7 Christmas budgeting tips
Published Fri, Dec 17, 2010 Updated Tue, Feb 16, 2021
Christmas is one of those times of year when our pockets always feel lighter. The season is an incredibly busy time of the year where a relatively huge number of people around the world enjoy spending money and giving gifts. However, are you ready to save money on Christmas this year?
Christmas normally means spending lots of money on presents for family and for friends, and if this is money you haven’t got then this can lead to debt. So here are some quick Christmas budgeting/saving money tips that will hopefully make gift buying a little bit easier this year.
1. Create your spending budget before you buy all of your presents and stick to it! Write down how much you are can afford to spend on each individual you want to buy for, and look for a present in that price region. You don’t have to spend an incredible about of money.
2. Don’t spend more than you can afford to, this will just lead to complications further down the line. You have to remember that the Christmas holiday season only lasts for a few weeks, and when January comes things will go back to normal.
3. Make it easier on your wallet and try to spread out buying all of the gifts, don’t just do it all on one weekend, this will have a big impact on your finances and it will also cause you a lot of stress!
4. Find the best deals by searching online, and make life easier by using a price comparison website like Money Supermarket. There’s nothing worse than realising you have spent too much on an item when you get home from shopping.
5. Check websites that produce vouchers and voucher codes to try and save some extra cash. Many of the major retailers now offer vouchers online.
6. Don’t use credit or store cards to fund your Christmas spending; you may end up paying back the amount for a long time, and it may cost you a lot of money in interest payments.
7. Be creative and buy someone something different or create your own gifts instead of spending lot of money.
Try to remember that Christmas is all about having fun with the people you care about, and presents are just a bonus, just don’t spend more than you can afford to and have a great time with your friends and family!