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Four ways to celebrate the holiday season affordably

AffordableHolidayStatePoint — The holidays can be an expensive time for decorating, entertaining and shopping. Luckily, there are easy ways to save this holiday season, so you can spend more time celebrating and less time stressing over expenses.

Create

Typically, one of the largest expenses during the holiday season is gifts for friends and family. Instead of spending a fortune on store-bought presents, consider creating a DIY gift.

For example, you can place dry ingredients inside a canning jar with an easy-to-follow recipe for sugar cookies or holiday pancakes for a creative, inexpensive gift.

Gift cards dressed up with a festive greeting card also makes a great present.  Another option is to look for an auto-renewal program that allows you to give a practical gift like diapers, pet food and more to a recipient on a weekly or monthly basis.

Cook

One of the best parts about the holidays is baking delicious treats for the whole family to enjoy. A holiday favorite is fruit cake, so bake up something tasty like date nut bread using simple ingredients like flour, milk and eggs that can be bought from a discount retailer like Dollar General.

Clean

The holidays are often about spending time with family and friends, which means you could be doing a lot more entertaining than usual at your home. Get your home holiday-ready by making a plan for house-cleaning.

Straighten up before cleaning, so the process is expedited. To save on cleaning supplies, consider buying store brands, rather than name brand products. Be sure to also add the smells of the season with scented candles and electric warmers.

Celebrate

Adorning your home with holiday decorations can really get your family in the spirit. Deals on dollar ornaments, festive garland, decorative trees and fun wreaths can help you to make your home festive without breaking the bank.

For more tips on holiday savings and DIY gift and decoration ideas, you can visit your local Dollar General or go online to http://www.dollargeneral.com.

By spending carefully, you can celebrate affordably and in style, without breaking the bank.

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