The holidays always seem to cause a hemorrhage in the money department. There are tons of ways to keep up with the spirit of giving without breaking the bank, though. Here’s 10 easy ways to slash your Christmas spending without really even noticing:
- Christmas Wrap. Expensive Christmas wrapping is completely unnecessary. There are tons of creative ways to wrap presents without spending money on wrapping paper. Use the newspaper and add a red or green bow. Ask for paper bags all year round at the grocery store. When Christmas comes around, turn those suckers into wrapping paper. There is something nostalgic about a brown paper wrapped present, anyway.
- Make homemade Christmas presents. If you canned from your garden this year, they make perfect, can’t buy in the store gifts.
- Send e-Cards instead of Christmas cards. You’ll save on the cards, the postage, and the waste.
- If you will be shopping online, make sure to shop through sites like ebates so you can receive cash back on your purchased.
- Set budget boundaries up front and stick with them. Sit down with the kiddos and get real with them over their expectations. Agree on spending limits for them as well.
- Think about gifts that are personalized and discounted when ordered in multiples, like calendars with personal pictures, etc.
- Use old Christmas cards as gift tags. Cut the front picture off and write on the back. Attach it to your gift with some ribbon.
- Turn your Christmas gatherings into potlucks. You’ll get to sample your family and friends favorite dishes, plus you’ll save money by not having to provide all of the food.
- Ask family to participate in a name draw. Put everyone’s name in a hat and pull one out. Set a dollar limit and you only have to shop for one person.
- Christmas is a great time for charity, but there are soooo many great ones to give your money to. Decide as a family where you will allot your charity budget upfront, that way, as the requests roll in, you know exactly whether or not they are part of this year’s budget.
I hope some of these help keep the holidays a little less stressful. Do you have any great money saving tips you use to cut costs around Christmas?