There’s no getting around it – Christmas is expensive. Or at least it can be if you don’t get yourself organised and prepared.
This post contains 23 fantastic money saving tips to use in the run up to Christmas, to hopefully take some of the stress of spending away, so that you can have more fun instead this year!
To make things even easier, I’ve split them up into categories, so you can find what you want quickly: –
Hope they help x
6 MONEY SAVING TIPS FOR CHRISTMAS PRESENTS
- Agree on a budget for peoples presents – set a limit for family and friends and let everyone know – in my family it’s £15 which works really well, and if someone wants something that costs more, then people can club together for it rather than breaking the bank.
- Do a secret Santa. Put everyones name in a hat and everyone draws one name and buys for them only. Set a budget as well. That way everyone gets one really nice present that they are more than happy with, and you get to save a lot of money.
- Have a rule that only the children get presents in the family.
- Make your presents – homemade fudge / jam / lemon curd / biscuits etc… always go down well, and you can create some amazing packaging that will make them extra special.
- Give people promises as gifts i.e. a token for a free nights babysitting, or a promise to do a friends ironing one week etc… – this will be happily accepted!
- Buy some presents that are things that you would have to buy that person anyway – for example, a scarf, gloves, socks etc….
4 MONEY SAVING TIPS FOR CHRISTMAS CARDS
- Send e-cards not real ones – making savings on both stamps and cards
- Hand deliver as many cards as you can – even if that means giving them out a little earlier to some people
- Send as many cards as you can early and send them second class to save pounds
- Tell people you aren’t sending cards this year, and instead make a donation to charity – you can still make a saving and help people at the same time – it is the season of goodwill after all!
Christmas cards and presents can be some of the biggest expenses over the festivities, so I hope those tips have helped.
Now it’s time to go a step further and look at the other big ticket items – food / wrapping and shopping – are you ready?….