Save money and time this Hol­i­day sea­son

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From deck­ing the halls to host­ing the per­fect party, hol­i­day-time ex­penses can add up quickly.

This hol­i­day sea­son, don’t let the fun break the bank. To en­joy the fes­tiv­i­ties on a bud­get, con­sider these tips from the dis­count ex­perts at Dol­lar Gen­eral.

Multi-pur­pose sec­o­ra­tions

Try re­pur­pos­ing Thanks­giv­ing dec­o­ra­tions for the rest of the hol­i­day sea­son, sim­ply by chang­ing cer­tain dec­o­ra­tive el­e­ments. Can­dle hold­ers, for ex­am­ple, are a great way to add some color and fun to any space, and they can eas­ily be changed with the sea­sons. Fill them with candy corn dur­ing the fall and then sub­sti­tute mini-or­na­ments when the hol­i­days ar­rive. Chang­ing col­ored rib­bons and small dec­o­rat­ing items on wreaths, cen­ter­pieces and trees can make a dra­matic and in­ex­pen­sive dif­fer­ence.

Host the per­fect party

Host­ing a great hol­i­day party doesn’t have to be a daunt­ing and ex­pen­sive task. To save both time and money, con­sider co-host­ing a party with friends to share the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and the cost. There’s also the op­tion of host­ing a party at a restau­rant. Some­times the cost of rent­ing a small space is less ex­pen­sive than pre­par­ing food at home for ev­ery­one, and it is cer­tainly less time-con­sum­ing!

Cook like a chef

If you’re host­ing a party at home, cook­ing an elab­o­rate meal for fam­ily and friends can be­come over­whelm­ing. One way to han­dle the chaos in the kitchen is to use the crock­pot. Slow-cooked meals are a great way to save time and en­ergy when pre­par­ing to en­ter­tain for the hol­i­days. For quick and easy crock­pot meal recipes, check out Dol­lar Gen­eral Easy Meals at dol­largen­

Be­come a shop­ping pro

One of the most ex­pen­sive and ex­haust­ing parts of the hol­i­days is shop­ping for the per­fect gifts for fam­ily and friends. Not only is shop­ping on­line eas­ier than con­tend­ing with busy store park­ing lots and crowded aisles dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son, it can also be less ex­pen­sive. Re­search top on­line deals by scout­ing out your fa­vorite stores, look­ing for coupons and dis­count codes along the way. For ex­am­ple, Dol­lar Gen­eral is of­fer­ing a $1 off coupon when you sign up for its dig­i­tal coupons. To en­roll or up­load these coupons, cre­ate an ac­count at dol­largen­ or through the DG mo­bile app.

Don’t cut out the fun this hol­i­day sea­son. Just ap­ply a few tips and tricks to make your time and money go fur­ther, all sea­son long.

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