Let’s face it, many of us are feeling the crunch of holiday spending and ideally would like to find ways to save money this month. From presents and parties to everyday expenses, December’s budget can often get out of hand. Thankfully, there are ways that you can save money this month (hint: coupons help massively!).

Read 3 ways to utilize coupons to cut down on spending this December.

Holiday Gifts & Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Help the cowboy or cowgirl in your life get ready for Stampede 2020 with a gift from Lammle’s Western Wear with locations in Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, and Southern Alberta.

For the sports fan (the player, the spectator, or both!), you can find some great gifts in Calgary: Kicks Sports, B & P Cycle and Sports, Play It Again Sports, in Edmonton: Kicks Sports, Sports Closet, Eurosport, United Sport & Cycle, in Red Deer: United Sport & Cycle, Eurosport, Tom Bast Sports Excellence, and in Lethbridge: Bert & Mac Source For Sports.

Looking for some toys for your kiddos? Check out Monkey Mountain Toys & Games and Castle Toys in Calgary, or Engaging Minds and Remember When in Southern Alberta. We’d recommend Imperial Fine Jewellers in Calgary or Mitchell & Jewell in Red Deer for that special someone in your life.

Lastly, don’t forget about your furry friend! Find treats in Calgary at Fairplay Stores, HomesAlivePets in Edmonton, Tail Blazers in Red Deer and Petland across Southern Alberta.

Entertaining Over the Holidays

Meat is often the most expensive part of any meal, and when you are entertaining a crowd, the costs can add up quickly. Save on good quality meats in Red Deer from Messinger Meats or Viva Deli, in Southern Alberta from Deerview Meats or Douglas Meats, in Edmonton from Co-op (North Central) or M&M Food Market, and in Calgary from Calgary Meats.

Looking for something pre-made but still delicious? Check out Chachi’s in Red Deer, or Wild Wing in Edmonton. Fill the rest of your guests’ plate with groceries from Co-op (South Country), Save On Foods (Lethbridge), Co-op (North Central) or Amaranth Foods in Calgary.

Lastly, no dinner party is complete without a sweet to end off the night. Get your sweets in Calgary from Cookies by George or Pixie’s Candy Parlour, in Edmonton from Confetti Sweets or Passion de France, in Red Deer from Babycakes Cupcakery or Sugar by Tracy.

Winter Fun for the Whole Family

Head outside for some classic holiday winter fun: skiing, snowboarding or snowshoeing at Canyon Ski Resort (Red Deer), Norquay (Banff), Castle Mountain (Pincher Creek), Ski Silver Summit (Edson), or Pass Powder Keg (Blairmore).

Not keen to brave the cold? There are plenty of indoor activities to do during the holidays including visiting The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum in Red Deer, paint some pottery at Color Me Mine (multiple locations in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, and Southern Alberta) or attend an Oil Kings game in Edmonton!

Whatever you do this holiday season, spending time with your friends and family is the most important, and if you can save a few bucks along the way, all the better.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

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