10 Easy Ways to Save Money at Christmas
Christmas is a wonderful time of year – it’s the season of light and joy. But unfortunately it’s also the season of expenses, both planned and unexpected. Luckily, there are quite a few ways to save money at Christmas. Here are some tips that will help.
1. Don’t Fall for too Many Bargains
I can hear you saying: “WHAT? Isn’t saving all about bargains?”. Well, yes. But not if you overdo it. The Christmas season is notorious for all sorts of sales, both online and in high street shops. Black Friday, Cyber Monday and what not offer amazing deals. If you’ve been planning to buy something in the Christmas sales, then by all means do so. But don’t fall into the trap of buying things just because they are on sale. Think carefully and only buy things you really need.
2. Look for Freebies
Who said that you had to pay for all the good stuff? Before you buy things like Christmas tree decorations and other small, charming and expensive things, see what you can get for free. SnaffleUp is an excellent place to look for recycled good that you can re-use and save money at Christmas.
3. Use Vouchers and Coupons
4. Use “Next Visit” Discounts
A lot of shops and restaurants give “next visit” discounts. They can be anything, but some places make these discounts around 10%. Restaurant offers depend on the area where you live, but “next visit” discounts from Sainsbury’s and WHSmith are the same everywhere.
5. Cook Your Christmas Lunch
With all the lovely ready-made Christmas foods available from Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Waitrose and other supermarkets it becomes very tempting to purchase everything you need, from minced pies to Christmas turkey. But it’s even pricier than it is tempting. Cooking a great Christmas meal is not as hard as it looks plus it can be great fun. Just look for easy, yet tasty recipes on BBC Good Food or Australian Taste.com.au and cook as much as you can.
6. Make Handmade Christmas Gifts
A great way to save money at Christmas is to make your own Christmas gifts. We are so used to buying Christmas gifts that we’ve almost forgotten the joy of actually making something special. Your children will love handmade cuddly toys (I made a really cute mole using this pattern once). You don’t have to buy anything to make a toy – just look for bits of old clothes that you can use. And an old tie works perfectly for the toy’s clothes.
Toys is not the only thing you can make – you can impress your friends and family members with handmade liquid soap.
7. Save on Christmas Ornaments
Just like you can make handmade Christmas gifts, you can make Christmas ornaments. Use your imagination and little bits and pieces of this and that to decorate your home. For example, cotton wool balls look really pretty if you paint them different colours, add a bit of glitter and hang them around your house.
If you’d rather buy something than make it, check our online stores like Zazzle for affordable custom-made ornaments.
8. Plan Ahead
Last-minute purchases can turn out to be quite costly because you panic and buy without looking at the price. You can avoid this by planning ahead. There is still enough time for that, so sit down with a notepad and make your Christmas shopping list!
9. Use Your Loyalty Points
Do you earn points when you shop? I bet you do. So why not save them up for a while and then spend them on your Christmas shopping? Your Tesco Clubcard can be a lifesaver if you’ve saved up enough points.
10. Send E-cards
Do you have a lot of friends and relatives? Good for you! But do they all want a real Christmas card? Even if you send all your cards second class, the cost adds up quickly. What you could do is send free e-cards via email to your younger and more tech-savvy relatives and friends. There are lots of websites that have a great selection of cards. Try eGreetings and 123Greetings.
I hope these tips will help you save money at Christmas this year and for years to come.