We are now in one of the biggest shopping holiday seasons in the U.S. Even those people who do not celebrate this time of year still take advantage of the sales and discounts being offered. It’s pretty easy to get sucked into the advertising and end up spending a lot more than you budgeted for. Here are a few tips on how to ensure you have a very merry budget friendly Christmas.
Share A Meal with Friends and Family
Growing up in Jamaica, having communal meals were very common. They also serve the purpose of bringing loved ones together. To make things less costly for the hosting family, each invitee would bring a dish to contribute to the gathering. Instead of spending a ton on gifts, spend less by hosting a dinner and creating new fun memories with the people you love.
Use Your Talents
The best gifts are those given with effort and intent. If you have a talent, use it to make others around you happy. If you’re good at sewing, sew something nice. If you’re good at painting, paint a shared memory. If you’re good at writing, send a heartfelt note. Last year, I gifted my mother in law a calendar I made with pictures from both families. She absolutely loved it! So, if you want to have a very merry budget friendly Christmas, try making special gifts for your loved ones using talents you already have.
Have A Staycation
The best thing about a staycation is its affordability. Because you’re staying home, you avoid travel and lodging costs. This is what makes a staycation a great vacation idea for your very merry budget friendly Christmas. Imagine spending $2,000 or more just pampering yourself for a week with no worries about catching a plane or having to adhere to the restrictions of a hotel. I grew up on one of the most beautiful islands on earth, Jamaica. Well, to this day, I still wish I had spent more time enjoying and exploring my little island. For more tips on travel budget check out this blog [CLICK HERE].
Less (But Thoughtful!) Gifts
Everyone loves receiving gifts. But what people love even more are thoughtful gifts. It’s tempting to want to show the people in your life how much you love them by presenting them with numerous gifts. This year, instead of focusing on quantity, focus on quality. Buy less gifts but be more intentional about them. If the people you’re buying them for also care about you, they will appreciate the thought and effort behind the gesture more than the gift itself. Resist the urge to play Santa Claus and your future self will thank you for it.
So, enjoy your holiday with your family and friends. Just remember with creativity and discipline you can have a very merry budget friendly Christmas!