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Enjoy Christmas on a Budget

Enjoy Christmas on a Budget

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Enjoy Christmas on a budget, and start shopping from now. It is only 60 days away! Money is tight for many people, especially at this time of year.

Christmas shopping can be stressful and expensive. In an effort to please everyone, you may buy costly presents, and stock up on food and drinks for when the family come over. It’s easy to run up your credit cards and get yourself in debt.

But, if you plan and budget carefully, you can actually save money over the Christmas period.

Start buying presents early. You’ll miss the Christmas rush along with the stress that goes with last-minute shopping. Leaving your Christmas shopping until a few days before Christmas, will cost you more. Whenever I’ve done that, I’ve ended up panic shopping, by trying to cram everything into those last few days before Christmas.

If you’ve got a big family, it could work out more economical to only buy presents for the children. Poundland is a good places to find stocking fillers, cheap Christmas cards and presents.

Another way to enjoy Christmas on a  budget, is to adopt this work place practice. It’s called Secret Santa. Decide on an a set amount that each person in the family will spend. Put names of everyone in a hat. Each person should choose a name randomly, and buy a gift for that person. It’s a less stressful way of doing your Christmas shopping, and everyone will get something.

Buy affordable Christmas presents

  • Set a budget for Christmas presents and stick to it. If you’re really short of cash, Oxfam has a range of Christmas presents for men, women and children. They’re priced from under £5.00 to over £25.00. Oxfam offers free delivery, but they do ask for an optional contribution towards the postage. They also stock affordable Christmas cards and wrapping paper. Shopping from them will not only save you money, but you’ll also be supporting people living in poverty.
  •  Prezzy Box has lots of cheap gadgets, that will make unusual Christmas presents for under £20.00.
  • You can visit the Wilkinson Christmas online shop where you’ll find Christmas cards, trees, decorations, wrapping paper, presents and more under one roof.
  • For personalised gifts, check out www.gettingpersonal.co.uk where you’ll find something unique.
  • Buy 3 presents at Boots or Superdrug and get 1 free in the 3 for 2 mix and match offers that’s on at the moment.
  • If you hurry, there are sales on at these High Street stores now: Tesco Direct has half price toy sale online and in store. Get up to 75% off clothes at Matalan while stock lasts. Warehouse is doing a clearance clothes sale where you can pick up a bargain for under £10 and New Look has some special deals which starts under £5.00. In addition, students get 10% discounts, but that doesn’t apply to sale items. Take advantage of the sale at Zalando and get up to 50% off selected items.
  • Instead of buying small presents for each family member, why not buy one big present for the family? It’s always useful to give relevant  items such as; clothes, sheets, underwear, something for the kid’s bedroom, candles and anything else for the house.
  • Another idea is to make personalised calendars, mugs or poems using photos of the children. These would make lovely Christmas presents for their grandparents, aunties or uncles. Ideas are available from Jessops and Snappy Snaps. There’s also Ebay, where you will be able to order something nice.

Money saving, cash back websites and freebies

Check out these websites for money-saving ideas: Money Saving Expert which lists places where you can get discount vouchers, grocery coupons and more. Buy from the Hunger site, and you’ll not only help to feed the hungry in Africa, you’ll also save money in the process.

Visit these websites to get cash back on your purchases; Quidco and Top Cash Back. For a lot of free stuff, which will make ideal Christmas presents without affecting your budget, check out Magic Freebies and Free Stuff World.

Postage dates

To save on postage, send your cards second class. Royal Mail dates for postage in the Uk are: 14/12/11 standard parcels, 17/12/11 second class and recorded signed for items, 20/12/11 first class and recorded signed for parcels. If you want more detailed dates for posting Christmas cards and presents, go to the Royal Mail website.

Budget on Christmas food

Shopping for Christmas food can take a large chunk out of the budget. It’s best to shop around to find the best deals. My supermarket is a website which compares the best stores to buy your grocery from. Shopping with them will also save you up to 35% over the year. Aproved Foods is an online supermarket where you can buy  top brand products for bargain prices.

Enjoy your Christmas shopping, be a smart shopper and start early. It will give you more time to relax and enjoy the days leading up to Christmas.

In my next article I’ll be showing you how to make hand-made Christmas cards and decorations.

Photo credit: Digitalart


 

June

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June Whittle is the founder of Miraculous Ladies, an author, freelance copywriter and professional blogger for hire. She works with small businesses, bloggers and individuals. She is also an author of a self-help and autobiography book “Deep Within my Soul: Hope after abuse”. Miraculous means extraordinary and Lady is a polite or formal way of referring to an amazing woman. That's you. You're a beautiful, strong, incredible, dynamic and powerful woman. Live your dreams. "If you can dream it, you can do it." ~ Walt Disney

    6 Comments

  1. This is a great article!! You’re 100% right…Starting early is key to getting Christmas presents. It also allows for more time in between paychecks with cuts back on credit card bills. This was a very helpful article!

    I never realized all the money that went into a holiday dinner until last year. I hosted Thanksgiving, and omg was it expensive! I’m in the clear this year, but that’s great advice with the feast!
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    26/10/2011

    • Hi. I was speaking to a friend at work about Christmas and she suggested writing this article. I usually rush around last minute like a headless chicken and spend so much money, simply because I didn’t put any planning into it. I will take my own advice this year to avoid the same thing happening again.

      Another good idea for family a gathering, is to ask them to contribute and bring something with them. Whenever I go to my daughter’s house for Christmas, I usually bring a duck or a joint of lamb plus some nibbles for us to eat. It helps her out and it’s good to contribute.

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      26/10/2011

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    29/10/2011

    • Will be updating soon. Thanks for reading.

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