Our already busy lives become much busier, and suddenly there are presents to buy, cards to mail, parties to plan, pageants to attend, menus to plan, cookies to bake, bells to ring, carols to sing, and heaven knows what more on top of everything else. It is understandable that the majority of us experience worry rather than gratitude during the holidays because there is so much to do and buy and not enough time or money to get it all done.
The season also brings a lot of events, food and gifts to buy which in the current time of the cost of living crisis are concerning for people. You can still enjoy the Christmas holidays even on a budget.
Attempt Secret Santa on a limited budget
Every December, you can find yourself spending money on Christmas presents for friends, family, coworkers, and students. The list grows, as do the expenses. Consider practising Secret Santa as a substitute if you want to stay in the holiday spirit without going into major debt for Christmas.
If you’ve never heard of Secret Santa, it basically entails placing names in a hat and having each individual take one out. You only buy gifts for the person you draw out of the hat. No one else. Gifts often have a defined price and are typically given in secret.
Look into local entertainment
The fun of Christmas includes taking your kids to the pantomime and visiting Santa, but holiday activities can hurt your wallet at a time when it’s already under stress. Check out what’s happening nearby to save money; visiting Father Christmas at the mall might be just as exciting as paying to see him in a fancy grotto.
Additionally, simple activities like having a campfire in the backyard or taking a stroll around the neighbourhood to see your neighbours’ decorations may be just as fun for children.
Buy second hand
Saving money is one of the most obvious and well-known advantages of buying used goods. Pre-owned items are frequently up to 50% less expensive here than they would be elsewhere. Secondhand does not equate to inferior. You can locate wonderful gifts that will delight under the tree with a little bit of knowledge. Old books, wooden toys, lovely ornaments, and winter coats can all be found in great abundance in vintage shops.
Purchasing used gifts not only saves you money, but it’s also good for the environment. There are a tonne of websites, including eBay and Gumtree, as well as locations like Facebook Marketplace and online public auctions, that offer second-hand goods in good condition for a discounted price.
The lighting of local Christmas tree lights
If your community holds an annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, invite some friends or family over to take part in the fun. Christmas snacks like hot chocolate and cookies are served in some localities. For a holiday dance with live music, some people go inside. These post-event activities are typically cost-effective or free, making them ideal for cheap holiday entertainment.