Christmas is just around the corner. There’ll be lights and laughter, fun and frivolity. And let’s not forget the presents! For me, December is also the month I get many of my annual fees such as car rego, and various insurances. The back pocket begins to hurt around January when I get my credit card bill. If you are in a similar situation, here’s a few thrifty hints to get you through the holiday season without breaking the bank.
1. Get Real
It’s fun to get caught up in the Christmas hype, and don’t we all see that expensive gift that would be just right for so-and-so? But if we want to avoid feeling the effects of it all in January, we need to get a bit realistic. Your friends and family will definitely appreciate nice gifts, but they don’t expect you to go broke doing it.
2. Win, Lose and Draw
Instead of getting presents for everyone this season, why not draw names out of a hat and have everyone get a gift for just one person – secret Santa style. Everyone still gets a gift, no-one loses out and we all survive Christmas on a fraction of the cost.
3. Go Hand-MadeYou could set a price limit on gifts for each other, or better still, have a stipulation that gifts be made by the gift giver. Your gifts will be far more memorable and special if you put your creativity into it. While you’re at it, why not make your Christmas table bon-bons as well. All you need is some toilet rolls, wrapping paper and a note to put inside each one.
4. Food Galore
If you are hosting Christmas this year, you’ll want to make sure everyone is well fed. Instead of buying up big at the shops to cater for everyone’s tastes, how about getting everyone to bring a plate of their favourite dish. You’ll have plenty of food and it won’t cost the earth.