I love Christmas! Even though it’s cold it feels so cozy and festive. The spirit of giving seems to prevail and random acts of kindness become more prominent. It reminds me of a simpler time – when my parents took days off work to spend time with us during the Christmas holidays. To me Christmas is about family – whether you celebrate Christmas or not this time of year is truly magical.
There can of course be a lot of pressure around this time as well – to get all the right gifts, not to forget anyone, to decorate your house, to get a beautiful tree etc. Not only is it a lot to do but the costs quickly add up, and many of us want to be able to donate our time or money to charity too. So how do you keep it in check?
Have a budget in mind before you begin to shop. There are a lot of options, and if you comparison shop or simply don’t buy on impulse you’ll save yourselves a lot of money. Know what your budget is and how you plan to allocate it. For example when it comes to Christmas trees there is such a range in prices! Some people might be ok spending $200 on a tree, some might think $50 is the true value. Personally, I found a beautiful 6 foot pre-lit Christmas tree at Wal-Mart for $20! I feel pretty good spending $20 on this baby!
I know that many crafts on Pinterest might look daunting and probably unrealistic, but you gotta think outside the box and give yourself a bit more credit! We have an annual gift exchange with the girls at work, where we all make each other something, and there is 17 of us! You really need to plan and figure out what you can buy and what you can make in order to be able to create 16 gifts without breaking the bank. That being said, keep in mind that time is the most valuable resource – it might take you some time to create DIY gifts so you better make sure you have fun doing it. Perhaps involve friends/family.
While we’re on the topic of DIY I just want to put it out there that if you have podge and glitter the possibilities are endless! I got my glitter at Michael’s and while it’s a bit more expensive, I know that I will get a lot of use out of it and I want to make sure that my DIY projects are Martha Stewart good! But of course why pay full price? If you’re ever planning on shopping at Michael’s get their app, or sign up for their emails. Their coupons are so frequent (50% off 1 item, 40% off your purchase etc), that I don’t see why you should ever buy anything not 50% off.
They have so much stuff at the dollar store! They’re already playing Christmas music (it’s not annoying just yet) and have a pretty good selection. The dollar store is great for gift bags, tissue paper, gift labels, garlands, Christmas décor/knick knacks etc.
#5. Plan ahead
Surely the more you know what you’re looking for the more you’re likely to find it and have your eyes peeled while you’re out and about. I know you’re already doing this when it comes to gifts, but keep in mind that you might need things such as storage containers to put everything away after the holidays. Lots of things will be going on sale now so keep a mental list of what you might need!
I’m sure there’s a lot more we can all do to have a stress-free and budget friendly Christmas, so feel free to share your tips with me in the comments
I hope this gave you some good saving ideas, and let me know if you’d like a tutorial for any of the DIY projects.
Happy shopping loves!