7 ways to stick to your holiday budget
Organize your home to save money
Entertaining during the holidays gives you an excuse to restore order to your house, which may help your budget in surprising ways. While cleaning, you may find items to re-gift, wrapping paper, ribbons and decorations you bought but didn't use -- or even gifts you stashed away and forgot to retrieve.
Search for that wrapping paper and ribbon you bought on sale last year after the holidays so you don't make duplicate purchases this year. Look for holiday greeting cards left over from years past. Then create a designated space for holiday items so you don't lose track of them again.
Finding money you didn't know you had can also be a benefit, says Monica Friel, founder of Chaos to Order, a professional organizing company based in Chicago.
"We recently found $1,200 in bonds at a lady's house we were working on," Friel says.
While purging closets and drawers of unnecessary items, you may also discover items to sell. List them for free on eBay Classifieds or Craigslist, or have a yard sale.