If you want to keep stunning around the Christmas tree without worrying about Christmas debt, you need to become more thoughtful in your spending and money-saving tips and tricks this season. How? Good question. We’ve got 17 money-saving answers for you right here. Keep reading these smart tips and tricks on how to save money this Christmas.
Let’s Do Simple Budgeting
We don’t really need a lot for Christmas. There is just one thing we need to make our wish come true. All we want for Christmas is you to do strict saving through budgeting. This is the only way that you can become the hero of this Christmas holiday is by budgeting smartly.
That’s right! If you want to be on Santa’s nice list, then set a limited budget for how much you’re going to spend and make sure to stick with it.
Become a Mindful Spender
You somehow have a bit of tempted-holiday obligation to deal with. Indeed, you can’t just pass around gifts at family Christmas and be like, “Oh, sorry, my beloved cousin Mark … You’re the only one left that I couldn’t find anything for.” But you also shouldn’t grab Cousin Mark a random ugly piece of tech device unless that’s something he specifically collects.
Be careful and even mindful as you spend. Get presents that line up with the interests or needs of those on your list. This is one of the true ways to make sure you’ll see sincerity by the light of the Christmas tree when you smile.
Be Alert! Track Every Money
Track every spending and keep yourself safe from Christmas hassles. In simple words, don’t regret all that Christmas shopping when January comes around just track your expenses initially.
Figuring out how to live without specific things, so you can spend money on what you value most, is the focal point of being frugal. So as to make this a reality, the most critical step is setting a financial limit; a budget. The most significant frugal habit you ought to adopt is to make and utilize a month to month budget.
None of the little things you do to spare, for example, utilizing coupons or purchasing clothes at a sale, will have an effect if you’re overspending in different areas. Start by reviewing your checking and savings account from a recent couple of months to evaluate your financial situation and identify potential expenses and buys you can live without. Make a plan to decrease or remove these things, so there’s additional cash to go toward objectives and other progressively significant costs.
Shopping as Early as Possible
When you somehow become mindful of your shopping and gift-list throughout the year, you’ll spread out both the spending and the stress of gifts altogether.
If you somehow missed the chance to jump on the early shopping extravaganza this year, remember it in January when you will be budgeting for the next holiday season.
Choose Your Time Over Money
There’s an old saying, “It’s the mindful thought that counts,” and for some people, the thought of spending time together is better than the joy of a physical gift. You can save money this year by being intentional about being together valuing people’s gathering over accessories, conversations over clutter and trips over toys.
Adopt a Gift-Giving Attitude
Generally, our first counseling in every instance of life is to budget. I know we’ll get there in the end. But honestly speaking before you budget, you really need to adopt a Christmas gift-giving attitude.
What does gift-giving attitude mean to you? Is it really about finding the perfect gift for each special person in your life? Do you check all the websites, all the stores and all the sales all year long? Thinking initially about your question ‘why’ before you think about ‘how’ you’re going to pay for all those gifts.
Give Smaller Quantity of Gifts
Don’t just drop everyone off the list and at least not the ones who’ll notice and take offense like your (Cousin Mark). One thing you should also keep in your mind that it is not necessary to give everyone a thoughtful gift as you can send your tidings of comfort and joy to some people on your list through a mindful card too.
Furthermore, if you want to cut-back yourself even more, have a warm chat with your friends & family members to greet them. A clear exchange about skipping presents this year for a shared meal could be just the thing both your friends, family and your finances need.
Using Old Gift Cards
Are you thinking about all the money you have left on old gift cards, as well as the cards you never used because they’re to places you never shop, eat or visit? Considering the old gift cards as discounts and use them to buy presents is a perfect idea. Regift, which is not a dirty word, the other cards to people who’ll appreciate them. Don’t let those little pieces of plastic go to waste this Christmas!
Save money on Wrapping Paper
Christmas wrapping paper can be expensive, especially if you have a bigger list of members. Instead, buy a big-roll of brown or black paper and some string. Your gifts will look both adorable and trendy.
Restrict Other Spending
We all know Christmas is expensive though. According to a national survey, Americans plan to spend an average of $1,000 this year on food, cards, decor, gifts and other random holiday expenses. How can you come up with another change?
First of all, you’re not under any obligation to spend much. We want you to know and own this truth. Don’t spend out of the box this season or any season.
If you’ve been shopping all year or putting away cash into your Christmas plunging fund, you might be realistic. If not, then you’ll have to find that money from somewhere else. Try moving things around in your spending less on some categories in December to make up for the extra Christmas holiday celebrations.
Spend Less on Traditions
Why do you send Christmas cards to everyone that you have ever met in your life? Maybe, because your mom always did this? Why do you purchase the overpriced, Alexa 3rd generation? Oh, maybe because your Father always did this?
The basic question arises that “Why do we hold on to expensive traditions that don’t mean much anymore?” We are not proposing you stop making paper chains or go around the table sharing your favorite Christmas memories. You can do that! Those are beautiful and heart-whelming traditions. Honestly, I’m not in a favor of making a 20-layer, genuine German chocolate cake for Santa. Maybe you need to drop that one. Santa doesn’t need the calories anyway.
Order Online Early
Ordering online means shopping around from the comfort zone of your very own couch as you roast chestnuts on an open fire. That’s the kind of multitasking we’re all doing about. Double-check the price when you are on the go across multiple stores without ever putting on real pants. But make sure you do this early enough to get the cheapest online shipping options. The last thing you need is a budget ruined by all those overnight shipping prices.
Say No to Random Gift Exchanges
Honestly speaking, we need to put an end to gift exchanges at the work, small group, or book clubs. Christmas is expensive enough without these social pressures. Be kind, but just say no thank you!
If you want to give something memorable and nominal, make it yourself! Pinterest has a lot of ideas and instructions. If you aren’t super crafty, you can bake up a storm, put together a gift basket of someone’s favorite things, or switch up some DIY sugar scrubs. Nothing says “Happy Christmas” like something made in home.
Share Every Experiences
As an alternative of buying expensive things, consider going to picnics or short trips this year. Buy your loved ones tickets for a movie or take them to play games or activity. You can add in a gift card to their favorite restaurant, and you’ve got a full evening of fun. Not only do you get to enjoy the excitement together when you give them the present, but you also get to look forward to the event itself.
Make a Checklist
When we go off the list, we overspend. Now, if you realize you forgot anyone, of course, you can add them in easily. Once you’ve got your attitude and budget set, don’t get clean up in the Christmas spirit and start buying every item you find for every person you’ve ever met.
Re-gifting is Not a Bad Idea
I know that re-gifting has a quite bad status, but it’s time to move away from that. Utterly, it’s okay to re-gift! But there are some ground rules to keep in mind. You don’t want to hand your father the same (tea cup) with the thermostat that he gave you last year. And you definitely don’t want to give him the Bluetooth speaker that your aunt has given to you both. Be tactful, but there’s nothing wrong with this kind of thrifty re-gifting. It somehow saves money and keeps a gift from becoming unused.
Wrap-up Your Gifts Creatively
You don’t really need to spend half of your December income on colorful or character-covered paper that’s going to end up torn to shreds in piles on your floor Christmas morning. Be creative! Pick up some paper bags, and think that you’ll be giving a gift inside a gift. Try wrapping presents in the newspaper and topping them off with red twisters. That’s both eco-friendly and joyful.
In a Nutshell
One of the best things you can do to save money this Christmas is to do budgeting. When you make a plan to save money and stick to it, you’re then setting yourself up for monetary success all year long.