Christmas can be expensive, there is no doubt about it! Unless you are lucky enough to have someone else providing the feast and no presents to buy… but most of us are not so lucky. However there are some great ways to save money for Christmas, so you can avoid the Christmas financial stress! Check out my 7 tips below for saving money this Christmas (and making a little last minute cash).
PLAN PLAN PLAN
Being disorganised and unprepared ends up costing you more, especially when it comes to buying gifts and groceries. If you plan ahead, you are less likely to buy last minute things just because you are running out of time. Think ahead with present ideas so you can go shopping with a gift idea in mind for each person. Plan your Christmas menu in advance also, especially if you are having a combined Christmas meal. There are things you may be able to get others to bring instead, saving you some cash. If you are prepared in advance, this also gives you time to see what is on special in your local grocery stores in the weeks leading up to Christmas. You may save heaps on that Christmas ham this week compared to buying it the week before, as many such items have a long fridge or freezer life allowing you to buy ahead of time.
START SHOPPING EARLY
Sometimes we poke fun at those people who are getting in months early for Christmas, but have you ever thought that maybe they are actually onto it? Think mid year toy sales, end of financial year sell outs, and other big bargains that come up along the way. You could halve your Christmas gift spending by picking up mega bargains through the year. It also means less pain closer to Christmas with forking out large amounts of dollars because you left it late.
This isn’t for everyone because some of us aren’t the Martha Stewart kind… but if you are, embrace your inner creativity and get busy making. Handmade gifts are special because they come from the heart and as an extra bonus, they can often be quite cheap to make too. Check out my DIY Gift Ideas board on Pinterest for some great gift ideas. Food gifts are also a great handmade option. A jar of cookies made with love, or a homemade jam. Yum!
This is pretty common in workplaces come Christmas time, but have you ever thought about using it in your family? If money is tight for other people in your family too, chances are they will all appreciate the chance to buy one gift instead of 10 or however it may be. You may decide to do Secret Santa just for the adults, still buying all the kids in the family gifts. Either way, it means less thinking and less spending. Just get together, put everyone’s name in a bowl or hat and draw one out (redraw if you pick yourself). But shhh… it’s a secret! For an extra bit of fun, check out my free Santa Tag download.
REDEEM REWARDS POINTS
If you are a member of a rewards scheme or 3, chances are you may have a nice bundle of points by the end of the year. Many credit cards or frequent shopper programs offer chances to redeem reward points for cash, vouchers or products. Consider redeeming your points for Christmas gifts or vouchers to spend on gifts, so that you are not out of pocket.
SELL UNWANTED STUFF
Really short on cash come the festive season? Maybe it is time to let go of some of those things you’ve been hoarding. Sell some unwanted stuff on places like eBay, Facebook selling groups, online and newspaper trading posts or by having a garage sale. You may be surprised how much cash you make on stuff you no longer need, while also freeing up some space in your house (bonus).
OFFER YOUR SKILLS
Perhaps you are an exceptional cook, or a great gardener. Instead of giving a physical gift this Christmas, you could offer up some of your skills to someone who would appreciate it. Make up a voucher on the computer, print it out and away you go. You could offer lawn mowing services all year to your grandmother, or offer to cook your sister and her husband a gourmet 3 course dinner. Sometimes these things mean so much more than another physical gift.
So many ways to save money and make last minute cash this Christmas to avoid you feeling the stress of spending this year. I know I personally am doing several of these to save this year due to reduced finances. It doesn’t make Christmas any less special… since it is really about celebrating with loved ones minus the financial side of things.
For more ideas on getting back to basics, check out Sarah from Creating Contentment’s Minimalist Christmas
Also be sure to check out my FREE CHRISTMAS PLANNER PRINTABLES available now for download to help you make your Christmas a stress free, organised one!
What are your top Christmas saving and money making tips?