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Christmas Money Saving Tips
Make a Budget
If you haven’t already now is the time to make a list of everyone you plan to give gifts to this year with an estimate of what you want to spend. Now add one or two generic wildcard gifts. These are gifts for people you forgot to include, or for people who unexpectedly gave you a gift and you feel you have to reciprocate! We don’t have this so much anymore but with bigger families it does happen!
Keeping a gift card to Starbucks, Cinema or even something homemade like Christmas cookies or crafts work well to keep to aside for these kinds of gifts.
Research Online in Advance
Try to get an idea of what you want to buy everyone on your list before you actually shop. If you need to compare prices or features, do it online in advance.
Block Out Time to Shop
The easiest way to stick to your Christmas gift budget is to block out one or two specific times to
Stick to the Fewest Number of Stores Possible
Don’t Get Sucked in by a Sale
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Don’t Buy Anything for Yourself
Perhaps the biggest hidden expense during Christmas shopping is to buy things for yourself while buying gifts for others. Just like that foot massager.. you’ve always wanted one, it’s too late to put on your list now and it’s a bargain right? Wrong!
Maybe it’s genuinely something you need anyway. Maybe it’s something you want. Or maybe it’s just a great price. Whatever the reason, ignore it. Your bank account will be much fatter in January if you don’t give in to temptation.. you might even be able to pick it up in the sale AFTER Christmas for you using some Christmas money perhaps!
Write Down What You Spend
The very act of writing it down can curb overspending. It also helps you make sure you stick to your budget.
When you buy something make a list of not only what you spend but what it is that you actually buy too! How many times do you get to Christmas and realise you’ve overbought or you’ve ‘lost’ a present that you were sure you’d bought but is no longer where you thought you left it!
Shopping under pressure causes overspending. Plan to shop early and you’ll not only save money,
Avoid Using Credit Cards
When you know the money is coming right out of your bank account, you are likely to spend far less than when you know you’re buying on credit. DOn’t be tempted to put ANYTHING on a credit card. If you can’t afford it don’t buy it. Any loved one who would much prefer a present over you getting yourself into debt is NOT worth a gift!
Shop on eBay
Ebay have some really great deals, and many times, items are brand new too! Be sure to double check the date of expected delivery though and make sure it it’s actually going to arrive on time!
I hope these tips have given you food for thought this christmas if you are on a budget or you want to not overspend. It’s so easy to do and you certainly won’t be alone but planning is key. Do that and you be fine!
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