Throwing a fabulous Christmas for your kids doesn’t have to be expensive. It all depends on whether or not you know how to stick to a reasonable budget. The trick is to not go overboard; you don’t want to be paying for this Christmas this time next year.
Here are some tips on how to treat your kids to a great Christmas this year (while on a budget):
Make A List
Write down the names of everyone you plan to buy presents for, and then read over the list. Do you absolutely have to buy gifts for everyone on the list? If you can give homemade items to some people, it will increase the money you have to spend on your kids.
If you have a large family with lots of kids to buy for, propose that the adults draw names. This way, you only have to buy one or two gifts for family members instead of everyone.
Look at the list of items you plan to buy for your children, and keep an eye out for sales on those items. Sometimes you can buy gifts online for far cheaper than in the stores. Just be aware of shipping prices because you could end up with a gift that costs you far more than expected.
Also, look at second-hand shops, thrift stores, and on online sales boards. You may find exactly what you need at a far lower price.
Take Advantage of After-Christmas Sales
This tip doesn’t apply so much to this Christmas, but it will definitely make next year’s Christmas shopping a lot less expensive. Go to stores the day after Christmas and stock up on all the reduced items. Sometimes you can buy items for up to 75% off the sticker price.
Buy Presents throughout the Year
Don’t wait until December to buy your gifts. Instead, write down wishes throughout the year and pick up those items when you see them on sale. Just make sure you have a really good hiding place!
Having a great frugal Christmas is within your grasp if you know how to be smart with your purchases. Stick to your budget and follow the aforementioned tips, and you can treat your kids to a fantastic Christmas this year.
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