Preparing for the Holidays on a Budget
Preparing for the holidays on a budget doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice your holiday spark. There’s no need to stress about breaking the bank while you bake and decorate. Here a few tips that let your holidays shine and keep your spending on track.
Revive Outdoor Décor
There’s no need to start from scratch with décor every year. Don’t be afraid to reuse last year’s look to help save time and money. To revive last year’s decorations and keep them like new, try using OxiClean™ Versatile Stain Remover Powder. It’s the perfect solution to remove dirt, dust and grime from the lights and other holiday stuff that’s been sitting in storage or outside since you put them away.
Make Overnight Guests Swoon
Fresh blankets and sheets are a cheerful way to help your guest feel like they’re staying at a hotel. But they don’t need to be new to smell fresh and clean. Breathe new life into stale sheets and towels from the back of the linen closet, look to use Arm & Hammer™. The Plus OxiClean™ Unit Dose Power Paks in Fresh Scent give a refreshing clean that might keep your guests happy longer than you’d like. Add a basket with toiletry items they may have forgotten, such as toothbrushes and toothpaste. People have been raving about the new Arm & Hammer™ Truly Radiant™ line. Guests will love the long lasting freshness of the Truly Radiant Clean & Fresh Toothpaste and Spinbrush™.
Consider Potluck for the Big Feast
No need to bear the cost of the big meal all on your own. Get your guests involved and let everyone pitche in. As the host, you get to prepare the main attraction – The Turkey! Have guests bring the fixings, sides, desserts…and the wine.
When it comes to clean-up, cut back on the time you and your guests spend in the kitchen by using OxiClean™ Extreme Power Crystals™ and Triple Action Dishwasher Booster to remove the toughest stuck on foods and stains. There’s no pre-rinsing or pre-washing necessary.
Keep the Family Looking Picture Perfect
From family gatherings to New Year’s Eve parties, holiday spills and accidents are bound to happen. This year, don’t let a fear of fashion catastrophes keep you from dressing your family in your holiday finery. Instead, use quality laundry detergent such as OxiClean™ HD Liquid Laundry Detergent to remove any dried-on stains the first time and keep clothes looking vivid and bright.
Keep your jewellery looking great too. Arm & Hammer™ Baking Soda with hot water and leave your jewellery to sit for a few minutes. In no time, your diamonds will be sparkling bright and looking like new.
Schedule Some “Me Time”
The hustle and bustle of the holidays can wear you out… even when entertaining is kept simple. Take a little “me time”, run a hot bubble bath with candles and reach for some Rub A535 Anti Inflammatory Heating Cream to soothe your aching muscles.
There are countless ways to lessen stress and save money during the holidays. What are some of your best kept tips to save money and reduce your stress?
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