A few days to Christmas and i bet some people still have some Christmas shopping left to do. I know i am not alone when i say Christmas period is one heck of an expensive period in the year! Christmas shopping on a budget is definitely the way to go nowadays. From buying gifts for family, friends, and co-workers to buying for teachers kids and so on. The list goes on and on right? I just finalized my Christmas shopping and boy was it a lot. I had to get for family members and then my daughter’s teachers. She has about 4 main ones and then past teachers. Plus it does not help that i talk to all the teachers in her daycare. Yes, I am that mother that comes and spends 15minutes talking after dropping her child lol. Hence, i obviously have to buy gifts for all the teachers in her daycare lol. I am so glad to finally be done with it. Now do not get me wrong, i love Christmas period and giving to loved ones. In fact its one of my best times of the year and not just because of the festivities. I love Christmas because of what it signifies; the birth of Christ. Our savior was born during this awesome time, without him, there would be no essence of life. Hence i always ensure that the season focuses on him and not just on us.
There are several ways to save some money or manage your budget while getting gifts during Christmas.
How to survive Christmas shopping on a budget
Start in advance:
Begin buying gifts in advance especially when you find good deals. Do not wait until the last minute when you do not have much time or choices. I did not follow this advice this year lol. I left everything until the last minute. Sometimes, you tend to find gift items when and where you least expect. This happens to me a lot when i am actively looking, i most likely would not find the gift lol.
Make a list:
Create a list of all the people you plan to get gifts for. No matter how little you plan to spend on that person, add them to the list and add it all up. Try organizing the list in order of smallest cost to largest cost so you can check it off easily.
Have a budget maximum:
Figure out your maximum spending limit for the entire gift buying process and divide it however you plan amongst everyone. For instance, if your max spending is $500, and you have 10 people to buy gifts for, write out how much you plan to allocate to everyone.
Shop alone or a budget partner:
Personally, i will rather shop online, but if i had to go to the stores, i would go alone. Outside of going alone, i would take hubby or someone who is on the same page with me on working on a budget. How many of us have friends who will end up making us buy the entire shopping mall? Yep, we all do.
Shop during sales or discount stores:
Check out sales during Black Friday, Cyber Monday or even sales throughout the year. You can also check out discount stores for great gift options.
Now if you are a crafty person or up to a challenge, how about making the gifts yourself? Sometimes these thoughtful gifts are so unique and often the best. You could make cards, clothes, purses, accessories and several other great items.
Take advantage of free shipping:
I do not know about you, but those shipping costs add up. Have you ever found yourself in the situation where you pay like $200 for a product and you are okay with it, then they say shipping is $10 and you are like WHAT!!!! loll
Save on gift wrapping:
I personally do not like wrapping gifts, not really my cup of tea lol. But those costs for gift wrapping when you buy gifts is a bit ridiculous. For some gifts i got for family, the cost was $5 for each item. Obviously, you know i passed on that. No way ill be paying another $5 for gift wrapping lol. You could get some wrapping paper and wrap them yourselves if you are great at that. I really do not think anyone will be offended that their gift was not wrapped lol.
Give not buy:
Now i know sometimes we plan to buy things for people and end up with a cart full of things for ourselves. This is one way to cut costs, ensure you only plan to give to people and not buying for yourself.
Finally, if money is really tight, let your loved ones know. I am very sure they will not expect you to go broke all in the name of Christmas gifts. Christmas is a time of love and happiness and not one to get stressed out about.
That’s all lovelies, these are just a few ways to get some Christmas shopping on a budget