Christmas shopping is stressful at the best times, and when you are working with a small budget, it can seem like an impossible task. Don’t worry. We are pleased to tell you that we have created this guide to Christmas shopping on a tight budget that will prevent you from overspending and may even have you skipping around the shops.
First things first - establish your budget. Start by setting out the overall amount you can afford to spend on gifts. Once you have a figure, allocate a budget for each person you intend to buy a gift for. You will also need to set aside an amount to cover additional items like wrapping paper, Christmas cards, etc. It is important to stick to your budget. If you spend more than you planned to on one person, you may find you don’t have enough to cover everyone.
Find the best deals
Once you have your budget, you should start to think about gift ideas for each person. Do some research online if you need some suggestions. Make sure you try to think of things that will roughly fit within the budget you have allocated to each person. Having decided what to get for everyone, you should now think about where you intend to buy each gift from. It is important to do some comparisons between shops and online stores to see which retailer has the best offer for an item. It is also a good idea to have a look around the shops as well as looking online. If you go to a high street store you may be able to get a deal like buy one get one free. Depending on the shop, you may also be able to bargain with the assistants for a cheaper price. However, if you shop online it is much easier and quicker to find the cheapest price for an item. Also, if you look on online auction sites such as eBay, you can bid for an item and potentially get a very reasonable price.
Tips on cutting down on costs
When you come to purchasing your gifts there are many things you can do to reduce your spending.
- Have a look around second-hand shops and vintage shops. The items in these stores will be cheaper than high street shops and you are more likely to find gifts that are rare and unique.
- It is a good idea to buy multiple items from the same store. This way you may be able to take advantage of in-store deals such as buy one get one free. Depending on the store, you may also be able to accrue some advantage points and coupons which can be used as currency to purchase further items.
- Remember that good things come in small packages. Chocolate as a gift will be well received by a friend or relation with a sweet tooth.
- Try to reduce the number of gifts you have to buy. For example, if you are buying gifts for a family or couple, look for one present that they will all enjoy. A couple may like vouchers for a restaurant, and a family may enjoy a board game they can all play together.
Armed with this guide, your Christmas shopping on a budget will be a breeze.
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