Christmas is coming and the kids wish lists become longer and longer every year. It is hard to disappoint them on December 25th, but equally hard to get them everything they want, and that is without taking into consideration the festive food and seasonal events, panto, plays, snow experiences etc. It is the most wonderful time of the year, but also the most expensive.
Fortunately there are little helpers, ways to make a bit of money, and ways to save money which may just help you with the cost of Christmas.
See what you could be saving each month
If you currently have high monthly outgoings, cutting these near Christmas times could help you to save some extra cash. With
Grand Canyon Advisors you could look at what you are currently paying out each month in bills and outgoings, añd then look at how you could cut this down into a more affordable monthly payment. It is also worth checking out their site for their great Christmas holiday ideas for budgets – I love the idea of family movie get togethers and using Sangria rather than over expensive wines.
Sign up to those Black Friday emails NOW
Black Friday is traditionally a great way to make super savings on expensive items and is usually set as the last Friday in November, but in many cases the offers start earlier and earlier. Make sure you don’t get caught out and sign up for email alerts earlier from companies like Amazon, and also look for price drop alerts for items on your wish list.
In addition, it may also be worth signing up to newsletters and email alerts for your favourite brands as these may also give you free delivery, money off vouchers and early access to sales and discounts.
Christmas is definitely the time to shop around and to use a price comparison website. The price of coveted items totally fluctuate over the holiday season and shopping around can save you pounds that could go towards something else entirely.
Shopping around works for everything, from your tree and decorations, to the turkey and all the trimmings. As stores try to undercut each other this can only be good for you, the consumer.
Think about next year, this year.
We are still some way off, but the days of the January sales have long gone, with many sales now taking place before Christmas. This is totally the best time to pick up cards, wrapping paper, tags, decorations, even stocking fillers for next year.
Just try not to forget just where you stored them!
Make your own.
If you are handy or creative, you may be able to create special gifts by your own hand. Handmade cards using decoupage from old cards are wonderful, as are photo cards of the grandchildren to send across the miles. Homemade jam and preserves, lavender bags and bath salts also work, as does framing special photographs or creating a canvas via Groupon.. A gift doesn’t have to be expensive to be loved, it can just be thoughtful.