20 Dec

Written by Morgan Woods on December 20, 2017

Christmas is my favourite time of year, I love spending a few laid back days with my family. But it’s so easy to get caught up in the festivities and end up spending a fortune. Christmas on a budget doesn’t have to mean a rubbish Christmas though. In fact, we as a family found that Christmas on a budget was what brought us closer together. We ended up having our best Christmas ever last year and all in it only cost us £300!

It’s easy to forget that the main focus of Christmas is simply spending time together, and that your presence means more than your presents. That’s not to say you don’t give gifts to others, but try getting a bit more creative with your present giving. A homemade gift basket with personalised items would mean more than the shop bought equivalent and most likely cost you less.

Why do Christmas on a budget?

Aside from the obvious not having tons of cash for Christmas, there are other reasons to try doing Christmas on a budget. It isn’t about being stingy, it’s about putting that extra little bit of thought into the gifts you give. It’s about getting creative with what you have and making something unique for the ones you love. And there’s the added benefit that you won’t start the new year with a massive debt!

Get the children to pick their own ‘Top Toys’

Where children are involved, ask them to pick one or maybe two particular toys that they would be so upset if they didn’t get this year. This gets them to think about what they really want for Christmas. This makes sure that no toys get left hanging around unopened and it also makes them appreciate what they have that little bit more. That’s not to say you don’t buy them anything else but this gives you a rough idea of what they really want so you can focus on them first, then add on some extras within your budget.

In previous years, I would spend a fortune on toys at Christmas for the children and half of them weren’t even opened and later went on Ebay. Asking them to pick one or two ‘top toys’ meant they both got what they really wanted and nothing was left unopened. They were both so happy last year that they got exactly what they wanted.

Don’t forget to get cashback!

Don’t forget that sites such as Topcashback and Quidco offer cashback when shopping online. This means any presents bought online could be making you cash back for the new year!

Cashback isn’t just for online shopping though, phone apps such as Shopmium and Checkoutsmart offer in store offers as well. Last year I picked up a free Lindt reindeer and a box of free mince pies. You can currently pick up a free bar of chocolate on Shopimum by using referral code AEAEAHCN when you sign up.

It’s time to cash in any store card rewards!

If you have any store cards such as Tesco Clubcard, Nectar card it’s time to check if you’re due any rewards. This can all help towards paying for Christmas. Tesco Clubcard do some great voucher ‘boosts’ on their website, which turns your coupons into a lot more than you think.

Most importantly remember to have a fun filled Christmas!

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