Wednesday, 5 December 2018

The Secrets to Christmas on a Budget!


So unless you're a bit of a Grinch at heart, Christmas is one of the most exciting times of the year. Filled with festive food, family traditions, time with loved ones, and treats it's a time we seem to wait all year for to come around...but it's also the most EXPENSIVE time of the year. 
As much as we know it's coming, it's hard to prepare for just how costly Christmas can be sometimes. It's become so commercial and especially for families the pressure at this time of year is immense. Even as a teenager, I find myself working a lot harder in the months leading up to December to earn money through sponsored opportunities or simply babysitting on my weekends ect. because OH BOY does buying presents get expensive. But there are so many little tips that can help with this while still having just as special a Christmas, so I hope this post helps you out this year.




1. SAVE MONEY BY DOING SECRET SANTA WITH FRIENDS INSTEAD OF INDIVIDUAL PRESENTS!

I can't even explain how much I used to stress over presents for friends in past years (and I'm sure most of you can relate.) Too many people to buy for, stressing over getting 'the right' present for each one and amongst all this... the panic of whether you even have enough money for all this! If you have a big friendship group like I do the easiest way to solve this problem is by doing a Secret Santa and setting a budget that works for everyone. That way nobody gets offended and you can splash your cash on one more special present for someone rather than having to spread it cheaper amongst a massive list of friends. So no Secret Santa's aren't just for work, they can make life so much easier when buying presents for friends in the festive Season. 


2. HANDMADE PRESENTS AND BAKED TREATS!

One of the most appreciated Christmas presents of all time is handmade things that show you care far more than a shopping trip. Not only will this save you money, but it's far more memorable and great for those people in your life who are just super difficult to buy for. For me, this would be my dad. He's impossible to buy but if there's one thing he loves it's receiving handmade presents or baked treats from me and my younger sisters at Christmas. Whether that's whipping up a plate of festive bakes for your co-workers or making somebody's favourite treat for them, they're guaranteed to love it.
 If you're stuck for inspiration for this too then you've come to the right place! I have lots of Christmas recipe posts which you can read here plus lots more DIY gift ideas coming up on my blog soon. 


3. PLAN YOUR PRESENTS AHEAD OF TIME!

It's so easy to leave everything to last minute and think you'll get everything on your list later but each year everyone seems to have this same idea and that results in the MASSIVE Christmas rush. Don't want to be spending all weekend in a shopping centre bursting with other Christmas shoppers? Then planning ahead is the way to go. By doing this you can also save a lot of money as most shops ramp up the prices right before Christmas and you can keep track of sales and discounts going on throughout the month.


4. EXPLORE ALL THE FREE XMAS ACTIVITIES!

This is one of my favourite tips because the entire festive atmosphere of Christmas often means you can do so many free activities and still have just as good a time. Rather than splashing on expensive trips, things like visiting a cosy local Christmas Market, Winter Wonderland (which is free entry!) and lots of other budget-friendly activities will be popping up all over your area this season. It's all about the people you're with not the price so free activities are the way to go.


5. BUY ONLINE AND SHOP SMARTER!

Coupon codes and online sales will be your life saver at this time of the year. If you missed the Black Friday sales - don't panic - there will be plenty more opportunities throughout December and if you follow Tip No. 3 then you should be well prepped for them all. Something I always do is subscribe to my favourite online shops' newsletters in December (as much as I usually find it annoying!) so I can keep up to date with the latest deals or sales going on and then simply unsubscribe by January. There are also plenty of coupon / promo code accounts you can follow on twitter so save you so much money.


6. DON'T GO CRAZY ON THE FOOD ORDER THIS YEAR!

As difficult as it may be (trust me we all get it) not going crazy on how much money you spend on food this Christmas is the best tip for a budget-friendly Christmas. You all know that feeling of being absolutely stuffed and especially if you have a large family event on Christmas day it's safe to say there's always TOO MUCH food and an excess of everything. Everyone loves feeling spoilt on Christmas day and that indulging is all part of the fun of course but if you can reduce all the food that ends up going to waste then you'll save a lot.


7. REMEMBER. CHRISTMAS IS SUPPOSED TO BE A SPECIAL TIME. 

It's so easy with all the commercialisation of Christmas to forget what a special and personal time it is. Whatever your religion or background, it is a time when families come together and no matter what you should take this opportunity to relax and enjoy time with those you love. Christmas doesn't have to be excessive and a ridiculously expensive event, as long as you make it special you'll have the perfect day.

Enjoy the build up to Christmas you guys, I've got lots planned to post in the upcoming weeks. But until then make sure you've entered my latest Christmas Giveaway here so (especially if you're someone trying to spend less this Xmas) it will make the perfect gift. Speak to you in my next post,

QOTD: FAVOURITE FREE CHRISTMAS ACTIVITY?


1 comment

  1. Yesss these tips are super important! I'm currently stressing about getting people presents haha.

    Nabila | Hot Town Cool Girl

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