Party AttireNever underestimate the power and versatility of your LBD (little black dress). For a girls lunch, pair it with tights, boots and a brightly colored scarf or cardi. For a night out, add sheer stockings, black slingbacks and your best jewelry. Office get-together? Try opaque hose and a structured jacket. Your options are limitless, and no one will realize it's the same basic underneath.
DecorationsI love a live wreath on my big picture window. But decorated wreaths can set you back $30 or even more. Trader Joe's has plain evergreen wreaths for $6.99 . . . with a few pinecones, dollar-store flowers and a festive bow added. . .I can keep it under $12.
Also, use what you have - green and red vases? A cluster of them can make a holiday-inspired vignette. Tie a red or gold bow on a topiary to make them Christmas-y.
GiftsTry to shop sales whenever possible. One year I scored monogrammed Lands End tote bags for $20 - they made great teacher's gifts and looked festive stuffed with bright tissue paper and tied with a tulle ribbon. Or consider a $1 store mug filled with good chocolate. Add a festive tag created by your child to finish it off.
What are some of your favorite ways to save during the holidays?
catch you soon -
This post originally appeared as part of a 12 Days of Christmas Round-Up with A Life in Balance