Although regarded as one of the costliest times of year, Christmas doesn’t have to be expensive. There are plenty of ways to celebrate this family holiday without breaking the bank or maxing the credit card.
Here are a few tips for having a cheap and cheerful Christmas!
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Aim for quality not quantity
Many people can feel pressured to buy their friends and family more than one gift. This can be an expensive habit! Before you know it you have spent hundreds of dollars on a range of average gifts. Although they will get a huge pile of presents to open, they may not LOVE any of them.
One way to combat this problem is to aim for quality, not quantity. Try to pick out one gift that you are sure the recipient will enjoy. Not only will this save you money, it will also help you be more selective when it comes to buying presents. You will be forced to put more thought and care into the one gift.
The same goes for organising Christmas food and festivities. It can be tempting to go overboard and buy every single Christmas treat and decoration under the sun. Try to avoid doing this – sometimes simple is best.
Share the load
Christmas is a family event, so don’t be afraid to rope in the help of your relatives if you are throwing the Christmas bash.
Share the load by allocating everybody a different dish to bring to lunch. Not only will this save you money, it will also take some of the pressure off cooking a meal for a large group of people.
You could also suggest that people bring their own drinks.
Play secret Santa
If you have a huge extended family then you may want to throw out the tradition of buying a gift for every person altogether.
Instead, why not play a game of secret Santa? That way everyone only has to buy one gift – this can save a lot of time and money!
Another option is to create a Christmas gift-giving roster. For example, one year you buy for one family, the next another, and so forth.
Whatever you do, just remember that Christmas is a time to spend with loved ones and to celebrate life – it doesn’t matter how much or little you spend, as long as there is great company and many laughs!