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Christmas Money Saving Tips

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Here are some very simple ways to save money at Christmas. 

Christmas Money Saving Tips

It’s very easy for finances to get completely out of hand at Christmas.

We are constantly bombarded with Christmas messaging from as early as September until Christmas Eve.

Buy more!

Buy more!

Is essentially what the messaging is telling us to do.

Even if the messages do come gift-wrapped in beautifully made extended television adverts from the nation’s favourite department stores.

But does spending more money equal having a better Christmas?

I think we all know the real answer to that.

But still it is so easy to be seduced each year.

So how best to save money at Christmas time without feeling like Scrooge incarnate?

Here’s a list of some simple ways you can save money this Christmas.

Christmas Money Saving Tips

  1. Work out a maximum budget and stick to it!
  2. Split budget between main areas of spend e.g. food, presents, decorations
  3. Define a maximum spend for main items in each area
  4. Keep tally of my spend and constantly calculate how much I’ve got left
  5. Go through each item in my shopping list and find cheaper alternatives
  6. Agree gift opt out with other grown ups
  7. Or agree to make a charity donation rather than exchange gifts
  8. And agree present price cap with everyone else in family
  9. Get a cash back credit card but DON’T use card to increase budget!
  10. Cut daily spend in run up to Christmas e.g. coffee, newspapers, treats
  11. Write a food shopping list & look for offers & coupons on everything on it
  12. Look for new or gently used items on e.g. eBay, Freecycle or CraigsList
  13. Skype the family on Christmas day rather than calling them!
  14. Recycle gift tags from last year’s cards
  15. Christmas cards … make our own Christmas cards
  16. Send electronic Christmas cards
  17. Only wrap a few of kids presents … put rest in pillow case sack
  18. Make gift bags from scraps of fabrics
  19. Use cheap alternatives to wrapping paper e.g. brown paper, newspaper, kids pictures, butcher’s paper, wrapping paper scraps
  20. Create gift boxes from painted cardboard boxes, food tins
  21. Make our own lovely stocking stuffers
  22. Make beautiful handmade decorations
  23. Collect pine cones to make decorations, garlands and wreaths
  24. Forage for holly and pine for wreaths, mantels and picture frames
  25. Chocolates … make own own chocolates as gifts
  26. Home made gifts … I’m not a brilliant crafter but there are still hundreds of lovely home made gifts that we can make ourselves
  27. Organise our own santa’s grotto with neighbours
  28. Go to free Christmas carol concerts rather than expensive shows
  29. Buy a Christmas tree with roots so it can be used again next year
  30. Sell unused clutter … free up space AND earn cash by selling clutter

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Hello, I'm Luci, Editor of Mums Make Lists. MML is full of creative tips I’ve put together to bring calm and balance to the lives of busy mums and their families.

4 thoughts on “Christmas Money Saving Tips”

  1. This is a great list! Now, to stick with it! I find I buy early to save and then keep finding stuff, especially for the grandkids! I need to learn to stop shopping!

  2. I have always been sad that Christmas is associated with spending too much money — I know there’s a lot of pressure to buy things for EVERYONE!

    We limit our purchases to pretty much our family, and every member of the family, from the time they were young children, bought a gift, and we encouraged the budget to be low. The main thing for us is Christmas morning, when we sit around in the living room, and one by one, open up each person’s gift. It’s as much fun for the giver as it is for the one receiving the gift, and as the years go by, we still use, and remember, the presents that we have given one another. (It takes a couple hours, when you’ve got 6-some people, but the process itself is the gift!)

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