The Christmas and New Year holiday period almost always involves large crowds and big expenses, but you don't need to spend a bomb or put up with the rush of the peak shopping season. Celebrating holidays a few days before or after the actual date can get you cheaper flights and avoid crowds, suggests The Simple Dollar.
In fact, the suggestion is to check for the cheapest dates to and from a destination so that everyone in your family can be there without facing a cash crunch:
The best thing to do is to fire up a travel website and try lots of alternative dates for your flight. Is it cheaper to fly on the Thursday before the holiday and fly back on the following Sunday? Look at different scenarios, particularly if you're travelling as a family and particularly if you have lots of people flying for holiday events.
It kind of flies in the face of the logic of the holidays, but if the objective is to be able to spend quality time with each other without making anyone face financial stress, then isn't it all worth it?
20 Simple Ways to Save Money This Holiday Season [The Simple Dollar]