If you’re getting organised for the holidays, then you can’t avoid thinking about gifts. However, unless you’re a small family, it’s likely that you have cousins and aunties to buy gifts for too. So we’ve come up with a way to make sure that you’re not spending thousands on Christmas.
Set a Budget
Setting a budget will ensure that you have a plan that you can stick to. It also means that you can spread the cost over a few months as opposed to buying everything in one. Try to be as detailed with your budget as possible, as well as taking a few days to think it over – you might remember things forgotten.
Ideally you’ll have a column for your expected spend, and one for your actual spend, so you can see where you are under and where you are over.
There are many ways to decorate your home without having to spend a fortune. The best way to do this is to create handmade decorations. This is also a great way to get the kids involved with Christmas. Collect pine cones in the local park or forest, allow them to dry out and decorate them with festive colors and glitter. Tie string around them and you can hang them on the tree, or leave them on the mantelpiece. Create stockings with felt, wreathes with wicker and berries – whatever you want to achieve, there’ll be a ‘how to’ on the internet.
If your usual style is to buy everything at the last minute, then be a bit more organized and spread it through the months in advance. Buy dry goods or freeze dishes in advance. If you like a lot of food, then in the run up to Christmas you should keep an eye out for deals and reduced items.
There are many ways to reduce your spend on buying gifts. From buying in bulk to making your own, gifts don’t have to be expensive. Something cheap but sentimental is often the best gifts for adults, as they are more likely to understand if you spend less on them than a child. Children don’t take kindly to just having one present from Santa, but you don’t have to spend your wage just trying to make them happy. Buying small inexpensive gifts that will still delight them is probably the best way to go. Take a look at The Discovery Store for ideas.