Tue 25 Feb
Tue 25 Feb
Here are some tips to ensure your Christmas budget doesn't stretch as wide as Santa's waistline!
1. Set a gifts budget and stick to it
It's a good idea to do this early on so you have some idea on how much you will need to budget for. If the present list is too long, why not consider a 'Secret Santa' arrangement with family members and just concentrate on the kids pressies? And remember - if you buy gifts in the sale, this is saving you money, don't make the mistake of just buying the recipient more!
2. Start looking for deals on wine & chocolates
There's always that horrible feeling that someone has bought you a pressie and you haven't found out until the last minute. Instead of panic buying and probably spending a lot more than planned, look out for specials on nice bottles of wine and chocolates that you can keep just in case.
3. Christmas parties
If you're hosting any Christmas parties, your guests will more than likely ask what they can bring. Don't be afraid to ask for nibbles, salads, desserts etc to lighten the load for you in time and money.
4. Online bargains
Search online deals for Christmas presents - websites such as Scoopon and Cudo not only advertise gifts but also local experiences that are great gift ideas for loved ones - and this saves time wrapping presents too!
5. Christmas cards
Christmas card writing can be a dreaded project in the festive season - buying them, writing and posting. Why not cut a few corners - online e-cards for overseas using websites such as Moonpig.com are great as these can also be personalised. Get the kids involved to make Christmas cards for friends and family - these will be more appreciated than a standard bought one too!
There are so many hints & tips online, so feel free to check out these sites for some more inspiration:
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