This post is brought to you in collaboration with H&R Block.
I have noticed that as the boys get older, there is a direct correlation between their age and the cost of the presents on their lists. Santa is going broke you all! Honestly, I am happy for the technology and all, but when it pushes the price of one present on their list to over $200, the holidays become hard to afford. Add the cost of visiting family, travel and everything else that goes on to celebrating this joyous time of year, and you are talking mega bucks. How can you make it more budget friendly?
One easy way to make your budget last longer during the holidays is with beautiful homemade gifts. I am not talking about making necklaces out of pasta or anything, I am talking about homemade sugar scrubs or even goat milk soaps. Chic jars of cookie mixes, bread recipes or even dry soup mixes are other great options that friends and family would enjoy receiving, but won’t break the bank.
Shop The Deals
During the holiday season there are no shortage of sales. Take to the Internet deal sites and weekly sales fliers in the paper to find the best deals on the hot items on your wish lists this year. With the right sales on days like Black Friday or Cyber Monday, you can save upwards of 50% on certain items.
Stay Close to Home
To cut down on travel related expenses, stay close to home this year. Do you usually do a holiday season vacation, plan a staycation in your own city instead of driving or flying hours away. Invite family to come spend the holidays at your house so that you do not have to travel so far to see them if possible.
Consider a Line of Credit
Unexpected expenses always come up throughout the year, but they are never greater than they are around the holidays. When you need that little extra bit of help to make ends meet or fill those Christmas wish lists, an H&R Block Emerald Advance line of credit can be the difference you need. When you feel like there are no other options, the link of credit can help, with credit you can draw from when you need it all year long.
Want to learn more about the H&R Block Emerald Advance line of credit? You can do so on the H&R Block site. Applications open starting November 25th, and you don’t need to be a current H&R Block customer to apply. Simply bring in a valid non-expired government issued ID and your recently pay stubs, and you can be approved for credit up to $1000 to help when you need it!
To help with those extra holiday expenses and get you thinking about what you would do with a little extra money, H&R Block is offering one Life With 4 Boys reader the chance to win a $300 H&R Block gift card! Just enter using the Rafflecopter form below.
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H&R Block has asked me to help promote the Emerald Advance Line of Credit. The prize was provided and may be shipped to the winner by H&R Block, but all opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of H&R Block. Entrants must be 18 or older and located in the US only. Winner to be chosen at random.