The Christmas period is when most of go a little wild with our spending habits. Whether we’re buying presents for the family, treating ourselves, visiting festive markets, there’s no denying that most of us are a little spendthrift in the run up to Christmas.
But it doesn’t have to be all spend, spend, spend. Here are some ways you can save money this Christmas.
It can be tempting to get drawn into shops’ Christmas displays, and buy the first thing that catches your eye. But most things will be cheaper online than in store, so don’t be hasty, shop around online for better deals!
Consider handmade gifts for friends, family and loved ones
An expensive present doesn’t mean a better present, in fact sometimes, a handmade or thoughtful gift is more meaningful, and more appreciated. Sure, an expensively priced present might really surprise your recipient, but a present from the heart is bound to go down a treat – after all, aren’t love and heartfelt messages what Christmas is all about?
Most of us panic when it comes to planning the Christmas dinner, and buy way more food than we’d be able to eat in a week. So when doing your Christmas dinner shop, think it out carefully before hitting the shops, and only buy what you need! This way, you’ll save money, and you won’t waste so much food.
Get a free Amazon Prime trial
If you’re ordering a lot of presents online, the delivery costs are going to add up. You can sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime, and most of the things you order will be not only include free delivery, but many products are available for free one day delivery!
Make a budget!
If you make a budget, and be firm with yourself about sticking to it, you’re more likely to think carefully about what you’re spending. It’s so easy to give in to all the adverts and beautifully decorated shops, so make sure you know what you’re budget is before you buy anything this year!