Posted on Monday, December 11th, 2017 at 7:00 am
Are you still paying off bills from last Christmas? Is your budget tighter this year than it was last year? Those situations can make it difficult to make it through the holidays. Here are five ways to make Christmas less expensive.
Get an Artificial Tree
A real Christmas tree will last for one Christmas season – if you put in effort to take care of it. Buy one too early, or forget to give it water, and you could find yourself having to throw it away and buy another one before Christmas Eve. Next year, you have to spend more money on a real tree.
An artificial tree is inexpensive, especially if you buy one a few days before Christmas or the week after. You pay once for the artificial tree, and it will last for years. Store it away carefully, and you will never need to buy a tree ever again!
Set a Budget
You can make Christmas less expensive by setting a limit on the total amount you will spend overall. Stretch that budget by shopping during sales, using coupons, and taking advantage of discounts offered to members or to those who have the store’s credit card. Use codes that lower the cost of shipping.
Limit the Number or Cost of Gifts
Another way to set a limit is to get together with your family members and make an agreement. Promise to buy only one gift for each person this year. Or, set a dollar amount that they can spend on each person. This enables them to buy someone a slightly more pricey gift, or several inexpensive ones. Everyone can save money without feeling like a “cheapskate”.
Use What You Already Have
Before you buy new Christmas decorations, take the time to find out what you already have. Ornaments, stockings, tree skirts, and other decorations can be used for several years in a row. Take an inventory and put a list of things you already have onto your smartphone. Refer to it before you buy more.
Shop the Dollar Stores
Do you need to replace a broken set of Christmas lights? Does your decorated tree look a little bit bare? Shop at your local dollar store and see what they have. What you need will cost less at the dollar stores than if you bought the same items from a department store.