Christmas is fast approaching, but if you’re anything like us, then the chances are that you are worried about how you’re going to pay for it. Indeed, Christmas can be an expensive time of the year, with the average household spending around £751 during the festive season on gifts and food. The good news, though, is that you don’t have to spend thousands of pounds, and below, we’ve put together some of the best money-saving tips to help you celebrate on a budget.
Make your own gifts
If you’re into your arts and crafts, then you could consider making your own gifts for loved ones. Just grab some supplies and start making teddy bears, clothing, bags and scarfs, and design your own cards instead of hitting the high street. Recycling and reusing old materials not only saves time but helps to protect the planet, too. There are hundreds of DIY gift ideas online, but some of our favourites include a tape mirror (where you use coloured tapes to add an effect to your mirror), homemade milk candles (add lavender and vanilla to melted wax) or even food – roasted cinnamon almonds taste delicious, easy to make and are the perfect Christmas treat.
If you and your friends are sick of spending so much money on one another during the festive season, then make a pact not to buy each other gifts. You’ll have to be strict with yourself, because if you end up finding something for your friend and they have nothing for you, they’ll naturally be embarrassed and will want to get you something in return. Put it in writing and go out for a meal or have drinks together to celebrate the season instead – you don’t have to gift!
Use online promo codes
Online shopping is so convenient nowadays, but it’s also tempting to keep on shopping and go over your allocated Christmas budget. If you want to find some bargains and save money in the process, though, then find a Wish promo code and get shopping today. You can save lots of money, collect bonuses and stamps, and get the gifts you want for your loved ones cheaper.
Regift last year’s presents
Okay, let’s be real for a minute. We all get a gift or two at Christmas that we really just don’t want. But because we want to appear grateful and respectful, we hold on to it, whether it’s an item of clothing, some perfume, a cuddly toy or a gadget. Rather than letting gifts go to waste, consider regifting them this Christmas. Of course, we’re not saying you should give them back to the person who gave them to you – you must be strategic and make sure there’s no way they could know. Buy some new wrapping paper, and present it to a friend – they’ll love your leftovers and you’ll look like you have put a lot of thought into their present, even if you haven’t.
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