Having Christmas on a budget is not always easy but there are things you can do to ease the financial burden and still enjoy Christmas without cutting down on quality.
Here is how to celebrate Christmas on a budget:
Set a Christmas budget in advance
Before the frenzy of Christmas time descends, work out how much you’re able and prepared to spend on Christmas festivities, gifts, and catering. The amount budgeted will depend on how much you’ve already saved, how much you can set aside from current funds, and how much you can spare in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
Take advantage of sales during the year
Sales closer to Christmas can be worth marking on your calendar, such as end-of-summer sales, sales after Thanksgiving, etc.
Take advantage of the post-Christmas sales to start buying gifts, cards, wrapping paper, decorations, tableware, etc., for next Christmas. Be sure to put these somewhere that they’re easier to find and use when Christmas comes around.
Make your own Christmas gifts
Use the skills you’re best at, such as knitting, crocheting, woodwork, sewing, decoupage, putting together a basket, cooking, etc. This will help save your budget.
Make your own Christmas decorations
There are many nifty Christmas decorations that can be made from items already in the home. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
- Make Christmas ornaments from dough; or
- Make a small Christmas penguin ornament.
Cut out unnecessary items
There are a lot of items that aren’t needed and are unnecessary waste at Christmas time. Save your money and finite resources by not including them in your Christmas celebrations.
Store your Christmas decorations well after use
This will mean that there is no need to replace them year after year. If you look after your decorations, they will look after you!
Keep fragile decorations wrapped and boxed. Place all decorations in a storage place that won’t be disturbed.
Buy an artificial Christmas tree (preferably in the sales) and look after it
A real tree costs money every year, both in terms of purchasing it and fuel needed to collect it. An artificial tree is a one-off cost. An artificial pre-lit tree can also save money in lights and if one bulb goes, the others will carry on working, obviously depending on which tree.
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