How to enjoy the holiday season without blowing your budget
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How to enjoy the holiday season without blowing your budget

With summer holidays and festive parties aplenty, this time of year is one where you might be feeling like you’re overworking your bank card.

But with a little planning, it’s entirely possible to enjoy the holiday season without blowing your budget. We asked two frugal living experts on their best tips for holiday activities that won’t break the bank.

Plan an at-home staycation

Penina Petersen, writer and founder of money-saving website The Savings Room, recommends planning a “staycation” at home.

This is a relaxing option if your area is less crowded than usual due to others travelling over the summer break, says Penina: “You just have to plan ahead, create an itinerary and fill your days with free and fun activities.”

Your plans can include free local Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations, like carols in the park or fireworks, says Melissa Goodwin, Queensland-based author and creator of popular blog Frugal and Thriving.

The good news, Melissa says, is that “the summer holidays are great for low-cost local activities”.

She recommends checking out your local council website and popular ticketing websites for free activities in your area.

If you have kids, it’s also worth signing up for your local shopping centre’s newsletter, she adds.

“Many host free kids’ activities. One year ours did free cooking classes!” Melissa says.