Christmas is by far my favorite time of the year. I love spending time with family and friends. The decorations are beautiful, and the food is delicious. However, Christmas can be very expensive. Today I’m going to share with you some of the ways I celebrate Christmas on a budget.
The good thing about decorations is that you can reuse them year after year. That means you’re only spending money on new items and probably a Christmas tree. My family even reuses the Christmas tree. We have an artificial tree because I’m allergic to the real ones, and I’m not a fan of the bugs that can move in with the real tree.
If you do want a new Christmas decoration, it is often a good idea to wait until after Christmas to purchase it. You won’t have it to decorate this year, but you will probably be able to get it at a discounted price. After Christmas sales are perfect for stocking up on decorations for next year.
You can also put new Christmas decorations on your Christmas list. Having others buy them for you as a gift will save you money. Plus, that item will remind you of the person who bought it for you each year as you take it out at Christmastime. I have decorations that my students bought me ten years ago. I still remember who each one was from, and they bring back great memories.
Another expense at Christmas is the food. If you’re hosting Christmas at your house, try to start buying the food a few weeks in advance. Plan your menu first. That way you will know what ingredients you still need to buy. Watch the weekly circulars for deals on those items, and buy them when they’re on sale. That way you don’t end up with a huge grocery bill the week of Christmas. You can also have each of your guests bring a dish to share. That will cut back on the amount of money you spend, too.
I love baking Christmas cookies. However, getting the ingredients for several different kinds can be expensive. Each year, I have a holiday cookie exchange with some of my friends. That way I only need to purchase ingredients for one type of cookie. After the exchange, I have at least 5 different types of cookies to share with my guests on Christmas. They appreciate the selection of cookies, and I love not having to make them all myself. Cookie exchanges are lots of fun, and they save you time and money.
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