Budgeting 101 โ€“ the 12 tips of Christmas

The most wonderful time of the year is approaching, and along with it comes the joyful chaos of holiday shopping and festivities.

Authored on
05 Dec 2023
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  3 minute read

While the spirit of giving is heart-warming, it's easy for your budget to take a bit of a beating, so it's high time to be savvy with your pennies. ๐Ÿ‘›

But fear not, weโ€™re bringing you the 12 tips of Christmas to ensure your festivities are filled with cheer, not financial fear. ๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ’ธ

1. Plan plentifully! ๐Ÿ“Š

Don't let the festive frenzy lead to financial chaos. Plan your Christmas budget before diving into decorations, gifts, and feasts. You could even set a spending limit for each person to resist the urge to overspend. If youโ€™re looking for tips on budgeting, our blog on how to budget might help you out!

2. Scout for savings ๐Ÿ”Ž

Before finalising your purchase, take a moment to check if you can snag the same item at a better price elsewhere. Price-comparison apps and websites are useful to ensure you're getting the most bang for your buck.

3. Gift thoughtfully, not excessively ๐ŸŽ

Consider quality over quantity when it comes to presents. Thoughtful gifts often hold more value than a mountain of packages. Remember, Christmas is one day - don't let overspending haunt you into the next year!

4. The gift of DIY ๐Ÿ‘ทโ€

Embrace your inner elf and get crafty! Homemade gifts are not only personal but also easy on the bank. Your friends and family will appreciate the effort โ€“ handcrafted items show you've invested time and love, and that's a gift in itself.

5. E-Greetings for the modern elf ๐ŸŒ

Embrace the digital era by sending e-greetings or a video message. It not only saves on paper and postage but also adds a personal touch without breaking the bank.

6. Unwrap savings with cashback ๐Ÿ’ธ

By signing up for free on cashback sites and clicking through them for your purchases, you're not just shopping; you're earning a little too. These sites get paid for directing traffic, and they happily share the love with you, helping to net you some extra cash each year.

7. Beware of Christmas 'deals'! ๐Ÿคž

Retailers, in the spirit of the season, might dress up regular prices as special offers, attempting to jingle all the way to your wallet. Do your research early to keep your holiday budget on track by staying vigilant and seeking out genuine, budget-friendly deals.

8. Feast without fuss ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ

If youโ€™re the lucky relative preparing the feast, host a potluck-style Christmas lunch, where each guest brings a dish! Not only does this culinary collab save you time and money, but it also adds a delightful variety to your feast, making it a win-win for your taste buds and your budget.

9. Christmas budget bill ๐Ÿ’ต

Consider your Christmas budget a non-negotiable bill alongside rent and utilities. Allocating a set amount ensures you avoid overspending, allowing you to savour the season without a New Year's financial hangover.

10. Cash in clutter for Christmas ๐Ÿ’ฐ

If that unused gadget or last year's festive sweater is gathering dust, turn it into Christmas funds by selling online. Also consider cashing in on your clothes with sites like Vinted or even the Facebook marketplace, where selling from your wardrobe comes with zero seller fees.

11. Score big from your sofa ๐Ÿ’ป

Save yourself the travel hassle and discover end-of-line bargains from the comfort of your own home. Many high street and high-end stores have online outlet stores, often tucked away on eBay or special websites, offering discounts without the need for a road trip.

12. Plan for next year's cheer! ๐ŸŽ„

Unlock major savings by snagging post-Christmas bargains on cards, wrapping paper, and decorations. It might feel a tad early, but this move not only trims your expenses for next year's festivities but might also land you a head start on gift shopping for cheaper.

So there you have it, the 12 tips of Christmas to guide you through the holiday hustle without breaking the bank too much. Here's to enjoying the festivities without the financial woes!


๐Ÿ”” Though we hope this article helps you on your budgeting journey, it shouldnโ€™t be taken as personal advice. If you need help with your finances, you should speak to a suitably qualified financial adviser.


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