December is finally here. I guess it is everybody’s favorite holiday but trust me, it is the worst time for your pocket. Everybody is shopping and getting all sorts of good stuff. But really, Christmas is about spreading love and feeling good about yourself. The interesting thing is that you do not need a lot of money to have an amazing Christmas. This is how to have the best Christmas on a budget.
Just because everybody is spending, it does not mean that you should also be extravagant. What does Christmas really mean to you? That is where to start when it comes to having Christmas on a budget. It is not bad not to spend during Christmas. There could be long-term projects you are undertaking that require those finances more than spending them this Christmas.
For me, Christmas is a time to spend with the people you love and appreciate them. The most important things have no price tag. They make a larger impact than anything material. All the same, do not be stingy. Give what you have and what you can.
Here are a few amazing ways to have the best Christmas on a budget:
1. Spend time with family and those close to you.
This is, to me, the best way to have an amazing Christmas without spending money. Some people rarely take time to visit their parents or children. Christmas is the best time to mend those broken bonds. This does not involve so
If you have something to spare, buy a Christmas card or something special for your family and friends. Make sure you spend quality time with them. Share your best and worst moments of 2018. Laugh and dine together. Play a few games together as well.
If your home is too far, visit your close friends. You could also skype your family and have a nice chat. Play games and make the best of the time you have together regardless of whether it is in person or online.
2. Know the difference between needs and wants.
If you want to spend your Christmas on a budget, you need to clearly know the difference between what you need and what you want. An example is that you could want a Christmas tree, but you do not need a really big one. Maybe you need to buy presents, but you do not need very expensive gifts.
Christmas sales are everywhere, do not get tempted to buy that which you do not need. If I was asked, I think I want a lot of things but of those that I want, there are essentials that I need and they are few. Knowing that you cannot get everything and more specifically that you do not need everything is the best way to spend Christmas on a budget.
You already own what you think you need.Bashar
3. Get only what you can.
You know yourself best. Do not invest too much if you know you cannot afford. Do not take loans for temporary stuff. Save that coin if you have to. An expensive Christmas does not mean you are happy.
A happy Christmas is staying within what you can afford so that in January you are a happier person. If there is something you wanted, and you can’t get, plan to save for it and get it next Christmas.
4. Donate what you do not need or use.
Christmas is all about sharing and spreading love. During this season, give and do not get tired of giving. It could be buying food for that stranger on the roadside, donating clothes or even doing community service.
Make somebody’s Christmas merry and yours will be merrier. When you look back at what you did, you will always be happy. The best part about this is that it did not cost you anything except love.
5. Plan and set a budget for yourself.
I am a huge fan of planning. Well sometimes it works against me but in the end, it is always better to have a plan than none at all. To have the best Christmas on a budget involves you writing down how much money you will use on whatever activities you wish to engage in this month.
After planning, please stick to it. You could share it with a friend just to ensure you are accountable.
6. Look out for offers and giveaways.
Christmas sales make Christmas on a budget a little easier and also a little harder. Most companies are having sales and giveaways
The best sales are usually clearance sales. They are my personal favorite and that is why I prefer saving money in December and shopping in January.
The budget is not just a collection of numbers, but an expression of our values and aspirations.Jack Lew
7. Embrace DIY.
If you can do it yourself, then do it. I am slowly falling in love with DIYs and I have found it to be a cheaper option. You end up coming up with something that is unique and that you love.
There are plenty of DIY videos on YouTube that take you through the whole process. You can design your own Christmas cards or make amazing Christmas gifts. Go ahead and put your creative hat on.
Find a friend or do it with your kids. It is fun and saves money. It is a win-win!
8. Use E-Cards.
E-cards are not always the best option but for your Christmas on a budget, you can consider them. Send them out to your friends and family through email or any other channel and they serve as a good Christmas wish.
El Mieles team have designed free (yes, Free!!) amazing Christmas e-cards for you. They are helping you accomplish Christmas on a budget successfully.
9. Do not compete or compare yourself with anybody.
Do not ruin your Christmas by trying to do what others are doing. You are not poor for setting up a small Christmas tree or none at all neither are you inadequate for not overspending during Christmas. There are people who save up from January to November just to have an extravagant Christmas.
There is no need to compare or compete if you want to successfully spend your Christmas on a budget. Live your life and love it as it is. You can only work to make your life better by owning it; not wishing that it were like somebody else’s. If you can’t stop comparing yourself with others, this is why.
Only do what matters to you. If putting up a Christmas tree has no significance to you, then do not do it. If sending or giving a Christmas gifts does not make you happy, do what makes you feel happy. It is a season filled with lots of content online; vlogmas and blogmas! Let society not dictate what Christmas should mean to you. You are in charge! It is up to you to first make your Christmas merry so that others can make it merrier for you. The good thing is that Christmas can be merry on a budget.
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