How to Save Money on Christmas?

by on January 3, 2011

Wondering you’ll end up spending more than what you’d want this Christmas? Well, read on to know how to spread more joy this Christmas for less!

Happy Shopping!

While looking for gifts, consider shopping online since it not only gives you great deals, saves on packaging and postage but also is way easier than shopping from the high street. Be it CDs, books, toys or any other gifts you’ll find it on eBay and other online super marts.

There are many community websites where you can also exchange your gifts. So you get to trade the stuff you don’t need with presents for your loved ones.

Buying in bulk does the trick when you’re looking for more in less. Many independent stores give three-for-two promotions, and there are chances of bargains. Talking of bargains, the time just before Christmas is right when everyone is on with sale, so if you can wait till the last minute you are sure grabbing more for less.

It all about the love!

Christmas is all about spreading joy and love. Let your friends and family know how much you care for them by giving them a thoughtful gift!

It’s good to decide a limit among your friends as to how much you’d be spending on gifts. After all it’s not about the gifts so much as it is about the feelings behind them.

Playing Secret Santa is fun when all the mothers decide as to who would buy presents for whom. This not just saves money but also bonds the kids together.

Another very thoughtful way of gifting on Christmas is buying stockings or mugs and filling them up with things that matter and are fun. For girls, it could be free samples or trial sized products, chocolates and goodies for the kids, coupons to a handmade meal or a massage for your special one! For grandparents, you could buy clip frames and put pictures of you guys together with sweet messages on them, or buy yearly subscription to a magazine that interests them as they would be half the cost. Search online for ideas to give Santa tough competition.

For further personalizing your gifts, you could get pictures printed on T-shirts, cushions and mugs or have a calendar made of your favorite pictures.

Wrap it Up Dec it All!

Get away with the expense of wrapping paper by buying it at the last hour as everyone starts discounting them. You could also be shopping from retailers who offer free gift wrapping services to pull crowds. To decorate your gifts, just cut small pieces of old cards or wrapping papers and write your messages on them instead of putting your money in gift tags.

If you are to post your gifts or cards, get it done well in time to save on the money and the headache of postal strikes. Or instead you could just send e-cards with personalized messages, free of cost and environmental friendly.

Kids look forward to getting a beautiful advent calendar. However, you can easily save on this by downloading interesting ones from the internet. You could also be making one sweet-filled calendar yourself by cutting out 24 pockets of a Christmas tree shaped fabric, which can be used the next year as well.

The Christmas tree and the celebrations around it are the highlight of the festivity. Faux Christmas trees are available at cheaper rates in the market which can be used year over year and are a good option. However, if you insist on having the real one, you could get a good deal from markets rather than getting them from garden centers or flower shops. And if you wish to bargain further, prefer going on the last weekend at the closing time when they would be to giving away their stock for nothing!

Decorating the Christmas tree is a family affair which everyone looks forward to. Getting to decorate the tree with all the goodies and lights is always fascinating. To pick the best ones at the cheapest prices, go to Woolworths or shop online for scintillating goodies where you get to compare the prices as well. Also, you could consider your choices while picking up stuff like choosing plastic baubles over glass ones for a cheaper and long lasting deal.

Christmas Holiday

The holiday season, as everyone knows, makes the fares go up. So if you are planning on a holiday or have to travel home, make sure you get the bookings done as soon as possible. The earlier you book, the cheaper deals you grab. Be flexible with your travel timings to shell out less.

While choosing your holiday destination, you could get a little unconventional and go for places whose packages are not sky high. There are equally spectacular destinations that you could go to for the festive break like Paris. Since it’s all about having fun with the people you’re holidaying with, the destination could be one that doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket.

Feasting Festivity

It’s all about feasting when it comes to merry making. However, to avoid spending that extra bit, you can have a systematic approach to your grocery shopping wherein you make a list of the things that you require. Also, avoid taking kids to shop for unnecessary goodies. And if you can hold it till the end, try shopping the afternoon of the Christmas Eve and you’d be walking out all smiles from the supermarket with extra discounts.

It’s also very essential to choose the place you shop from, so compare your trolley prices online to check where you’d be getting the best offers.

Buying meat for your Christmas meal is a task too. You can have alternates like chicken or beef because they taste as good, but if you want to stick to the tradition, calculate how much would be required by taking 0.5kg per person and buy accordingly.

Fancy ready to go sides, desserts, nibbles and cheese boards sure look nice but you could save by just buying the fruits, nuts and snacks and arranging them yourself!

So, shop, eat, make merry, have joy for less!

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