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Saving on gifts and presents
49. CONSIDER MAKING PRESENTS
If you are a great cook it would be lovely to bake some cupcakes and wrap beautifully for a present, or what about a piece of art – if you are good at something , use it to your advantage.
50. CONSIDER GIVING A HOMEMADE VOUCHER FOR A PRESENT
If you can do something for someone, then a voucher for that would be well received and only really costs you your time. What about an offer to babysit for a new baby present for example.
Giving presents that you have received but don’t want/need can be a great way to save pennies – but a word of warning – label clearly so that you don’t end up giving it back to whoever gave it you in the first place!
52. SECRET SANTA?
Most people who work in offices utilise a secret Santa over Christmas – where you put everyones name in a hat and then take on each – you have to buy one present for that person only. That way everyone buys one present and everyone gets a present.
This would work really well to keep costs down in a large family – and you could have a high budget for that one present so that they get one great present – but it would still cost less than getting something for everyone.
53. ONLY BUY PRESENTS FOR THE KIDS IN THE FAMILY AT CHRISTMAS
Once kids come into the picture, families naturally get bigger very quickly. Why not just buy for the children from now on?
54. HAVE A BUDGET FOR BIRTHDAY / CHRISTMAS PRESENTS – AND STICK TO IT
I’ve mentioned this before – but its worth repeating!
When you have large families but still want to get something for everyone, why not set a present limit per person?
My family has a £15 limit on Christmas presents and honestly we have barely noticed a difference apart from to our wallets!
Presents can be a really tough thing to save on – especially when you want to give something lovely – but thinking outside the box (as these points have hopefully helped you do) can really help you save without losing out on the fact that the gift is gorgeous!
Now, do you eat? – Of course you do! – it’s something we can’t avoid and usually love – but food can be one of the biggest bills we have each month – let’s look at a few ways to save on food right now….