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How to Celebrate Christmas on a Budget

by Roveen Anyango
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Christmas is around the corner and you know what that means – end-year celebrations!

Yet, life over the past few years has gotten costlier, meaning that we now have to spend more for some of the luxuries of having an enjoyable Christmas. But what if I told you that you don’t need to spend a fortune to get the best out of Christmas?

Christmas should be a celebration and not a time to burden yourself with debt. So, below are ways to get the best out of the season on a budget.

Make a budget

Of course, the first thing you should do is make a budget. To avoid overspending, determine how much of the holiday obligations you can afford such as presents, decorations, food, and travel costs. Then assign an amount to each – put more than is necessary as prices hike during the festive season.

Share catering

If you decide to throw a Christmas party, you could consider a ‘bring a plate’ for people who would want to come to your party. This would be a great way to throw a party for everyone but keep some of the costs, in this case, catering costs, down.

Take advantage of sales

Many companies are having sales up until the first week of December. Take advantage of that to buy necessities for Christmas. So these could be presents, decorations, and non-perishable food items. Be on the lookout for sales to save some extra cash.

DIY Christmas

DIY decorations

Christmas is often a standout day due to its unique decorations. However, these decorations are not cheap. So, you can save on costs by learning how to DIY. Pinterest and Instagram are excellent platforms for you to get some tips on making hand-made decorations using everyday items. That way, you cut down your budget for some of the decorations.

Focus more on spending time, not money

Consumerism has meant that we look at Christmas fondly based on how much we spent on it. However, while spending some money on Christmas is necessary, you do not need to spend all your money to enjoy the period.

Instead, focus more on spending quality time with family, friends, and other people important to you. That will provide more value than gathering debts that you will spend much of the new year trying to offset.

Christmas is all about spreading joy and you can spread joy without having to buy expensive things.

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