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13 Simple Hacks That'll Make Your Holiday Season Merry And Bright

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1. Save your oven for the turkey and make four-minute cinnamon rolls using your waffle maker.

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2. Never buy a gift bow again! Make your own out of old newspaper or magazine pages.

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3. Wrap your lights around a garden hose spool or a piece of cardboard for tangle-free storage.

4. Protect your most fragile ornaments by storing them in egg cartons.

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5. Transform your fridge into a festive snowman using construction paper, scissors, and your imagination.

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6. Save space and prevent wrinkles by rolling your clothes instead of folding them.

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7. Forgot your wall charger? Charge your phone through the USB port in your hotel TV or game console.

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8. Create a decorative upcycled gift bag from things you already have: a cereal box, envelope, and twine.

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9. Spruce up your old tree ornaments and make them sparkle — with glistening glitter glue.

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10. Place peppermint-scented candles in mason jars for a rustic holiday atmosphere.

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11. Avoid hotel fees and restaurant bills by booking apartment rentals. You can save more by doing your own laundry!


12. Revamp your annual holiday theme by filling clear glass ornaments with dried leaves, seashells, or fake snow.

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13. Thread string through pinecones and gild them in paint for a low-cost, natural tree ornament.

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