*This is a contributed post*
Black Friday has been and gone, and we’re still seeing sales for Cyber Monday dotted around the internet, so now’s the perfect time for you to focus on the bulk of your money saving for the rest of this festive season. And Christmas can be a very expensive time, so get your bets in early for all the gifts, crackers, and treats you can! Here’s a couple of ideas that might benefit you.
Even cute decorations like these can cost a pretty penny!
Look into Couponing
Couponing can save you an awful lot of money, anything from 10% to 75% usually, and you’re going to be much better off by the New Year if you decide to clip and keep for the festive season. Even online, you’re going to find a lot of good deals, and there’s even some browser extensions out there that can band all these coupons together to save you as much money as possible.
Not to mention, there’s all kinds of review lists out there that can find you the best Groupon deals at a moment’s notice. Groupon is a very popular website for finding money off vouchers and coupons for experience days – these are all great ideas for the festive season, considering the amount of food you and the kids eat at this time of year, and how bored you can get with how cold and wet it is outside!
Make a List
If you make a shopping list, and write out all the gifts you need to get your hands on, as well as the new decorations and boxes of chocolate to celebrate with this year, you’ll be less likely to do any impulse purchasing!
Christmas is the time of year when we’re most likely to overspend, seeing as there’s all kinds of good deals stocked on shop shelves, and there’s always some quality free samples to try and tempt your palate.
Be a Little More Homemade
Homemade gifts are always going to be a lot cheaper for your money, but maybe not on your time… However, if you’re a bit strapped for cash this year, there’s a lot you can do with a bit of wool and some knitting needles, or if you know how to cut and shape wood for a bit of sculpting, you can present your mother in law with a lovely mantelpiece decoration.
Not to mention, this is a good idea to encourage in the younger members of your family, seeing as they can put all their love and creativity into a drawing for their parents, or a bit of pasta art for their younger sibling. And the messier they can get, the more fun they’re going to find Christmas time!
Saving money around the Christmas season can be quite hard work, seeing as you want to spend money to keep your household happy and entertained for the festive season. You can’t escape spending money at all of course, but make sure you’re not letting yourself go overboard.