Limit Your Christmas Gifts Giving & Save
I love the Christmas season. Christmas is a great time of year to celebrate with family and friends, but it can also be downright expensive. If you aren’t well prepared before the holiday season arrives, you could quickly find yourself blowing through your budget as the big day approaches. With the current economy that has left many people with less money to spend on gifts that they’re used to having. The truth is that you really don’t need to worry. Below are our 5 smartest ways to save money on Christmas Gifts
Limit Your Christmas Gifts Giving
Setting Christmas gift spending limits can be helpful for a number of different reasons. Let’s be honest—do you really need to give worthless Christmas gifts to everyone in your office? Take a good hard look at your gift-buying list and find ways to trim the excess. Instead of exchanging the same old gift basket or box of chocolates with co-workers, how about suggesting a Secret Santa? Maybe ask family to limit the gift buying to the little ones in the family instead? Instead of buying gifts for neighbours, how about making baskets full of home-baked goods?
Prioritize Your Christmas Gift List
Many people spend a great deal of money unnecessarily in excessive buying for an extended gift list. Sit down and do some serious thinking about who you really need to purchase gifts for. Let’s be honest—do you really need to give worthless Christmas gifts to everyone in your office? Take a good hard look at your gift-buying list and find ways to trim the excess. Remember, you can’t please everyone. It might hurt you not be able to get your great-great Aunt Mbali something this Christmas, but overspending will hurt a lot worse.
Put price limits on presents
Make sure you sit down with family and friends to discuss the subject of Christmas presents sooner rather than later. It’s a good idea to agree to do a Secret Santa within your friendship or family group rather than buying individual gifts and set a price limit for family presents?
Buy In Time
If you’re like me, the longer you wait to pick out your gifts, the more likely you are to splurge on something outside of your budget. Try to shop as early ahead of time as possible. If you spot a perfect gift early grab it and store if until Christmas time comes around, I love doing this. It’s a great way to save and spread out your gift purchases so you don’t feel such a budget strain when Christmas finally rolls around.
Compare prices online. Before you hit the department stores, make sure you check out online sites to compare prices on everything on your Christmas list. It is very straightforward to conduct price comparisons from one online shopping website to another. If you know the exact product type, brand and style, save yourself time and money and buy it online with just a couple of clicks. Often delivery is free, there is no need for driving around, so no purchase of fuel necessary. It is also worth following big brands and retailers on social media as many regularly announce deals and offers available through their social.
If you don’t have anything already saved up for Christmas, then you need to think outside the box and don’t be afraid to offer less expensive alternatives in order to reduce your Christmas spending this year. If you’re good at making something, be creative and make it and share your gift. Be it baking, sewing, writing or something else, share your talent, turn your favourite hobby into a gift you can give out this Christmas