The holiday season can put some serious pressure on your finances. Between shopping, baking and decorating, your wallet can take a real hit. While we may not be able to control everything, there are certain areas we can definitely work on. If you’re looking to save this holiday season and in the future, look no further!
1. Buy LED lights
Lights are a staple decoration at this time of the year but they can also be a serious detriment to your energy bill! LED lights are a great way to save energy, money and frustration this holiday season.
Save Energy – LEDs use up to 90% less electricity than incandescents
Save Money - LED lights last up to ten times longer than traditional string lights
Save Frustration – One LED bulb in a strand doesn’t affect others if it burns out. LEDs are also cool to the touch so they reduce the risk of a fire hazard.
And if you have some spare time, you could always arrange a fun light display synced to your favourite song because if you’re saving money, why not have some fun with it?!
2. Shop online
Driving across town all day buying gifts really racks up the carbon emissions. Instead, plan ahead and buy your gifts online!
3. Use real plates and cutlery
The holidays are all about eating! If you’re hosting a dinner or party this holiday season, minimize the amount of trash and waste you’re producing by using real plates and silverware.
4. Buy a sustainable and/or potted tree
Plastic trees are not eco-friendly at all, but cutting down a tree every year isn’t either. Look for trees that have been raised sustainability or ones that are potted. Potted trees can be reused for years and eventually re-planted.
5. Reduce, reuse and recycle wrapping
We generate countless tons of waste each year just in Christmas gift wrapping. Instead of adding to the pile, look for ways to cut down on the amount you use by reusing old gift bags and ribbon, recycling paper or finding new and fun ways to wrap gifts with materials that are sustainable or reusable.
6. Buy organic and local foods
If you’re working hard to prepare the perfect holiday feast, try to buy as much organic and locally raised foods as possible. Your food will probably end up tasting better anyways!
7. Send e-cards
Instead of paper cards, send out virtual cards this year. They may not have the full effect of a real card, but they cut down on lots of waste and carbon emissions. It’s the thought that counts right?
8. Recycle your tree
If you end up with a real tree that isn’t potted, don’t just feed it to the landfill. Instead, find a local recycler that can chip it up for use in gardening.