With just under two months to go until the big day, Christmas is now very much peeping its head around the corner. Soon, the bells will be ringing, and the carol singers will be out in force. Unfortunately, this also means that the festive money-spending season is on the horizon, too.
To stop yourself from going out of control when it comes to the cash you splash on presents and merriment this Christmas time, you have to resolve to spend less wherever and whenever you can. To do this, you’re going to have to take heed of the advice below.
Sales aren’t exclusive to the post-Christmas period, as they can also be found before the festive season even begins. In fact, they can be found all year round, if you look hard enough for them.
If you truly want to spend less this Christmas, then you have to resolve to source and shop the sales. This means scouring both brick-and-mortar shops and e-commerce sites to find deals and discounts that bring down the price of the presents that you seek to buy. If you’re interested in buying jewellery for someone, this could mean sourcing bespoke black pearls for the perfect gift.
Shopping the sales also means looking out for deals on food and drink. Around Christmas time, as is the case with all the other big events in the year, such as Valentine’s day and Easter, the supermarkets begin offering massive discounts on their products, particularly on the booze that they sell. To ensure your merriment doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, you should be making full use of these sales.
Don’t buy exercise gear
Around Christmas time, people often start making plans for getting into shape once the season of merriment is over and the new year rolls around. Upon hearing this, you might find yourself wanting to go out and buy exercise gear for the friends and family members of yours that display an interesting in getting into shape. Doing so, however, will, more than likely, see you waste a load of money. Only once somebody has shown an extensive and long-lasting commitment to working out should you buy them exercise gear.
Only buy what can be taken back
It might be surprising to hear that, even in this day and age where customers are very much king, some shops do not accept items back or offer refunds. For this reason, you have to be careful when you buy anything for Christmas, be it a present or food and drink, in order to ensure the item that you want to buy can be taken back at a later date. This is because, in regards to presents, the receiver might not want what you have given them and, in regards to food and drink, you might find yourself not consuming something that you do need once the festive period is over.
Before you make any purchase, make sure to ask if the transaction can be reversed later on should you need it to be.
Christmas can be an expensive time, but you can cut into your spending by taking the three pieces of advice above into account.