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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

How To Budget For Christmas

Only 10 sleeps until Christmas! For the first time in my life I am organised. All my Christmas gifts are bought, wrapped/bagged and ready to go. (Apart from my boyfriend's - more on that later). Will this be the first year that I don't experience my annual Christmas breakdown

Today I'm going to share with you some tips on how to make Christmas easier financially and reduce some of those stress levels that this time of the year brings. 


See all that cute stationery you've treated yourself to over the year? Now's the perfect time to put it to use and get a couple of very important to-do lists on the go. I had a "Gift List" this year where I noted roughly what I wanted to get for people and which shops I'd be able to get the gifts from - this meant I was able to spring around my shopping centre and complete my shop in one morning (!!) whilst leaving dust trails of unorganised shoppers behind me. Suckers. 

Set a budget for each person and DON'T GO OVER IT

Caps because important. Christmas is about family and festivities however I'm not gonna pretend like we don't have relatives that would never let it go if we gave them a festive cuddle in place of a gift. Remember I said that I haven't finished shopping for my boyfriend? Well I have £17 left to spend on him because we set a budget this year. It's so easy to get carried away and think "oh I'll just get this...oh and this is cute such&such will like this" then suddenly you're selling your worldly belongings on Ebay tryina get that cash to make rent. Don't do it. 

Get personal 

How much does it make your heart swell when you receive a gift that you know has been thoughtfully picked out just for you? Sometimes trading gifts is almost like a formality or an expectation. Don't get me wrong, if someone handed me an ipad or something I'd be a happy bunny but if someone had spent the time putting together a gift that had sentimental value I'd most likely do a happy cry. That's what to aim for - try to make your friends and family sob this Christmas. Just tears all over the place. The happiest Christmas ever. 

Stocking filler hack

Buy sets, open them, share them. Chocolate pennies, Christmas candy, beauty sets, bath sets. This year I've done this with one of these Absolut Vodka Gift Sets. I have a friend that buys gift sets all year long and at Christmas makes up gift boxes from what she's picked up on offer throughout the year. Last year my gift box included eyelashes, stationery, Soap & Glory goodies, alcohol, nail polish, skincare items and perfume. Such handy gifts. 

Start early

Okay so maybe a bit late to do this now but do it next year. This year I started ordering things online in October which meant that even though I hadn't put money away for Christmas I was able to split the cost over October/November/December's pay. Adulting, y'see. 

Make the presents

My friend is making one of these adorable scrabble pictures for her husband and the only thing she's had to buy is a frame. I have made up a cosy movie night-in hamper for my aunt & uncle containing some bubbly, popcorn, scented candles and hard sweeties. If you have some time available, home made gifts can save you a lot of £££. 
No sock bunnies or love tape mixes from Janice, though.


So there we have it, this is what I've done this year to leave me in this slightly smug, organised state. What has kept you organised this year for Christmas? Also, do you have any home made gift tutorials I can have a read at? 

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  1. Great tips, I love the idea of buying gift sets and sharing them out, I'll keep that in mind for next year! This is the first year for me where I can't afford many gifts so I'm making all my family gingerbread men and wrapping them with cute ribbon, hopefully they'll like it haha!

    1. Ah I love food so much, I'd be chuffed with gingerbread men. I am an absolute jinx in the kitchen so no doubt if I tried that it would end up quite messy.

      I'm so glad I budgeted this year - got hit with a four digit gas/electricity bill in November thanks to Scottish Power being wildly unorganised so yeah, definitely didn't want to spend £££ at Christmas! xx

  2. I wish I had planned and budgeted better, as I've spent at least £200 more than I needed too! Tania xx

  3. These are really great tips, but no matter how organised I get I always spend more than I should have. x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    1. I must admit, this is the first year I've made a budget plan and stuck to it. x

  4. I did a post similar to this, great minds eh?! I definitely agree with planning, I tend to start putting money away in October so that it's not all a big chuck of money gone! xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge