Christmas is an expensive time of year for everyone; presents, party nights, new outfits, food and drink; it all starts to add up. Even birthdays, weddings, and leaving presents still fall into the equation at this already expensive time of year. Don’t despair. Here is some tips and advice on how to spread the cost and still have a great Christmas.
Start a Christmas fund jar, try collecting loose change. Nearer Christmas you can head to a coin converter machine, you will be amazed at how much you have saved. If a Christmas fund jar is not for you, why not plan ahead for friends and family birthdays on the lead up to Christmas. Start buying your birthday gifts and card’s early, this way you get a much better selection of cards and gift ideas.
You can do the same for Christmas presents; by writing a list of your family and friends and setting a budget per head, you can then work through your list at leisure, thus preventing double buying, people forgotten and that last minute shopping dash. Set your family a challenge by agreeing a maximum budget per head. It is amazing the gift ideas people come up with when on a tight budget. Fun gift ideas for Christmas day are perfect, or why not join together to give someone that special gift they always wanted.
Here in the United Kingdom we all love a bargain or special offer. To hear about the latest offers and promotions, why not join your favourite shops social networking media such as Face Book or Twitter. This way you will be the first to hear about up and coming events, special offers and new products. Alternatively search online for e-coupons or promotional shopping codes, a number of online retailers will offer special promotions or discounts for their online shoppers. Have a search you might be surprised at the offers available.
Why not shop online, you will be amazed at the number of gift shops that are available, with brilliant gift ideas for everyone. Find different gift ideas for all budgets, from jewellery, gadgets, home-ware, sweetie shops, you name it you will find it online. With the number of online gift shops increasing, prices are competitive and delivery costs low.
If you are feeling creative you could always make you own handmade gifts, such as soaps or candles. Why not search the web for handmade gift ideas, you will be amazed at the choices available. The key to success is taking time to prepare that all important list and set your budget. Don’t forget to raid the sofa for any loose change to help start your Christmas Fund Jar. Happy Shopping.