Monday, December 10, 2012

Money Saving Tips for Christmas

Guest post written by Laura Crimmons.   For more information on this kind of post, please read my disclosure statement.

There is so much you have to spend money on for Christmas, from the decorations, cards, presents food and new outfits for the festive parties; it’s no wonder we save all year for the event. But no matter how much we save, it always seems like a stretch and just when you think you are done shopping, you realize you have forgotten something.

Here are some great tips to help you on your way to a more frugal Christmas but not one that is without buckets of Christmas cheer!

1)      Internet Shopping – Not only can you save money on gas, parking or public transport, not to mention saving on the stress levels, you can also save a lot of money on your presents too. Everyone knows about the big online auction sites and there is no secret about the really big savings you can make if you are a savvy bidder, but there are also loads of online discount codes you can take advantage of such as the discounts at

2)      Homemade – Loads of things can be homemade and once you realize the skills you didn’t know you had, you will never go back to buying on the high street again! The first of your crafts could be homemade decorations. You should definitely make an attempt at the Christmas wreath, as they are so easy and look so much better when they are made by hand. Once you have got the hang of that, you can start making handmade gifts too. Try your hand at anything from homemade chutneys and jams to knitting or crocheting gifts!

3)      Baking – It may take a little longer but doing your own baking and cooking in general is a real money saving idea. One great example is Christmas mince pies. From one bag of flour, some butter and water for the pastry and one jar of mincemeat, you can often make between 20 and 30 pies. Or you could get 6 for the same price in the shops. Not only have you saved money but your pies will taste so much better! Registered & Protected


Eva Gallant said...

Good ideas. I do most of my shopping on line, and at an "invitation only" Scholastic Warehouse Book Sale.

Twins Squared said...

Yeah - yesterday I was ordering online for Mike's support people at work, and I wanted something nice but we were going over budget on the thing we had decided to buy. And then the shipping was so expensive! Before I hit the final button, I decided to do a search on coupons and lo and behold I found several. Best one was a code for free shipping (which was nearly $40 on this order) which saved a ton of money and made the whole thing doable!

Now I just have to work on my domestic talents. :) I made a wreath once.

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