Let’s be honest, Christmas is expensive, even if you’re not the one hosting. Presents alone could cost hundreds, so money saving is of high importance. I’ll admit I am not necessarily the most experienced when it comes to saving money, (I’m only 16,) but even I have a few ways of saving money at Christmas!
- Set A Budget
The most important tip of all. If you don’t have a budget you’ll almost certainly spend more than you think. I set myself a limit of £100 for all presents. Hopefully I will spend less that that, but I definitely won’t spend more.
- Reuse Old Decorations
Most people do this already, but I know a few who buy new decorations every year. My tree has many old decorations, some that I made at nursery, they’re almost a Christmas tradition. So there is no reason to shell out on £50 worth of decorations when the ones in the loft will do perfectly fine.
- Shop in the Sales
Black Friday and Cyber Monday were when I bought a few of the presents I’m giving. Everywhere had sales on and I took full advantage. I know that those sales are now over, but don’t forget Boots have their 3 for 2 offer on and Superdrug are decreasing most gift set prices throughout the month.
- Try an Outlet Store
A couple of weeks ago I popped along to Swindon Designer Outlet to get some presents. The Body Shop outlet is the best place for presents. They sell multipacks reduced by loads which can be split up into presents for many people, see Thursdays post for how I’m turning them into presents.
- Make Something
If you’re arty you can always give DIY gifts. Paint a picture or decorate a photo frame. Make tree decorations, bake some cookies or a DIY hot chocolate kit. It won’t break the bank.
Like I said earlier, I don’t have to pay for the food I am only 16, but I still like to make sure I don’t spend too much at Christmas. What are your best tips?