You can deny it as much as you want, but we’re on the home straight to Christmas 2020 and there is no way to stop it. With the holiday season just a few weeks away you’re probably worried about the cost, how to make it work and how to ensure that everyone has a good time. DOn’t panic – here are our tips on how to do Christmas on a Budget
Get Everyone Involved
Whether it’s just the people in your household or you’re entertaining guests, get everyone involved. If you’re having people over for Christmas dinner there is no shame in asking them to contribute by bringing a dish or two. You might feel uncomfortable asking for a financial contribution but if they could bring a dish or two to the table and maybe a dessert that can really help to take the pressure off; especially if you’re inviting a couple of households who can all contribute. Just speak to them about what they’re bringing so you don’t end up with all Brussel sprouts and no parsnips!
Don’t Be Fussy
The fact of the matter is whether or not you’re doing Christmas on a budget, you can’t do it all. Instead, concentrate on what you can achieve. Last year in our local Lidl on Christmas Eve there was all manner of items reduced to 20p including a whole chicken. Although it takes a brave move to shop in this way, if you’re not too fussy about what you want for Christmas dinner, you can save money by playing supermarket roulette and leaving things to the last minute.
Although it might be too late to do this now, prepare early – in January look for wrapping paper and gifts sets which are likely to be reduced. Shop for presents in the sales throughout the year and put a little money aside each month for a Christmas fund – it really will make all the difference by the time December comes around.
The most important thing to remember is that Christmas is about spending time with our loved ones and appreciating what we have. So rather than worrying about the fact that you’re putting together Christmas on a budget, concentrate on the lovely day you’ll have – after all, after the events of this year we definitely need that! and then you can start to think about how you want to see in the New Year!