The festive season is often one of the most expensive times of the year. With Christmas parties to attend, food and drink to stock up on and presents to buy, the average Brit spends just over £1,000 during this period. Naturally, this can put a strain on our finances, so if you are someone who is looking for tips on how to host Christmas on a budget this year, allow us to help.
Start planning early on
It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas. If an idea for a gift for your other half pops into your head, or you see a sale for a gadget that your kids are after, there’s no harm in picking these bits up early and storing them away for December – especially if it’ll save you money.
It’s too early to say what Covid-19 rules will be in place regarding the number of guests you can have for Christmas dinner. But if you know that you’re feeding your household at least, you can begin to jot down the food and drink that you’ll need to pick up before the big day.
Ask your guests to bring a dish
If we are allowed to socialise in groups of six on Christmas Day, another way to cut costs is to ask your friends and family to bring a dish with them. From tasty prawn cocktails to a delicious Christmas cake, there are a number of starters or desserts that they can make in order to contribute to the day.
Write your food shopping list early
Whether you are planning to serve turkey with all the trimming this Christmas, or go completely meat-free, write a list of all the food you will need in advance so that you can shop around to find the cheapest deals and spread the cost. Leaving your food shopping until the last minute could result in your spending more cash in expensive supermarkets.
Keep decorations to a minimum
Luxurious table centrepieces with twinkly fairy lights and real flowers certainly look gorgeous, but they don’t come cheap. Why not save money this Christmas by making your own? All you’ll need is some seasonal blooms such as eucalyptus, which you can tie together loosely with twine. From there, you can dot some candles alongside the plants and create your own runner.
Stick to what you need
Before rushing out to the shops to buy the latest gadgets, picking up hundreds of decorations or buying yourself a new festive wardrobe, it’s important to consider all your financial options. It can be extremely tempting to go overboard at Christmas, but just remember that these expenses can soon all add up.
What are your plans for Christmas Day? Whatever you decide on, we hope it’s magical.