The holidays are a time to gather and celebrate the season with family and loved ones. Yet for many Americans, it’s also a time of stress: 67% of us feel stressed about a lack of time and 62% by a lack of money during the holidays, according to the American Psychological Association. We hear you loud and clear, which is why we’re here to present our tips for stretching those holiday dollars and making more time for the things that matter. Here’s to making holiday memories, not migraines.
1. Skip the Dishes, Not the Class
After spending hours in the kitchen, then serving (and if you’re lucky, sitting down for) a feast, who has the emotional energy to get up and scrub dirty dishes? We’d much rather drink bubbly with our people than be wrist-deep in soap bubbles, missing out on the laughter at the table (and that pumpkin pie). Reflections Silver Cutlery and Masterpiece Premium Plastic Plates look just like the real thing but don’t need to be handled with rubber gloves.
2. Give Yourself Some Sugar
It’s baking season. Avoid last-minute trips to the store by stocking up on staples like sugar, baking soda, and aluminum foil you’ll be using again and again. Pro tip: Lining the bottom of your oven rack with tinfoil to catch drippings from baked goods or meat keeps your oven clean for next time. Win-win!
3. Prep for Family Hang-Ups
Holiday visitors mean coats and bags. Give your closets a quick sweep before guests arrive to make sure there’s room to store winter layers and ensure you’re stocked on non-slip coat hangers in advance.
4. Keep Your Fridge a Stress-Free Zone
Picture this: You open the fridge before or after a big holiday meal, heavy casserole dish in hand, only to be faced with a wall of tightly-packed groceries staring back at you. Bring law and order to your refrigerator with Prince & Spring Food Storage Containers. They’re great for stacking leftovers after a big meal, and because they’re portable (and affordable!) you can send guests home with extras while scoring space in your fridge for that kale you’re telling yourself you’re going to eat after the umpteenth holiday party.
5. Avoid Germs Like the Plague
The last thing you need is a cold this Christmas. Prince & Spring Disinfecting Wipes kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses in a quick swipe so you can spend less time cleaning and sneezing and more time making merry.
6. Focus on the Big Picture
If you’re spending hours on a turkey or grandpa’s scalloped potatoes, don’t stress over every other appetizer. Check out these holiday recipes that take five minutes or less to prepare.
7. Don’t Run Out, Wine[d] Up
Most liquor stores are closed on holidays. Don’t worry about running out with wine delivery in bulk from Boxed. You can order a curated collection of reds, whites, or a mix of both (even bubbly!) to pair with your meal. Cheers to that.
What are your hacks for saving time and money this holiday? Let us know in the comments!