at least three gifts.  If you're on the computer a lot, it's definitely worth checking in to!  It's like free money!

3.  DIY Gifts - Making gifts is another way I'm saving money on Christmas this year.  I've already started making finger knit scarves and crocheted earwarmers.

More DIY gifts I'm hoping to make:

A set of dishtowels labeled Sunday-Saturday. 
Mom's and Grandma's would love these!
Another kitchen towel...

A nice handscrub!  According to this website, this scrub is compared to Mary Kay's Satin Hands, which makes your hands feel incredibly soft.
Hand scrub - kind of like MaryKay's Satin Hands...only cheaper! GREAT GIFT IDEA! - make, put in mason jar, tie with bow, add a tag!

Burlap pillows!  For the couples in your family. 
This is one thing I'm striving to make this year.
burlap pillows


What ways do you save money during the holidays?  Do you use any of these methods? 
I'd love to know!  

1 comment:

  1. I absolutely adore the burlap pillows! I know I would be happy receiving those as a gift, it's definitely a great gift idea!