The holiday season is once again upon us! Amidst the merry making, one thing is clear. As soon as we see the bills we need to pay at the start of the new year, we’ll wish we had not spent that much! Oh, if only we had known how to cut costs during Christmas!
Christmas is a lot of things, but spending just for the sake of the holiday spirit is not one of them. Granted, we want to show our appreciation, but we can do that without overspending. Then gift-givers and recipients alike will have great Christmas cheer!
9 Great Ways to Cut Costs During Christmas.
Let’s not kid ourselves. Christmas is fun. About the only thing that is anything but fun is the spending. Fret not, though. Here are ways to spend less in this holiday season.
1. Create a list of people we are buying gifts for.
Before we even think about spending money, we need to decide on our budget, which is why we need a list of people. Once that’s done, we can cut costs during Christmas by trimming our list. For example, some people are comfortable with cutting out the adults and just making sure Santa makes all the kids as merry as can be.
2. Decide on our budget based on our capability.
It’s great if we keep track of our expenses. A clear understanding of our financial capability should help us here. How much can we afford to spend?
At this point, it’s important to remember that we are spending only the money we already have. Avoid setting a budget that’s so high that we’ll have to use credit cards to buy the gifts and then pay later.
After deciding on our budget, we’ll do whatever it takes to stay within the budget.
3. Buy only meaningful gifts.
Don’t fall into the mindset of giving gifts during Christmas as a necessity. Gifts can be generic or non-essential, but the best gifts are the ones that are meaningful. Remember, it’s the thought that counts.
Some people choose gifts based on the socio-economic status of the recipient. Instead of doing that, try picking gifts that are practical and useful; that will help cut costs during Christmas season.
4. Use discount or coupon codes.
Shopping online is easier than rushing off to stores. Finding the best deals is far easier online. Just be sure that before we purchase, we’ve checked whether there are discount or coupon codes available.
5. Never mind gift-wrapping.
A little bit here and a little bit there — pretty soon, it all adds up. We can save money by avoiding paying for gift-wrapping materials. They look nice, but they’re torn up and discarded anyway.
6. Not all gifts come with a price tag.
It doesn’t have to be something physical that we can gift-wrap and give. Some gifts can be our time, service, and anything else that we can do for the recipient. Gifts can also be homemade crafts that we make by ourselves or, even better, as a family endeavor.
Not only do we save money by making the gifts ourselves, but the fact that we poured ourselves into doing so makes the gifts more valuable to the recipients.
7. Spend less and make our own Christmas decorations.
It’s easy to get caught up in the spirit of Christmas. Have we been thinking of putting up decorations? Christmas decorations are nice. Invest in those that we can re-use. Keep it simple. Simple is cheaper than elaborate decors.
A great way to cut costs during Christmas is to refer to DIY (do-it-yourself) tutorials showing us how to make our own decors.
8. Send Christmas cards with personalized, handwritten messages or letters.
If we pick cards with space for us to write longer messages, we can tell the recipients why they are important to us. Write things about them that we appreciate and value. Write from the heart. The messages we deliver can be worth much more than anything else we could buy.
9. Gift giving doesn’t have to be during the holiday season.
Buying gifts in a short amount of time can lead to poor choices. During sales all year round, we may spot gifts that are perfect for someone we care for, and at great discounted prices, too. As long as we can afford them, why not pick them up? We can store them away or give them early, no matter whether the holiday season is near or the new year has already started. Tell the recipients that we’re giving Christmas presents in advance, and enjoy their delighted reactions!
Christmas is all about love and joy, and a time to reflect and bond. The idea of giving gifts is to show our appreciation. There is nothing wrong with that as long as we do it out of love. Christmas decorations and food all cost money. Be smart and practical. Celebrating does not mean we have to go into debt.
Let’s take charge of our spending by following the tips given here. Doing so helps us cut costs during Christmas.
So are you ready for the holiday season?
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