Christmas 2020 is set to be a very strange one. It’s still unclear just what we’ll be allowed to do. Recent comments from the government’s medical advisor on COVID suggest that we’ll be able to mix for a few days over the festive period – which might effectively mean that Christmas is on as normal.
But if you’re been in dire financial straits through 2020, then the prospect of spending big on the season might not be an especially tantalising one. Every year, millions of Brits spend more than they can really afford, and end up paying for it with thrift in January and February. Many people consider payday loan lenders to help spread the payments out over a number of months rather than one upfront hefty payment!
If you’d like to get through Christmas this year without racking up a sizeable debt, then you’ll want to follow a few of the following money-saving tips.
Create a Budget
While it might sound like the most obvious thing in the world, too many of us fail to properly budget for their gift-giving. If you’re shopping for gifts for two dozen people, and you don’t set a strict limit on the amount you’re going to be spending on each of them, then overspending is practically guaranteed.
All of this should start with the figure you have available to spend. Base it on the amount you have available, and how much you can realistically set aside each month.
Keep a Record
If you’re buying gifts for the same people year after year, then you might end up inadvertently repeating yourself. If you’re shopping for socks, then this might not be a problem – no-one can seriously claim to have too many pairs of socks. But for everything else, a repeat present might not be a welcome one.
Christmas A5 & Happy Planner: Christmas Present TrackerIt's getting to the time of year when the pre-Christmas sales are starting and we're beginning to get organised for Christmas. This means sorting out what presents you're buying for everyone, where you're getting them from and tracking whether you have bought and wrapped
Keep a record of the gifts you’re giving, year-after-year. You don’t have to be super-organised: just keep a logbook somewhere and scrawl your notes there.
Christmas Present TrackerKeep track of who you have to buy presents for, what you have bought them and here from and keep a running total of costs, there's no need to double up on presents or go over your budget this Christmas.
Thinking of affordable gifts that don’t cost the earth can be difficult – so set aside some time to wrack your brains. Again, it’s worth writing your ideas down – you might find that doing so helps you to more thoroughly develop them.
Spread the cost
You don’t need to do all your Christmas shopping in the few months leading up to the season. By spending more earlier in the year, you can lighten the load financially when December rolls around.
Christmas Planner – Personal SizeIf you're looking to get organised for Christmas then this planner is perfect! This digital download is Personal sized and comes with 48 pre-printed pages covering all aspects of Christmas preparation
Create New Traditions
Many families and friends will find themselves in a similarly disagreeable financial position this year. Your attitude to the practice of gift-giving might have shifted, such that you’re not really focussed on spending big. Talk to your close family, and establish whether you’d like to start a new tradition. A Secret Santa, for example, will allow everyone to get a single good gift rather than a string of mediocre ones.
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