Is there anything more exciting than the thought of Christmas getting closer? Twinkling lights, gorgeously decorated trees, copious amounts of hot chocolate and mulled wine and of course lots of good food and good company. Is there anything better?
While the thought of Christmas is an exciting one and a highly anticipated event, for many it’s a time of stretching budgets and trying to make money go as far as it can.
My first piece of advice would be to not get yourself into debt over the Christmas period, and don’t feel pressured to buy gifts and max out your credit cards just to save face or not come across as mean or ungenerous. I’m sure all your friends and relatives would prefer just to have your company rather than you getting yourself into financial problems!
With this in mind, I’ve come up with 4 ways you can save a little extra this holiday season and enjoy the festivities without worrying about your bank balance.
Switch to LEDs
Did you know that more and more homeowners are switching to smart bulbs? We all know that we should be doing more to help the environment and seen as smart led bulbs use less energy and effectively pay for themselves overtime, you can help save the planet and save yourself some money on your energy bills at the same time! What’s not to love?
Make a budget – and stick to it!
It’s amazing how many of us avoid looking at our bank balances. However, if you want to save a little money this Christmas then you’re going to need to bite the bullet! Check out your in-goings and outgoings and from there, decide on a budget.
You can make several budgets, one for gifts and one for food etc. But the most important thing here is to stick to your budget and live within your means!
We all know that Christmas is a time for indulgence and as it only comes once a year we often find ourselves wanting “the very best” for the Christmas season. Therefore its tempting to shop at high end stores and pay an absolute fortune for even the most basic of foods – pigs in blankets I’m looking at you – however these days, you’ll find that supermarket own brands, as well as the discount stores such as Lidl and Aldi have award winning produce and a fantastic range of goods that look and taste incredible!
You can save yourself a bundle by shopping around!
There’s something really special about receiving a homemade gift. The time and effort that goes into making something that’s unique and heartfelt is truly special. So, why not try creating some homemade gifts yourself?
There are thousands of homemade gift ideas out there, from candles to homemade skin and beauty treatments! If you have confidence in the kitchen then consider baking some goodies for your friends and family! You’ll save even more money if you bulk buy ingredients.