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A little bit of forward planning this Christmas could make next Christmas a lot less expensive
One thing that I am really good at is planning ahead. Birthdays, Christmas, holidays I am usually super organized with gifts and cards etc. So, here are a few tips you can use this year to make next Christmas that little bit cheaper.
1. Re-use Gift wrap, Gift bags and Christmas Cards
When I was a kid my mum used to save all our Christmas cards and put them away with the Christmas decorations. Come December, she would get them out and we would cut them into gift tags instead of buying them. I absolutely loved doing this and it’s one of the little family traditions I remember from my childhood. It saves money and should keep the kids occupied for an hour or two.
While kids may rip all the wrapping paper they touch to shreds, adults are usually a lot more careful. Much of this could be neatly folded away and used for next year.
I genuinely cant remember the last time I actually bought a gift bag. I save and reuse ALL of them. Just remove the old tag and add a new one. If you do need to buy them Card Factory are by far the cheapest place to go.
2. Zeek – The gift card app
If you receive any gift-cards that you aren’t likely to use this Christmas you could try using the Zeek app. As well as buying discounted gift-cards with Zeek, you can also sell them for a small admin fee. A quick and easy way to make money from something you wouldn’t use. Consider either putting the money towards a something you’d actually like or stash the cash away to go towards next Christmas.
You can find out all about the Zeek app here. This is link also contains a £5 off discount code if you need to buy any vouchers for Christmas.
3. Review your Christmas list
It may be a bit late this year but make a resolution to limit the number of people you buy for. There’s a few people I’ve bought for this year and thought, ‘Hmm, are we just giving for the sake of it?’ I think we probably are, just because we always have. I have resolved to speak with them in the new year and stick to only buying gifts for really close friends and family.
4. Don’t be ashamed of Re-gifting
There are many reasons people may want to re-gift; duplication’s, allergies or just being given something you really won’t use. Make life easier by popping a post-it note with who gave it to you before stashing it away for next year. My memory can be terrible so I find this helps avoid the embarrassment of giving it back to the person who gave it to me!
You could also consider selling unwanted gifts on eBay or Facebook.
Quite a few people have said to me this year that they wanted to get their child a Lego advent calendar but couldn’t justify spending so much money on it so close to Christmas. These types of ‘Toy’ Advent Calendars will go mega cheap in the next few weeks, with some reductions already being spotted. Buy this now and put away ready for next year. You could also do the same with beauty Advent calendars as well as toy ones. For example, this playmobil one is already half price.
6. Buy your wrapping paper, cards and gift bags in the sales
With the expense of Christmas I realise not everyone will be able to afford to go out and buy all of their gifts for next year in the January sales.
That said, if you are going to buy anything I would recommend gift wrap and cards. They go extremely cheap in the January sales and at least you’ll have one thing ready and sorted for next year. Last year I picked up wrapping paper at just 15p a roll!
7. Start a Christmas cupboard
I know a lot of people that do this and a lot that don’t. Have a cupboard or drawer to start adding Christmas presents to throughout the year. Even if it’s just freebies, or bits to regift, it’s a start. You can find out about where I get a lot of my food and drink for the festive period for free here.