The holidays are here. Yes, that time of the year with back-to-back holidays: Halloween, All Saints Day, Thanksgiving Day, Hannukah, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Kwaanza, New Years Eve, New Years Day and Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. Money, Money and Money!
For those of us finally making money, the holidays are a stressful time. Where do we find money for gifts, dinner, travel, etc? Some are on assistance, some apply for assistance, the rest find creative ways to celebrate the holiday. Here is a list of five creative ways to celebrate the holidays.
- Etsy http://www.etsy.com
I knew of Etsy but mostly through my friends who opened a business. This year, I participate in Secret Sister gifts. Gifts as low as $5.00 on up. Puzzles, glasses, jewelry and other items.
2. Amazon http://www.amazon.com
This should be an easy one to understand. Use the Amazon warehouse, Returns and other store sites under the Amazon umbrella.
3. Handmade Gifts
A gift made by your own hand is always welcomed. Whether you’re a knitter, sewer, quilter, cricut machine user or loom user, it’s always welcome.
4. Gift cards, gift certificates and mall gift certificates
If you know you don’t have a lot of money or time, giving a gift certificate allows the user to put the money towards what they want. The catch is that you may have to use within a certain timeframe.
5. Wish! http://www.wish.com
I got some very nice jewelry from here and it was cheap. Codicil, it may be a few weeks before you get it in the mail. Electronics, clothing, cellular phones, jewelry, and school items. You can also buy headscarves there as well. Granted this is not a large list but you can make the holidays very nice for your family and someone not related to you.
Since Thanksgiving is coming up here are some suggestions for Turkey day.
- If you don’t cook and have money, buy a dinner from the restaurants that offer it. I went to a friend’s family’s house and she did that. Dinner was very nice and tasty.
- Go to a church dinner or a shelter dinner. You can enjoy time with other persons who don’t have a family to share with or just don’t have the means to make the dinner themselves.
- Go to food pantry and take what they offer and fill in with food from the store. Cook dinner. If you need apply for food stamps and use those. Hopefully, it will come in time for you to use for the holiday of Thanksgiving or the next one. As always remember to enjoy the holiday.
History-I love history so before I close out this post I want to leave you with a historical fact about Thanksgiving. Did you know there are four towns in the U.S. named Turkey? Those towns are found in Arizona, Texas, Louisiana and North Carolina. courtesy of worldstrides.com/blog/2016/1119-fun-facts-about-thanksgiving/amp.
Note: I apologize for the lateness of the update. I am posting after Thanksgiving Day but the advice is good year round. I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving Day!