Make it Cheap This Christmas

chocolate santaA common problem for Americans at Christmas is overspending, especially when you consider that most families are living paycheck to paycheck and don’t really have much money.

So should you cancel Christmas this year, or maybe not buy any gifts? Luckily, you don’t have to take such drastic action, as long as you read every word in this article and follow the money saving ideas below.

Buy online

If you are prepared to spend some time shopping around then you can find some real bargains online, which work out a lot cheaper than the high street.

Best of all, many online stores will gift wrap your items in Christmas boxes and wrapping paper, meaning you don’t have to do any work at all.

Buy second hand

Who says that Christmas gifts have to be brand new? In order to make it cheap this Christmas you might want to consider buying second hand gifts that you find on an auction site such as eBay.

There are many great second hand items out there that are a fraction of the price of what you would pay in the shops, and with a bit of a cleanup they look brand new.

Wait until the sales

Does Christmas really have to be all about the 25th of December? Instead of giving presents on Christmas morning you could wait until the sales begin in January and then take your family and friends out to buy them gifts.

This works especially well if you plan to buy clothes, as these kind of items are always significantly discounted in the sales.

Keep Christmas dinner simple

It’s very easy to get carried away when shopping for Christmas dinner, and in no time at all your grocery bill can be in the hundreds of dollars.

That’s why it’s recommended you keep Christmas dinner extremely simple this year. Forget about all of the trimmings and look to serve a straight forward meal that won’t break the bank.

For example, you can buy frozen vegetables in bulk to save money, as well as swap turkey for chicken if the price of a turkey is too high.

Be prepared for next year

The earlier you start preparing for Christmas, the cheaper it will be. Many people now pick up Christmas presents throughout the year when the prices are low and a particular store is having a sale.

You can also stock up on tinned goods while they are on special offer at your supermarket, and then store them away until the end of the year.