Tis the Season of Giving and Saving !

In the spirit of giving, I thought I would pass along a few sites that I have come across with some free activities for those of you minding your budget during this season of spending.

For a list of free (or nearly free) Christmas activities, I found 365atlantafamily.com. The link is to their page on free Christmas events – and they have a long list. Looks like they have lots of other ideas for Georgia trips, outdoor adventures and date nights to name a few so you may want to bookmark this one.

Roswell square has a number of free activities not only at Christmas but year-around. Go to visitroswellga.com for their many activities and offerings. My family is headed to A Christmas Carol at Bulloch Hall this year. It’s not free but it is much less expensive than the big venues.

Lights, lights and more lights:

  • com has a whole guide to light displays near Atlanta. I have been to the Botanical Gardens in the past and plan to head down there again. It’s not free but it is spectacular. Off-peak nights are Monday – Wednesday so you may want to try one of those nights.
  • Lights of Life (Life College) – Monday – Thursday until December 18th, the cost is only $5/car. After the 18th, the price goes up to $10/car.

 

For those of you in the Marietta area, try https://www.winterwonderlandmariettasquare.com/ for their activities. I also see that Uber is offering new customers a free ride – use code MariettaNYE. https://www.mariettacalendar.com/ has all of the happenings on the square.

Volunteer:

  • If holiday volunteer projects are your thing, Kathryn Boortz has listed 5 projects on her November 19th blog post. https://www.boortzlaw.com/blog
  • CBS Atlanta has a list of organizations that need volunteers this holiday season.
  • Hands On Atlanta has a whole calendar of volunteer opportunities

 

Remember too, the old fashioned decorations of popcorn and cranberry strings, cut out snowflakes, and glitter stars. Even your big kids will get into the spirit once you get going. For a list of projects try Homemade Gifts Made Easy.

 

Want to make your home smell like Christmas? Put a large pan of water on the stove. Add apple peels, orange peels, a cinnamon stick and a few whole cloves. Bring to a boil and then keep on low heat. It will definitely fill your house with the smells of Christmas.  Just don’t let the water get too low or it will fill your house with smoke!

With a little bit of planning and a good internet connection, you can find fun, entertaining activities to fit your holiday traditions and not bust the budget.

I will be on a little hiatus over the holidays but will back in January with lots more tips to help you be more financially successful. May the spirit of the holidays fill your home and your family and bring peace, love, and joy to you.

Happy Hanukah and Merry Christmas!