Blogmas Day 12 | FRUGAL CHRISTMAS
Making Christmas Cheaper
Christmas is definitely the one time a year that things can get a little out of hand. People can feel a lot of pressure to keep up with the Jones' and this is especially true if there are children involved. I have compiled a list of the different ways you can cut back and save some pennies.
- Stick to a budget - May as well get the obvious one out the way first. Working out what you can afford to spend on gifts and food for Christmas can be extremely helpful. If you know you will spend more on the children then set that budget aside and split the rest between family and friends.
- One gift each - Speak to family and perhaps come to a mutual agreement to only buy one gift for each other. You may be surprised how others will be relieved about this too and then you can really set about making that one gift a really thoughtful one.
- Secret Santa - If you are part of a large group of mutual friends or a large family perhaps see if people would consider doing secret Santa, this way you only buy a gift for one person but everyone receives something.
- Make your own - You don't have to be a good baker or crafter to create a good homemade gift. You could buy a Kilner jar and fill it with someone's favourite sweets, or perhaps buy a lovely mug and pop a cellophane pouch inside full of ingredients to make the perfect hot chocolate. If you are handy in the kitchen then you could make a batch of homemade fudge or honeycomb and package it up all pretty. Homemade gifts are sometimes the most well received because the recipient knows thought and time went into it.
- Plan ahead - Write a list of who you need to buy for and then find the cheapest places online for potential gifts. If you are heading for the shops then write a list of what you need to get with a maximum budget next to each item. It's so easy to get caught up in the moment and lose track of what you are buying, if you've worked it all out beforehand then you know sticking to your list is the only way.
- Make a hamper - If you have a few couples you need to buy for then a hamper could be the answer. I often find it hard to buy for the men in my family and so buying a hamper to share between couples can often bypass this difficulty and help you cut back on buying unnecessary items.
So there you have just a few ideas to help you stay thrifty this Christmas. Some of these have definitely worked for me whilst I'm a stay at home mum with babies, also trying to save for our first house! Budget is the top priority. It's also worth remembering that if someone only bought us one gift would we be disappointed? Absolutely not! Any gift is a blessing and if we knew anyone was worrying about finances we would want them to forget our gift entirely. So if you feel you need to be a little stricter then speak to those you know will understand - you may find they feel exactly the same. Christmas is about so much more than gifts.