Practical Money Saving Tips for Christmas
Christmas is of course an expensive time of year between all the presents and gifts, food, drink, never mind filling those stockings! So anything that helps to keep the costs down for Christmas is a good thing in my book.
Reduce Your Gift List
Have you found your Christmas gift list has grown each year – friends of the kids, cousins you sometimes see, neighbours, colleagues and so on.
Consider a ‘Secret Santa’ or ‘kids only’ idea within your family or friend group which can really keep costs down if you have a large extended family or number of friends you usually buy for. One substantial gift is often more popular than numerous small ones, and it also frees up your time too with less presents to buy!
Agree a price limit for each present to help keep the cost down too.
Check Where You Can Earn Rewards
Check what cashback cards or apps you can use to save up rewards as you go. Many of the stores and supermarkets we visit regularly offer some kind of loyalty scheme or offers and vouchers. These can really help to reduce the costs of both gift and food purchases.
Have Fun with Homemade Gifts
It’s fun to make gifts for people, and the kids will enjoy helping – plus they are more personal too.
Last year my daughter and I made stuffed owls and birds for her cousins from a pattern I had found online. I sewed and she stuffed and we had a great time together.