With Christmas almost less than 100 days away, we are already dreaming about the festive season. We’ve even seen Christmas goodies in the shops already and have sneaked in a couple of carols on the car stereo.

But if budgets are tight, preparing for Christmas can be a bit daunting. So let’s get organised early this year and start looking at how to cost cut in the run-up to the (expensive) festive season.

Here are my favourite Chrismas on A Budget Tips

1. Aluminium foil makes wonderful wrapping paper for gifts. Tie with a red or green ribbon and it looks like it’s been professionally wrapped!

2. Avoid the temptations of buying more than you can afford and always make sure everything sticks within your budget limit.

3. As for your gift list, you should really include only the people that matter most to you. For the people you work with and for any other similar categories, all you will need to do is bring some homemade cookies and the problem will be eventually solved.

4. One of the easiest ways to save money at Christmas is to change the types of gifts that you purchase for others. Instead of spending $50 on a foot massager that you think your recipient might like, why not purchase a $20 home pedicure kit instead that you know he or she will love?

5. You should also consider making some of your presents at your home. This way you will have the possibility to save more and your presents will be more original and creative. Every real friend will appreciate your effort and be very thankful to you.

6. Food is always one of the keys to success. If you dedicate some of your free time to cook some delicious food and invite your friends over for a Christmas dinner, they will most definitely appreciate this more than they would a usual present.

7. Important Lesson: Learn That You Can’t and Shouldn’t Buy for Everyone!

8. There is no rule, written or otherwise that says you should buy Christmas gifts for every acquaintance, co-worker, or branch on your family tree. Go through your Christmas list and carefully weed out those who are distant relatives, people you aren’t all that close to, and friends you seldom see.

Do remember what Christmas is all about and enjoy your family and have a safe Christmas and New Year.

Did you know…

Most of Santa’s reindeer have male-sounding names, such as Blitzer, Comet, and Cupid. However, male reindeers shed their antlers around Christmas, so the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh are likely not male, but female or castrati.

Ancient peoples, such as the Druids, considered mistletoe sacred because it remains green and bears fruit during the winter when all other plants appear to die. Druids would cut the plant with golden sickles and never let it touch the ground. They thought it had the power to cure infertility and nervous diseases and to ward off evil.

Early illustrations of St. Nicholas depict him as stern, commanding, and holding a birch rod. He was more a symbol of discipline and punishment than the jolly, overweight man we know as Santa Clause.

What is your best pre-Christmas budget tip? Tell us in the comments below.

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  • I limit my presents to only 3 each per person 2 small gifts and 1 big present
    and the small gifts are usually no more then $10 so then I can concentrate on the big one


  • A few good ideas there. I’ve got taken note and cut back on people and will bake afew things for the aunts n uncles instead of buying gifts.
    Also hosting lunch so I have to keep
    An eye on the food budget


  • I’m home making some thing this year. And yes, limiting who you buy for is a good idea especially when you have you’re own kids etc. More money!
    Although we are planning on limiting pressies for our kids to just a few good thing because we know family will give them presents as well.


  • Christmas is pretty much sorted here. My biggest expense is for our grandson, who’s 3 1/2 and we spoil him. Food isn’t an issue, hubby is working, daughter is staying home, son is interstate, so I’ll be on my Pat Malone for the day.


  • Good to re-read this one so it sinks in haha


  • I already bought few presents :)


  • With no close relatives here, we save there and most know only send e cards, so that is a saving. I use to keep a book with who sent cards as it was getting out of control and if no card for three years without a good reason, then no card was sent. As for presents my husband’s family do not do this and my siblings do not talk to me, so that saves too.
    Christmas also includes three of my children having birthdays, so yes that time of the year is well budgeted for.


  • I am guilty of over spending and over gifting it’s definitely time to rein it in


  • I usually buy things way before it’s time to think about Christmas, like at least 9 months before. I’m nearly finish my Christmas shopping already. But some great ideas here.


  • I buy things on sale, and keep a list so I know everything I have brought, I am 90% finished already


  • I like these tips a lot. Thanks for sharing. I need that reminder that I don’t have to buy something for everyone. I like the facts in the “Did you know…” section. Very interesting.


  • All our extended family lives oversees and we just moved so haven’t build up close friends yet. I’m happy to spend our Xmas budget all for ourselves. I agree that xmas paper isn’t the most expensive and foil isn’t a environmentally a good choice. I think actually using old news papers is rather nice to wrap and fancy it up with a red ribbon.


  • Wrapping paper is cheap enough in comparison to foil. I like to wrap gifts in things like tea towels etc so the recipient can re-use the ‘paper’.


  • While the Aluminium foul might be cheap and easy to come by, im not sure how sturdy it would be actually wrapping something. Has anyone actually tested it?


  • Christmas seems to come around faster and faster each year.


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