Looking for tips on how to spend less at Christmas? Christmas is a time of celebration, reunion, and magical family time, but it’s also a time of spending. Like most people, you like to spoil your loved ones. But do you have to go into debt to do so? I don’t think so.
Many people think that for a successful party, you have to put a dent in your wallet. But in reality, it’s not. Here are our tips to spend less at Christmas and create unforgettable memories with your family.
1- Set a budget for Christmas and stick to it
Christmas happens on the same date every year, meaning you can plan well in advance. Make a list of the people you would like to give a gift to and set a maximum amount to spend per person. Most importantly, stick to your list. Also, plan how much to spend on meals.
Sometimes you might be tempted to go a few dollars over budget here and there, but in the end, when you add it all up, it adds up to a lot of money that could have been used for other things.
2- Buying online to benefit from great offers
No need to scour the Internet for deals or promo codes. Coupert does it for you. It’s an extension that you add to your browser in one click, in this case Chrome. When you shop online (anywhere in the world), Coupert pops up at checkout and automatically applies the best coupon code to your order. Isn’t that great?
3- Do It Yourself gifts
DIY (Do It Yourself) is all the rage. It’s all about making your own little crafts, personalized objects or gourmet gifts (foie gras, spaghetti sauce, little delicacies…) that you will offer to your loved ones. This could be a great activity to do with the family.
Why not customize and give a second life to objects that you no longer use. This way, you will offer a gift that is not only ecological, but also made with a lot of love!
4- Offer your time instead of gifts
Another way to spend less at Christmas is to offer your time. Money buys a lot of things, but it cannot buy time. Everyone is short on time.
Perhaps you have a sister-in-law who has been dreaming of a romantic weekend away for many years, but can’t afford it because she doesn’t have anyone to watch her children. Offer to take them with you on a weekend so she can (finally!) go away with her lover for a weekend.
5- Track down your favorite store specials
The best way to spend less this Christmas is to start hunting for specials in November. To make sure you don’t miss anything, make sure you subscribe to your favourite stores’ social networks or newsletters. That way, you’ll be informed whenever there are specials.
Some foods can be frozen or stored for weeks. Be sure to buy them ahead of time. There are apps to track circulars and save on groceries. Don’t hesitate to try them.
6- Use your loyalty cards
The holiday season is a good time to claim any unused points on your loyalty cards: Inspire, credit card, Air Miles, etc. You may also have gift certificates lying around, so think about using them to spoil your loved ones while saving money.
7- Create memories with your family
Have you ever spent a fortune on your child’s gift and then, realized a few weeks later that he or she has no interest in the gift? Chances are that years later, your child won’t even remember that moment, while you will never forget that the gift cost you an arm and a leg…
Rather than giving gifts, you can create family memories. What memories do you have of your childhood Christmases? A smell, a song, a laughter, an atmosphere… all those little things that have stayed with you.
Have you got a family Christmas tradition that you would like to pass on to your children? Telling jokes while cooking Christmas dinner as a family; listening to or singing Christmas songs that you love so much; having a campfire in the snow; taking a nighttime stroll through the lit-up streets of your neighbourhood; or simply having a nice bowl of hot chocolate by the fireplace. In addition to not costing anything, these moments will never be forgotten.
8- Choose your schedule to maximize your income
If, despite everything, you think your budget is a little tight for Christmas, you can always choose a work schedule that will allow you to maximize your income. At Placement Premier Soin, you choose when and where you work. So, if you feel like doing a little more or trying different shifts to help you prepare for the holidays, don’t hesitate to take a look at our job opportunities.
With a bit of organization and creativity, you can actually spend less on Christmas. The most important thing is to spend good times with your family, the kind that you remember for the rest of your life and that is passed on from generation to generation, because in the end, that is the magic of Christmas!