The Holidays are a time when we can all get together and give each other some special cheer. To many people like myself, any time is a great time to celebrate, but many can go a little over board on the supplies. It is never fun to burn a hole in your wallet and then regret it the next day.
A great party is always a great memory, but breaking the bank is not. So why not think about some ways to save some money this year?
To be honest, with most things saving money can always be done, but most people don’t want to waste the time or know quite where to start. The 2013 Discover Holiday Shopping Survey showed that 41 percent of people plan to spend between $100-$299 to host a holiday gathering, so it’s possible to stay within budget and still throw a beautiful party.
So here are some ways to manage those party expenses. Think about asking guests to bring a dish or beverage to pass if you’re planning that amazing dinner and wine pairing party. The Discover survey showed that a majority, 90 percent of Americans, hosting holiday parties will ask people to contribute a dish or beverage to the festivities.
If you are a Discover cardmember, you can save just in time for the holiday party season. Through Jan. 8, 2014, more than 85 merchants on ShopDiscover.com, Discover card’s exclusive online shopping portal, are offering even more Cashback Bonus just for using the portal to shop.. For example, 1800Flowers is offering 20% Cashback Bonus, Crate & Barrel is offering10% Cashback Bonus, and Petco and PetSmart are offering 15% Cashback Bonus. It’s the perfect way to find that holiday floral arrangement, new serving ware, or a new toy to keep that pet friend happy and content.
What are your plans this holiday season? Any get together with friends and families to just enjoy the season? Or maybe you’re planning a huge feast with the table spread full of food and all the noise and joy that fills the house?
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