This Christmas: Lessen Frivolity, Not Festivity
Cutting back on what you spend this year doesn’t mean losing out on festive cheer. With a few creative ideas here and there it’s easy to make more of less – often with a lot of fun along the way. Here are few things to try…
I’ve hesitated from doing this in the past as the options were a bit ‘naff’. This year a lot of charities are offering great e-cards though. See Marie Curie, Macmillan, Friends of the Earth, and RSPCA. Some ask for a small donation.
Share The Cooking
If your family is getting together, ask everyone to prepare a part of the meal. If that’s unrealistic, you could put together a kitty to cover the cost of a big family meal. If there’s anything left over you could donate it to a charity.
Give Vintage Pottery
Turn Christmas into Thriftmas with gifts found in second hand or antique shops. There are a lot where I live so I often upcycle old pots into candle gifts. It’s an affordable way to tap into the on-going trend for ceramics too. Just swap the expensive high-street pot for a lovely old one with tons more character.
Piggy Bank Your Coffee Spends
Then use the saved-up pounds towards you gift shopping. Not a coffee drinker? Have one less drink at a festive gathering and save that instead. Better for your pocket and the morning after!
Don’t Buy Unnecessarily
A really thoughtful, small gift (homemade? Even better) is far nicer to give (and receive) than heaps of parcels that get forgotten.
I try to embrace less is more when shopping for my nieces – like many children, they simply have so much. I’m not amazing at this, but awareness is half the battle.
Agree A Budget
It could be as little as £5 or £10. Enjoy the challenge, too!
Keep An Eye Out For Free Delivery
It always comes around at this time of year. Rather than buying mindlessly when it does, have a list. More about that below…
Actually Write A List
And stick to it. Many of us don’t ever write one.
Have one this year – even if it’s a note on your phone. It’ll help you avoid impulse and unnecessary purchases, which you may not be able to afford. I’m using this tact for buying my winter wardrobe. Having a note in my phone is a good reminder if I find myself with something ‘off list’ in my hands!
Give Your Time
Offer to do something for a friend. Go carol signing to raise funds for a local charity (and some real, all-round cheer). Volunteer – I’ll be doing this on Christmas Day with my parents.
Don’t Forget Loyalty Points
We inevitably need a handful of bits and bobs from the high street. Check your supermarket and chemist cards to see if you can use ‘points’ to cover a little of your shopping.
There’s so much you can do to trim the cost of Christmas down with a little bit of thought. This far from exhaustive but hopefully gives you a starter for ten.