Christmas Cut Backs
Tips and tricks to avoid overspending in the festive season
Everyone knows December is renowned for being the month of spending. So as we creep closer into the festive season, we wanted to show you how you can spread Christmas cheer without breaking the bank this year.
Do your research before your food shop. Everyone wants to have the best at Christmas but make sure to taste with your mouth, not the packaging. Some of the best Christmas cakes, wines and mince pies are not the most expensive. Buy what you prefer, not what you’re told is the best.
Cut back on unnecessary extras. In order to budget at Christmas time, you must know when to stop. Better planning can stop huge food wastage, by simply calculating how much food you will need prior to shopping you can save money whilst still providing your guests with an impressive spread.
Write a shopping list for your Christmas shop and set a budget for food and presents. Be realistic with your budget - it is important to plan for affordability, not desirability. Before you buy, think about what you’re giving and why. Although everyone wants to be spoilt, don’t buy masses of unnecessary, thoughtless gifts.
Think outside the box. Organise day trips out for parents and friends; even simply exploring a city or place you’ve never been to before. This doesn’t need to cost a lot of money; it’s all about the experience. Make vouchers for friends or families – evenings of babysitting, walking the dog, mowing the grass or caring for their cats whilst they are on holiday.
Make it yourself. Something homemade has a personal touch that cannot be compared to something generic bought from a shop. Make personalised Christmas gingerbread biscuits, decorate your own Christmas cards, frame their favourite photo or make a scrapbook full of your greatest memories. Gifts like these are the most memorable and treasurable.
Christmas is all about spending time with family and friends. Research free events you can all go to locally – think the Christmas lights turn on, go on winter walks, visit a midnight mass service or go carol singing. And none of these will leave you out of pocket.
Make sure to check out our What’s On page for the perfect pastimes locally this December.