I recently shared a dozen ways that we save money at Christmas. I promised that I would be back to share more with you, and I’m keeping my word to help you save!
Without further ado, let’s jump right into the savings.
11 Ways To Save Money At Christmas
1) Save a little money each month throughout the year. Put in in a separate account/labelled envelope/jar under your bed and don’t use it for anything else, no matter what!
2) Buy your turkey in a realistic size. There’s no point in spending money on the largest turkey in the town and throwing out leftovers after a week. Only buy what you’ll need for the meal and maybe a day’s leftovers. Your roasting time will also decrease, thus saving on energy costs as well!
3) Get together with family or friends for a big meal and do a pot-luck where everyone brings part of the meal to share. Why not invite over friends and neighbours who don’t have family of their own nearby and make their Christmas season cheerful, too!
4) Re-use gift bags you’ve received before. They’re pretty but pricey. These can be re-used many times!
5) Make your own fabric gift bags and re-use them each year. I wasn’t always so thrilled with this when Mom tried it when I was younger, but my kids think it’s fantastic.
6) Make your own Christmas gift tags by cutting out the pretty pictures on the fronts of the cards you received last year. My grandma used to do this, and we’re carrying on the tradition. The kids love choosing the right card and carefully cutting them out.
7) DIY gifts are more personal and meaningful. But do check the pricing of all the components. Sometimes you can end up spending much more than you would have by purchasing a gift.
8) Buy your postage stamps in the spring before prices go up to save on the cost of mailing cards or gifts. Those stamps that don’t have the price on them are perfect for doing this. Every penny adds up!
9) Plan your meal and go to the grocery store only once with a list and stick to it. Don’t go back for something else or you’ll end up overspending as you’ll be sure to make additional purchases.
10) Make your own decorations from nature or other other items you already have around the house. The kids will love being creative with you.
11) Instead of spending money to go to a live performance, check with your local area and see if there are any free or community-level performances. Rather than driving into Belfast to see a ballet or pantomime, we just go up the road and see a free performance sponsored by our local council. It’s just as fun for the kids, and more relaxed, too.
Well there you have another 11 ways to save money at Christmas! Have you/will you use any of these ideas? Do you have more to add to the list? Let’s chat below in the comments!