This tip is super simple, but it’s one that people are often reluctant to use. Every year, Christmas spending goes up, and it’s because people just keep thinking that more is better.
You can reverse that trend right now in your family and ensure a future of affordable, reasonable Christmas celebrations. To start, set a reasonable budget for gifts for each member of your family. No matter how many times your teenager claims that everyone else gets an iPod, laptop, and TV for Christmas, that’s just not realistic for most families.
Let your family know ahead of time that you’re downsizing the amount of presents they’ll be getting in order to avoid disappointment on the actual holiday. Explain that you want to get back to what Christmas really means by spending time together, watching Christmas movies, and enjoying each others company. While they may initially be unhappy, they’ll be happy once they see how fun Christmas is!
Put a lot of thought into the gifts you do buy. One well-thought out gift is worth more than two random gifts.
In addition to giving more personalized gifts, consider giving free but meaningful items to your family. Write a top ten list of your favorite things about each family member. Even if your teenager scoffs at it, he’ll secretly save it forever. Prepare everyone’s favorite meal, taking turns on the days leading up to Christmas. Acts of love like this are worth more than gifts!
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- View the whole 100 Days of Saving on Christmas here.
- Day 1, Shop Groupon and Other Deal Sites
- Day 2, Use FFD and Other Deal Blogs
- Day 3, Use Kohls Coupons for Freebies
- Day 4, Use Swagbucks
- Day 5, Save Your Change Throughout the Year
- Day 6, Recycle for Cash
- Day 7, Sell Old Items on Ebay or Craigslist
- Day 8, Have a Garage Sale
- Day 9, Create an Etsy Store
- Day 10, Eat at Home
- Day 11, Buy From the Thrift Store and Save the Difference
- Day 12, Shop at Garage Sales for New Items
- Day 13, Make Lunches to Take to Work
- Day 14,Turn Your Thermostat Up or Down
- Day 15, Shop the Dollar Store for Gifts
- Day 16, Bake or Make Gifts
- Day 17, Give Acts of Service
- Day 18, Start a Family Tradition of Volunteering
- Day 19, Stockpile Gifts Throughout the Year
- Day 20, Make a Christmas Budget
- Day 21, Drive Less During the Year
- Day 22, Trade Babysitting with Friends
- Day 23, Sign Up for Goldstar
- Day 24, Sell Your Clothing to a Resale Store
- Day 25, Sign up for Plink
- Day 26, Try Ebay, Craigslist, and Local Facebook for Gifts
- Day 27, Create Gift Baskets
- Day 28, Trade Services
- Day 29, Use Coupons at Restaurants
- Day 30, Find a Work at Home Job
- Day 31: Shop Garage Sales for Christmas Decorations
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