Not many sleeps until Christmas now, and that means it’s finally time to buy Christmas presents for many. Cutting this fine to the big day means you might blow out the Christmas budget, but with a few little tips, you don’t have to.
Buying presents for your nearest and dearest can be daunting during the best of times, but if you are trying to keep your budget tight for savings, investments, or retirement, they can be a burden.
Put the pitchforks down! Regifting is not a “dirty word”. There are plenty of things that you might have that you don’t need or want that would be treasures to others. Being thoughtful is way more rewarding than blowing out the Christmas budget.
Split the costs
You might not be the only one in your family or friend circle trying to “make those dollars work”. Another great option is to combine economic forces to purchase a gift for a mutual friend or family member.
The Christmas Budget Plan
It might be a little too late for this one, but it’ll work a treat for next year. Start planning a gift plan early in 2022; that way, you’ll be able to pick things up at sales during the year and stretch the Christmas expenses over the whole year. Your credit cards and bank account will thank you. A bonus is that when December rolls around, you’ll already have your Christmas shopping done while others will have to brave the craziness of the shopping centres, and you can sit back and relax.
Service or Skill
The chances are high that when you were a kid, you made a coupon/gift certificate book for a parent on either Mother’s or Father’s Day that said things like “One free breakfast in bed” or “Mowing the lawn without complaining”.
It’s not corny to bring that back. If you have a skill or provide a service, offering that to friends and family as a gift could be a fantastic gift and help them save some money as well. A win-win for everyone.
There are many ways to keep the Christmas Budget on the “nice list” this year. While these tips are more general, we understand that personal finance is different for everyone. If you would like one of our team of experts to help you get your finances into New Year’s shape, contact us here.