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Give More, Save More11/30/2017

Are you worried about all the gifts for friends and family affecting your bank account this holiday season? There’s no need to spend a fortune to get in the giving spirit. Follow these tips to give more without breaking the bank.

Set a budget. Figure out what the total dollar amount is that you want to spend on gifts this year, then divide that number up accordingly so you know what to spend on each person on your list. You may think you’ve found the perfect gifts for friends and family, but if the price tag goes over budget, find a less expensive alternative!

Put together homemade gifts. If you have a bit of a crafty streak, homemade gifts can be a fantastic, and thoughtful, alternative to store-bought presents. Knit mittens, paint a work of art, get one of your photographs framed, carve wooden toys, throw some pottery, glue or sew handmade felt ornaments, write a handwritten poem or letter… the possibilities are endless.

Print personalized coupons. If you’re not the crafty type, a great way to give something personal and thoughtful this holiday season is to give personalized coupons. Print them out with anything from a redeemable date night, movie for two, trip to a theme park, a night of babysitting, dog walking for a week, or anything else you can think of. This allows you to budget some cash to be redeemed at a later date.

Go in for group gifts. If a friend or family member has a big ticket item on their wish list this year, consider pitching in as a family or group of friends to get that one big gift. Or as another group gift idea, instead of getting individual gifts for your aunt, uncle and all those cousins, get the family something they can enjoy together, like a board game, camping tent, or tickets to a sports game.

Sandia Area Visa gift cards. Still not sure what gift to give? A Sandia Area Visa gift card will do the trick! Stick to your budget and allow your friends and family to get exactly what they wanted this year. Learn more here.

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