5 More Ways to Save This Christmas
With our budgets being squeezed and prices rising, it’s becoming hard to fulfill all expectations (even though in my personal opinion not all of these expectations should be met). Only a couple of days ago I saw a news report telling about people who take out loans to pay for all things Christmas. Well, I think that’s stupid. Come on, so your teenage son or daughter won’t get a brand new iPhone for Christmas – it’s not the end of the world! In fact, you should do something today to stop your children being so self-centered and consumerist. OK, end of my little rant. And now come some really easy ways to save this Christmas. Try them out and see how much fun saving can be.
1. Set a Price Limit for Presents
Unless you have already bought all your presents, you can still save quite a bit by getting budget Christmas presents. Remember that presents don’t really have to be expensive. Don’t turn your kids into Dudley Dursley from Harry Potter! 🙂
2. Shop at a Cheaper Supermarket
Another way to save this Christmas is to switch to a cheaper supermarket. I’m not saying that you have to compromise the quality of your Christmas lunch, but there are quite a few things you could buy at Aldi or Lidl. Soft drinks, gingerbread treats, some emergency frozen pizza – all this can be safely bought on a budget.
3. Plan Your Meals
At Christmas, all of us good cooks want to impress everyone. Result – too much food waste because we can’t calculate portion sizes. If you don’t want to feel restricted, at least plan how you can use that leftover turkey on boxing day. It’s great in pies, salads, and other dishes. Check recipe sites in advance to prepare your food waste reduction plan.
4. Save on Drink
Wine often flows freely during the holidays and so it should. But your bill doesn’t have to be sky-high. First of all, compare prices using Quaffers’ Offers and don’t forget to simply buy in bulk at a better price. Another great way of saving on wine is to make home-made mulled wine. It’s traditional, delicious and you can use the cheapest red for it.
5. Use eBay After Christmas
No, I’m not suggesting that you should spend even more money right after Christmas. On the contrary, you can get some of the cash you spent back by selling things you don’t need after Christmas. Go through your things and I’m sure you’ll find something you can sell (not to mention unwanted Christmas presents).