When it comes to hosting fantastic parties, gifting luxury gifts and celebrating life, two experts know how to make it all happen while staying in your budget and doing it with your busy schedule. These two experts are Dawn Sandomeno and Elizabeth Mascali.
Dawn and Elizabeth are entertaining experts, authors of Plan To Party, and founders of The Party Bluprints Blog and they have appeared as featured experts on Today Show, Good Housekeeping, Redbook and many more. Above all, they are busy moms, and they know how to make the household budget to stretch to make Holidays happen! This Holiday season Dawn and Elizabeth teamed up with CheapSally.com to find the best deals for the gifts they recommend in their Holiday Gift Guide to ensure that you will find the best gifts for your family for the lowest price possible.
Below are their top five tips for holiday gift buying while staying in your budget.
1. Splurge on that One Big Gift for the entire family. I bet you didn’t expect that as the first money saving tip, now did you? But really, these two experts explain that by buying one main gift for the family instead of big present for each member you will get a bigger bang for your buck.
2. Skip hosting expensive and time consuming dinner parties.
Cocktail and Dessert parties are trendy and a fun way to entertain for those with limited time and money. Potlucks are equally acceptable and you can ask your guests each to bring a specific dish.
3. Shop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
The easiest way to get all Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals is by getting all from one place. Many deals sell out quickly so you need to locate and act on the information fast! Save time and money by visiting CheapSally.com’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday pages, they aggregate all the best deals across the internet for you, offering a one-stop resource for saving.
4. Forget about spending lots of time or money for Holiday decorating.
Try trendy “Alpine Sparkle”style of holiday decorating – a â€˜silver and green’ color theme with a mountain meets Manhattan twist! Mix Mercury glass with holiday greens and pinecones to achieve this look.
5. Make a shopping list to avoid impulse shopping.
Party Bluprint Blog’s Best Holiday Gift Ideas for 2011 list has over 40 hottest gift ideas for everyone in your list and provides you a great starting point when you are looking for gift ideas. Many of their recommendations will be available on cheaper prices on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, thanks to CheapSally.com (see tip #3 ).
What tips do you have for saving big this holiday season?
Disclosure: This guest post is sponsored by CheapSally.