Below is a guest post by Jared Hill, a Chicago based writer that specializes in technology, environment, energy, health and sports. Follow him on Twitter @JaredHill341
The Holidays might be the “most wonderful time of the year” as the song claims, but it can also be taxing on your wallet and the environment. The exorbitant costs and waste that are associated with this time of year can begin a crazy, wasteful cycle that can ruin the holidays and leave your bank account worse than empty.
The good news is that the crazy holiday cycle can be broken. There are things that you can do in advance to prepare yourself, taking the pressure off of you, your wallet and the environment. There may not be much you can do about your odd relative coming to visit, but alleviate some of the tension from your wallet while being more environmentally friendly.
Read on for some things to trim costs this holiday season.
Make your own wrapping paper
This is a great project for children stuck in the house in the often gloomy days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Have them color the comics from the newspaper, or make their own designs on a large sheet of white paper. Family members will love the outside of their gifts as much as they will the inside.