Christmas is here again!
If you’re on a budget this year, mark off my 12 Frugal Tips of Christmas to make the big day fun and festive.
Disclosure: Based on personal opinion, not to be taken as advice. Seek a professional if required.
12 Frugal Tips Of Christmas
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First Day: START PLANNING THE FOOD BUDGET EARLY
Planning meals may save you from overspending, because you’ll know exactly what you need.
You can use my free printable meal planner. You do need to subscribe, but it is free.
Second Day: BAKE A CAKE
If you’ve got an office party to attend, or just an office snack day coming up, maybe you could make something to take in.
Instead of shelling out $20 on chocolates, why not find a cake recipe on Pinterest and take that?
Third Day: MAKE A CHRISTMAS GIFT LIST
A gift list may help narrow down who really needs a gift, even if it’s something small.
Have they been naughty or nice?
More so, could you get away with just a Christmas card this year?
My Expenses List, which is Page 2 of my Monthly Budget Planner, may be perfect for this. Again, it’s free.
Fourth Day: CHRISTMAS GIFTS ON A BUDGET
Here are 5 great ways to give a cheap gift for Christmas:
- Make It. DIY crafty gifts add that personal touch that make it extra special. If you have a skill, use it!
- Go Retro. Retro gifts are cheap, and are proven to be good (that’s why they still make them). Like a Rubik’s Cube, or Game Boy, or a basic MP3 player.
- The Charity Shop. There are so many amazing items to be found in charity shops – for ridiculously low prices.
- Practical Gifts. These are things that have to be bought at a later date anyway. I know kids don’t want to unwrap socks on Christmas morning, but an Art set?
- Re-Gift. If you’ve got good quality items that you never use, maybe you could re-gift them.
Fifth Day: DIY CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS
We have a bag of decorations that only see the light once a year.
A good way to freshen it up, is to make new DIY decorations. Get ideas from a quick search of Pinterest.
Christmas On A Budget
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Sixth Day: FREE PRINTABLE CHRISTMAS CARDS
If you’ve got a printer you could find and print a Christmas card instead of buying them at a shop.
Check out this awesome free printable Christmas card.
A hand-made card is special because the recipient can see the extra effort that went into making it.
Seventh Day: THE CHRISTMAS MOVIE
We love watching our favourite Christmas movies on Christmas day.
If Christmas is on a budget, why not see what Christmas DVDs are available from your local charity shop? While you’re there, you could also pick up some board games and puzzles for the family.
Eight Day: TURN CHORES INTO ACTIVITIES
There’s a lot of work that goes into Christmas.
It’s alright for the family to feel nostalgic about the aromas coming from the kitchen, when their watching It’s a Wonderful Life in the living room!
Why not take some of the tasks like cleaning, card making/writing and putting up the tree and decorations, and turn them into activities?
It’s all a state-of-mind. Simply add Christmas music and convince the family to go along with it.
Ninth Day: A LATE SHOPPING SPREE?
As Christmas nears, the supermarkets tend to get more aggressive with their Christmas sales.
The simple fact is, they have a lot of product with the word ‘Christmas’ on it.
It’ll be hard to sell a box of Christmas trinkets in January – so why not sell it cheap just before Christmas?
That’s a good time to pick up a few optional extras.
A Frugal Christmas
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Tenth Day: NEXT CHRISTMAS
If you want to start a savings pot for next Christmas, take a moment to check out my Christmas Tree Savings Chart.
It’s free and offers 12 colouring zones, representing the 12 months of the year.
You can then plan and measure your progress.
To save a little more, check out my best frugal living tips.
Eleventh Day: LET IT SNOW
Stay warm over Christmas by wearing Christmas hats and jumpers. They add to the festive cheer and keep you warm, so you don’t need the heating on.
I have a John McClane, 1980’s style jumper which I wear over Christmas. I know I look ridiculous, but the fold over v-shaped collars make me feel so cool.
For more winter saving tips, check out my 10 Ways To Really Save On The Electric Bill.
Twelfth Day: A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Is there going to be local carol singing this year?
Or maybe another Christmas activity that could add a fond memory?
Indulge in the festive spirit by joining in.
You don’t even have to sing, just lip sync like your favourite pop-star!
I hope you have a merry Christmas. If you found my countdown useful or fun, please help me by pinning an image below. Thank you.
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