The excitement of Christmas seems to start earlier and earlier with adverts and shops marketing their products before bonfire night and even Halloween. The children get more and more excited knowing Christmas is just around the corner.
Unfortunately, for many families, Christmas can be a time of dread and worry. With presents and food to buy, and guests to entertain, lots of families can really feel the financial pinch at this time of year. Knowing how to plan a Christmas on a budget may help ease some of the concerns you have. We have prepared some tips that you may find helpful.
Food and drink
- Try to plan ahead and buy only what will realistically be eaten. Think about what normally gets thrown away, make a plan, and stick to it when you go shopping. Shop around and use local markets to find the best value products.
- Check out affordable supermarket offers and shop in advance where possible.
- Find coupons and vouchers and use them where you can.
- Make food last longer by wrapping up your leftovers and putting them in the fridge for the next day.
- Remember that the shops are only closed for one day. You don’t have to fill every available space in your cupboards and fridge, and can always top up on Boxing Day if you run out of anything.