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Save Money When Going to Holiday Parties

written by: chesanekc•edited by: Jason C. Chavis•updated: 6/29/2011

When you have many holiday parties to attend this season, you may get overwhelmed with all the money you think you will spend. Following a few helpful hints, may help you save money while bringing food and gifts to all your parties.

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    Christmas Tree 

    During the holidays, it seems as though there are dinners and parties every weekend and even sometimes during the week. So how can you possibly save any money by going to all these events, especially when you need to bring something?

    Although it can be a little stressful, you can actually go to all your Christmas soirees without emptying out your pockets. If you have five or even just one holiday party to go to this year, you can go with ease because you will be able to bring something delicious without making you broke.

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    Gifts for Holiday Parties

    For instance, if you have a couple holiday parties in a row you can easily make something you can bring to both parties. If you are able to bring anything you want or a dessert, try making an assortment of holiday cookies. You can then buy a festive plastic platter or container and give a bunch of cookies to each host. To make it even cheaper, you could make your own wrapping. Instead of a container you could wrap the cookies in tinfoil and then place a ribbon or bow on it for decoration.

    Another idea would be to bring a bottle of wine. The best part of wine is that you are able to find a decent wine for a good price. You do not have to buy anything over the top and expensive. Buy a bottle of wine and wrap it up in wrapping paper and tie it with a bow and you are ready to go to the party.

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    Keep the Food Simple

    If you need to make a side dish or an entree, there is no need to worry. You can also make a large portion of the food and bring it to a couple parties (if they are close together in days). For example you can make a large casserole and split it up into two different containers or dishes and then you save money by not having to make a million different things for your parties.

    However, if you need to make different dishes for all your events, do it wisely. First thing to remember is that homemade food is a lot cheaper than actually buying something. Try making something that does not call for too many ingredients or calls for things you already have or may use again.

    Holiday parties should be fun and not stressful, especially not for the people attending. So keep it simple, eat and be merry.

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    Image Credit

    Christmas Tree. (Supplied by Scott Feldstein at Flickr; Creative Commons 2.0;