Have those dark, cold mornings got you thinking about Christmas? Looking ahead as the festive season creeps ever closer can feel incredibly exciting. But if you’re on a budget you may already be worrying about how you’ll manage to pay for everything this year.
With gifts and treats for our children being the biggest expense of the Christmas period, it makes sense to take a look at your finances and check out these simple ways to start saving money on your Christmas gifts!
What Have They Been Asking For?
Have your children already been dropping hints about what they might be asking Santa for this year? It’s not always easy to keep up with the latest toys and must-have games, so check out these Christmas gifts for kids from Wicked Uncle to keep yourself in the loop of what’s trending and what’s not.
Take a note of the prices that you could be paying, and you’ll be able to figure out what’s realistic and what might have to wait until next year. Once you have a rough estimate of what you may be spending, you’ll be able to incorporate it into your Christmas budget and savings.
It’s Never Too Early
You might still be planning this year’s Halloween pumpkin design, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start saving or buying for Christmas. If something is on offer (as long as you’re not harming your budget) don’t be afraid to make a purchase and put it away. The earlier you start your Christmas plans the more deals you’ll find and the more you’ll be able to spread the cost in the upcoming months.
Don’t Worry About Traditions
Traditions are expensive and if you’re wanting to spend more on your children this year then don’t be afraid to be ruthless. Rather than buying the Christmas turkey from that high-end supermarket like you do every year, order from a local butcher and pocket the leftover money. No one will even notice the difference. Go through your traditions and if there’s something you can swap or live without – if yes, change it and spend the money elsewhere.
Dig Out the Gift Cards
Remember those gift cards you got last year? If you haven’t used them or there’s still a little money left over on them, be savvy and use them to pay for your children’s gifts. Check your wallet, your kitchen drawer, bedside table, or anywhere you may have stored them for “safekeeping” and then forgotten about!
Sell Your Old Stuff
Old clothes, boots, books, DVDs, tech, even household appliances, games, and consoles… if you no longer want it, use it, or need it, then sell it instead! You’ll find plenty of online selling sites and apps that are free to use. The sooner your start selling items, the better your chances of someone snapping them up!
Consider Experience Gifts
Days out- trips to the zoo, theme parks, museums – if you’re struggling financially or you’re running out of ideas then treating your kids to experience or just some quality time with you, as this will always be well received.
We did a gift of experience a few years ago and it was so much fun for everyone!