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Christmas is always one of the most expensive periods of the year. Unless you’ve been saving up since last year, you’re probably worrying about how much it’s going to cost. You want your family to have the best Christmas ever, but it can be difficult to know when to say no. A lot of families will find themselves paying off their Christmas expenses well into the following year. But you don’t need to feel pressured to spend more than you have to this holiday season. There are things that you can do to save your family money. Follow these tips for a magical Christmas that won’t break the bank.
Hunt for discounts
Nobody wants to pay full price if they don’t have to, especially while Christmas shopping. You just need to know where to look. Sites such as https://www.couponchief.com/ showcase current deals that are available at hundreds of stores. The deals range from free delivery offers to substantial discounts. It’s worth taking a look at these sites to see if you can use any of the deals when buying your Christmas gifts and cards. It’s also good to vary your shopping between in store and online. Some brands will have separate promotions for each, so check to see which is the best deal for you. Just buying in store could mean you miss out on a better promotion online and vice versa. It might take more time to hunt for these deals but you’ll save yourself a considerable amount overall.
Scale down your shopping
Christmas is a time for giving, but there is such a thing as too generous. You don’t want to put your family under strain because you’ve bought every person you know a gift. Make a list of everybody you want to buy for. Think long and hard with your family about who you want to include. Once you’ve made your list of close family and friends stick to it. Don’t feel bad about removing anybody. Send them a card instead. You can ask some of the recipients of your list if they mind not exchanging gifts this year or set a price limit. Christmas is all about children and they should be the priority. You can ask your family and friends to only buy presents for the children this year. That way you won’t have as many presents to buy and will cut your spending dramatically. If you don’t have children why not try the Secret Santa game, with a limit of $10. You’ll only have to buy one present and it’s fun seeing who bought for who.
Control your food spending
If you’re responsible for the Christmas feast, it can be easy to go over the top with your shopping. You can spend a lot and end up with lots of unnecessary waste. Try shopping at a cheaper supermarket so you get more for your money. You can also consider the size of your portions. Could you half the size and buy less? Also ask your guests if there is anything they don’t like as this could also be removed from your feast. With these tips you can have a fabulous Christmas without the added financial stress and strain. Just be smart with how you spend your money and get planning now!
Disclosure: This is a contributed post.