Christmas, the most joyous time of the year, right? Well, in an ideal world Christmas would indeed be the pinnacle of contentment. However, the festivities can also bring a great deal of stress, too. Christmas is a stressful enough time of the year before you even start to think of the finances. Perfectly roasting the turkey, getting the decorations up on time, and acting as family mediator to prevent any potential bust-ups will all take their toll; when you pile the expenses and financial anxiety on top of that, what was meant to be a celebration can quickly turn into a nightmare.
Festive Money Saving Ideas
Don’t worry though, here at PIWoP we’ve got a few tips and tricks up our sleeves to help. Unless you’re particularly well-organised, planning things in advance can be tedious, to say the least. However, preparing in advance of Christmas is one of the best things you can do in terms of how to save your money. For instance, the closer you get to Christmas day, the higher that supermarkets will inevitably squeeze the prices on “Christmas dinner essentials”. By buying early and freezing your food, you’ll save money and time. Other simple things you can do include recycling where possible – using newspapers as wrapping paper is a cheap way to save on the shop-bought equivalent, giving your gifts a quirky look in the process! Finally, don’t be afraid to embrace the arts and crafts, especially where your children are concerned; making your own decorations such as paper chains and snowflakes are an easy way to make your home feel festive without breaking the bank.
Making The Most Of Coupons And Deals
It only takes a quick Google search online to see the countless thousands of coupons and deals that are easily available to you and your family. Black Friday for instance, is a fantastic time to buy any gifts as well as things you might need for the cooking on Christmas day. There’ll often be discount kitchen appliances and homeware items available at a drastically-reduced price, but most people miss these as they are drawn to the big-ticket items like TVs instead.
Patience is a virtue and often being patient can save you money as well. By making use of our price drop alert tool, you can keep an eye on something that you want without feeling the need to make an impulse purchase, as the chances are the price will drop to within your budget, you need to have the patience.