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Have a pocket friendly Diwali
October 30, 2016, 11:43 am

Just because it is the festival of Diwali, does not mean you have to burn holes in your wallet by splurging on new items that can easily be done at home.  Here are tips to brighten your Diwali with smart DIY ideas:

Mix and match:  Diwali for many has long meant splurging on new clothes. But you can create an equally attractive brand new look from your existing wardrobe. Dig out old sarees from your relative’s wardrobe, add some heavy embroidery and get that festive look. Take a plain kurta and match it up with colourful leggings/ salwar/chudidar /patiala paired with a heavy dupatta. For men, bade bhaiyya's wardrobes can be handy, simply pick up stuff and recycle smartly.

All that glitters is not gold:  Why buy gold when artificial jewelry will do just fine for the festival.  And the best part is no one will be able to tell the difference if you buy smart.

Homemade delicacies:  Come Diwali and the prices of all the specialty sweets tend to take to be extravagant. Here's when homemade gift hampers and sweets can do wonders for you and add a personalized touch. With easy recipes available online or on cookery shows, whipping out Diwali-friendly goodies is easy.

Out of the box gifts:  Think of smart ideas, like a collage of old photographs, goodie boxes with homemade cookies, sweets, handmade cards, literary classics that you love and can now gift to your friends  or family —these will fit into your budget and reflect your love for them. There will be a lot of heart in every box you hand out. You can even take help from enthusiastic members of your family to help create the gift boxes. Use old newspapers, colorful` cuttings and bright ribbons, and let your love shine in your festive boxes.

Decorate in style:  A complete overhaul of the house during Diwali is passé, decorate your house with curtains made from old silk sarees (remember Bollywood movies used this idea in the 70s?) smart wall hangings and cushions made from bedsheets. Recycling or reusing old stuff is the best way to save unwanted and unwarranted expenditure. Add more colors to the existing home decor by taking the paintbrush to the walls. Use bright, ethnic prints for sofa cushions rather than buying new ones. Pick up earthen diyas from local markets or NGOs at affordable prices. Instead of buying ready-made home decor material, buy color paper and make your own kandeel.

Food, fun & friends: Spend quality and quantity time with your loved ones and make them smile. After all Diwali is all about being with those close to you and sharing priceless moments with them, that money can't buy.



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