This Christmas, leave the retail stores behind and work within that strict budget to create the most memorable Christmas of all time for less money. When budgets are tight, many parents feel the holiday depression creeping up, but there are ways to get more out of Christmas with less money.
Create a Gift – Exchanging Handmade Items
The thriftiest Christmas shoppers are not looking for a deal on the next big electronics item. They are searching for deals on supplies they can use to create handmade Christmas gifts. Handmade gifts can include photo albums, journals, diaries and jewelry all of which cost less than retail items that are mass produced and are typically poor quality.
Go Straight to the Heart – Through the Stomach
Baking is the perfect money saving angle for Christmas gifting. Baked goods do not have to be fancy to make people happy on Christmas. Instead of going for cookies which can be more costly in the long run, try baking loaves of sweet bread or cake. Zucchini bread, banana bread and apple bread are three choices that cost less than any retail bought baked item and can be easily gifted with a bow and a dollar store basket.
Dollar Store Gifts Stretch the Budget Dollar
When budgets are extremely tight, the local dollar store is there to help. Dollar store items come in a variety of sizes and include toys, coloring books, crayons, make-up, hair supplies and more. With less than $100, a family can exchange plenty of useful and enjoyable gifts and never break the bank.
Think Stockings Instead of Packages
Hanging larger than average stockings and skipping the traditional packages is a great way to save money on Christmas gifts. Stockings that are larger can hold many items ranging in size from the tiny to the large. Wrapping each gift individually creates a unique, grab bag feel to Christmas morning.
Thrift stores are the ideal shops to buy more with less. Many families are turning to thrift stores for clothing only, but the book section may surprise even the most discerning parent. Books are expensive and have a very short gift life. Thrift stores typically offer books for 25 to 50 cents saving parents up to 95% on the cost of new books.
The Christmas parents can step out of the debt creating credit cards and into a life of debt free Christmas shopping with these money saving tips. Never again feel the sorrow of paying back credit card bills for a year or more after the holiday only to enter into debt again next year.