Here are a few ideas for keeping your Christmas costs down and generating some extra spending money.
- Look at cheaper ways of having fun at Christmas
Making your own decorations (with the help of the kids) or revamping a previous year’s outfit for festive parties are all worth considering.
- Customise your Christmas dinner
If you don’t have a big crowd coming for dinner, why not swap the traditional turkey for chicken, or go ‘Christmas lite’ with a turkey crown? Or for vegetarians, a cheesy bake with seasonal vegetables is warming, filling and cheap to make. Replace store-bought Christmas pudding with a home-made cake, and you can even add the traditional silver sixpence (or 50p piece, sterilised in boiling water) after it’s cooked.
- Get creative with crackers
If Christmas crackers are a must-have, buy the cheapest available and add your own items to them, like favourite sweets, trinkets from around the house or funny messages.
- Swap standard gifting for Secret Santa
If you have a lot of friends to buy for but not much of a budget, how about organising a Secret Santa party? Pick names from a hat and then meet to exchange gifts. With a budget of £10 and only one person to buy for, you can save money without compromising on enjoyment.
- Have a pre-Christmas cutback
Put some cash back in your pocket by economising on groceries, treats, and extras like takeaways and meals out. It will make the big day feel all the more luxurious when the time comes.