family,  Health

Holiday Preparations That Save Money

The holidays are fast approaching and for many that can be overwhelming and also extremely expensive. I am a thrifty shopper and I plan ahead. Holiday Preparations Now can save me stress later. So I have been buying sale items throughout the year and putting them away. That works for me. Even now, it’s not too late to start saving. This season, if you prepare now, you will feel less of the pinch and stress later on. There are many ways to lessen the financial load and get your family ready now. 


Holiday Preparations that Save Money:

Make Your Own Decorations or Clean Up Some of the Old Pieces:

Love your holiday décor from last season? Don’t be afraid to reuse it again this year to help save time and money.  OxiClean™Versatile Stain Remover Powder can help if any of the items are stained. It’s the perfect solution to remove dirt, dust and grime from decorations that were sitting in storage or outside since you put them away.

Stock up on Laundry Products Now for Overnight Guests

This year, like most, I will have family staying overnight. That means preparing to be sure we have enough food and enough sheets and pillows ready to go when they arrive. I confess that this is always an area where we need a bit of help. Especially with pillows!! Where do they all go? Why are there never enough? To freshen stale sheets and towels from the back of the linen closet, use Arm & Hammer™ Plus OxiClean™ Unit Dose Power Paks in Fresh Scent for a refreshing clean. Get looking for the sales on this stuff now and buy it ahead to save money.

To be a really great host, keep a basket with fresh towels and toiletry items they may have forgotten, such as toothbrushes and toothpaste. The new Arm & Hammer™ Truly Radiant™lineup of products are sure to impress. The Truly Radiant Clean & Fresh Toothpaste and Spinbrush™ are the perfect combination that refreshing and clean mint flavour that provides long lasting freshness guests will love!

Host a Potluck Christmas Dinner

Make this year’s turkey dinner a team effort! Get your guests involved in the party and arrange a potluck so that everyone pitches in. As the host, take charge by preparing the turkey and have guests bring the fixings, sides and desserts (and wine)!

When it comes to clean-up, cut back on the time you spend in the kitchen by using OxiClean™ Extreme Power Crystals™ and Triple Action Dishwasher Booster to remove the toughest stuck on foods and stains. There’s no pre-rinsing or pre-washing necessary.

Dress to Impress

From family gatherings to New Year’s Eve parties, holiday spills and accidents are bound to happen. This year, don’t let a fear of spills and stains keep you from wearing your favourite party clothes. Instead, use quality laundry detergent such as OxiClean™ HD Liquid Laundry Detergent to remove any dried-on stains the first time and keep clothes looking vivid and bright.

To accessorize your favourite party outfit, pair it with your best bling! For a quick, easy and effective jewelry refresher, try mixing Arm & Hammer™ Baking Soda with hot water and leave your jewelry to sit for a few minutes. In no time, your diamonds will be sparkling bright and looking like new. PSSTT…you can also clean the sinks and tubs with this and save money.


 Load Up on the Medicine and Various Necessities You Need Now

Three weeks ago we put all the summer furniture away. It wasn’t long after that when my husband started asking if we had any muscle cream left. The lifting and standing on the ladder reaching up high to put pillows and furniture away wrenched his shoulder out of whack. So, this is why we always have some Rub A535 Anti Inflammatory Heating Cream to soothe aching muscles. Muscle pain can happen so easily! Stock up now so that when you need to lift a heavy Christmas tree or move the chairs around for dinner, this doesn’t happen to you or your partner.

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BY the way if you need some easy and free activities to keep your kids busy this season don’t forget about my Free Printables Pinterest Page. There are many fun Christmas colouring pages and crosswords there.

There are many ways to save money during the holidays…a few of these quick holiday preparations can help save time, money and stress too. What are your best tips for saving at Christmas?

I am a Church and Dwight ambassador and as such have been compensated. My opinion is all my own and it is truthful. 

Mom of two beautiful active girls, traveller, fitness junkie, social media consultant, and keeper of the sanity.


  • Alli Smith

    I reuse holiday decor over and over again. Before buying more decor, I always ask myself where I’m going to store it for the other 11 months of the year. That usually helps me save money when I realize I have to find a storage place for the item.

    • Paula

      So true. I can relate. I don’t like too much clutter and this seems to add to the clutter sometimes so reusing is a much better solution.

  • Jeanette

    Usually each year I prepped meals ahead of time. It’s a lot easier for me to not have to cook when we have company. I also try to get a couple of extra two of the trees when they’re on sale during the year so that I can use them when guests come into town at Christmas.

  • Jenn

    These are great tips to save money. I know our family sure could use some of them to save money this time of year. Everything seems to be extra costly this year.

  • Mimi Green

    I reuse holiday decor every single year. So long as it is still in good shape, and it is. I don’t believe in spending a lot of money on something I only use once a year for a week or two.

  • Bella

    Christmas is already expensive enough so I will take all of the money saving tips I can get. I am all about reusing decorations and DIY projects.

  • Maureen @Scoops of Joy

    I love that idea of Christmas Dinner Pot Luck! Brilliant idea. I think my family has been doing that for years now where they would all come bringing delicious Christmas meals 😀
    These are all great tips to save money, the holidays can really put a hole in people’s pocket if they are not careful.

  • Ave

    Thanks for sharing great tips! Hosting a potluck Christmas dinner sounds like a fabulous idea! It would save so much time and would let us enjoy the holidays without all the fuss.

  • michele d

    Love your holiday preparation tips. I would have to agree, extra laundry detergent is a must have when I have overnight guests during the holiday season.